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Update on my broken arm

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

I will require surgery, sooner rather than later. I have seen a second Ortho who specialized in upper arm problems. I have had a cat scan of my arm, which was interesting, and today I had a ultrasound of my upper arm. I found out that the mild neurophy I have been having is because the radial nerve is being compressed by scar tissue. Since the radial nerve goes down the arm and across the place where my arm broke initially, there is serious concern about possible damage to the radial nerve. If it is damaged seriously, I could use all functionality in my arm. But with the plate coming lose and becoming more of a problem, leaving it the way it is, is not a solution. My arm is suffering from what I have learned is Nonunion (where the bone did not completely heal and is not joined together along the original fracture line. It started hurting late last year, not seriously, but enough to indicate I needed to check it out. I went to my original Ortho (who is a general Ortho) and found out about the re-fracture. I found that this is not common, but can happen along fractures in the middle of the arm, particularly like the one I had. Any movement or twisting of the arm will cause the arm to delay healing. After I finish some more pre admission tests and talk to my second ortho, we will make a decision on when to schedule the surgery. It will not be a simple surgery. I am not sure how long I will be in the hospital or recovering afterwards. Also, until the second ortho gets the results, I am not sure what, if anything will be happening, but I know that something has to happen. It is starting to impact my daily life functions. I am already watching what I do with my arm and being very careful about any movements. All I can say, is be very careful about falling and try not to break any bones – they do not heal as fast when you are older.
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