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    Old 02-05-2015, 06:46 AM   #1
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    Scaphoid fracture

    Common problem but I have just slipped over on ice outside and landed flat on my hand. It feels like the scaphoid joint that is bruised. It swelled a little but has gone down now but can be very sore at times. How do I know when I need to see medical help? I know that they can show very mild symptoms and still be broken.Am I best waiting and see after 24 hrs? I understand most people think their scaphoid is just bruised. I am not in agony but now and then get a horrible ache and my hand overall feels a little stiff and hurts to grip or squeeze my hand together. Hate wasting the doctors time if it's not necessary.

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    Old 02-05-2015, 07:21 AM   #2
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

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    Common problem but I have just slipped over on ice outside and landed flat on my hand. It feels like the scaphoid joint that is bruised. It swelled a little but has gone down now but can be very sore at times. How do I know when I need to see medical help? I know that they can show very mild symptoms and still be broken.Am I best waiting and see after 24 hrs? I understand most people think their scaphoid is just bruised. I am not in agony but now and then get a horrible ache and my hand overall feels a little stiff and hurts to grip or squeeze my hand together. Hate wasting the doctors time if it's not necessary.
    If movement of your wrist in certain directions is very painful, I suggest you seek medical help, even if the swelling goes down.
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    Old 02-05-2015, 07:38 AM   #3
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

    Thank you Haydena. It is more my hand and the area under my thumb. I can move it OK and still do housework (unfortunately) but it just hurts using my hand for gripping and general use. I had trigger finger surgery on it 2 months ago too, so was tender anyway without this!

     
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

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    Thank you Haydena. It is more my hand and the area under my thumb. I can move it OK and still do housework (unfortunately) but it just hurts using my hand for gripping and general use. I had trigger finger surgery on it 2 months ago too, so was tender anyway without this!
    Gemo, which fingers were affected by the trigger finger problem?
    I suggest you buy or order online, Traumeel, by Heel of Germany. Apply a generous amount on the affected area. This will help with the pain, swelling & bruising, if any. Traumeel is a homeopathic ointment, containing the highest amount of arnica, a herb from the mountains. You can use this ointment every hour, quite safely.
    If however you are still in pain after 1 week, you will need to seek medical help.
    I wish you well.
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    Old 02-05-2015, 08:20 AM   #5
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

    It was my little finger that had trigger finger. I have problems with scarring after surgery and have developed a lump under the scar on the op site. The GP said what it was but cannot remember.

     
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    It was my little finger that had trigger finger. I have problems with scarring after surgery and have developed a lump under the scar on the op site. The GP said what it was but cannot remember.
    Did he say the lump you have is dead tissue? Does the lump hurt, is it tender,
    when you touch it?

     
    Old 02-05-2015, 08:36 AM   #7
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

    No I am not sure sorry, but it is very sore to touch and even washing my hands hurts a lot.

     
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    No I am not sure sorry, but it is very sore to touch and even washing my hands hurts a lot.
    I have no intention of alarming you, your surgeon may have damaged a nerve in your hand! I had CMI arthroplasty of my right thumb/hand in February 2013.
    Tendon was cut from the wrist area & placed in between thumb bone & wrist bone. That thankfully was a success & my hand & thumb healed very well. 4 months post surgery I saw a lump next to my scar which was/is very tender & hurts like crazy if touched. My surgeon had damaged a nerve & I will have this lump for the rest of my life!! (I refused further surgery. I have the full use of my right hand)
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    Old 02-05-2015, 10:10 AM   #9
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

    Hmm, my GP did say to massage it well twice a day with something like bio oil, but she did say if it wasn't better in a few weeks I would need an ultrasound on it. Sorry to be so vague but I live in France, so my french is still not great. The letter from the consultant suggested it was a very straightforward procedure but to give it 6 months to heal, which seems ages away. If after that I still scar issues or pain from the trigger finger I am to go back, but not sure really what is an acceptable time to wait considering it is such a minor procedure. Atm it is worse now than before. He is a very respected surgeon and does many ski injuries in the French Alps, and specialises in hand and arm surgery so know I am in safe hands, (excuse the pun)!!!

     
    Old 02-05-2015, 10:17 AM   #10
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

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    Hmm, my GP did say to massage it well twice a day with something like bio oil, but she did say if it wasn't better in a few weeks I would need an ultrasound on it. Sorry to be so vague but I live in France, so my french is still not great. The letter from the consultant suggested it was a very straightforward procedure but to give it 6 months to heal, which seems ages away. If after that I still scar issues or pain from the trigger finger I am to go back, but not sure really what is an acceptable time to wait considering it is such a minor procedure. Atm it is worse now than before. He is a very respected surgeon and does many ski injuries in the French Alps, and specialises in hand and arm surgery so know I am in safe hands, (excuse the pun)!!!
    You are not being vague; we laymen are not expected to understand medical terminology! If the lump hurts & the massaging does'nt help, I would return to the surgeon for her to see it & give you an ultra sound. I take it your scar has healed, so there should be no lump in actual fact.
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    Old 02-05-2015, 10:20 AM   #11
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    Re: Scaphoid fracture

    Yes it has healed but as with previous operations I suffer from hypertrophic or kealoid scars which need cortisone shots in order to settle down, although with this it is more of a lump underneath the scar as opposed to the actual scar itself. Thanks for your help.

     
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