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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Humerus Day

Half jokingly we call December 22 Humerus Day. It's a day to remember the accident and be grateful for the successful recovery, and a day to appreciate our health.

I have since the accident three years ago encountered friends and friends of friends who also fractured their bones, and in a few cases even their humerus. Sometimes the break was far from as severe as mine, but the recovery took more time nevertheless. It seems to be almost impossible to predict how the healing will go based on the initial x-ray. Nerves can get damaged and so can tendons and the blood circulation.

I have no recurring nightmares about falling, but last summer I fell during running at deep decline and rolled around on the asphalt a couple of turns. The pain was quite severe and my first thought was to check the mobility of my arms. The injuries were mere scratches and healed in a couple of weeks. But the incident reminded me again how quickly things can change.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for your blog! I broke my humerus in 4 places in early November and I appreciate reading about your experiences.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update! i broke my humerus 11/15/11 mid shaft. it's been a difficult six weeks but your blog has helped immensely in knowing what to expect, especially those first few weeks. Thank you. Ana

Colleen said...

I would also like to thank you for your blog. Even though we all heal differently, it has been a source of great information and approximate timeline for the healing process. I broke my humerus midshaft on October 29th and searched the internet high and low for information. Your blog was the page I bookmarked! Glad to hear you are all healed up and have had no further problems! You have been a great inspiration!

JdanielG said...

Hello, i broke my humerus about on friday the 16th of december this year and i haven't had any servere pain from it since apart from my little brother jumped on it, but after 13 days which it has been i am able to lift my broken arm from standing up to about 45 degrees from my body. All i was given was a cuff and collar type sling which honestly is terrible, its basically a sling which holds around your wrist. I have my first appointment tomorrow with the person who helps gain your muscle strength back. I sometimes lay on my arm and hear and feel a popping noise in that arm but it does not hurt, i'm not sure why, my break was literally horizontal so i didn't need a cast or anything really. Anyway, i enjoyed reading your blog a lot as i haven't found one like tihs yet.
Thanks

Jack Age:16
:)

Marie said...

Your blog was just what i needed. Broke my humorous December 3/11. The pain was unbelievable tripped at work. Juswt started physio today. Very keen and motivated after reading your diaqry.

Anonymous said...

I broke my humerus Dec. 11, 2011. The doctor performed surgery 2 days later to put a plate in it. Your blog was so helpful especially during the first 2 weeks. Thank you!

Tina Sully said...

I broke my humerus at the top in 3 places on 16/12/2011 whilst on the dancefloor on a Xmas night out I was happily dancing and caught my heel in a girls boot! It fell to the floor and caused major damage to my shoulder:(
Was advised to have an op to insert plate and pins but did not feel up to it. I have now decided to see how it heals without one although I know it is going to take a minimum of 3 months to recover! Not a great start to 2012!

jasper said...

I broke my rt humerus Feb 2011 (spiral fracture). Mine is very slow to heal and was considered a delayed, possibly non-union. I got hooked up with an ankle doctor for the 1st five months who refused to operate. Three second opinions confirm that I should have had surgery. My new doctor said he would have operated if I had seen him at the start. He thought it would eventually heal without surgery. I am on my 2nd exogen electrical stimulation device and it is now approx 80% healed after 11 months. I have been using the exogen for 6 months. It appears to be doing something. In addition to the delayed union I had frozen shoulder for the first 4 months. This has been a real test on a person's sanity.

Anonymous said...

i broke my humeras midshaft in 3 places on dec 3 2011. after 2 weeks and a new doctor i had surgery dec 16 and the dr put in a 10inch plate and 13 screws. very painful and the dr just released me to start physical therapy and im scared to death. wondering if anyone has heard of water therapy for injuryies like this.

Anonymous said...

I broke my left humerus ( spiral midshaft) on Nov. 27, 2011. At the emergency room I was told that they needed to operate. Then they decided to release me and told me to see the doctor the next day. He wanted to see if it would heal on it's own but hasn't. Now 7 weeks out they want me to have a plate & screws in. I was wondering how the surgery is and the recovery afterwards.

colleen said...

