I was just getting started out on a training ride yesterday, when I got distracted and hit a pothole in the ground. It was the oddest fall I’ve had in that I got flung to the ground, was unable to roll and therefore, all the pressure of the landing went through my left arm and wrist.
At first, because my road rash wasn’t bad at all and I didn’t feel anything abnormal in my arm, I kept riding. At some point, once the shock subsided (I kinda fell in the middle of the intersection, with a bus maybe 15 seconds away) I noticed a (I’m not sure if it’s dull or sharp. If sharp is the feeling of someone poking you with a meat cleaver, then it’s dull) aching pain originating from the thumb side of my wrist when I bent my wrist, and far enough back that’s it’s closer to my arm than my hand. I then began to poke around the area, and I only experienced pain when I target what seemed to be the scaphoid, all other areas were fine. If I press straight down near the tendon that runs down close to the center of the hand, I get a sharper pain that is very focused. I also observe this if I put my hand in the hitchhiking position and press on the tendon gap that the thumb makes. The base of my thumb is also swollen.
I’ve done my research and these are telltale signs of a scaphoid fracture, but I don’t seem to have constant pain from it. I’ve never broken a bone before, so I don’t really know what to expect. Should the pain be constant? I mean, it aches every once in awhile when I’m just laying around, not doing anything with it, but nothing close to what I expected. For example, it is starting to ache right now, but it only feels like I got a tetanus shot.
While researching I also learned that scaphoid breaks may also go along with a radius fracture on the very end of the bone. Sure enough, I have pain and swelling just before the elbow, around the end of the forearm. In this case it hurts to move my arm in general.
I’m asking these questions mostly because I’ve never really experienced anything like this from my UPDs. When I fall I usually get road rash, and that’s the end of it, and road rash really isn’t that bad. But because of how I landed in this UPD, I think it’s necessary to see if any of you have had anything similar.
I’m holding out on going to a doctor until at least a week, because X-Rays might not show a fracture until it’s begun healing, and I don’t want to get an MRI. Also because I want to make sure that the pain doesn’t subside quickly, making a fool of myself.
Statues and Limitations,