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Wrist/Forearm injury

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  • Posted By: dnk1102
  • April 20, 2009
  • 03:31 PM

Over the weekend I injured my Wrist/Forearm, by tumbling over with body weight from fist to wrist, the correct way for wrist to bend but possibly too far, and as stated with full body weight. There is swelling approx. 2.5 to 3 inches above my wrist along the radial bone. I don't know wether I should wait and see if it gets better or get it checked out. If I should get it checked, do I goto DR. or ER??
I take Percocet already for Back/neck problems, but that is not alieviating any of the wrist/arm pain. It is very uncomfortable just to type this. Sorry to sound "dumb" but when it comes to myself I just seem to put off medical care!

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  • I'd see the doctor, he/she will put your concerns to rest; if there is a problem, you should get a referral from that primary for the proper specialist for further consultation. Due to the simple reason that you are concerned enough to post about it, and you mention the details and swelling ... sounds like it's worth looking into.
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  • Over the weekend I injured my Wrist/Forearm, by tumbling over with body weight from fist to wrist, the correct way for wrist to bend but possibly too far, and as stated with full body weight. There is swelling approx. 2.5 to 3 inches above my wrist along the radial bone. I don't know wether I should wait and see if it gets better or get it checked out. If I should get it checked, do I goto DR. or ER?? I take Percocet already for Back/neck problems, but that is not alieviating any of the wrist/arm pain. It is very uncomfortable just to type this. Sorry to sound "dumb" but when it comes to myself I just seem to put off medical care!Hi dnk1102,I agree with neurotransmissing's advice above. You do need to be seen and have an x-ray of your wrist/forearm.If, as you've stated, the swelling is specific to your radius...rather than generalized swelling of your wrist itself...my educated guess is that you've sustained a fracture of the radius. The only way to determine that with certainty is via x-ray. As far as where you should be seen...your MD's office vs. the ER...it's a toss-up, but if your Doc doesn't have X-ray available nearby, the ER would be your best bet. With either, if the x-ray confirms a fracture it's likely you'll be referred out for evaluation/treatment by an Orthopedic Specialist. With luck, the x-ray will be negative and you'll have only a soft tissue injury (but it does sound more like a fracture to me).Let us know the outcome.Best regards,John<
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • I thank you for the input and advice. I did go to the DR. yesterday, who, of course immediatetly sent me for x-rays. A hairline/stress fracture was detected, ( I don't know the difference, but both terms were used.) Due to the swelling, they did not want to cast it quite yet, I guess it is swollen enough that they can't make the cast to the proper snugness. I don't know, I'm not a Doc. and most times their actions confuse me, but they also want to do other testing to see if there is something other than skeletal injury. In the mean time I'm still in pain, and of course I take percocet for Chronic back and neck problems so it is doing very little for this new pain. Anyway thank you for your input, it is very appreciated. Daniel
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