I love coming back to this blog to see what to expect next in my healing! I wanted to quick give my story to anyone who may read this in the future in desperation for some information related to their humerus break, as this was what I did after breaking mine. I broke mine mid-shaft on left arm on October 29, 2011. It wasn't compound (out of the skin) but was totally snapped and going in the opposite direction of how an arm should go! Freaked me out laying there waiting for the ambulance. Anyway, the er doc set it and placed me in a temporary cast (the old fashioned big heavy ones) for a few days just to stabilize it. Three days later the ortho doc took that off and put me in a clam-shell brace thing. That experience was like breaking it all over again under no pain meds. I think in the few weeks that followed, I hit my low. I wasn't feeling sorry for myself, but was just depressed and missing my daily workouts. Sleep deprivation was huge these first few weeks, as the recliner was my bed for a very long time--7 weeks. I was so tired, but just couldn't get into a comfortable position. If you are reading this and didn't have surgery, you probably know what I mean about feeling the bones rolling around in there. Hope to never feel that again! In searching the internet during this time for a quick "cure" for my broken arm, the one thing that I found over and over was to eat healthy. So, along with my regular vitamin regimin, I added several supplements like aloe vera juice (tastes like water) and goji juice, green machine juice, tons of apples, fruits, vegis. I kind of went all out and decided to eat only whole grains, mostly whole foods, nothing processed, no white flour products, no artificial colors or flavors, or sweetners. I also tried to eat organic as much as I could find and afford in North Dakota during the winter. I figured I would gain tons of weight doing this, but if it made the bone grow back together any quicker, then it was worth it. Well, to my surprise, I lost 7 lbs sitting in my chair! I know, some of it could be muscle loss, but during this whole journey, I never quit weight lifting with my right arm. I also, did standing ab work and a gentle leg work out, so I don't think too much of it was muscle loss. At about the 3-4 week point, they told me to let the arm hang out of the sling straight down. After the initial fear and first time, I found this to be a great addition to my list of comfortable positions. The only downside was the swelling in the hand that it brought. They assured me that this was normal and just due to all the fluid the body rushes to the site of the injury. Ice helped the swelling feel better. It took probably until 8-9 weeks before that swelling was finally gone. The ice skater guy explains this well in his blog if you need more info. I am running out of characters, so I will finish this on the next blog entry...

colleen said...

Continued from previous blog…
I started therapy 2 days a week at the 8 week point. For me, this hasn't been painful, so far. It always felt so good when they would do range of motion on it and each session I could see improvement. In the meantime, I resumed workouts on my elliptical trainer and light jogging/walking on the treadmill. This week (11.5 weeks out) I completed my first kickboxing workout. I don't punch and snap my broken arm like I do my other arm, but in due time! When I completed my workout today (high intensity interval training) I thought to myself, I never thought I would be this far along after thinking of how terrible the first few weeks were. I figured I would be laid up well into the spring. I don't know if my experience is normal for the type of break I had. I don't know if the extra vitamins and supplements helped, as I have nothing to compare it to, but I would like to think that my recovery was quick compared to others who have posted on this site. It might have made a difference that I was in good shape when I broke the arm. As of now, I am down to therapy 1 day a week, and that may be ending soon. I have lots of exercises to do at home, though I have not actually lifted weights yet in therapy. However, doesn't lifting a laundry basket count as weight lifting?!! My bones on x-ray don't line up. They look just like the ice skater's x-rays. I have a hard lump that just looks like a well defined bicep, tho it is actually the bone and the new bone growth. It doesn't hurt, and I am told this will grow to be the strongest point in my skeleton when it is done healing. I feel for those of you who are not healing up right away. I am not a doctor, but feel that it is worth it to try and let it heal up on its own, if you can. Though I realize some of those breaks were a lot worse than mine and do require pins and plates. My final comments to anyone who reads this soon after breaking a humerus is that it will get better. Somehow you have to make it through the first few weeks, and then day by day you will see progress. Hang in there, and it never hurts to pray!

lindsey said...

hi im 3 months into my recovery, and cannot fully open or extend my arm....cannot really put any weight on it still...was this normal for u 2 this far along?

Colleen said...

