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Old 03-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

Sorry this is long, typing with one hand..

I had a bad incident few days ago which resulted in a dislocated shoulder, 2 dislocated fingers and painful wrist.

My brother, whom I don't get along with (he's verbally abusive, arrogant), came to the city where I live for work related stuff. He was spending a few extra days to see friends, our parents etc. He dropped by, could tell he had a few drinks (never had a drinking problem). He's my moms favorite and both like to pick at me. Anyways I told him he shouldn't drive to the hotel because of drinking (could smell alcohol when he spoke). I was standing on the bottom step (inside my house). He picked up a what appeared to be a board and took a swung at my face. Naturally I put my arms up to protect myself. It hit the ulnar side of wrist and somewhat the thumb side. Next he pulled me hard by the arm, off the step. I slipped and fell forward hard, arms out in front. That is when I felt my shoulder dislocated and two of my fingers too. Thank goodness my cousin dropped by and saw the tale end of this ordeal. My brother ran past and took off. I didn't feel the pain at first, shocked.

My cousin popped my shoulder and fingers back in. The next day he encouraged me to call the police which I did.

I haven't been to a doctor yet. The police are encouraging the idea for evidence.

The ulnar side of my wrist is sore. I already have a problem with that area (bone is longer than the radius) mild ulnar plus variance. I have a post about that in this section. Being hit in this area.. pain is worse.

I also had Dequervains surgery in November. This area did get some of the brunt but not as bad as ulnar side

An orthopedic hand surgeon did the Dequervains surgery and somewhat looking into the mild ulnar plus variance the past few appts before this happened.

I'm also a survivor of domestic abuse (ex bf ) so this recent incident brings up all the embarrassment, shame I experienced, especially if I needed medical treatment.

I don't know what a doctor will do for a shoulder, fingers that are popped back in? Xrays to be sure they are in place?

I don't know if I should try to get in with the orthopedic or go to a walk in clinic?

I've literally been crying off and on, feel like I'm going to throw up.

Thanks for listening and your help

 
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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Re: Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

I'm sorry to hear what you are going through. Try not to feel the shame when you seek treatment. You are the victim. Your brother is the one who should be shamed. Your injuries sound painful and you were just trying to be helpful.

An orthopedic doctor would be ideal, but it is weekend. It may be a good idea to start with a walk-in if you are in pain like that. You will probably be recommended for orthopedic follow up.

I'm guessing start with a general specialist. I have to have seperate treatment by a hand docs and shoulder docs so it is difficult to know who to seek out. It may also be worth following up with your hand surgeon to make sure no additional damage was done where you had your surgery. I had hand surgery in November and am still in the final healing stages. I imagine you are too.

Keep us posted how you are doing.

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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Re: Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

Update...

I did see a sports medicine doctor at a walk in clinic. He quickly examined me but didn't listen really when I mentioned the wrist (ulnar side). An xray was taken and he said nothing broken, wear a sling for your dislocated shoulder for 14 days and come back in 10-11 days. I did mention that I had surgery for Dequervain's (even though that side didn't get whacked nearly the same as the ulnar side), the mild ulnar plus variance problem and I was under the care of an orthopedic. Nothing said. Needless to say I made an apt with a different sports medicine doctor for a follow up. My wrist still hurts so I will have to wait. Also my left wrist is painful in what apparently is the scaphoid section (cousin told me the bone in this area). I did tell the doctor who visually looked at it for like 2 seconds. Anyways there were 80 people at the walk in (going by the ticket/number you have to pull) so maybe it's me but I think the doctor was rushed.

 
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Re: Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

Thanks MountainReader

I decided to go to a walk in clinic that has sports medicine doctors. I told him my ring and pinky finger, right shoulder, ulnar side of wrist and left thumb side of wrist hurt the most. Luckily my right wrist, where I had Dequervain's surgery ,didn't receive the impact. I also told him that I have mild ulnar plus variance. He was very quick to examine me (80 people waiting to see a doctor!). I mentioned to him a few times about the ulnar side ,but not sure if he was listening. Sent me for xrays said nothing fractured according to him. Shoulder looked in place. Gave me a sling to wear (for 15 days) for dislocated shoulder and to come back in 10-11 days.

I booked an apt with a different sports medicine doctor. The thumb side of my left wrist is painful, achy. My cousin said that the pain I'm experiencing is the scaphoid section and that the doctor should have done more. ?? Also ulnar side is more painful now compared to before.

I haven't made an appointment with the hand orthopedic. Not sure if should wait to see what the other sports medicine doctor will say.

Both my shoulders have dislocated in the past.

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Re: Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

I'm glad to hear you sought out treatment.

I think your sports medicine doctor might be a good place to start since you are having so many problems.

