Hey guys...about 6 1/2 weeks ago in late september, i was with a bunch of my friends and we all got a place for the night in AC...we were drinking for about 8+ hours already (i drink very rarely anymore, used to in college) and i was pretty far gone...anyways, my friends dared me to try and punch through the hotel's solid wood bathroom door...being the smart guy i am, and in my drunken state, i fully believed i could do it...and wound up and slammed the door as hard as i think ive ever punched anything in my life...immediately i knew something bad had happened...the bone had popped up and was pushing against my skin on my outer hand near the ring finger...so i wrapped the hand up tight in a rag to keep everything in place...
anyways, turned out i fractured the hamate bone...a bone in the outer wrist...pretty much if you follow the outside of the pinky straight down, it's right above that big circular bone on the wrist. i also mangled up all the tendons etc near the pinky and ring finger metacarpals (not the fingers themselves but right below them on my hand.)
i was out of work (which is all physical) for 6 weeks and was in a brace, and just went back monday...it still hurts to do certain things, like turning faucets or trying to tighten them, opening any type of jar or bottle, snapping my fingers...and ANYTHING where i put any pressure where my hand is pulling away from the bone is insanely painful...i found out recently that tying my shoes (tightening the laces namely) results in excruciating pain...im able to work bc i try to put the stress on my left hand and just use my right as mere support...truthfully i probably should not be back just yet to work, but i need the money since ive been out for so long and my doctor OK'd me to go back.
i admit what i did was stupid, i never broke anything before in my life...but i cant change it. i am just curious if anyone has had a similar injury and what chances for full recovery i can expect. ive had several people tell me my hand will never be the same again, and that i will never have the strength that my left hand has (i broke the right one)...and also that i will be much more susceptible to re-breaking it in the future.
as someone who really wants to get into lifting again and i also am hoping to compete in the future, i want to know if it will be possible...right now it hurts just to lift a gallon of milk, and i cant even do the dipping motion...in the past, i have DL'd 275 and done sets of dips with 100 lbs attached to a belt...i really love power exercises, but my grip is gone...i also use CoC grippers, and in the past was able to close the trainer (100 lb) for reps, and the #1 (140 lb) for a rep with each hand...i still can with my left, but i cant even move the trainer more than 1/4 the way closed now...i know i am still in the healing process but is my strength ever going to return to where it was, and will it be without pain? i cant even imagine trying to deadlift...it would feel like the weight of the bar would snap my bone right in half...it really is an awkward place to have the injury...its difficult to write, and i still cant even shake hands with people without pain.
anyone shed some insight on this or share a related experience so i can know what to expect...thanks for reading thru all of this if you did, and reps for helpful responses.