Broke wrist 5 years ago - still giving me problems. Settle or get sorted?

I'm not a doctor, or an expert by any means but here goes: 5 years ago I badly broke my wrist. Put simply, my hand was smashed all the way backwards as I was catapulted down a long, tarmac road and landed hand & head first. Initially I was put into a cast for an xray and such. The docs repositioned my hand manually with bruit force as it was basically the only way to get it to go back partially into position in the socket, or what was left of it. Because of the way they had been (NHS!) I ended up going private with Bupa, with the same consultant. I had keyhole surgery and was put in a cast for 6 weeks. It came off and I had very minimal movement and I had physio for about 6 weeks. After the first operation, I was effectively sent home with codeine to stop the pain for a few weeks. 2 years ago (so 3 years after it was fixed!) I had to go in for surgery again as it was causing me problems. The hand was giving me HUGE problems. Couldn't lift anything more than a tin can without my hand feeling like it was getting ripped from my arm. It clicked, ached, etc. I had a cast on, with pins holding the two bones together for around 6 weeks. After this I had another op to remove the pins, I again had to have another cast on after this. 3 weeks later, the cast comes off and I'm presented with a bunch of scars, dents, bumps etc. Fast forward to hand aches like a b***h when its cold, I can do anything too physical with it. Last week I went bowling with a friend and ended up having to bowl with the other hand as I nearly ripped my hand out of the socket when picking up the ball. I've always just put up with it...whilst the second surgery a few years ago made it better, its still not great...should I expect it to still be like this? (ADVICE PREFERABLY FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED BAD BREAKAGES - NOT GUESSES PLEASE! :) )

Asked By: Rick M - 6/14/2011
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I broke my wrist and had to have the pins and casts for 3 months ans surgeries as well, and the doc told me if i was old ( like 80 ) they wouldn't do much more about it. Since i was young 13 at the time that I could do the surgery and live with the pain of arthritis by 15. It hurts like hell but I have learned to... More
Answered By: Hilary - 6/14/2011
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