My right hand was injuried 8 years ago. Three of the main bones in my hand where displaced out of socket and pushed back about 3/4 of an half to reast over the top of other bones it normally would be lateral to. Before I could get to a doctor it healed in that position out of place. Long story short, the orthopedic specialist who told me there wasn't anything she could do other then cosmetically and that it wouldn't improve the pain. I asked her for a prognosis and she said she could not give me one because she had never seen the type of injury before.
Since then I have been dealing with constant pain. It seems to me it has been getting worse over the years. I think the bones on top are putting pressure on nerves to my hand because sometimes I can forcibly make the bones move and it gives an immediate relief of pain. Unfortunately the releif doesn't last very long and it is only sometimes when it really is killing me that I can do that procedure to make it feel better. My cousin is a registered nurse and she ask me if I was using traction on it. I told her that I hadn't and I have been searching for such a device for my hand all these years and can't find one. I don't think it exists. She just assumed there would be something like that. The last 8 years I haven't been using any kind of regular medication for the pain. Maybe 3 tylenol once a week. I haven't for the most part had medical insurance, so no access to any medication that isn't over the counter.
My questions are if anyone could help me understand if there are any consequences to not taking medication to an joint/bone injury like mine? Has anyone dealt with anything similiar and how did you treat the injury for best results? I'm afraid that by not medicating the injury I could somehow be making it worse?
I feel like this chronic pain is wearing me down mentally and emotionally.
Thanks in advance