After I fell, I had to get up all by myself and go upstairs to go back to the second floor where my friends were. Personally, I would not subject myself to an unnecessary surgery. I wish I could have skipped the painful part of the lesson, but maybe by sharing it forward with you, you can benefit without the downside. The CT scan revealed all the bones had broken in a circular shape just where my wrist watch was. he's still in the hospital but will be coming home this week. In either case, we must adapt and teach ourselves to go about our lives using our non-dominant hand. I know it's not helping the stiffness but I don't want to risk the complete break displacing, even if it's probably closer to 99% healed by now. As the PT started moving my wrists, I immediately broke down into tears. I will try lymph node massage( as suggested by Anne ( I too have a bone chip). I explained this to the surgeon but he did not recommend therapy. One week later, I went to hospital again. While my fracture was not as severe as yours, it helped to know in advance that the pain, swelling and stiffness will probably be with me a lot longer than I anticipated but I am on the mend! I'm 62, fractured my my wrist 4weeks ago. Thankfully I have a great physical therapist who I trust. My wrist is now swollen and very painful, and I also have pain running up my radius. A broken pelvis may need a few months to heal. I do not give up. The security guard returned and offered to drive me to the urgent care clinic where I could get an x-ray, and once again he asked if I could walk. To place an external fixator, pins must first be inserted into the bone from the outside of the skin. I am so glad you are recovering. I have no pain at all. Hi: Though the bones may be healed at eight weeks, full recovery could be a much longer and difficult process, especially for adults and older adults. I wish you all good healing. I got to the porch took off my robe and saw that he had ripped my wrist open all the way to the bone. 2 months daily and 3 months thrice a week. Sincerely, Debbie, Your email address will not be published. We tried to advocate for my care from the very beginning and be friendly but firm with the staff. I broke my left wrist (radius, displaced), 4 weeks ago. It was well written and very helpful. I'm terrified of rebreaking it, is that mad? i am thinking of having the operation - they will have to cut the bone, and insert screws, etc. It also helps to eat things that are firm enough to spear with a fork. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. -If you really want my opinion, the most important is to believe and keep doing as much physiotherapy as possible. Take OTC painkillers. I have to say at that point I was extremely optimistic about my recovery and still am! I broke my distal radius 7 months ago and had internal fixation. Hi. Quick question, so 5 months ago I fractured the radius of my forearm and I had to undergo surgery which in fact now I have a small plate there now and my surgeon recommended me not to start weight lifting yet until my sixth month of therapy. I know my wrist probably saved my life, because I hit my head but no concussion. Is this normal? Certain fractures are best treated with surgery to realign and fix the broken bones (as in my case because it was so severe). I did gain some, but not too terrible. Wishing you well, take care! -Treat yourself gently and patiently, it will make all the difference while you`re recovering and healing from any fracture. I had just enough flexibility to go to the bathroom on my own--it was a little painful but I was determined. Thanks much, Wendy. The Dr did say I didn't have to worry about causing more damage as I try to wrench my wrist up down and sideways.... [ It was hard to believe]. Well, I got my cast off about 12 days ago, it was exactly 7 weeks and 2 days from the injury date. Some things to look for if you think you may have broken your wrist are: Presence of these symptoms is not a guarantee that there’s a fracture. If you notice anything unusual about your wrist — strange sensations, odd hand color, signs of infection, problems with your cast, numbness in your fingers, or severe or continuous pain, you should speak with your doctor. Your article is reassuring me that things are healing correctly. I have a home care provider that comes in three times a week to help me clean house, grocery shop, and prep meals. I was amazed by how many people wanted to help (and, frankly, surprised by a few friends who didn’t, but ce la vie). I continue to wish everyone the best of luck and as for me, I'm just hoping that I do get close to 100% functionality (for my right wrist of course) and don't have issues down with the road. Take care. It's two months today since my injury and the wrist is very stiff and feels 'thick'. No, the cost is about the same as what’s provided in other countries because there is no disability insurance, no middleman insurance company, no need to go to the emergency room for routine medical care if you don’t have insurance, and most importantly, no ability to sue. But