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Pain in outside of wrist after fall
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MrsLadyBurns05 posted:
I slipped on the ice and fell face foward onto my hands and knees about 4 days ago. At first I didn't really feeel any pain but by the time I got my kids and myself into the house and took my coat of it stated to hurt pretty badly. when I looked at my hand it was blue and my lower palm and wrist where pretty swollen. I was home alone with my two toddlers, and not wanting to drag them to the hospital with me, so I called my mother in law(who is a nurse) and she said to ice it on and off all night. So I did.
The next morning it seemed ok still a little swollen with a very dark bruise running from about an inch below my wrist up my hand almost to my fingers. I had a wrist brace froma few years ago from another injury so I put it on nd went to work. As the day went on my lower hand and wrist swelled more and more. I went to urgent care and had a hand x-ray which was normal, so they said I had a bad sprain and told me to wear the brace for at least 2-3 weeks.
Then two days later I took the brace to air my hand a little bit and I stretched my arms. When doing this I heard a large crack in my wrist, so loud it startled me. Immediatly my wrist had a sharp pain on the outer edge(ulna bone I believe?)and then started throbbing. After that I noticed the bone(?) in the lower corner of my hand below my pinky is sticking out much farther than my other hand and also the bone(?) on the back of my hand is too.
Now five days later I am up in the middle of the night, in much worse pain, hoping someone here can help. The pain is coming mostly from the outer top side of my wrist and radiates to my entire wrist and down my arm. It is VERY sensetive to touch about an inch below the bone on the top side outter edge (the one that sticks out farther than normal now) It is also swollen on the side of my wrist buit just in the spot that hurts most.
I have tried icing it, which does help a little, taking ibeprofin and I have also tried rubbing it(like you would rub a sore muscle) which just makes it worse. The last three fingers on my hand have also become sort of stiff and harder to move over the last few days.
Here are my questions
Would a hand x-ray show a fracture this far down on my wrist?
If even possible could my wrist be dislocated?
What else could cuase the bones(?) to both stick out?
Any other informations/advise would also be welcome....Please
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Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi MrsLadyBurns,

I hope that you have already been to your doctor about this injury. It definitely sounds like you need professional medical attention. Please let us know how you are doing!
 
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MrsLadyBurns05 replied to Amelia_WebMD_Staff's response:
I did end up going back to my doctors office. They think I tore multiple ligiments in my wrist, but since I can still move it, they said it would heal on its own in a few weeks and that the swelling should be gone after the second week. It has been almost two weeks now and about 50% of the swelling is gone and the bruise has gone away completly. But they said as lons as the swelling is gone by week 3 it will be fine and if not than I will have to see a specialist.
 
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Amelia_WebMD_Staff replied to MrsLadyBurns05's response:
My fingers and toes are crossed for you! Take it easy and hopefully things will heal properly and in no time. :)


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