Not sure how others are doing at 3 months, but I have been able to straighten for a long time. Maybe they got me out of the sling early enough that I didn't lose too much movement. Sorry to hear this for you. Are you doing therapy? I would for sure let them know this concerns you...What does the doc say? You may have a different break in a different spot than myself, so I guess it is hard to compare. Keep working at it! Best of luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, have found this blog really helpful. I came of my motorbike at the beginning of September 2011 it was a displaced fracture at the neck of the humerous, the most painful thing i've ever experienced! several doctors looked at the xrays and finally decided not to operate and allow it to heal as it was. I'm now glad they did as the bone did finally realign and heal properly. It did take a bit longer than expected, took 12 weeks before I was allowed to start any resistance work. when the doctors say to you it's going to be a long painful recovery they weren't joking. i'm coming up to 6 months post injury and still attending physio twice a week. Been diagnosed with post traumatic capsulitis. living in hope the physio can stretch the capsule to get the full range of motion back but may need manual manipulation under anaesthetic but sticking with the physio for now! That said, pain is manageable now and I can do most things I need to be able to. Have only just got round to considering getting back on a bike, got to get back at it! Lorna

Anonymous said...

Hi
I had a humerus fracture-mid shaft just like yours 5 months ago. Still I can't reach between my shoulder blades with my left arm (broken arm). Also I have a problem with the behined the back "police move". Can you please till me when you gained these two movements. Many thanks

Lexi said...

Anon, I can't remember how long it took me to be able to reach between my shoulder blades, but it was a LONG time. I thought I'd never be able to do up my bra behind me again (no problem now, it's easy). I got depressed thinking my arm would never be as good as it had been.

I reckon full recovery takes well over a year. I'm two years on, and have about 95% range of movement back - for everyday purposes, it's normal. It's possible it's still gradually improving, even now. I feel fine :o)

jasper said...

Full recovery takes approx. 1 year in a best case scenerio. Mine will take longer. Next week will be 1 year for me. My spiral fracture is approx. 80% healed. I had frozen shoulder for 6 months. I cannot fully straighten my arm or reach between my shoulder blades. I am still going to physio. I had a delayed, possibly non-union. I have nearly used up my 2nd exogen electrical stimulation machine. My strength is no where near normal and have been lifting some light weights and using the elastic tubing. I am a long way away from being able to do a pushup. I don't want to push it too hard until we are sure the bone is fully healed. It's a long process and no 2 people heal the same.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks Lexi and Jasper . I guess this is comforting to me. I am still going to the physio three days a week. Best wishes to all

Anonymous said...

did anyone have painful muscle spasms. im 2.5 wks out and any fast or wrong movement brings them on...from armpit to over shoulder to pecs. just want them to stop. i have to walk and move so slow.

colleen said...

That happened to me in the er right after the accident, but not after they set it and braced it. Sorry to hear this. Hope the docs can help you or get you come good meds. They told me it was the muscle trying to attach to something that wasn't there??? Good luck. I feel your pain:-(

Vish said...

hi there,
early December 2010, i had an accident and i broke my humerus in 3 pieces, 2 pieces fitted together like a puzzle but the after it was 2 and it fitted together exactly like it did on your post on the week 18 2nd picture looks 100% exactly like my x-ray for me, i had 2 months then recovery then removed sling then after i had physio to help extended my arm as i was not able to fully extend it. but i always thought that for the first year it was ok because when i look at my arm it looks fine just a little bulky near the fractured area but otherwise it is good it is now 1 year and 2 months for me.

Anonymous said...

hi, i fractured my proximal humerus 3 weeks ago, body surfing in india, first day spent in absolute agony without pain relief, then taken for surgery to have it plated, with ten pins.flew back to uk three days later, hell of a trip, then was driven by husband to our home in greece, five days, very stiff.
wrist drop was immediate at the time of the accident, some slight improvement after 3 weeks, following gentle regime from physio, 'pendulum aem swings', moving all hand, finger and wrist joints manually to keep them not too stiff. having to sleep sitting up, sucks. had a lot, a lot, a lot of pain, especially in the hand, nerve pain across the back of the hand, cramping/muxcle spasm on palm/fingers/wrist. on pregabalin and naproxen, not sure how good they are. any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. great blog.

Bronwyn said...

I don't think I could have coped without this blog and all the information,I refer to it every day, I am 10 weeks into my fracture exactly the same as yours but mine was done from a horse fall from Australia. I had xrays for 6 weeks and then they told me to come back in six weeks, I'm in my 10th week and a booked a physio at six weeks because of this blog, thank god I still have shoulder movement but not much, but i refer to this blog every day to give me encouragement and not feel hopeless, so i just wanted to say thankyou.

Risay said...

