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Old 05-03-2018, 01:30 PM
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I shattered my wrist on December 28th 2017 and had it operated on January4th 2018. I have a plate and 12 screws. I got to physical therapy twice a week and it is now May 3rd 2018 and I still suffer from swollen stiff fingers and I still don't have full mobility. It is my right wrist and I am right handed. the surgeon still says 100% recovery in 18 months it was originally 12 months. Good luck all and hope things work out for you.
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Old 05-03-2018, 02:00 PM
Location: Southern California
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"they" don't know how much time it takes for each individual to do their healing. The doctors have to keep patients optimistic for starters, I'm headed to 7 yrs post op on hip replacement and deal with 3 major complications. Will it get improved for me, have no idea. Same goes for you..Johlon....sure hope you get a lot more recovery. 100% that would be great.

I just read thru the whole thread sorta and omg the issues. Do everything NOT to fall, of course.

Hoping more healing has taken place from the posters here.

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Old 11-21-2018, 08:17 PM
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I trip and fell on Sept 30th and fractured my left radius and ulna bones. I was put in a splint and sling until I saw the surgeon on Oct 5th. I was advised I needed surgery and had it the next day which was a Saturday. Something about my bone was 37 degrees off or twisted. I just remember the 37 degrees. Since i had been having some tingling and weakness in my hand went ahead and also had a carpal tunnel release surgery while i was having plates and screws put in. I saw my surgeon on Oct 19th to get my stitches taken out my fingers/wrist were still swollen. My palm was hurting I felt like I was getting stabbed there. This pain is still bothering me to this day. My wrist still hurts. I have pains in my forearm and shoulder off and on. My thumb feels numb at the tip. I started OT on Oct 25th 2x a week. I cant make a fist. I can only move my fingers so far. I have a drop wrist. I went to see my surgeon this past week and he tells me this is not from surgery. I have CRPS type 2 and he call and is having me see a pain management DR and that I have nerve damage I guess this happen when I fell. I will probably have to have a nerve block or injections he was telling me. I did had a nerve block when I had surgery. I don't know what to expect. I don't know why my surgeon made that phone call. He did start me on Gabapentin which I think is starting to help some. I'm thinking it hasn't even been 2 months since I fell. Has anyone experience this with there surgeon? I don't know if he cares and is getting me help or what is going on. I am 54 and this is my first time breaking a bone. My surgeon thought I would be back to work by Nov 30th but since I really cant use my left arm its impossible. Any advice anyone could give me I would appreciate it. I just look at my left wrist and arm and get sad. My therapist still has me wearing a removable splint since I still have swelling in my hand plus with nerve damage I guess. I can take it off while I am at home but wear it at night and when I am out. Been in it since Oct 19th.

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Old 11-21-2018, 08:26 PM
Location: Southern California
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Any time we have our bodies cut, it can take months/yrs for an adequate healing. People just don't realize this and expect almost quick results...not gonna happen.

The nerve damage is also from surgery and I never had nerve damage before I had hip replacement in 2010, so it's 8 yrs post op and I deal with all the challenges and complications from what I felt would be a good answer for me, what did I know..I never had a surgery like this before in my life and I was 72. Today at 80, live with a pretty disabled surgery mess.

Hope you heal more and more KG7, but the body doesn't rush this stuff.
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Old Today, 01:37 PM
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Default Wrist swelling after surgery

I too have the same issues after broken wrist surgery. I suffered a broken wrist after falling off a motorized scooter on November 28, 2018. My surgery was December 10th. My cast came off January 28th. My first therapy date was January 31, 2019. My wrist bends forward okay, but due to continued swelling, it does not move backward at all. I continue to have swelling after removing the compression glove.
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