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broken left humerus/swelling

I broke my left humerus 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am still in alot of pain at the break, but I am also very concerned about the swelling of my hand and forearm.  It is tight, painful, and discolored. My dr. is not concerned, but this seems excessive. Any thoughts? I am in a plastic shell/brace and a sling, having been trying to ice, and elevation is impossible due to I cannot lift my arm or recline to prop it up.
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Hello!

The pain will be present for 4 weeks and it will subside slowly. Rest your hand and continue keeping in the brace for the specified period of 4-6 weeks. Check if it is not too tight.

Take NSAIDs intermittently for the pain and also pump your fingers for sometime to decrease the swelling and inflammation.

Go for scans at 4 weeks and you will know about the healing.

Take care!
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