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        03-11-2013, 01:47 PM
      #21
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    Please get a second opinion .. And Ice it is it is swollen some times they do not see a break right away. Also just a thought I have many broken bones and sprained also. Sprains tend to hurt worse than Breaks and take longer to heal. A break Hurts Deep inside Like the bone itself hurts a sprain hurts all over .
    Good luck I do feel your pain
         
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        03-11-2013, 02:01 PM
      #22
    Trained
    Having broken my hand dealing with horses, go see a specialist.

    The ER only "saw" the shattering of the metacarpal under my pinky finger. They sent me to a specialist. They had a student/whatever doctor who looked at the exact same x-rays that the ER took and saw that I had completely broken off the bottom of the proximal phalanx in my thumb. She ran out and got the surgeon while we waited so we could talk to him. He came in, looked at those same x-rays, confirmed both of the above and pointed out I had also broken the base of proximal phalanx of my index finger. I ended up with a titanium screw in my thumb, arthritis in that hand and loss of mobility in it as well.

    Moral of the story, second opinions are a good thing.
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        03-11-2013, 02:11 PM
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    Yeah well there's a lot of "quack" Chiro's that will happily crack, crunch and break things out there.....
    My chrio is very well known in my area...because he is honest and a respectable guy. I know there are a lot of quacks out there. That is why other places have been closing because everyone is going to this chrio.. you have to book weeks in advance to even get in

    I am sorry to hear about your girl as well
         
        03-15-2013, 04:01 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    I have definitely heard of a break being missed on an initial x-ray. I broke a vertebrae in my lower back in 2011. When the break happened I felt no pain (I'm one of those lucky ones that doesn't get much or any pain with broken bones, just feel nauseous and gut feeling knowing something is broken), but I could tell something was very wrong. My boyfriend immediately took me to the ER where x-rays were done and showed no break, the doctor said it was only a sprain and I could ride the next day (wish I had gotten his name, I landed on my head and cracked my helmet open, and was also told my same doctor I "likely sprained my neck", yet I can ride the next day. Yea, definitely wish I had that name, and thank god I didn't actually ride the next day) 5 days later something was still very wrong, so I went to my family doctor where he correctly diagnosed the break/slipped disc/neck sprain/concussion.

    My best friend also had the same thing happen, only she broke her knee and initial x-rays said she was fine, then went back ~2 weeks later when it wasn't feeling any better and turns out she had broken it.

    Apparently mis-diagnosed breaks are more common than one may think. Before my mum worked in Oncology she worked off and on in ER and ...something else as well? Anyway, she saw a lot of people come through that had on their chart saying something along the lines of a break being diagnosed after second x-ray, too much swelling on the first x-ray. That sort of thing. So yes, it happens.
         
        03-15-2013, 04:20 AM
      #25
    Yearling
    I'm going thru the same thing right now with my ankle. So far the verdict is a sprain, but I have to go back in a few days for a follow up once the swelling goes down. So it's definitely possible.
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        03-15-2013, 08:41 AM
      #26
    Trained
    I would get a second opinion, but to me it doesnt seem like a break. Usually when you break something there is a lot of swelling right away.
         
        03-15-2013, 09:44 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    It's getting better. I still can't grip ir sqeuuze anything, but the constant pain is gone. The top if my hand bruised and turned yellow on Wednesday. Then yesterday I had a nice big blue bruise show up on the palm of my hand. Delayed reaction? Lol ill wait it out a few more days.
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        03-19-2013, 02:15 PM
      #28
    Showing
    The blood that had pooled in your hand is seeping thro to the other side. This happened when I bruised my ankle. The one side was black and blue and when it started turning yellow the other side turned black and blue. When I broke my knee bruising appeared in my foot for weeks.
         
        03-20-2013, 08:34 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Doctors are just people so what they say doesn't always go, it's always good to question something that isn't right. X Rays can be wrong.

    However, from what I've heard/read/experienced it's not really the break that hurts so much as the trauma all the muscles around experience. So if you've had severe trauma to your muscles then it could hurt just as much as a break.

    Also, if the bones aren't out of place chances are they'll just immobilise it - there is no special treatment they just make sure you don't move it. So if you're doing that now then there isn't much else they can do. Leave the splint on 24/7 if its difficult to take on and off.

    Stop trying to open things or do anything with your bad hand. That is just ridiculous. If something hurts don't do it. It's your body telling you its damaged and you're damaging it further. Don't hold things. Don't open things.

    If you want a second opinion get one, regardless of what the doctor thinks. He works for you.
         
        03-20-2013, 09:42 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    The splint they put me in is huge, so I think I am going to use the one they gave me for the tendonitis instead. It still has the metal braces, but is way less bulky, and actually covers more of my hand. It's still sore as heck, but I can pick up light things. I still don't have a grip yet. I know I shouldnt do anything with it, but the ZOMG she hurt her hand let's help her at work is wearing off, so I am pretty much stuck between a rock and A hard place. I have been getting along pretty good at work using one hand, but its getting aggravating having to reach around myself to turn my car key or moving the gear shift in my car.

    It's funny how when I was younger,I always thought people who had cast and stuff on looked awesome, now that I have limited use of a limb myself, I realize just how bad it stinks!
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