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Q: i have had pain in my right wrist and thumb,where the thumb meets wrist after a fall

i have had pain in my right wrist and thumb,the pain started a couple days after a fall into a window (i was doing some fire fighter training) the pain is localized to the bottom of the thumb area where it joins to the wrist and kind of more inside that area ... if that makes sense. no swelling no bruising. but i've been working out doing push ups and stuff now and it seems to be getting worse and unable to bear weight without pain... any ideas? Don't want to see the doctor... i'm supposed to be reevaluated on my push ups and pull ups end of november..and wel its gettinghard and painful to type even.

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10/12/09 10:36pm

The area at the base of the thumb in between the two tendons that form the "snuff box" is a delicate little bone called the Scaphoid bone (also referred to the Navicular bone). This bone can be cracked by a fall onto an outstretched arm. A crack in this bone easily disrupts the blood supply, leading to bone death (necrosis). Because your pain is getting worse, you should really get an x-ray or risk permanent injury, pain, and disability. Trust me, you will need your thumb to fight fires. (I used to fight fires, I should know.)

 

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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By lilgooberluvsya, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/17/10, First Published: 10/11/09