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My hand is still hurting me
    #11368394 - 11/02/09 01:13 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

A little while ago i got in a car crash.  But because of the circumstances i had to run from the scene and didn't go to the hospital or anything.

Anyways its about 2 weeks later and my hand still hurts like crazy.  Mostly my knuckles, they got smashed up against a window.  My dad is an MD, but i don't wanna explain to him why i didn't go to the hospital.  When i make a tight fist with my hand i get shooting pain in my hand, and when my fingers are pushed backwards beyond full muscle extension it hurts real bad.  I have been icing during some nights and just waiting for the pain to go away, and while it has gotten better there is still noticeable pain in my hand/fingers.  Should i just go see a doctor about it, cuz i feel as though it should be healed now:shrug:


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: Cognitive_Shift]
    #11368836 - 11/02/09 02:26 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

You may as well go see a doctor.

Edit: Nvm just remembered healthcare isnt free in America so i dono.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: Grapefruit]
    #11369274 - 11/02/09 03:24 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

The pain isn't in your fingers- it's in the bones on the back of your hand?  It sounds like an impact injury, similar as to what one would get from punching a brick wall.  You may have broken something and need surgery if it's really bad.  Otherwise, you might just need to stop using that hand for a while and let it heal.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: Society]
    #11369513 - 11/02/09 03:53 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

If your hand is not swollen and you have good range of movement then you probably have a hair line fracture. Use heat and ice alternating on off about 10 min each. do this a couple of times a day and try to not use that hand.
Other than that I would go to a doctor.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: lqdtrance]
    #11369753 - 11/02/09 04:28 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Yeah its not swollen at all.  And i can still use my fingers/hand.  Its just when it is put in stressful situations, you know grabbing things tightly.  I guess im just gonna ice it more often and see how it feels.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: Cognitive_Shift]
    #11369866 - 11/02/09 04:42 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Sounds like a sprain or like I said, a hair line fracture. I have a few from sports.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: Cognitive_Shift]
    #11392088 - 11/05/09 06:25 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

You definitely should see a doctor and get a referral to an orthopaedist and have that hand looked at and properly taken care of. Your hands are very valuable to you and have the most discerning touch of your whole body, and it freely manipulate objects. In the hospital hand injuries are taken VERY seriously for the aforementioned reason. Having nerve injury to your hand can be debilitating not only can you lose sensation, but also muscle strength, and perhaps even cause wasting/atrophy of your muscles due to damaged/killed nerves. If you are having shooting pains and and it's over 2 weeks now - the inflammation has gone - it sounds like you have structural instability that COULD be impinging on a nerve, or the pain can be just residual from broken bones or what have you. The point is you can't really tell at this point. You need to see an x-ray. You have 3 nerves that supply your hand, if you think of carpal tunnel that's entrapment of 1 nerve that runs into the palm, damage to that nerve can cause muscle wasting. Something so simple as carpal tunnel can be devastating to a hand. You have an impact injury, the first thing that should have been done was to x-ray it make sure there's no major instabilities or fractures that could cause some nerve damage.

In other words, get it x-rayed and see someone about it.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: Cognitive_Shift]
    #11392343 - 11/05/09 07:01 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Going to the hospital in America can get damn expensive... (And you can never fully count on your insurance actually covering you.)
If your dad is an MD then he could give you free medical help no? Or perhaps send you to his pediatric buddy who wont charge you? Just make up a story about falling down stairs or punching your girlfriend and let him look at it.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: eligal]
    #11395234 - 11/06/09 02:11 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Yeah i should really see a doctor.  Symptoms haven't changed since the original post.  I don't have money to see a doctor, guess i'll just see what my dad thinks of it.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: Cognitive_Shift]
    #11395255 - 11/06/09 02:18 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I hurt my hand badly one time when I on accident knocked my knuckles in asphalt. As you probably know there are multiple small bones in there, and if they get strained or slightly broken it will take many months to fully grow back together, but usually there is no need to see a doctor.

At least not if you can move your fingers relatively freely with a tolerable level of pain.

For me the pain in a couple of fingers still lingered (when I squeezed my fist tightly together or when I bent them backwards out of normal range) close to a year after, but this eventually faded away.

So no, I would not bother seeing a doctor as long as you see gradual improvement.

edit: I would maybe reconsider if you are certain no improvement has occurred at all, but if you are able to grab stuff gently with it I would be surprised if it wouldn't gradually grow together again.


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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: rebus_minus]
    #11396340 - 11/06/09 09:57 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

You got to think about your future, its way more valuable than what your dad might think dude. Tell your dad a made up story if the truth might hurt.
Good luck dude.
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Re: My hand is still hurting me [Re: rebus_minus]
    #11408429 - 11/08/09 12:26 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

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As you probably know there are multiple small bones in there, and if they get strained or slightly broken it will take many months to fully grow back together, but usually there is no need to see a doctor.






Depending on which bone is broken it can cause permanent damage.


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