HI.i broke my humerus upper shaft on 22 Dec 2010.[there is something about this date,lol ]
your blog really helped and motivated me a lot.i keep coming back and read ur updates.i always wanted to thank you and share my experience with u. today i got the chance. THANK YOU :))..
i did'nt go for the surgery and went for the conservative treatment by using the brace. the bone healed but not straight.no regrets.
i have been into heavy workouts before my injury. dec 2011 i started the gym and by feb 2012 i was lifting heavy in consultation with my physio.didnt face any problem .3 days back i started swimming.i always thot that swimming will make my arm more flexible ,but after 2 days of swimming the fracture site has started paining,it feels as if the bone is rubbing with the tissues or tendons..i would like to know from you that when u started swimming during the healing process did it hurt that way??
will be consulting my ortho and physio..i think time to go for another Xray...I am happy for you.and thank u again..i wish good luck and speedy recovery for All the people who follow this blog.

"what doesn't kill us makes us staronger"

Nadrich & Cohen LLP said...

Really glad you wrote this post, I broke my humerus bone last fall and it's been a really rough period.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is inspirational and informative give me some hope.

I am on a brace from day three post fracture. Today is start of fifth week, last couple of days were painful and swelling come back but I feel some connection between the joints. Is anybody could relate this in their recovery and explain.

How long it will take before you drive your car? Good luck with every bodys recovery.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

My 86 year old dad broke his humerus bone up close to the shoulder. It has been very painful for him. I am concerned about his elbow too. His elbow is very swollen (double it's size) and I'm wondering if that was the case with any of you as well? I'm just concerned that there might be a break in it that they missed.

Donna said...

I came across your blog today after breaking my humerus 3 days ago. I can't sleep due to the pain and having to sleep upright. I broke it doing a handstand pushup, an exercise in Crossfit. I am very active and this is killing me!!! I, too, am afraid of weight gain. So far I have had no appetite though. I am also left handed, the arm I broke, so I'm feeling really off. It's nice to read about someone else's experience. Right now I'm in the temp cast that the ER put on. I go into a Sarmiento brace a week from tomorrow. I get X-rays on 8/29. I'm hoping to heal quickly. Not sure if you still read this but thanks for sharing.

Sara said...

I broke my humerus, midshaft, on June 23, 2012 on a slip-and-slide. It was horrible. Having never broken a bone before, I didn't know at first that anything serious had happened. However, looking at the looks of terror on the faces of the people around me, I knew something bad had happened. At the ER, I was given morphine, and once that kicked in, it helped with the pain, for a few hours. Sleeping the first night wasn't rough, I slept horizontally, with a pillow supporting my arm. The second night, that wasn't possible for me. Like everyone else, I had to resort to vertical sleeping. This was bad for the first few weeks. I stopped taking the pain medication after four days, for fear of addiction. It wasn't impossible to handle. Like everyone else, I was put in a temporary cast, then three days later, the brace. By July 10, I was able to sleep horizontally again. The hardest part through all of this was showering. If you can, get yourself a mesh sling once the doctor gives you permission to remove the brace for showers. Best decision I ever made. By the 5th week or so, I was finally able to move my fingers/wrist again, even if it was minimally. Stress ball helped with that. I took my brace off permanently 8/16, so a little less than 8 weeks from the accident. Now, I only do PT once a week, and I've been using only weights (2 lbs for arm raises/wrist exercises, 5 lbs for bicep/tricep). Things WILL get better. It won't be easy by any means, but they WILL get better!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this blog! I broke my humerus bone while on a snowboarding vacation. It was broken in two places, spiral fracture. It was painful and recovery took a while, however everything was back to normal after about 4 months, then I just had to work on getting the strength back in my arm. Thanks for this blog and letting me know what to expect!

Anonymous said...

I am 70 years old and broke my humerus in two places, 11/16/12. Fell into a plate glassdoor and it was the worst pain I ever felt. Doc put me in a sling and prescribed pain pills which I discontinued 3 weeks out because I didn't like the side affects. Like everyone else, I slept sitting up. The first weeks were so difficult. Taking a shower and dressing was a days work and I needed help with everything. Finally smartened up and got a recliner - still in it.
Now at almost 8 weeks and doing pt 3x week - helping alot. Range of motion improving and it is encouraging to realize the little things I can do again, every day, like getting a fork to my mouth. Very hard is the emotional end that goes with the total disruption of life as you know it - and there are tearful and fearful moments. This blog helped so much - reading others experiencing the same things and knowing they have healed. Getting a realistic handle on how long it takes...Hang in folks.

Anonymous said...

