After Five Month My Wrist Fracture,. No Surgery

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In March 31st, 2016 I broke my wrist in Texas and my husband took me to St Luke for emergency, a lot of pain, X-Rays,imobilization until get back to Michigan. On April 9 in a clinic (Holland) MRi,X-Rays again, the doctor told me the bone was broken but in it place,  and a long cast. from my hand to my arm. After tree weeks , new X-Rays, new cast, bone displaced (peharps due the cast was not tight, new cast and the doctor in while the cast was drying he force the radius replacing it back manually. After two weeks, the pain still horrible, I visit him and nothing was done but remove the cast and give me a splint with velcro; no decision like surgery, too late, too bad. I movwed to another team in Grand Rapids, new opinion. It was all wrong said the doctor. They put me on a new splint, molding in my arm, . I`ve been with less pain (77 days later}but I cannot use my hand, a lot of exercices in order to get some flexibility, my fingrs stiff and weak. Waiting for doctor`s decision next appointment. Diagnosis: Code Diagnosis S52.552Q Other type I or II open extra-articular fracture of distal end of left radius with malunion, subsequent encounter S69.82XA TFCC (triangular fibrocartilage complex) injury, left, initial encounter .

Now, after five month, without surgery, my fingers are still stiff, I can do some work at home, sometimes it  hurts, my left hand looks like crocodile hands because the displaced bone. At night during my sleep time I need to be careful and I still dealing with some pain.

I don''t know why the first doctor didn't perform the surgery.I am not sure that I would be better though, after reading so many discussions. I realized that once tyou break your wrist you are not going to be better without surgery or after surgery.

It's rare to see someone happy and fucntioning 100%.

The doctor told me that surgery is not a solution in most of the cases. That is sad!

 

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    Celita,

         I feel your pain, I fell at work on June 30, 2016. Didn't think I was hurt all that bad but I filled out Incident report anyways. I was walking and twisted my ankle and down I went face first, landing on both hands and right knee. I came home after finishing out my day and my ankle was hugh which I expected it would be because I twisted it pretty bad, my Hand felt like a stone bruise at first, until I woke up the next morning then I wasn't worried about my left ankle or my scrap on right knee, my hand was what was on my mind. I got to work and went straight to HR and told her that I had filled out Incident report and I thought I needed x-rays to rule out a fracture, which I still didn't know if it was broke. After having x--rays done the doctor came back in and said that I had an Intra-Articular Distal Radius Fracture. I was shocked they immediately started trying to get a hold of an Ortho Doc and since it was the 4th of July weekend they were all gone they ask me when had I eaten last and I said 5:30 and then drink and I said 9:00 and they told me not to eat or drink anything else before they knew no Ortho Doc's were available  that was July 1st,  Finally workers comp got me in with Hand Specialist on 12th July and he did x-rays and said no fracture and that I was having an Arthritic Episode and that's what he's said ever since . I have had 5 Doctors say that I had a fracture is was slight but there. July 26th he decided to give me a Cortisone Injection since he still swears no fracture just Arthritis which I had Arthritis a little over a year and since Cortisone usually help and after a couple days I would feel 90% and after he gave me one everything has went down hill felt like he hit something when he gave the shot now I'm waiting on second opinion and my Hand, Wrist, and even my arm has been getting worse as the days go by. I'm at the end of my rope. How can Doctors be unwilling to be wrong. Any suggestions on my next move if he's caused damage? Your story was like dejevu . So distraught. Any opinions will be welcomed.

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      Dear Eva,

      What a horrible experience! I'm not sure what the doctors always have in mind when they postpone the right solution. We have pain. They don't. Pehaps is the insurance that force them to act like "naive". I'm going to get the third opinion next week in Brazil but I think I'm late for surgery now. I knew they have to break the wrist again and put the displaced bone into its place. I'm not sure that is going to be easy and not sure it will be right. It's like exchange 6 to half dozen...

      I wish you my very best!

