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    Old 08-14-2020, 01:24 AM   #1
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    Plate and screws pain.

    I recently started getting pain in my left upper part of my arm where I have a plate and 10 screws, from a fracture that happened in 2012. I'm not sure why that's is, maybe I lifted something the wrong way or slept on it wrong, but for this to happen all of a sudden after 8 years with having this plate and screws in my arm is a bit alarming.

    So around the elbow where the plate ends is where it hurts the most. It's very warm to the touch, red in a small spot and a bit swollen, I also have very limited mobility due to it hurting when moved and bent in certain ways.

    I am not sure if this is something really concerning or if I should just keep an eye on it and continue taking Tylenol for the pain and swelling.

    Any advice help or support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

     
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    Old 08-14-2020, 04:57 AM   #2
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    Re: Plate and screws pain.

    You should see the ortho to determine what is going on. I have had hardware removed as screw was hitting a nerve.

     
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    Old 08-14-2020, 09:28 AM   #3
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    Re: Plate and screws pain.

    Have you had an xray done of that area? I would be concerned that you have an infection in the tissues or around the hardware. Call the specialist and your GP or go to the ER to get the ball moving on diagnosis and treatment.

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    Old 08-20-2020, 04:40 PM   #4
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    Re: Plate and screws pain.

    Thanks for your response, I was definitely concerned about a bad infection as well, so I made an appointment to go to urgent care and they were worried about it being a sepsis infection and basically had told me to just go to the ER an have them get all the testing that would need to be done there.

    So long story short I went to ER after the urgent care clinic, and they took blood but the nurse tried 4 times before the phlebotomist had to come get me in my wrist ouch (due to having very difficult veins) and they took x-rays too and all they told me when they had gotten the results was that everything looked perfect in my blood and arm/hardware there's just a small infection, and basically just prescribed me antibiotics and told me to take tylenol or ibuprofen, outlined the red spot on my elbow with their medical sharpie told me to watch it in case it gets worse and spreads and that's it.

    So yeah I mean I guess it wasn't to terribly bad but I wouldn't of known if I hadn't gone in, so I'm glad I did cause you just never really know.

    It's been a few days now and my arm is doing much better I can finally move it a lot more without it hurting so bad. 🙂

     
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