I am 50 year old Mom and broke my left humerus 1 week ago at home in our garage when the car rolled backwards and took my arm with it. The first specialist wanted to put in a pin, the 2nd wants to put on a plaster cast and do surgery because I have radial palsy and a limp wrist . He says he would NEVER suggest a pin. The emergency doctor said put it in a brace, have a check up with specialist and you will be fine in 6 weeks to start physio.
Help please, who do I listen to?I have no idea what route to take.

Anonymous said...

57 year old male, good overall health. on 4/13/13 broke humerus...sprial fracture 3 places. the er put a temp immobialization cast on the upper arm. saw ortho dr on monday 4/15. dr thought talk of surgery was premature. dr provided a clam shell immobialization device.
went for follow up x-ray on 4/22. x-ray and dr indicated that bone alignment was good and continued immobialization of the humerus was needed.
one mistake i made was not accepting the prescription for pain meds 9from the er). the first night and day after were pure hell.
my wife is an angel, she and my kids have taken good care of me.however i try do do as much as i can to lessen the burden.
the ortho dr indicated that it will take approx 8 weeks before therapy will start.
stay positive, use the pain meds and get well.

tom s said...

visited dr on 5/9/13, into the 4th week after my accident/fracture. had two x-rays taken. dr confirmed that the healing process was taking place. bone alignment was good. the dr reviewed the x-rays with my wife and me. everything looked good. the dr asked if i was keeping the arm clamp snug...of course yes. i was concerned about loss of muscle tone and getting into rehab mode. the dr gave me a sponge ball to squeeze and advised to stick with that for now. my next appointment is in four weeks.
i felt good that this week's visit was short and uneventful. i thing the dr i am seeing is a good one.
i am thankful that the visit didn't last long, and that the dr he went over the x-rays, answered my questions, and advised that my next visit would be in four weeks. i took these as good indicators that i AM on the mend. i am using my arm as much as possible to do things i did before the break. although i still have some pain, its tolerable. also, i no longer have to sleep in a sitting position.
i asked the dr why i still can't raise my injured arm (under its own power) very much. the dr indicated that during my accident (falling because i stepped on our cat and he screamed an ungodly screen) i damaged muscle tissue, and it still must heal. "this was normal". i felt relieved.
so, in 27 days i'll go back of more x-rays. hopfully it will be time to begin organized rehab.

tom s said...

for the record, i started contributing to this blog on april 23, 2013 under "anonymous". my subsequent post in above under tom s.

tom s. said...

Saturday, June 8th will be 8 weeks since my accident. Visited the Dr. today for an X-ray. The last X-rays taken was 4 weeks ago (5/9/13). The Dr. indicated that the fracture was healing well, and I should continue with the brace for another 4 weeks. I was a little disappointed that to learn it would be another 4 weeks with the brace. Perhaps the Dr. is being very conservative. To be safe, I will follow his advice and continue to use the brace. On the bright side, my ROM has really improved and I am doing as much as I can with the arm. Right now the feeling I have in my injured arm reminds me of when I played sports as a kid....it feels as though I've overused the muscles. I take Advil for the pain and it works for me.
I've read, on this blog, all of the comments from others. Although I am by no means "out of the woods" I consider myself VERY lucky that my injury has taken the course it did. Unfortunately, many have fared much worst. I continue to hope for the best for everyone's fast, and complete recovery.

Mj said...

I have just come across your brilliant blog. My healing experience has been completely different due to different steps undertaken by the doctors.
I broke my right humerus mid-shaft on a bmx and spent a week in the trauma ward. At first, the doctors were trying to avoid surgery at all costs so they started realigning the bones. Unfortunately, that was a mistake on their part: after the 3rd realigning attempt, the radial nerve got so beaten up that it led to complete palsy. So after my surgeon uncle's intervention I ended up at the operating table and had a titanium plate fitted with 8 screws. It has been so much easier for me from that point on. I then had to undertake an intense 3 month rehabilitation done privately in Poland, including an Alzheimer drug therapy to promote nerve regrowth.

2 years have passed. I can write, play the piano and do sport again. Miracle.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank all of you for the useful comments. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Its been 13 weeks of hell as I broke it 3 parts and it is a complicated proximal humerus fracture. It is minimally displaced. I had the sling 8 weeks. I started physio in week 9.I decided not to go for the operation as I was scared. The accident ha changed my life and I have been traumatised. I am wondering am I going to be able to go back to normal daily routine later on in my life. Thanks a lot for your time.

tom s. said...

