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Tiny fracture in my hand, refuse a plaster because of upcoming holiday

(28 Posts)
FishCanFly Sat 20-Jun-15 13:26:39

Am i stupid? Nurse says it can heal by itself, but full plaster is recommended.
I am shitting myself here

Sirzy Sat 20-Jun-15 13:29:15

Why risk a lifetime of trouble if it doesn't heal properly for the sake of a few weeks hassle? Surely you can still go on holiday with it in plaster anyway?

foxinsocks Sat 20-Jun-15 13:30:57

Is it painful? I would wear a sling or something just to immobilise it and stop other people from bashing it. You can get braces for hands/wrists that immobilise it but you can take them off?

Did you want to swim? If it's because you want to drive, I wouldn't anyway as your insurance probably wouldn't cover you.

TheCowThatLaughs Sat 20-Jun-15 13:31:06

Look after your hands! You never know, they might be useful one day! I would get the plaster on.

FishCanFly Sat 20-Jun-15 13:41:23

I got a brace. And i am carefulf not to lift anything, or actually do anything. And yes i want to be in the water vs. not being able to shower properly. The fracture is barely visible on xray. Its not really painful, just slightly uncomfortable at some angles.

Watto1 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:43:17

If its swimming you are worrying about, you can get a protective cover for your cast called a Limbo which you can swim, bath and shower in.

ghostyslovesheep Sat 20-Jun-15 13:45:17

AIBU to go against medical advice for the sake of a dip in the pool?

er yes - very

as Watto said - get a Limbo or similar

FishCanFly Sat 20-Jun-15 13:47:51

Had a limbo years ago for a broken leg years ago. Its not watertight as it says it should be. Sellotaping a binbag was more reliable.
If it was a serious fracture, i'd have no choice, but now...

eyebags63 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:49:05

YABU... risking long term issues for a short term gain is a bit silly really.

RB68 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:51:17

Not sure the one we had was a limbo but was excellent - we didn't test with full submersion but for showers was perfect. I would go for cast as there is no such thing as a nearly broken bone (per xray) it either is or isn't and needs to be kept in place. Ask if you can have a removeable cast at all - you might have to pay for it yourself though. (Ie plastic and velcros on to immobolise)

Ilovehamabeads Sat 20-Jun-15 13:51:58

Went to Spain for 3 weeks with dd having a full arm cast. She was in the pool or sea at least twice a day. Used a bloccs waterproof cover. Worked perfectly if used correctly. Started to deteriorate during the 3rd week and let some water in. Was fine for 2 weeks though. Bit unsightly- bright blue- but saved our holiday.

RB68 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:52:23

Not sure the one we had was a limbo but was excellent - we didn't test with full submersion but for showers was perfect. I would go for cast as there is no such thing as a nearly broken bone (per xray) it either is or isn't and needs to be kept in place. Ask if you can have a removeable cast at all - you might have to pay for it yourself though. (Ie plastic and velcros on to immobolise)

FishCanFly Sat 20-Jun-15 13:55:54

Ask if you can have a removeable cast at all - you might have to pay for it yourself though. (Ie plastic and velcros on to immobolise)
Thats what i have now. This was from AE. Will see a doctor next week. Will see from there.

Janethegirl Sat 20-Jun-15 14:09:54

I had a plaster on for around 1 day after I broke a small bone in my hand, however when I saw the consultant he said it wasn't necessary and gave me a Velcro hand support which was much better.

Happfeet2911 Sat 20-Jun-15 17:47:10

A support of some kind should be fine if it's that small, immobilising your arm for weeks will probably cause more problems with muscle wastage. Also, wearing a full plaster in a hot climate could be horrible, sweaty and uncomfortable. Up to you of course but I would avoid it too.

londonrach Sat 20-Jun-15 17:51:39

I wouldnt risk it but can you wear a removable one. Hands are very important and you want it to heal well. Arthritis could be a problem in later years. Back to doctor and ask if you can have removeable one and enjoy your holiday. Look on the positive side of this...gets you off the washing up grin

CheeseToastie123 Sat 20-Jun-15 18:25:04

Is it a scaphoid fracture? The blood supply to the scaphoid can be very poor, you're risking long term discomfort and damage. How recent was the injury? Scaphoid fractures can take a fortnight to fully show, and I have only just had one finally ruled out with a CT scan 8 weeks after an injury (which is still swollen and causing me considerable discomfort, hence the worry of a missed fracture). The Limbo was great for my two weeks in plaster.

FishCanFly Sun 21-Jun-15 13:30:30

I had this household accident over a week ago. At first didn't pay attention, but it was a very strange discomfort (like shooting pain when opening a door or dog pulling his lead). Got an Xray and nothing's really broken, just a barely visible crack in one of the bones (forgot to ask what it is called). Plaster terrifies me not only because of missing swimming, but also sweating itching and not being able to scratch.
That velcro thing so far feels satisfying, will see what doctor says next week

Skiptonlass Sun 21-Jun-15 13:55:30

Don't just leave it! The risk with some hand fractures (the most common scaphoid ones) is that the blood supply to some of the bones only goes in at one side - if you don't fix the bones properly it can die, leaving you with limited mobility and arthritis.

If you're flying and its recent, you'll probably only have a half cast anyway in case of flying. But don't just leave it, you're storing up problems for the future.

Shakey1500 Sun 21-Jun-15 14:24:48

I totally agree with cheese.

Due to a delayed plaster Dh has had no end of problems with a small scaphoid fracture. Including accelerated arthritis.

For the sake of a dip in the pool, it's foolish.

Hi5Hello Sun 21-Jun-15 16:59:40

What does your travel insurance say about ignoring advice?

Whatabout Sun 21-Jun-15 17:03:21

If it was your scaphoid they'd have explained the risk of necrosis if there is non-Union of the fracture and insisted on a cast. If it is an undisplaced fracture and you plan on keeping the brace on and not using the hand I don't think YABU.

karbonfootprint Sun 21-Jun-15 17:10:44

contact your insurance company if you are going abroad, you don't want to find you have invalidated your insurance.

Icimoi Sun 21-Jun-15 18:08:29

The thought of itching and not being able to scratch terrifies you? WTF?

And you usually can scratch inside plaster casts. Knitting needles are wonderful things.

Bodicea Sun 21-Jun-15 18:33:36

Is it a scaphoid injury. You really shouldn't mess with those because if the risk if nerve damage. And they don't always show up well on the x- ray.

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