What does a cracked bone feel like?
December 20, 2005 6:51 AM Subscribe
I fell and hurt my arm. Now it hurts to lift things, how do I know if this pain is from the normal bruising or from a cracked bone?
posted by schwa to health & fitness (14 answers total)
About a week ago I fell in the shower; my legs slipped out from under me and I fell onto my butt. I was facing away from the shower and my right arm was behind me and unfortunately got caught up in the plumbing (between one of the faucets and the water outlet thing). My arm hurt pretty bad at the time and for a few moments I was stunned; I couldn't think straight enough to turn the hot water off properly.
Anyway, it hurt at the time and a nice yellow bruise developed. But there didn't seem to be any bad effects apart from a sore arm.
However it's been a week and my arm is still sore. And I've noticed that lifting heavy weights with the arm is quite painful. I notice this especially when the arm is being used as a lever, even lifting my laptop with the arm is a little painful.
Is it possible that the bone in the forearm is cracked a little? Or is the pain probably due to the bruising? I would have thought that it would be obvious if the bone was cracked.