I am new to these boards and have a couple of stories to share with you. The first one is the misdiagnosis of a fractured elbow. On July 4th, 2008, I was jumping on a trampoline with my kids. (I'm 39 and had a couple of drinks - smart, huh?) Anyway, I fell off of the trampoline and landed directly on my left elbow. Not only did I hear a crack, but so did everybody within 20 feet of me. After about an hour of not wanting to go to the hospital, I finally gave in because my elbow was making grinding noises when I moved it, along with my lower arm feeling like it was actually dislocating. By this time, my elbow was starting to swell and I couldn't fight it any longer. I had to go to the hospital. I had x-rays of my elbow and the dr. came back and told me that I just had a bone contusion and sent me home. Well, over the next couple of days, my lower arm and hand swelled up, I got bright red, purple bruising on the elbow and lower arm, and it just hurt more than I can tell you. Also, there were certain ways that I moved my left elbow that would send shock waves of severe pain throughout my body. Now..........I'm no brain surgeon.......nor Orthopedic Surgeon for that matter, but I know my body, and I know that there was something more wrong than just a bone contusion. I am a file clerk/cashier at a car dealership and I did not go to work on Monday due to severe pain, swelling, and bruising in my left elbow, but did go Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with my elbow wrapped in an ace bandage. Well, the pain never got any better so I went to the E.R. last night (Thursday July 10th). This time it was a different dr. and different hospital. Well, I got the exact same diagnosis, even though now my arm will not flex or extend nearly as well as my right arm. I told the dr. about the grinding in my elbow, the fact that it hurt severely, and that it was not getting any better. The dr. actually told me that I had full flexion and extension of my arm, even though I showed him my two elbows right next to each other. He gave me a sling and told me to go home. What a frickin' joke!!!
So, this morning I received a call from the hospital that I went to last night and the dr. said that after an actual Radiologist looked at my x-rays, she found that I had a fracture of my left elbow. Gee, ya think?!? I don't understand why, first of all, a Radiologist did not look at my x-rays when I went to the hospital both times, and now I'm wondering whether I have made my elbow worse over the past few days since the reading of my first
x-rays! The dr. last night was so sure that I had absolutely nothing wrong with my elbow even though I was in so much pain and could hardly move it. Now I have to go to an Orthopedic Surgeon to see what my next step is. I am truly starting to lose faith in ALL doctors. What if I wouldn't have gone back to the E.R. last night? I would be walking around with a fractured elbow that in the long run would probably have not healed correctly. As it stands right now, it has been exactly one week since I hurt my elbow and I have lost such range of motion that I'm wondering if I'll ever get it back. UGG!!!
Thanks for letting me vent and I'll share a much worse misdiagnosis story with you later. My elbow is really starting to hurt.