this is for sure. I have since been to Chelsea and Westminster hospital (London) where I was seen by a wrist specialist, what a difference, I am going back on the 15th November to see what they propose doing as he said it was a nasty break with the wrist being of no use for anything at the moment. Again cast for 2 weeks. -I have learned a lot since my accident but one of the most important was to know how much it means to have friends and people who cares about us during the rough moments. It definitely helps with the recovery process. Hairline fractures are minor cracks to the bone and only show up on an X-ray. Doctors can use a technique called 'closed reduction' to pull the bones back into position. Make sure you’re moving your shoulders so that you don’t get “frozen shoulder.” Even take little walks around the house if you can. I had to take some painkillers like algimate and tramadol but soon realized they had serious side effects and haven't taken any chemical drugs since. Plates and screws. I find I have less coordination and speed with that hand, and drastically different strength. Deborah Munro is the author of APEX, a contemporary world sci-fi thriller set in rural Oregon. thsnk you for all that information. Then we both started going to church and our relationship was completely transformed because he was completely transformed,â Antoinette beamed. Your experience may differ significantly. In my case I can only do fist push-ups because of my right wrist but I still prefer to do pull-ups grabbing something like a metal bar, depending on the setup you can do push-ups (if the bar is closer to the ground) or pull-ups (higher bar). Hi Deborah.just read your story about yr broken wrists.I’m glad that your on the mend.My wife Marion broke her wrists two days ago and is going to be dependant on other people to do things for her.she is very independent and its the personal things that will effect her.I got great heart from yr story that people rallied round you.we have had lots of offers from family and friends to help out.our health system is nowhere a good as new Zealand even though the nurses and doctors do excellent work they are totally short staffed.because of these working conditions and been underpaid they are leaving ireland to give there expertise to other countries.Marion will be out of hospital tomorrow and for six weeks at least she will be in plaster.as you know well.maybe someday we will visit new zealand.as I believe it is similar to Ireland very green and friendly people.cheers for now Paul. I'm getting discouraged, I had expected better progress by now. ... and helped me open the door to get out of the bathroom when I couldnât turn the knob. I still don’t know where I found the strength to search for my friends and get their help. I found that staying active was the biggest factor in decreasing my pain. Like you, I had a internal fixation device and on December 9th, I had my cast removed. The pain was hard for a few days, but I continued to manage without Okycontin, and by day four it was fairly manageable. I had quite a bit of nerve damage in my thumb and forefinger in my left hand, and I’ve recovered about 85% of the sensation after 15 months. I broke& displaced my left ulna and radius - non-dominant side - Jan 14th, while on a hike. I've done all but the calorie thing, can't risk putting on weight. Other than the first couple of days post surgery and the hours after my ulna was reset, that was the only time I've needed pain meds, but it's nice to have had them left over after surgery, because I really needed them for both of those episodes. I think that after this kind of injury most people are afraid and avoiding any movement, I believe it`s just a natural respond. Your doctor may have put your wrist in a cast or splint. The pain was pure agony. Packing my arms and hands with ice packs was also helpful. If anyone could tell me some tips that would be much appreciated. I don’t think she should even be sitting up.” A staff member from the rec center entered and said the health center was closed, as the academic year hadn’t started yet, and I blanched as a wave of pain radiated through my arms. Perhaps I could have shaved off another week or so, if I stayed out of the rink and the gym, but who knows. He is hoping to remove cast after only 5 weeks as he says the 6th week is where the stiffness really sets in. Finally, I’ve learned I’m more loved and less important than I think. I fell off a ladder decorating my Christmas tree. I’ve offered to give her husband breaks away but any suggestions would be welcome. At the beginning of September I had the cast removed and my hand was x-rayed, the bones were all over the place. Before splinting, check the following three things: Check circulation by comparing the color and temperature of the injured wrist against the uninjured wrist. Below you'll be able to read more about my story, but first, some information on the healing time of wrist fractures. Common Symptoms of Wrist Injuries. Life continues to prove I’m tougher than I think I am! :))). We found out the one