It is very frustrating having to see multiple doctors at times like this. I have orthopedic doctors for both my shoulder and wrist issues. If you don't get the treatment you feel you need from the general sports medicine person, it might be necessary to visit the other specialists. It is good you already have a wrist doc.

Did your wrist doc see a need to do anything about the positive ulnar variance before? From what was explained to me, they usually leave them alone unless you are dealing with pain that isn't resolved from other modes of treatment. If you continue with pain, it might need to be addressed.

I'm curious. You mention multiple shoulder dislocations. Do you have joint hypermobility? I do. It isn't severe, but it seems to have left me prone to joint issues. At this time, most of them seem to all be on the right side so far. I have instability in my wrist, hand, shoulder, jaw, etc...

I wish you well with your doctors visit.
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Re: Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

I see the sports medicine doctor on Friday.

The hand surgeon didn't do anything about the mild ulnar plus variance. I had an MRI a year ago that showed it and according to the radiologist report it says 'TFCC appears intact'. I believe the hand surgeon spoke about maybe physiotherapy and some injections. Since the assault the ulnar side is even more painful now. I guess if the sports medicine doctor cannot offer treatment or suggestions I will have to book an appointment with the hand surgeon.

I was told in the past that I have hyper extended joints in my fingers. Maybe my other joints are like this as well? My other shoulder dislocation (opposite shoulder)unfortunately was from domestic violence.

I'm not under the care of a shoulder specialist.

Unfortunately the only way you can see specialists in Canada is through referral only, usually from a family doctor.

I'll keep you updated. Thanks for your help!


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I'm glad to hear you sought out treatment.

I think your sports medicine doctor might be a good place to start since you are having so many problems.

It is very frustrating having to see multiple doctors at times like this. I have orthopedic doctors for both my shoulder and wrist issues. If you don't get the treatment you feel you need from the general sports medicine person, it might be necessary to visit the other specialists. It is good you already have a wrist doc.

Did your wrist doc see a need to do anything about the positive ulnar variance before? From what was explained to me, they usually leave them alone unless you are dealing with pain that isn't resolved from other modes of treatment. If you continue with pain, it might need to be addressed.

I'm curious. You mention multiple shoulder dislocations. Do you have joint hypermobility? I do. It isn't severe, but it seems to have left me prone to joint issues. At this time, most of them seem to all be on the right side so far. I have instability in my wrist, hand, shoulder, jaw, etc...

I wish you well with your doctors visit.

 
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Update: Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

MountainReader,

The wrist doctor is not doing much with regards to the mild ulnar plus variance. I had an MRI a year ago (a different doctor sent me for it) and it showed mild ulnar plus variance. Tffc appears intact. My last appointment he mentioned something about injections or physio if it doesn't improve. Being whacked with a board has made it worse although he doesn't know that yet. I guess if it doesn't improve I will make an appointment.

I have hyper extended joints in my fingers . Maybe other joints could have this too?. I had a shoulder dislocation in the past from domestic violence (ex bf)


Update.. I had an appointment with the sports medicine doctor yesterday (they had a cancellation so got in one day earlier). Anyways I pointed out the thumb side of my wrist (opposite wrist to where I had Dequervain's surgery) hurt. He pressed and moved it around and sent me for xrays. He suspects a scaphoid fracture on the xrays but not 100 percent sure. So now I have a cast on one arm and a sling on the other. I still have to wear the sling and he will be sending me for physiotherapy. I have some tingling in the shoulder but he's going to wait and see and decide his next step. I go back in a few weeks for a follow up. I can't afford private therapy so I will have to go through a hospital physiotherapy program for my shoulder. It won't be until the end of April.

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I'm glad to hear you sought out treatment.

I think your sports medicine doctor might be a good place to start since you are having so many problems.

It is very frustrating having to see multiple doctors at times like this. I have orthopedic doctors for both my shoulder and wrist issues. If you don't get the treatment you feel you need from the general sports medicine person, it might be necessary to visit the other specialists. It is good you already have a wrist doc.

Did your wrist doc see a need to do anything about the positive ulnar variance before? From what was explained to me, they usually leave them alone unless you are dealing with pain that isn't resolved from other modes of treatment. If you continue with pain, it might need to be addressed.

I'm curious. You mention multiple shoulder dislocations. Do you have joint hypermobility? I do. It isn't severe, but it seems to have left me prone to joint issues. At this time, most of them seem to all be on the right side so far. I have instability in my wrist, hand, shoulder, jaw, etc...

I wish you well with your doctors visit.

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Re: Dislocated fingers & shoulder, put back in,assaulted, need to see a doctor?

It sounds like the sports doc is taking good care of you. I'm glad you are getting on a track to healing. Sorry you are having to go through all of this though.

Hang in there.

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