Well I thought I would go ahead post my story and some pictures of what happened to me a few months ago. I broke my right humerus during an arm wrestling match on May 29th. Don't do it, I was winning the match too and I put my body into it (big mistake) and about 3 or 4 seconds after I did that I heard the loudest crack I've ever heard come from my arm. I knew exactly what happened. Immediately knew I was done with the gym for at least a good 6 months before I can get back into it without restrictions again. It didn't hurt the moment it happened but when I got to the hospital, holy crap, that was easily the worst pain I've ever felt.
I got 4 different injections of morphine within 30 minutes to see if they could kill the pain so I could get it set and splinted. I felt REALLY good but that didn't do jack for the pain so they just put me under to do all that. I didn't need surgery due to decent alignment and no bone fragments. Well the arm has been getting better every week but x-rays seem to show that the progress has been slow. Maybe because of the complex break? Not sure. I don't smoke and I have been taking just a multivitamin and calcium as supplements. I'm just about 3 months deep and I'm free from my splint and brace, I have full movement back in my arm and just about entirely pain free but I haven't been referred to physical therapy just yet since the bone has not been entirely united just yet.
My Doctor says he expects to see the bones united completely with new bone in about 3 to 4 weeks. Right now it's just "soft callus" that is holding everything together but you can feel that it's pretty hard at the moment. My doctor squeezed my fracture to see if he can feel something moving but he didn't feel anything. Well I have a few questions for anyone who has had a similar injury without surgery since my doc is reluctant to give me a straight answer. How long was it before you were able to hit the gym again without any medical restrictions and how long did it take for your bone to "unite" with new bone that you can visually see in x-rays?
Well here are some x-rays with descriptions.
01 - 30 May.jpg This is what my arm looked like a few hours after the break.
02 - 1 Jun 2.jpg / 02 - 1 Jun.jpg My doctor re-splinted my arm the same day because he wasn't happy with my first local doctor's work. This was just hours after the break.
03 - 7 Jun.jpg / 04 - 7 Jun 2.jpg I got referred to another hospital about 3 days later to pick-up a brace for my arm. What my failed to tell me is to just simply pick up the brace and not let them put it on. Well this doctor just went ahead and put it on for me. I told him I was only a few days in and he said that was fine. He was not a Orthopedic doctor. I should have known better than to listen to him. I got x-rays a week in and my doctor wasn't happy to see the brace on. He showed me that my bone had slipped from it's original set and he wanted to re-splint it.
.... see 2nd post....