we x-rayed was broken so they wrapped it up. I was a hot mess emotionally. Writing it down and sharing it with everybody certainly helped me debrief the experience. Everyone gets treated, and their salary and rehabilitation are covered until they’re able to return to work. She did no home check. You’re right that New Zealand and Ireland look quite similar, very lush and green and surrounded by the sea. I will definitely go stock on the recommended herbs you listed below. This was the first time I saw my hands and arms after the accident, and I wasn’t ready for the shock. Yes I would suggest this to prevent the pain right after surgery. An impacted fracture is when the ends of bones are driven into one another. Should I use an ice or heat pack before or after the push-ups? My arm somehow still feels weird and shaky and at times even looks crooked is all this normal? I tried my best to reduce painkillers intake by the less amount possible. ( I must of fell onto my wrist and crushed the watch between the concrete and my hip). Still been advised couple of more months of Physio. They wheeled me out the door and to a campus security vehicle, helping me in and buckling my seatbelt across my ice-saturated shorts. Other than reduced strength in the affected hand, there's not much I can't do with it, which I'm very happy about. It’s ok to not feel great about what happened to you. Then, celebrate! I tied his leash to the fence and told her 123 get out of his reach. It has been 5 since my accident and they are still very swollen, my palm is numb and bruised. I tried to put my hand on the table and let my wrist hang a little , but withou any result. I had surgery to implant a titanium plate with seven screws the next day. She helped me tie the fabric around my neck, and I used the towel to absorb the dripping ice water, not wanting to create another slip hazard. What 2 Broken Wrists Have Taught Me. At the drug store, we bought some reuseable ice gel packs that were a sort of sleeve. It's not easy to explain what went through my head during this time — perhaps only those who have gone through it can understand. If you or someone in your care has broken their wrist, here are some guidelines to follow:6, A broken arm or wrist treatment differs depending on how bad the injury is. I hope it will improve over time. But of course I`m not a girl so I would perhaps recommend you to use regenerative and skin protective products as well as antioxidant supplements. However, it did take more than two hours and I almost fell asleep during the surgery . Best of luck to you, and to all here who share their stories. It’s your body and you know it best. Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on November 29, 2016: Fairly normal!? Keep those wrists elevated and keep this fingers moving! The pain exhaust me. I really would've thought the pain would be much better at 4 weeks. I really don't know what to expect. Since then I have had problems with pain, in different severity. I was beginning to shake uncontrollably from the stress hormones raging through my bloodstream and knew I would soon go into shock if I didn’t take action. Once I got past the worst of it, what helped me was bean bag heat wraps before I stretched. Most patients do return to all of their former activities, but what happens in your case depends on the nature of your injury, the kind of treatment you and your doctors decide on, and how your body responds to the treatment. Can you think of anything that was helpful to you in your situation that I could send to her? In my case, more people was better because it was a lot for one person. I believe vitamins D, C, fish oil, collagen, biotin and zinc have helped my healing process. I fell on my hand and broke my right wrist. I was a bit of a curiosity as it’s very unusual for someone to break both wrists at once. You soon will start physiotherapy and that will help you to relearn how to use your hand and fingers without feeling pain. It's now been 10 weeks and I am back to most of my fitness activities. The wrist is made up of eight small bones which connect with the two long forearm bones called the radius and ulna. I'm an athlete and the break was a result of jumping in figure skating. I leaned forward onto my knees, and with hands under each arm, I was able to get my feet under me and sit down in the chair. Two months later I am still doing exercises. Other than tearing my ACL, I have never had a major injury and I really didn't know what I was in for. -Now, almost 5 years after my incident, I no longer think about other scenarios (like the first surgery which could have been much much different, and all that followed). -Every healing process can be an unique opportunity for personal growing and better understanding about ourselves and others. This is called open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). I drive, clean, hold heavy bags, vacuum, cut with knight,mop,rinse and squeeze clothes ect..... my doctor is very surprised with me. I went to wash my hands and slipped on water that had been leaking from the toilet. Went