Had dr visit yesterday, 7/1/13. It has been 11 weeks and 2 days since my accident. New X-rays were taken. Dr says the bone is filling in properly. Dr ok'ed discontinued use of the arm brace, and recommended that I start PT.
My arm mobility has steadily improved, however I am a ways off from 100%. Also arm strength has improved, but also a ways off from 100%. I continue to be hopeful for a full recovery. I push myself as much as reasonably possible to shorten the timeframe.

Anonymous said...

Craig
50 year old male right mid shaft fracture. Only ten days into sling since injury(Trip and fall 7 stair height to landing)but already so much less painful. I go to x-rays and specialist on October 30 then they decide how healing is going and what brace, cast or surgery is appropriate
Wiil update

Anonymous said...

Craig 50 year old male
Well it has been four weeks.
The doc has put me in a humerus fracture brace and seems satisfied with the new x-rays although to my eyes still looks pretty broken. unfortunately i had full rotator cuff surgery on the same arm 18 months ago and things may become complicated once the real healing begins and the shoulder needs to move...hope it does not mean another surgery.

Anonymous said...

Craig 50 year old male
Well it has been seven weeks. The bone is not really very lined up but it is acceptable. It still looks very broken but you can see a milky clear cloud around the break so all is going to plan according to the Doc. I am now out of my sling and will be starting ROM P.T. next week. No strength for a few weeks I imagine. I see the Doc again in six weeks. Doc also said it would be 6 to 9 months before x-ray would look like normal solid bone. I must say that after my first full day and night without sling my arm feels pretty worn out and sore but I am sure with time and Physio that will get better.

Anonymous said...

Craig 50 year old male
Well it has been almost two months.
I went to my first ROM(Range of Motion) P.T. session and it looks like I have a fare amount of work to do. Both Elbow and Wrist do not have full extension and are puffy and sore. I am in day two of doing the exercises and already I can see and feel improvement. The good news is I have been playing some guitar the last couple of weeks and everyday I can play a little longer. P.T. says no drums yet but I am optimistic that it will happen sooner than later. The other good news is two days ago the swelling finally has gone down enough that I can actually see the veins in my hand:-) I still have a long road to travel on re-hab but the final good news to share is that one day at a time it gets better. I will post again maybe in a few weeks after my next visit.

Anonymous said...

Craig 50 year old male
Well it has been three months and healing is coming along well. I am now out of the brace and freewheeling. I start Strength training with the PT this week so onward and upward. I plan to start swimming next week to accelerate the muscle build. On a even better note there is a good chance I may get my yearly spring ski trip to the Rockies in:-)
I will not post again until March 2014 when I have my next check-up



Anonymous said...

24Craig 51 year old male

Well it has been four and a half months and the healing has come along fine. I saw the Doctor today and he is happy with the bone growth. I no longer have to go for the follow-up xrays and visits with him. I have been given the green light for a spring ski trip so all is good. It still aches sometimes at the break site but I am sure it will for a long time to come. Not sure if anyone is reading this but I left my comments here to continue sharing the information with other victims of such a painfull break. I will not be posting anymore and will leave it to the next poor soul that suffers through this process to share their journey......

JVTully said...

Thank you - I also broke my left humerus (our x-rays look very similar) . Having little sleep for the first week, I searched for information about the injury and more importantly, the recovery. I'm in Week 5 and can't tell you how much I appreciate knowing the good and the bad. For me, the unknown was the scariest part and you took that fear away. Thank you so very much.

Anonymous said...

hi I broke humerus bone( ball )10 days ago .my arm is in a sling,i cant sleep at all every movement hurts,i wonder why this gotten worse than better.i did not had this pain in the first 3 days.anynbody had the same experience...is it pinched nerves.and also what kind of meds. helped ...any suggestions will help thank you

Kimmie said...

I broke my humerus on July 6,2014 while Visiting friends. I just tripped and fell breaking the ball and the space just below it . I was blessed in that the hospital was actually located right behind the hotel I was staying at. The pain was severe and I was thankful that I got morphene so quickly. Sleeping in a sitting position now but able to sleep. I'm 16 days since the accident still taking pain killers twice a day not four times like a first. I have been able to move my wrist and fingers since day one but arm still hangs like a dead arm . The first week was the hardest. Have missed two weeks of work so far. Tried going back this morning which caused a lot of swelling but to tell the truth I was sick of being in the house:) . Also thankful for no surgery. Best thing I have learned so far is to get dressed by putting injured arm in shirt first and take off shirt the opposite way with good arm off first. Hang in there. I do feel so much better even though the road ahead is still long. At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel

Kimmie said...

