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Oblique fractures of my 3 and 4 metacarpals

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  • Posted By: Blozer
  • May 7, 2011
  • 06:17 AM

Ok I broke my righthand(which is also my dominent hand) on Janurary 31,2011. I had 4 oblique fractures. 2 in my 3rd metacarpal and 2 in my 4th metacarpal. I did this falling off a snow machine. I required ORIF surgery to correct my hand. I ended up with 4 screws. two in each bone. On my Xrays in March 17,2011 there was some new bone growth in 3/4 fractures sites. I went back to work on modified duties on march 21,2011 and after 2 days of 8hr shifts as a RPN my hand was swollen to the point I could no longer see my knuckles, or hold a pen. My OT/PT told me that I was off work after that happened and I havent been back since due to pain, swelling, lack of capability and strength. All symptoms of nonunion fracture I think. Since my cast came off at the 6 week mark I have had constant swelling to the point I went to my MD and got a antiinflamatory, I also notice colour changes in my hand. Different shades of spoty white and patches of dark red to the palm of my hand. Almost like bruising sometimes. I had a XRAY on May 4 and it showed that my 4th metacarpal looks well healed. The bone looks healthly only thing visable is the two screws, however the 3rd metacarparal the oblique fracture near the head of the bone looks almost the same as the XRAY taken on March 17,2011. Shouldn't the bones 3rd and 4th metacarpal appaer the same on the XRAY esp. if they are healed?? The report said good bone aligenment and bone healing is present. There was nothing in the report about this clearly visable area on that metacarpal. I live in a small town. Should I consult a physican in a large area. Is this a nonunion fracture?? Pls help this nurse.

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