Might have broken my hand...

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Might have broken my hand...

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:58 am

A few weeks ago I was trail running and took a pretty good fall - caught a root at fill gallop and body slammed myself into the ground. Posterior dislocation of my left shoulder and what I thought was a deep bruise on my right palm below my pinky and ring finders.
Shoulder went back in that day at the ER. Didn't think anything of the right palm other than it's been sore. Went out for an early bike ride last Sunday since we were going out of town for the week to a conference my wife was attending. On the bike ride my right palm got excruciating, much worse than it's hurt from the fall or up until that point.
Had to bear with it while we traveled and got an appointment to an orthopedist as soon as we got back. He suspects a Hook of Hamate fracture and is setting up a CT scan and a follow up with a hand specialist. :Hangman:

Just hope it's either not too serious or easily fixable. Best case is just a hard brace for ~6 weeks. Next worse would be cast. Worst case would be the fracture has been there since the original fall and now won't knit, which means surgery.
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Re: Might have broken my hand...

Post by Fat Cat » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:59 pm

Did you have the scan yet? What's the prognosis?
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Re: Might have broken my hand...

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:22 pm

Hey Fats, thanks for checking in.

I had to go to sort of a chain orthopedic place here since they were the only ones that could get me in last week. Never heard back from them to schedule the CT, so when I called to bitch they said it would be another 5 business days. Reached out to some of my XFit friends and they recommended a hand specialist locally. I have an appointment with her next Wednesday morning. She can do a CT on the spot or at least really quickly, and I hope to at least have a firm diagnosis by Thursday at the latest. I'm tired of working around an hand I can't squeeze or press anything with.
If I put any pressure at all on the base of my palm at below the pinky/ring finger area it's on fire, and if I pull on anything with either of those fingers it hurts in the same spot. That's pretty much the definition of a Hook of Hamate fracture. Just ready to get this solved. What sucks about being a flat rate technician is that if I don't turn wrenches I don't get paid. Which means I'm working through it as best I can right now.
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Post by Fat Cat » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:46 pm

Good luck man and let us know what she finds. I guess it's no surprise that XFiters know the go-to specialist to get an injury checked out pronto... :-"
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Re: Might have broken my hand...

Post by Sangoma » Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:22 am

Carpal fractures suck. CT scan is the only way to confirm/exclude it. Get well quick, man.

Hand is a very delicate organ, and we really only get it when it stops working properly. I used to work with a hand specialist in Jo'burg. Fascinating and more complicated than brain surgery.
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Re: Might have broken my hand...

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:50 pm

So...
I broke the tip off the Hook of Hamate. Pretty much what she suspected. Since it's been 2 months and the bone hasn't healed, she said surgery is probably the best way to go. A Guyon's Canal release is the procedure, with removal of the broken tip of the Hamate hook, then grind the remainder smooth.
She said it would be under local plus a sedative. I watched the procedure on youtube done by a woman she recommended, and I'm pretty apprehensive about it. I have a pre-op meeting on the 4th of September. I'm taking it super easy at work and hoping this thing starts to heal in the next 3 weeks. Otherwise I'm getting cut.
Here's the video:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhQwyHUYzVA[/youtube]
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Re: Might have broken my hand...

Post by SubClaw » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:03 pm

Good luck with the healing! Surgery is always a bitch.

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