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Feb 25, 2008 - 6 comments
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I believe the pain I am experiencing is likely caused by a cast that was applied for a broken radial bone break on my right arm done on December 31, 2007.  The break/fall caused my entire hand - from wrist to 2nd nuckles to turn purple.  The cast was applied 4 days after injury - and I continued to experience pain in my hand - but at the time believed the pain was due to the fall - bruising, sprain that had caused my hand to turn purple.  The purple went from purple to green to yellow and then back to an almost normal color over the course of the next couple three weeks.  Between the third  and fourth week however I noticed my fingers were starting to turn blue/green again.  A call to the doctor who applied the cast gave me directions to ice my hand and seek stronger pain drugs if needed.  My boyfriend is a newly licensed RN - and he wasn't happy with the directions (nor was I) so we visited our local ER that evening.  They immediately split the cast (not removed) to allow some pressure relief - which allowed my fingers to return to pink within a few minutes.  Upon having the cast removed a couple weeks later however - we discovered that it had still been placing lots of pressure on two points.  One being on the outside of my thumb - where it reaches to the wrist and the other being almost centered - maybe slightly towards the pinky finger - on the back of my right hand.  This pressure point actually caused a significant (very visible) indentation on the back of my hand.  It has now been two full weeks since the cast was removed - and I continue to have what I believe to be nerve pain from my hand - mostly involving the outside edge of my pinky - through my wrist - and into my elbow and sometimes even into my shoulder. My primary care doctor saw me a week ago and advised it does appear to be some nerve damage - but he feels it will repair (heal) and go away on its own with time.  I guess now I am wondering what is a reasonable time for this - and is there anything I can do to assist - other than the normal therapy to restore the strength and use of my hand and arm... squeezing nerf balls - and I am using it for most of my normal daily activities - until I feel slight pain - but not pushing it too much.  I don't sleep well at night - it is painful - it stiffens up - and I am awake at least once or twice each night with the pain from this.  I currently have been alternating between Vicodin and Ibuprofin for pain when it becomes untolerable.  I would like to hear from others who have suffered something like this after breaking a bone.  Can you give me any hope?

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by jeannie246, Aug 26, 2008
I too have post pain from a broken metacarpal.I am currently in OT and PT but the pain still persists. The therapists thinks the ulnar nere is damaged and it sounds to me like you have the same symptoms. pinky finger and left side of ring finger numbness.It is starting to get better but still painful and numb.My doc said if the pain persists for 3 more months I will go see a neurologists and have a nerve test and maybe a pain managment place.

try sqeezing play dough and soaking your hand in warm water follwed by cold. Also massage the neck and shoulder.
good luck

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by Yols996, Jan 29, 2009
I have the same problem , but not from a broken anything. Ihave had several E.M.Gs to test the Ulnar nerve. but they have come back normal. I too wake up in the  middle of the night due to the pain. I  also have had a few MRIs . With no Luck of pinpointing the exact problem. I am losing hope as one Doctor advised i may just have to live with the pain.
Hope you get better  

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by SunnyJodie, Jan 29, 2009
It has been a while since I visited the journal here - so thought I would post again - and maybe give some of the rest of you some hope.  This summer (May to November 2008) we built a grandma house in our yard for my boy friend's mother.  We did about 90 percent of the work ourselves - which meant I spent a good amount of time with a hammer in my hand.  Each night after hammering nails - I would go to bed with a real good ache in my hand and arm.  A little ibuprofen and off for the night I would go - and back at building walls, etc the next day.  The amazing thing is - I think this is just what I needed - the pain eventually went totally away - and I am no longer suffering.  I am thinking that the motion used for hammering may have changed something in my hand, arm, wrist - and relieved some pinched nerve or something.  So for those of you out there that are in a similar boat - don't know if you can build a house - but maybe try a board and some nails - and make yourself use that arm and hand.... seems like the therapy is likely what worked for mine.  I hope each of you find some relief in some fashion from your pain too.  God bless.  

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by alphaandomega, Oct 08, 2009
I had surgery on my right shoulder, to repair the rotator cup.  This was three years ago.  Now I am losing muscle in my right hand and am having frequent muscle spasm in my right bicep.  What are some suggestions for losing the muscle in my hand?

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by SunnyJodie, Oct 08, 2009
alphaandomega - I would first suggest you see your doctor - to check on any issue that might be causing the loss of muscle... and then would suggest some physical therapy - even just one visit to a PT will give you several exercizes that are appropriate for your condition.  You can continue going to PT for the 6 weeks or whatever is recommended - or decide to just do the exercizes on your own (gotta be motivated though - because you have to take the time - plus put the effort into doing them correctly)  I would imagine they will tell you to do something like the nerf ball squeezing, or other hand exercise that will help your condition... but best if you at least seek guidance from the real medical world - so you don't do more damage than good.  Good luck!

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by mariapain, Mar 09, 2011
i will love some one to help me i have a pain on my pinkie .that is destroying me the pain is so intense   that they send me to a psychiatry because, i was explaining and describing  my pain and i send that some times i feel like cutting my finger. ,i have this pain for almost 3 years i have done so many test MRI,nerve test and so many i don't remember the names. i normally have a condition call neurofibromatosis but they determining that not it .now the pain is traveling to my others  finger but not has much as the pinkie ,it is so sensitive i can not even touch it gentle because of the pain.it is leaving with me 24 hours a day i can take it,i am not even working my teen girl are the ones who help me around the house.i really am desperate i can take this pain no more i have no words to describe this pain please so one help me.

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