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 Should I go to a foot doctor?
Should I go see a foot doctor if my big toe on my left foot is swollen and has pus coming out on the left side...And it bleeds every once and a while?But it hurts so bad if I start walking on it...I ...

 Is there any way to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again?

 My brother got punched in the face, and his eye...?
he says his vision in one eye is kinda splotchy/sparkly, and there a yellow dot in the center. it's also really bloodshot in the corner. Any ideas on how long it will take to heal up, and if ...

 what is the usual procedure for treating a broken finger ?
hand in a cast or just bandage ?
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and can a finger be broke at the knuckle?...

 need help, got drunk then did a series of lighter smiley burns on arm? ?
I got incredibly drunk the other night, don't remember much.. But i do remember being with some friends. Then at some piont i found a lighter and remembered this kid from a previous school burnt ...

 How do I stop cracking my back and knuckels?
I have a habit of cracking my knuckles and back and I don't want to be hanging upside down for 30 minutes I cant stop and these problems run in my family i also don't want to get arthritis! ...

 whats the qickest and easyest way to break your leg?
i know its stupid but we're doing an exam in sport and ive not got a clue! By the way its a phisical exam, where we have to dance...
But i would like it not so involve using something heavy,...

 Can you survive a shotgun blast in the mouth?
I'm not planning on killing myself, but I was wondering, if someone put a 12 gauge shotgun in their mouth towards the back of their teeth, pointed it to the roof of their mouth and pulled the ...

 have a 9 year old boy who is running a very high fever, can you help me, cant keep down?
he has had it since monday, up and down, from 100-104, he has been to emergency room, putting cold rags on back of neck, giving ibuprofin, tylenol, just cant keep it down, if you can help please do....

 My nail came completely off and theres no nail left, will it grow back?

 Knee Pain!!!!?
I fell at my school the other day. I was crying but there was nothing on my knee it just hirt and I couldn't move it. But now it is swollen, super sore, and I can't move it. I can't ...

 Is my big toe fractured?
I dropped a heavy wooden chair and it fell sideways right on my big toe right above the nail. It hurt like hell! This was two days ago. It is swollen and the only discoloration is my whole nail is ...

 i need to fake a injury?

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 8-yr-old with sharp middle of the tummy pain?
does anyone know what this is??...

 Help!! please answer?
My toe nail got hit this morning and it turned black(not completely but its definetly much darker). Some people told me that it would come off, is there any remedies to prevent/stop it? If ever it ...

ok, here we go, it say's- The c2-3 level reveals disc desiccation with a minimal broad based disc buldge of approximately 1.5mm without significant central or neural foraminal narrowing.

 Should I sue? I fell asleep with my laptop on my lap?
I had bad blisters, pretty serious burns. I don't really care about any long term damage to myself, I'm a big boy, lesson learned, but, it could mess up a nice set of legs, maybe permanent ...

 Should I superglue my wound closed?
I have a small but irritating cut on the bottom of my foot. I have been keeping it clean, but it won't heal because I keep walking on it. I am thinking about Superglueing it closed. Is there any ...

 stuff i can do for fun with a broken arm?
I have a full arm cast and i am on meds to keep my heart rate down cause of swelling also i get tired fast if i move around to fast also i have to get 12hours of sleep a day

i am really ...

 what is wrong with me if i'm brused easily?
i seem to bruse realy easily, it may be cuz i have a pale complection and i am very skiny there for hav no fat to protect me, but i shd realy bruse too easily shd i? plz ...

Stacey W
how reliable are x rays, do they always show hairline fractures?
I think i may have fractured my 5th metatarsal, i dropped a pot bowl on it yesterday at breakfast and now its swollen, purple looking and im finding it difficult to move, is there much point in going to a & e today for like 4 hours just to tell me its not broken and to rest it?

It really hurts and its been 24 hours now....so does a fracture ALWAYS show on x ray because knowing my luck it wouldn't show and i'd have to go back in 3 weeks again.

Btw this happened with my wrist before they said it was broken, sent me home, then 2 week later, went back and was a scapfoid fracture - apparntly very common, just wondering if it was possible not to show up at first anywhere else in the body?

Thank you for your help

its the doctor looking at the x ray ,if hes capable to read an x ray , with so many fractures missed it makes you wonder if they know what they are looking at

go to a doctor immediately. What kind of question is that? Would you risk amputation in case a blood vessel broke and somehow an infection started?

Hairline fractures are invisible for the untrained eye. But that does not mean they are pointless. Even if a doctor can't see it on the X ray, there are other tests and exams and they will give you proper treatment.

Alternatively, just stay home and let us know how it goes three weeks from now... without any medical care.

Dagny Justice
It is possible that until you are moving it a lot more, a few days after the injury, that it wouldn't show.

well, provided the radiographer takes the xray correctly -with good positioning etc, and the radiologist looks carefully it will be difficult to not detect a fracture. however, if it is a hairline fracture they are much more difficult to see but the radiologists should be able to see it as they have special computer screens to view the images. i would go to a&e because you dont want the possibility of walking around with a broken bone that you dont know about.
btw, you have 8 bones in your wrist, your scaphoid is one of them, so before you did break your wrist, but specifically you broke your scaphoid. they will have asked you to go back 2 weeks later to check that your scaphoid is healing because sometimes the blood supply to this bone can be destroyed when you fracture it and so the bone will die! good luck

X-Rays are only one of many tools used by the doctors. Remember that they ask you questions and they usually feel the bone too.

If the doctor is stupid enough to miss something as basic as a simple fracture (yes, it's in all their expensive training manuals) - that is their fault, and you should make your feelings known.

If you don't like waiting - take a long book with you.

Why are you grousing here anyway? It doesn't sound life threatening. It's up to you if you want to go to A & E and bother the nurses.

Probably worth having it looked at, but that's up to you. A&E is usually quieter in the mornings when all the overnight drunks, druggies and nutters have been dealt with.

It'd feel sore, be swollen and discoloured anyway if you had just bruised your toe badly. It may or may not show up on an x-ray.

In any case, the treatment at hospital if it's not out of alignment would probably be just strapping it to the next toe by way of a splint.

You could help yourself by keeping your foot up as much as possible and apply ice, a bag of frozen peas is handy here. Wear stiff-soled shoes or boots for support.

It is possible to miss a hairline fracture on an Xray. The view may be taken from just the wrong angle or the person reviewing the film could miss it

X-rays are only as good as the people reading them. They can also be a bit blurred if there is a lot of soft tissue swelling which is why a second X-ray a few days later can be clearer.

kid on the block
Go to A&E, they will advise you on how to manage your foot whether or not you have broken anything.

If the bone is not displaced it can be difficult to find a hairline fracture sometimes if the angle doesn't show it well. It sometimes shows up better after a few weeks because the healing process shows up more clearly than the original fracture.

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