I hit the outside of my wrist (where the bone sticks out) on a metal counter top.  Could it be broken?I've been unable to straighten out my fingers, had extreme pain and tingling in my fingers,...

I hit the outside of my wrist (where the bone sticks out) on a metal counter top.  Could it be broken?

I've been unable to straighten out my fingers, had extreme pain and tingling in my fingers, swelling, and random twitching fingers.  Could a bone be broken?  What is the most likely diagnosis?

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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I am not a medical doctor, but your injury sounds a lot like an injury I sustained a few years ago.

While roller skating, I tripped and almost fell, hitting my right elbow against a cinder block wall. The pain was excruciating, instantly shooting up and down my arm! Within a few seconds, I couldn't feel or move anything, and I was sure something was wrong! My arm dangled there like a limp fish as I went running home, wailing for my mother (I was only ten years old)!

Now, I had hit my so-called "funny bone" numerous times, but this was worse than any other time. To even move my hand and fingers took great effort and produced even greater pain! My elbow commenced to swell and bruise, so Mom put an ice pack on it and had me lie down and hold still for awhile. Over the next hour, the some feeling returned, but moving my arm below the elbow was difficult. Mom called the doctor and he said it was probably just sprained and/or bruised and for me to limit my arm's movement for a few days.

"Really?" I whined, "I can't move it at all!" Mom had me stay home from school for a couple of days, during which time I got all the feeling back and was able to move my arm a little. I babied it, though, because it was SO stiff and any movement at all sent shocks, tingles, and shooting pains up and down my arm and into my hands.

After two weeks of pain, severe bruising, and partial immobility I had had enough! I begged my mother to take me to the doctor to get an x-ray. So we went. Guess what? It wasn't broken, but there was a tiny piece of bone chip just under the skin that the doctor had to remove. I also think permanent nerve damage occurred because it still bothers me forty-four years later. Any bump to that particular spot on my elbow makes my hand go numb for a few minutes and brings back that awful pain!

So, back to your question: "Is my wrist broken?" I don't know for sure, but I would have it checked out if I were you! Good luck!

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