Not me, but my SO. I’ve posted about this elsewhere on the boards, but it definitely applies here.
He fell off his bike after hitting the brakes too hard going 35kmph towards an unexpected red light. At the time, it was clear that hed scratched up his face and knees pretty badly, and needed stitches in his chin. Both his elbows hurt, and he thought at least one was sprained.
We went to the ER, and found out that one elbow was indeed sprained, but also that the right one had a small fracture at the top of the radius. It got put in a cast, and we went home, with him taking pain relievers for the next couple of days.
That wasn’t the unexpected injury.
A week after the accident, he goes to see a fracture specialist, who takes new x-rays and says that the fracture is minor enough that they can take the cast off, and start physio to get his elbow moving properly again. They take off the cast, and the doctor starts rotating my SOs forearm, with the result that he practically screams in agony.
Turns out his wrist was SEVERELY dislocated, but no one knew because it didn’t hurt him at the ER!!
A week after THAT, he sees another doctor, a joint specialist, who tells him that the only way to get his wrist back to “normal” is through surgery. So they operate, about 3 weeks after the initial injury. THAT was rediculously painful, with my SO taking 60mg of codeine and 2 Advils every 4 hours to fight the pain and inflammation for the first couple of days.
He had the cast on for 6 weeks (so total of 9 weeks since the fall). When they took it off, he couldn’t move his arm at all. He’s been doing physio for the past 2 months, and his wrist still cant move in all directions, and he cant yet extend his elbow completely.
It’s been an interesting 4 months, that’s for sure!