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bruising after fall

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 26, 2009
  • 07:46 PM

I fell down the stairs last week and hurt my arm. I had to go the hospital as it was thought that it may be broken. The xrays didnt show a break, but had to be sent of as there was a dark bit over part of the humorus bone. My arm is bruised on the under side above the elbow, but I am getting pains all the way up to my armpit and over my shoulder. It isnt really bad pain, but sometimes feels like a burning sensation and sometimes like little pins being put in my arm. Could this be bruised ligaments or bone ?

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  • I can't say anything about this dark spot on the humerus, as you didn't say where it is (ie, midshaft posterior). The bruising on the back of your elbow is likely the source of your pain. The "funny bone" is not a bone at all, it's the ulnar nerve which runs right along the back of the elbow and into the forearm (the tip of your elbow and the next bulging bone towards the outside of your arm, the nerve runs between these). Pressure on it from bruising would explain pain all the way up into your shoulder where the nerve has its root in the origin in the brachial plexus (bundle of nerves that lies under your collarbone area, which innervates all of the surrounding muscles and tissue, as well as all of your arm) as well as downstream pain into your forearm and hand. The "burning" pain is characteristic of physical pressure or slight damage to nerves. Rest and Ice, you should be fine.
    Croatiamedstudent 32 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 04:39 AM
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