Re: FOOSH Injury/Scaphoid
You're welcome, OneEskimo. I have gotten so much help here I am glad to help out. At least you can know you're not alone.
I find it absurd for an orthopedic doctor to ignore a radial head fracture and a sprained wrist and recommend nothing after one week. Definitely not to recommend lifting 20 pounds. Really get some x-rays done by someone who understands...a D.O. doctor would be a good start but definitely from an ortho with some education and experience that is NOT working for the business insurance company.
I understand wanting to get back to work asap, but do what is best for your arm. A break isn't insignificant, and it may be one that will heal without complications if treated and rested appropriately. It's a hardship, but take it from me who kept charging full speed ahead through past injuries (I also had a broken leg). The result isn't at all worth it. That's how I learned my lesson this time.
I am with you on disliking how narcotics affect me. I used some right after the fall, and after surgery which was done two and a half weeks ago. Icing is pretty effective, and I use 400 to 600 mg Motrin to relieve the inflammation when too achey to sleep. But I don't use it during the day because I tend to overdo if I feel no pain.
What happened to me is five weeks ago I slipped and fell onto my back putting my hand down so it hit first, shattering the hand end of the radius bone, and the bone spit toward the elbow in several places. Thankfully none of the small hand bones were injured or displaced. I attached a picture of how it looks now that it was secured with a plate. A year ago I fell forward on my other hand and hyper-extended the thumb of my dominant hand. I used it too soon and so it took six months to recover full extension and strength. Before it got well I didn't know if it would ever quit hurting, but now it is fine.
My wrist hung out of my sling, too. was not good. Emergency care is just to stabilize us...we always need to get checked out further and get better advice.
If you don't have a primary care doc you need to find and establish one. I didn't have insurance or a PC, but did know an orthopedic expert of whom I asked if he would just give me his opinion. He said yes, did x-rays in his office, and said he would take my case. Many specialists refuse to see anyone not referred by a PC...big deal...try asking anyway...ask friends if they will call their docs and ask them to see you for a second opinion.
I ended up cutting off the emergency room plaster splint and cutting it down so it was not around my elbow or stopping my fingers from moving, and my Stanford level orthopedic doctor told me I was smart. I totally believe you need to find the most expert orthopedic doctor you can afford. I would not trust my care only to a workman comp recommended doctor as they most often accept kick backs from the WC ins. for minimal treatment. It's just a fact of life.
Let me know how you are doing and if you get another opinion outside that doctor's group. It seemed like malpractice to me. Your hands are obviously your livlihood. You may need a good personal injury attorney before this is over.
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