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A couple weeks ago, I slipped down the stairs and my arm got caught in the vertical balusters. Next thing I knew I was bumping down the stairs on my backside and I felt a pulling and pain in my elbow (just below the elbow actually). My first thought was that I broke my arm, but after a little while it felt somewhat normal. Then a few days later I was doing a motion with that arm that was a little different than the usual everyday motions, and the elbow really hurt and was weak, in the same place as when I fell. So for most of the last two weeks it's been that way...only sore/weak if I put that arm in the unusual spot. But starting yesterday, it's been pretty achy in general.<br><br>
So my question is if a broken arm is always obvious? Can it be broken and not have a lot of constant pain for a couple weeks? I've had a stress fracture in my foot before, and it hurt a LOT. So, I have nothing to compare this to. I do tend to have a high threshold of pain, and can be walking around fine with something that somebody else might have a lot of pain with.<br><br>
Yesterday I finally called and got an appt with an orthopedic doctor next wednesday, so I suppose I will find out. I just hate to get another x-ray (I've had lots) if I don't need to.
 

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My son broke his hand and he only complained a couple of times within the week before I took him in. Even the ped didn't think it was broken on palpation but on x-ray it was really obvious.
 

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My sister broke her wrist. She was 7, and never cried, only complained it hurt a little. She could move her fingers, there was little bruising, and if I tapped her fingers, she hardly flinched. There was little swelling too, so I totally just thought she jammed it.<br><br>
I think sometimes really clean breaks hurt less because it is just that, a very clean break.
 

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My 2 year old broke her arm back in February. Only cried when she fell. But sure enough it was broke above the elbow.
 

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Thanks for the replies. It looks like it would be a good idea to get the x-ray this time, then.
 

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Good call.<br><br>
My coworker used her broken wrist for a week and a half as the pain gradually got worse. Turns out it was broken.<br><br>
I hope it isn't too bad of an injury.
 

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I would just to be safe.<br><br>
Let us know what happens.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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When DD broke her arm the first time I felt *so* bad because it had been hours since she fell (she took a nap which actually made me know something was wrong!). The doctors said that it is very common to not realize there is a break. DD's friend recently had a break that she wasn't taken in about for over two weeks (finger) because, sure, it "hurt" but she could basically do everything with it--- everyone just figured it was a bad bruise. Since it had been two weeks, though (no swelling, just the occasional complaint) her mom took her in and it was broken.
 

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Sometimes a break will not even show up in an xray and an MRI has to be done.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sometimes a break will not even show up in an xray and an MRI has to be done.</div>
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Or a nuclear bone scan can show bone healing since the injury was a few weeks ago.
 

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Glad you are getting it checked out! When I was 9 I walked on a broken ankle for 2 days. It didn't hurt until I had to help carry small buckets of water to my neighbor to help put out a field fire. The Dr. thought for sure it wasn't broken. It wasn't swollen or bruised. Turns out I had a hairline fracture. My little girl broke her hand and had no bruising or swelling. We took her in just to be safe, because she cried so hard and long when her hand get crushed in the bathroom door at the store. We now avoid spring-loaded doors.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(she took a nap which actually made me know something was wrong!).</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh"> Yeah, I'd think the same thing if my DS ever took a nap!<br><br>
When I had the stress fracture in my foot, I was actually doing collegiate athletics at the time. My coach thought I was just "being a wimp" and didn't really have an injury, so he made me train on it anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">. But later that summer I needed a foot x-ray for another reason and they said "Did you know you have a stress fracture? It's just healing up now." I was like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> at the coach.<br><br>
Anyway, I'll post an update when I find out what's wrong with my elbow.
 

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DD2 broke her clavicle last year, I didn't take her in until the next day and even then it was that obvious. The tech and I were surprised ( a friend) because both of us were sure it wasn't broke, nope. I broke my foot last year as well, didn't show up on the x-ray either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I broke my pinkie knuckle and my ankle. I didn't know I broke them, even after I went to the doctor. The fact I could still make a fist, and walk on my foot lead both doctors I saw to poo-poo them as sprains or bruises. X-ray proved otherwise.<br>
With my ankle, I completed a months worth of summer training in karate before I got my x-ray. By time I did, it was half healed already <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br>
I say go get an x-ray as soon as possible.<br><br><br>
ETA: Oh! I see you are getting one done! Hope it goes well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Okay, so did I break it? Well, yes and no. How could that be?<br><br>
About 25 years ago I badly dislocated that elbow. They took x-rays then, and said I didn't break it. Had to go into surgery so they could flex it enough to see how the ligaments & tendons were doing. Went under the anesthesia, they flexed it and decided I didn't need surgery either.<br><br>
Fast forward to today. Today's x-rays show that I don't have any *new* breaks. But it turns out I have a couple of chips off the bone...the doctor said it was from an old injury. So I guess I did break it....25 years ago. So now I have these "bone spurs" (as the doctor called them) from that old injury. But what's really hurting is is that I have "tennis elbow" (as the doctor called it). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> ...more like "stairs elbow". I have torn the ligament a little bit. So I have to wear a brace on my *wrist* strangely enough, to keep me from flexing my wrist backward. That movement pulls on the ligament, perhaps tearing it more. I also have to stretch the wrist forward from time to time, and massage the ligament at the elbow. The bone spurs are likely not helping, possibly irritating the ligament in certain positions.<br><br>
I'm glad I had the x-ray. It shows that I don't have a new break and it explains why that elbow has, over the last 25 years, occasionally gotten stuck.<br><br>
ETA: For the x-ray, I think I used every lead apron they had <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I made myself a lead fortress with just my arm sticking out!
 

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well thats...good news...sort of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Glad to hear its not broken and that you have some questions answered.
 

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Soft tissue injuries don't heal well, ligaments can be a chronic pain--look into massage therapy and even physical therapy to try and truly heal the injury.<br><br>
Be really really 'nice' to that elbow. Don't cause any pain. Rest it and consider Tylenol or Motrin for inflammation.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Soft tissue injuries don't heal well, ligaments can be a chronic pain--look into massage therapy and even physical therapy to try and truly heal the injury.<br><br>
Be really really 'nice' to that elbow. Don't cause any pain. Rest it and consider Tylenol or Motrin for inflammation.<br><br>
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Thanks Violet, you're a great Mom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thank you for the update! Glad you had the x-ray and got things figured out.
 
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