According to the ortho doc, the treatment for an elbow fracture hasn't changed in 20 years: Remove sling and discard; continually move or flex hand, wrist, fingers and elbow while taking the pills to kill the pain; try not to cause further damage by bumping into hard surfaces; and return in one week for a follow-up visit.
He did have me demonstrate the limits of movement in my left arm and hand. He also wanted to know how well the hydrocodon-acetaminophen was working to kill the pain. I told him one pill helped a little, two pills put me to sleep; he suggested one and a half pills - like I couldn't figure that out for myself.
Sidebar: As a touch-typist, having to type one-handed is torture.
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That ulna nerve is never going to be the same.
Take the pain pills. Don't wait until it hurts, take them on a schedule. Keeping down the pain is easier and healthier than trying to get it down once it starts.
And yes, typing one handed would be (and is) torture.
I fell elbow first onto a concrete floor a long time ago. Hurt like the beejeebers. So I can empathize. Didn't break anything and in my case, immobilization was necessary. Had to wear a hot plastic brace all summer.
One of these days, I'm going to be invited to a Halloween party and I will wear all of my braces and splints. I'll be the "Accident that found a place to happen."
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