RA and a broken arm

Feels like the TinMan Community Member March 10, 2009
  • Well, my worst fears came to fruition a couple days ago.  I tripped over a doggy gate on the side of my house (trying to hike my leg over the top instead of opening it) and *BAM* I fell on all fours!  Now, aside from trying to figure out how to get up with all my limbs hurting, I was briefly concerned that something was broken.  I moved everything and no bones were protruding anywhere.  Always a good sign. I managed to get up and my right arm hurt but it wasn't excruciating. My first thought was, "uh oh, what does this mean for my RA"?  well, I decided I wasn't hurt enough to go to the ER. (In all honesty I didn't want to miss the latest ER episode, which I've watched since day one).   I figured I'd wait til the next day and see how I feel, and go to my doc if I wasn't feeling better.  Well, I ended up not feeling any better.  so I called my PCP and he made me go to urgent care.  Sure enough, broken arm......IN 2 PLACES!!  So, I'm in a fiberglass splint (palm to armpit) til it gets casted, and being right handed, my daily functions have been very difficult to manage.  I can't write, my typing is seriously bad now, my make up looks like hell (ever try to put mascara on with your left hand?  i keep poking myself in the eye). I've concocted a method to set my blow dryer so I can make a crude attempt to use a brush at the same time.  I prop the blow dryer between 2 stacks of towels,  works great...just hope the towels don't catch fire!!  oh, and we won't even discuss the "wingspan" bulge over the top of the cast/splint (ladies-you know what I mean).  I'm frustrated with this cast/splint thing because it's squishing my fingers together, so I can't move them.  I'm terrified I'll end up with mushrooms growing between my fingers because I can't spread them apart.  

       Anyway, i'm doing what I can and I'm thankful that this didn't send me into a flare.  Being on prednisone, I'm curious if that aided in "breaking" easier.......nahhhhhhh, the fact that I was airborne briefly probably did it! 

    Well, here's to hoping you're feeling good today.   Life could be worse.  You could be me!  ~desiree

4 Comments
  • Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    Mar. 10, 2009

    Whoa, Nellie! That sounds like a spectacular way of going splat. I'm very impressed with your ingenuity and creativity in terms of finding alternate way of doing things (and imagining the set up was just a little bit funny). Hope you heal soon!

  • Anonymous
    BluCheese
    Mar. 22, 2010

    I just stumbled upon your page searching for information at getting a tattoo with RA and your RA tattoos were like the first thing to pop up. VERY FUNNY. haha  but i broke my arm two years ago (the ball broke completely off my humerous) so i lucky just got a sling. i am also right handed and broke my right arm and im female! So i DDEFINETLY feel what youre...

    RHMLucky777

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    I just stumbled upon your page searching for information at getting a tattoo with RA and your RA tattoos were like the first thing to pop up. VERY FUNNY. haha  but i broke my arm two years ago (the ball broke completely off my humerous) so i lucky just got a sling. i am also right handed and broke my right arm and im female! So i DDEFINETLY feel what youre going through. and because of my RA and my nedications it took longer than normal to heal and if i didnt have RA i would have had surgery but that would taken even longer to heal. sooo i just got a sling.  mine happend in june and the sweat and smell was awful cause i could barley lift my arm to wash underneath let alone put on any deodarant. but trust me you find ways to do things.  oh and i now drive better with my left arm!  life was very interesting with a broken arm being in the way. hahaha

     

    Good Luck.

     

  • psd
    psd
    Mar. 11, 2009

    Gee whiz tin man, when you decide to go for it you really go all out.  I fell the other day also but I didn't break anything.  Sore as you know where though kinda makes me wish I had, I doubt the pain could be any worse.  I too tripped over a doggy accessory, the tie out for my Lab was stuck in the closer on the door when I attempted to step...

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    Gee whiz tin man, when you decide to go for it you really go all out.  I fell the other day also but I didn't break anything.  Sore as you know where though kinda makes me wish I had, I doubt the pain could be any worse.  I too tripped over a doggy accessory, the tie out for my Lab was stuck in the closer on the door when I attempted to step out onto the front porch and went splat.  I wanted to lie there and cry but didn't want anyone to see me laid out on the front porch like that.  Two days later I can not walk far without my hip hurting, you are making me think maybe I better call the doc and go in for an X-ray just in case.  Left-hadad mascara isn't so badTongue outwhen you are left handed.  Hope you are feeling better and finding great ways to laugh and survive the latest.

  • TicTac
    Mar. 10, 2009

    I really hope you feel better "feels like the tinman" ... I just had to comment on your name, I just joined this wonderful site and as soon as I saw it I laughed quite hard. You see this is exactly the way I have been describing myself to everyone! Anyhow I am sorry to hear your arm is broken, but it is funny you refused to go to watch ER :) As for the prednisone...

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    I really hope you feel better "feels like the tinman" ... I just had to comment on your name, I just joined this wonderful site and as soon as I saw it I laughed quite hard. You see this is exactly the way I have been describing myself to everyone! Anyhow I am sorry to hear your arm is broken, but it is funny you refused to go to watch ER :) As for the prednisone causing it, I do know prednisone does put you at risk for osteoprsosis (i go to a natural nutritionist and that is what she told me).