Distal radius fracture with plate & screws.

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I fell and broke my wrist abt. 7 years ago.  The physician's assistant that put the cast on twisted my hand/wrist/arm getting the cast on.  2 weeks later I had to have surgery... x-rays were fine before the cast, the break was moved during the cast.  It's been terrible the whole time!  Now, 7 years later, my fingers are going numb, and excruciating pain where the plate is, mostly on top of my arm just above my wrist, it's swollen and cold.  The surgery was done on the bottom side of my arm.  Can barely touch it and when I flex my arm out, the pain is so bad I start shaking and crying.  Going to make an appt. next week with the Ortho. that did the surgery.  Any suggestions?

 

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    OMG this is terrible for you and I don't think it should be at all like this.  It's good that you are going back to the doctor that did the surgery for an opinion.  I have no "knowledgable" suggestions for you.  You will have to play it by ear.  However, depending on what the doctor has to say, be careful that he is truthful about things that could have gone wrong that were his fault.  If necessary you may want a 2nd opinion from a different practice.  Also, in the past I have found that totally cold, business like doctors have softened a little with some "shaking" and tears in the beginning.  That happens to you anyway when you flex your arm but I'm saying right in the beginning, be up front and tell him how scared you are already about this painful situtation that has worsen over 7 years. Emotional pain needs treatment also.  That helps with physical pain.  I probably would not do needed physical therapy if prescrible, or not do it well, if I knew it was going to hurt so much I would cry. That's me.  I know PT can be painful and IS very important but, in my opinion, the pain should not be so great that it would make one cry.  Do make that appointment NOW and get out of this 7 years of pain that is getting worse.  GOOD LUCK.

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      Oh my goodness!  Thank you so much for your concern!  I forgot to say.... My hubby retired 3 weeks ago, and just found out we don't have insurance!... Then, yesterday I found out we do... but, we haven't received our ins. cards yet!  It all went through the cracks! .... As soon as we get our ins. cards, I'll make an appt.!  The pain didn't start severely until abt. a month ago....The burning pain is on the incision, and it hurts to touch my skin, but, the other side of my arm, the top part, is feeling cold.... and it's like that all the time.  I have limited my movement with my arm, as not to feel the pain.  And, I can't wait until we get our cards so I can make an appt. with the surgeon that did the surgery.  And yes, I'm going to get a 2nd opinion!  Again, Thanks!  <3  xoxo

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    I don't know the wait time for an appointment with a specialist in your area but it can be many weeks where I live.  I would consider making the appointment before I had the insurance cards in my hot little hand.  I hope all works out for you.

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      OK, It's the holiday weekend.  If I can't take it any more, then I'll go to an Urgent Care in my area, have them take x-rays, to compare from the orig. surgery.  (I have a cd x-ray of the metal in my wrist.)  If I tell the surg. office I'm a past surgery patient, and it's an emergency, they'll get me in right away.  The weird thing is... I've been using my arm and hand  as if it was 100% for almost 2 years... even though it wasn't.  Very little pain until 3 mos. ago.  Now I've gone through a few bottles of tylenol x=tra strength... and aspirin.  I'll let you know next week what is happening.  Thanks again!

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      p.s.,  My name is Clara Masuch on facebook if you want to be friends.  (other acct. is Clara Gilreath-Masuch).
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      I worked for a Chiropractor for 17 years and I love to play bingo!  Thus, the name my son said I needed!  LOL

       

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