Did I break my arm?
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    Did I break my arm?

    I fell pretty hard yesterday. I was just getting on my bike and had my left foot clipped in. Before I could get rolling I just fell over onto my left arm and shoulder. My upper arm started hurting immediately but I've fallen before so didn't give it much thought. I went for a ride up a steep hill and on the way back down I really noticed some pain in my upper arm. Last night I slept with no problem though when I did wake up I noticed that the pain was persisting though no greater than yesterday.

    I can move my arm almost painlessly when doing a curling-type motion. In other words, if I were left handed my injury wouldn't stop me from raising a brewski to my lips. I do get pain when moving my arm straight away from my body and backwards but I can raise my arm all the way over my head. I can put on a pull-over, though there is some pain in doing so. I do have some trouble supporting my weight and by that I mean I can't do a push up. I can, however, get on my knees and do a push up that way and it doesn't hurt so much that I have to stop. And I know I can support enough of my weight to go for a bike ride because I did that yesterday.

    I've been out on the WWW and checked for symptoms. The only one I have, at least through self examination, is the pain. I did have some minor tingling in my little and second finger but I'm not really sure I would call what I had "tingling" and it did not persist.

    I know, I know. I probably should have a doctor look at this and have an X-ray as well but I'm thinking of waiting until tomorrow, Saturday, and see how I feel then. But, based on feedback I get here, I may alter that and head to the doctor today.
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    Yes, you have a compound fracture. that thing sticking out of your arm is teh bone. Take 2 aspirin and call me in teh morning...
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    I would definitely trust the Internet for doing self-diagnosis of medical issues. Hell, some doctors can even make a diagnosis by watching TV!

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    If you can still wank using the hurt arm you'r fine.
    otherwise get someone to help you.
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    I fell over on my bike one time and my arm did not break, thus yours must not have either. I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhmontana
    I fell over on my bike one time and my arm did not break, thus yours must not have either. I wouldn't worry about it.
    Careful with that. A guy fell on his bike and thought he was fine. 10 years late: BAM, herpes.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker
    If you can still wank using the hurt arm you'r fine.
    otherwise get someone to help you.
    Help for the arm or for??

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    OK, so post #3 thru #7 has got to be the funniest string of responses I've ever read.

    I gotta go away for a few, I laughed too loud and am drawing attention to my cube...
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    My arm does not hurt when I laugh. Is that a good thing?

    I just never broke a bone and it's not something I want to experience, especially now that our local trails are finally clear of snow and snow melt.

    I'm just thinking that this could, at worst, be cracked. I think if it was one of those compound fracture deals that I, and certainly my wife, would have noticed by now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oversane
    My arm does not hurt when I laugh. Is that a good thing?

    I just never broke a bone and it's not something I want to experience, especially now that our local trails are finally clear of snow and snow melt.

    I'm just thinking that this could, at worst, be cracked. I think if it was one of those compound fracture deals that I, and certainly my wife, would have noticed by now.
    Doesn't sound like anything a good two-part epoxy can't fix.

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    1. open the trunk of your car
    2. insert your dingus
    3. slam trunk of car shut
    4. voila! pain in arm miraculously gone

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    I'm going to go out on a crazy limb here and suggest that you go get an x-ray.

    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by innergel
    1. open the trunk of your car
    2. insert your dingus
    3. slam trunk of car shut
    4. voila! pain in arm miraculously gone
    i just laughed myself to tears. that made my day.
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    If you slept through the night, it's not broken.
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    If it's fractured but not displaced, note that the Dr. will just immobilize it--there's nothing to set or anything.

    I'd think that if it's not pretty painful and swelling substantially, it's at least not a displaced fracture.

    If it were me, and it's no worse than you say, I'd wait it out and see if it's OK in a day or two. There's all kinds of muscle trauma that could make your arm hurt without it being broken. If it still hurts on Monday after taking it easy on the weekend, go to a doctor.

    //so I guess the jokes are officially over.
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    The pain has dropped off substantially. I was not bothered at all while sleeping last night so, fortunately, I don't think it's broken and probably not cracked. What a relief.

    I've hurt myself worse but never considered that I had broken a bone. It was just that the pain this time was different. My shoulder and upper arm are still sore but not so bad that it will prevent me from running in a 5K this morning and going for a 30 mile ride this afternoon. Tomorrow the local club is putting on a 35K time trial and I'm hoping that by tomorrow morning I'll feel good enough to enter that.
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    Have your wife get a hold of your shoulder and elbow and apply pressure, if there's a sudden sharp feeling of pain that would be an indication of a fracture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogger
    Have your wife get a hold of your shoulder and elbow and apply pressure, if there's a sudden sharp feeling of pain that would be an indication of a fracture.
    There is no sharp pain. Because of the way I fell, like a dead weight, and where I fell, on a gravel-covered parking lot, I have pain in several spots on my uppper arm and shoulder. But no sharp, wincing pain.
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