To the person in the post ahead of me. They gave me oxicodene for the pain helps a great deal. I take it at night to help with sleep . Also taking an anti inflammatory twice a day. Ice packs help so much with the pain still . Seems our injuries were just days apart. Hanging in there

Kimmie said...

Worked at the office today. Up walking quite a bit. Big mistake. No sleep tonight. My arm is so swollen and killing me. I can't get comfortable no matter what . I own a real estate company so some days I have to go in . Day 17 I think since the accident. I thought I felt better but I think it's just the pain killers masking the situation going to see if resting tomorrow helps

Kimmie said...

22 days since the break still swelling fingers ,elbow, you name it. Whole arm. Bruised and swollen. Saw the doctor on Friday he said the good news was it was still in place the bad news was the ex rays didn't show a lot of development but cartiledge doesn't show on ex rays and before it turns to bone it is cartiledge still taking the pain killers as needed at night or early in the morning just to get through the day no driving he said. Still in the sling going back in two weeks . It hurts. I mean to the point I get sick of it getting dressed is always a challenge . Pain is more like an ache. I guess that's better than the first week. You will get better. I am amazed at even though it hurts it's a lot better than week 1. I hope this helps you by writing it down. This blog helped me just knowing we can get through this

Kimmie said...

Day 25. Woke up in so much pain can't sleep . This is getting so old. Some nights even sitting up sleeping is painful . I've gotten to where I only take the pain meds at night and early morning. I don't think that will stop for at least another week from how I feel now. Swelling in three fingers and whole arm still. I can lift my arm from the elbow if I hold the upper arm close to my body . Very happy about that

Kimmie said...

Four weeks one day since the break. My arm is so stiff in the morning .They have switched me to hydrocodone . It doesn't work as well for me as the oxicodene did but it's better than nothing to help me sleep . I still can't lift my arm very well . As in not at all if lying flat on the bed. I can move my arm from the elbow now if standing hard but able to do. I go back to the doctor in three days. Not happy about this stiffness and pain

lhays said...

Thanks so much for writing about your experience! I broke my left humerus about 2 1/2 weeks ago in a fall. The most awful thing is that floating feeling when I press down on something with my left hand - like the surface I'm touching is moving - really freaky. Next worst is seeing the x-ray - bone ends separated. Doc says it's not that bad and after seeing your x-rays I feel a bit better. No cast or brace just an arm-immobilizing sling. Also no PT yet.

I took Ibuprofin for a while but stopped when I read, and doc confirmed, that it can impede healing. I do take one Hydrocodone at bedtime which sends me right off to sleep. Am sleeping in a recliner which is great - actually sleeping better than I normally did in bed.

Very reassuring to read that actual healing is 2 weeks ahead of the x-ray!

Only pain is a sharp stinging sensation when I move a certain way, but fear that I'm re-injuring it when that happens is great.

I try not to move it at all which is probably not good. I can do hand clenches without pain so will increase those.

Thanks again for sharing your experience.

Anonymous said...

I am 4 weeks nd 2 days after a fall where I broke my humerus into 3 pieces, and have had some heling on X-ray. My situation has been complicated by the discovery of a dvt, blood clot, in my brachial vein. I am taking xarelto. No side effects noted t this time. I had rotator cuff repair exactly a year ago with a great result, and assuming I heal from the humeral break, I am so worried I may have damaged my cuff repair. Interestingly, I had a blood clot In the same arm 38 years , ago, when, as a new nurse, I donated several tubes of blood while also smoking and on birth control pills. The scarring from that clot is still visible and predisposed me to developing this clot. Reading this blog gives me hope. I love to work and play tennis. I would love to hear if anyone has returned to sport.i play left-handed old lady tennis, and the injury is on my right.

Kimmie said...

I lifted my arm 8 inches off the couch today!! I'm so happy. It's been six weeks since the break. I saw the doctor on Thursday of last week he put me in PT. Three days a week I go. First day I cried all the way through it. But I did it yes I did. Swelling has gone down but still present I did ask for more pain killers which I now take before the PT . Happy to be able to drive a short distance It's difficult getting dressed but we all somehow make it my thoughts are with those just starting out on this journey