to two more Orthos got all conflicting advice. It is now just over two and a half months since I broke my distal radius in my dominant hand, does anyone else get these fears of walking and falling and hurting their fracture again? Broke my wrist 8 weeks ago. Keep us posted on your recovery, take care. Again, I imagine this could take lot longer than - obliquely - projected. When a fracture of any sort occurs there will be a heavy amount of bleeding from the fracture fragments. There was a 50/50 chance this would work. A lot of the processes for wheel work use the wrists so I am hoping it will be good physio but can only imagine how sore it is going to be!! Social media was useful here (a person with both arms in slings makes quite a dramatic photo). They took it out without any anesthesia which made it an unforgettable moment for me (as in it was extremely painful). Once you feel better, it can also feel great to extend a hand to someone else in need and return the favor. I was RUSHED into the Or and subsequent Underwent 6 operations within a 13 day period. please reply to my e-mail email@example.com. He was a 85 - 90 lb dog. We found out my second wrist was broken, after the next two days we got waterproof removable casts, they were called exos. My colleagues went back to volleyball, standing in a small ring on the opposite side of the court and bumping the ball from one person to another. Unfortunately for me, it's definitely not my first broken bone and will more than likely not be my last so again, it's nice to be armed with all this useful data. Thanks. So relieved to find this & read everyones experiences. You will have to work hard in order to regain all of the use of your hand and wrist, but don't give up! Expect at least that long again. As a medical massage therapist, my greatest concern was having a complete healing as soon as possible so that I can return to work! The doctors had ordered an MRI, through which they realized that my left wrist was far worse then they expected. In any case, I generally have a very high tolerance to pain, but this break is terrible. The security guard asked if I had hit my head, and I said yes, at which point he agreed that we needed to call an ambulance. I had an external fixation device for about seven weeks, then removable splints and about six months of physical/occupational therapy for my hand. This could of happened to the 3kids that he played with daily. I still have a lot of swelling - and am experimenting with using voltaren gel on the wrist and hand, to see if it might work as well or better than oral ibuprofen. Not a red cent for my red cast. Luckily, I could still send text messages with one finger, and that made it possible for me to organize some of these things on my own. I elevated as much as possible and kept my fingers moving. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). I broke my neck in the same fall. Again thank you for sharing!! Surgeons can fix bones with wires, plates, screws, or rods. It has been a trying experience but I knew it was what is was and there was nothing I could do but try to stay positive. She went looking and eventually came back with a piece of fabric, a safety pin, and a gym towel from the lost and found basket. Being a nutritionist myself, I would recommend that anyone going through any healing process should reinforce antioxidants intake... if you need any other advise on this subject please feel free to email me (rnfunride at gmail dot com). Wish I could post piks. Had external fixation for ren weeks. It was only after returning to Portugal (and having the morphine stopped) that the pain showed up, and what a show it was :/. It is a blessed land. Simply knowing that the reactions are typical is a support - and that this is going to take time. If an ambulance is unavailable, it may be necessary to splint the broken wrist. The pain I can generate doing exercises is worse than I had while splinted and awaiting surgery. I'm in the shorter cast now and it's due to be taken off in a week or so but I've been getting really sharp pains the last few days. For another ten days, she cooked for me, prepared my breakfast and lunch before she left for work, brushed my hair and then braided it, and assisted with anything I needed, anytime. Should have been advised to have surgery due to the severity of the break. I broke both wrists in January from a fall in the bathroom. Who knew it was such a dangerous sport. The surgery went fine. Fresh x-rays showed that the closed reduction was good and in place. By letting go, albeit unintentionally, I provided them a rewarding growth opportunity and a chance to really shine. I kept my metal parts... they took the first plates and replaced them during the last surgery... and I will only remove them if any problems come up. What I would suggest is letting your friends help without having them enter your bubble. The bone healing was the least of my problems. On the flip side, life can and will go on without me. Whishing you all fast and complete recovery! 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