      Celita

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      Celita,

      I wish you the very best also, I don't know why it is that the patient is always the one that has to suffer in these situations,

      but it always seem's to be that way. I hate to hear what they'll have to do if you decide to go that route but I hope everything goes

      well no matter what you decide. I think what we actually want is just to not be in pain the way I feel is I just wanna be able to do my

      job and not to be on light duty, because I can't make my bills on light duty and there's absolutely no overtime which I have come to

      depend on . I wish you all the best though keep me informed on what you decide and I'll do the same.

      God Bless You,

      Eva Reed...

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      Dear Eva

      Thanks for support me! God bless you! I wish you my very best! Celita

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      Celita,

           Your Welcome Hun, We should support one another because God made us all and the world has gotten way too violent, People killing each other and I don't know why it should be that way. I'm glad I have a Loving Heart is all I know, I wouldn't hurt anybody. Have a very Blessed day Hun. Keep me updated...

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      Dear Eva,

      After coming from Brazil, I had my doctor appointment in Grand Rapids (my second opinion since June 16), and I should him the exams of another doctor, now from Brazil. Bone density still osteopenia, etc, and the X-Ray, with a diagnostic . The good news, Eva that finally this doctor in GRR decided to do the surgery and I am getting ready for November 3rd! I am praying that God improve my  fingers strength and moviments.

      God bless you!

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      Celita,

           This is wonderful news, I'm so glad that you are going to finally get surgery and maybe it will help your condition immensely. I finally had to go to the Emergency Room last night, You know I said I had pain radiating up my arm well I had some shoulder pain and from Sunday night till last night I hadn't slept but 11 hours until last night, so 3 days and 11 hours of sleep, and I was exhausted I tell you the truth. The ER doctor had taken an x-ray of my shoulder and ask me if I had ever dislocated it and I had back in March or April, can't remember which and I ask him could the fall I had at work have anything to do with why it was hurting me since my Chiroprator had put my shoulder back in place when I had dislocated it then and he said that it was a possibility since once you have a dislocation your more likely to have it happen again, but the diagnosis was tendonitis, bursitis or I have injured the tendon's around my Rotator Cuff, so maybe it won't be the one where i will have to have surgery to correct it. Keep me updated on your condition and I look forward to hearing from you. God Bless as always and you will be in my prayers.

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      Dear Eva,

      Altough I know that my hand surgery might help or might not, I'm taking the chances. I can't see myself trusting in more phisiotherapy . I think they are no longer necessary. I am aware about the pain due the anesthesic won't work as most of the surgeries, however, I pray that God help me .

      Eva, dear, how is your shoulder? I hope you are going to get better!

      Thank you so much for caring about me!

      Have a wonderful week! I'm keep you in my prayers too!

      God bless you!

       

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      Dear Celita,

           I hope I find you well today, and I hope that this surgery will have you on your way to recovery, as to answer your question my shoulder is about the same the pain is a little less but I have new things going on now I have started swelling and I don't know why. My hand and arm is started swelling and I haven't had that happen the whole time and I don't know what to think about it. I called the doctor's office yesterday and talked with a nurse and she was supposed to talk to the doctor and get back with me but yeah that didn't happen, and since I didn't hear from them, I took it upon myself to send the doctor a message through patient portal. I sometimes find that I get better results from sending a message than talking to the nurses, even though I just wanted to find out which office he was going to be at yesterday because I was just going to show up as a walkin since I have seen people do that since I have been going but she ask me what was going on and when I told her she said she would talk to him and get back to me didn't let me know where he was at and then I didn't hear anything so I took it upon myself to send him a message through patient portal so maybe I'll heat something today. Gotta get ready just in case I do hear something so I can just walk out the door. I hope you are feeling better and thank you for your concern for me it helps to know that someone cares and you have a wonderful rest of the week hun... God Bless You ....

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    I felt on ice 3 weeks ago. Xray said distal radius fra cture. Doc said surgery. Financial issue skip me to go surgery. It was painful n swollen like pingpong ball but went down in 5 days then no more pain. I dont take drug, just ginger n tumeric. My finger ok. Schapoid ok. But still unable moving hand. I put hard splint (brace), never use my left hand until better. I need your opinion n experience.. is it too late to do surgery a month after injury? Does surgery help to function the injury hand? How u feel after surgery?? And any sharing experiences will help. Thank u
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