Hand bone broken?
June 29, 2010 4:30 PM Subscribe
I think I broke a bone in my hand. 5th metacarpal
, the one that connects to the pinky. Looking for a bit of advice.
posted by chasing to health & fitness (16 answers total)
I punched something a bit too hard, is what caused it. Just being stupid. The knuckle seems displaced, which is what worries me, but what's weird is that it doesn't hurt much at all. Just a dull ache, like a bruise. I'm holding off on the ER since I'm off insurance at the moment (sigh), but my intuition is that if it were broken, I'd be in some serious pain. The last time I broke a finger I knew it -- the thing hurt like hell. One thought is that breaking a hand bone may not hurt because it's kind of supported by the meat and swelling in the way a finger wouldn't be. But I don't know.
ANYWAY: Anyone have any experience with these kinds of injuries? If it is broken and I don't go to the hospital am I asking for a lifetime of hand troubles? I know not to expect real medical advice, I'm just looking for a bit of anecdotal evidence and experiences from someone who might've had a similar injury while I sit here and fret about the whole thing.