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01 September 2007 @ 05:17 pm
Looking up info...  
After getting somewhat frustrated from not receiving any helpful info from doctors, I decided to look up info on proximal humerus fractures online.  I found an article that went the farthest in answering some questions I had about the whole thing, but left me pretty depressed about my prognosis.

Basically it said that it could take 6-12 months for "full healing" of the underlying bone, that pain (at its lowest level) would be present during activity or changes in weather, and could last for a year or two... and pain with weather changes could last 1-3 years after the fracture. 

Right now I don't have the pain constantly, but it'll flare up in my deltoid muscle mostly at various times, pretty much without reason.  I'll be doing something normal, everyday stuff that isn't known to cause me any pain, and it'll be like a sharp sudden twinge.  The other evening I was twisting the cap off a bottle of Advil with my left hand and using my right to hold onto the bottle.  Didn't require a lot of force or anything, yet the pain flared up.  I'm not using the arm excessively or holding it in an odd position.  I'm just doing all I can; I definitely know my limits.

So this all makes me think that something is wrong, that either the fracture has slipped or something has gotten infected.  At times it'll feel like jagged bone digging into flesh (sorry for the icky description, but it was the best I could do to describe it).  I'm not seeing the doctor until Wednesday and I can't get them on the phone since it's Labor Day weekend.

Anyway after reading this article I am hoping I won't have this sharp, sometimes intense pain for 3 years.  I think I'd go literally insane.  I'd feel like I have arthritis, and I'm only pushing 30.  A dull, very very small-scale, rarely occurring pain I can deal with; but not something like what I'm having now.  I guess what bothers me is how general the article seems, that I'm not sure what kind of pain they're talking about.

So, I have a question for anyone who's ever had such an injury (aka broken or severely injured shoulder) or a similar one.  About how long did you have pain, and at what point did it start easing up so that it wasn't a huge nuisance?  Are there any painkillers or natural remedies you could recommend?  I take Advil mostly and it seems to help a little, but sometimes these sudden flareups of pain are too much.  A friend of mine recommended some kind of Calcium/Magnesium supplement that you dissolve in water, preparing it like tea.  It's supposed to ease pain by taking care of lactic acid, or something along those lines.  I asked my doctor about it and he never heard of it. 

At this point, I'm willing to try anything.  At times I get pretty depressed when the pain flares up and even a bit worried that something could be wrong.

Oh, here's the article in case anyone's interested in reading: http://www.kwoc.net/proximal%20humerus%20fractures.pdf
Current Mood: blahblah
annikamalfoyannikamalfoy on September 1st, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I wish I could help, but I really can't. I've had arthritis since I was 17 (I'm 25). I get how you feel in some ways though, like pain searing up for no reason. Try Tylenol Arthritis, it probably works the best for me. Excedrin is good too. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. Take care. (((Jess)))
jessm78: being therejessm78 on September 4th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
That's okay... I appreciate whatever info you can give me. I might look into Tylenol Arthritis. Not too sure about Excedrin because I once took Excedrin Migraine and the caffeine in it made me loopy. Not sure if regular Excedrin is the same way...

But thanks, I do appreciate it. :)
annikamalfoyannikamalfoy on September 4th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Never knew that Excedrin had caffeine in it. Hmm... Excedrin Migraine is much stronger than regular Excedrin. It's not good to use unless you have a migraine. Excedrin PM is good. The sleep aid in it doesn't work for me, but the painkiller is great.
jessm78jessm78 on September 5th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
I might look into that actually. I didn't sleep too well last night because at some ungodly hour this morning I woke up with a lot of soreness (not gut wrenching pain, but enough to bother me) in my arm.

I used to get really bad headaches during my time of the month, so that was why I once tried Excedrin Migraine. That was about 9 or 10 years ago though.
annikamalfoyannikamalfoy on September 5th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
I never took Excedrin Migraine. I don't get headaches very often. My brother used to take it, because he has/had a perpetual headache, now he's immune to it.

As for PMS medication if you're interested use Pamprin, it's the best though Midol is a close second.
Suzotchkasuzotchka1 on September 2nd, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
To be completely honest, this seems correct: "Basically it said that it could take 6-12 months for "full healing" of the underlying bone, that pain (at its lowest level) would be present during activity or changes in weather, and could last for a year or two... and pain with weather changes could last 1-3 years after the fracture."

My accident was in 2003. My knee/leg still feels weather changes and where my nose was broken still feels it too. But remember that everyeone heals differently. I don't feel it to the extent I did the first winter after the accident and it's not all the time. But yeah, I do still feel it.

The main thing to realize is it's going to take time. That's what my doctor kept telling me. He kept saying "your brain is ahead of your body. It's going to take time." And he was right. Take whatever medicine you can to minimize the pain. But it takes time - and it sucks to say this - but you have to be patient with your body. It will heal and you will get better. :)
jessm78: Fire and Waterjessm78 on September 4th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks suz :) I guess you are right. And that does make a lot of sense, the "your brain is ahead of your body" part. My front teeth still feel pretty weird, some pressure mostly, but I think part of it is because I've started grinding them at night (heard that the stress can cause that). I'm going to talk to my dentist about it. I guess I worry too much that some things are going to be permanent, although it must have been quite a jolt I experienced in the accident...

The arm has been feeling better the past two days. I never experienced those jolts of pain before, so I thought it meant something was wrong. I'm going back to physical therapy today, and to see the orthopedic surgeon tomorrow, so I guess I'll tell them about it.

I really gotta stop worrying so much. :)
Jenniferxariesgirl78x on September 3rd, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
*hugs Jess* I hope things get better for you. I hope the pain lessens, and everything gets to feeling better. I got told I have the beginnings of arthritis in my ankle, so I sympathize. I'm pushing 30 too. I'll keep praying for you. ALways.
jessm78: Fire and Waterjessm78 on September 4th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jen. :) *one armed hugs back* It's feeling better today, and hopefully the doctor will be able to tell me what those weird jolts of pain were all about. I'm sorry to hear about the arthritis in your ankle. :( They told me I'll probably end up with arthritis in my shoulder thanks to this accident. *sigh*

Thanks so much again. :)
toomi_ktoomi_k on September 4th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)

I broke my collarbone years ago but I don't think I'll be of much help. Apparently I have a ridiculously high pain tolerence level and while it hurt like an SOB for a while, I took the sling off early coz it was buggin me. My shoulder still hurts occasionally but it's usually coz I did something like lift a heavy box over my shoulder, or balancing one of the big trays at work on that shoulder, and then it's only ususally a stabbing pain that lasts for a few minutes, seconds even, then gone.

Did they give you a sling? Any kind of brace? Do you sit in front of the TV or on the couch lots? Try a pillow with a hot water bottle underneath the pillow cover, it might help ease any muscle pain. Just be careful that you're not holding the pillow in place with your shoulder only... that's what my doc told me...

Hope the appt goes better for you!!!!
jessm78: Fire and Waterjessm78 on September 4th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs Kate :) Wow, I wish I had a high pain tolerance... mine is pathetically low. I don't mind occasional pain as long as it isn't gut-wrenching. I guess it's just going to take time.

They gave me a sling while I was in the hospital, and I had to wear it until the first time I saw the orthopedic surgeon after that. I still wear it to bed sometimes. Thanks for the advice - I think I'll try that. I was using a heating pad the other day, but it didn't really help because I couldn't get it to sit on my shoulder right.

Thanks again! I have physical therapy later today and then the doctor tomorrow, so hopefully they can give me some info too.