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The full diagnosis said: Distal radius & ulna styloid fracture, mild shortening of distal radius with a degree of dorsal comminution.
First of all I must say how grateful I am for Jeanettes postings, they have given me great info & encouragment. I have read all I can find as I am so disappointed in my progress to date.
My injury happened on 6 Jan'15, 2 days after getting my puppy, whilst playing in the garden with her, I tripped & fell heavily landing with my full weight directly on my left wrist which bent up towards the inside of my arm at a very strange angle. I just had to lay there for a while wondering how to get up agin - the pain was excrutiating.
I thought it was a bad sprain so used frozen peas as it was swelling, then ice water before a makeshift sling. Online advice said wait 24 hrs b4 seeing doctor to allow for swelling - so i did.
When I saw a doctor he said almost certainly broken & gave me a note for xray at hospital. Xray dept closed at 4pm so went next day where breaks confirmed & reduction plus back slab given which despite gas is horrible painful experience then back to xray.
Consultant said he was fairly happy with reduction altho radius was still a bit twisted & to wait a week to see if had stabilized otherwise surgery which I said I didn't want if can be avoided.
One week later xray confirmed was stable & doctor says surgery not necessary so cast applied (below elbow to wrist).
The following week, another xray & doctor says healing progressing & gap is closing. Come back in 4 weeks which will actually be 5 wks as hosp want to wait for results of Dexa scan. Consequently, will have been in cast for 7 wks by then.
So today I have been in cast for 5 wks & I am still in much pain. I wriggle fingers & clench as far as I can but they are still very swollen. I cannot dress myself, wash properly, butter bread, or anything much at all, even opening a letter is tricky. I can hold light objects in my fingers but a cup of tea would be too much.
What really worries me tho is that I have little rotary movement - cannot see my palm or back of hand.
Is this all normal & to be expected or am I just being impatient?
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