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Bruises , broken bones , and osteoporosis

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I reached in the backseat of my car last week and it felt like a bone snapped into! It hurt badly for a couple of days but much better now. However, a day after the injury, I noticed a very small bruise on my upper right arm. It is now much bigger and I know I did not run into anything! I saw my doctor a few days later about something else and she said she was sure I DID bump into something and don't remember. It is large! Should I get a second opinion? What might it be?

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replied May 18th, 2009
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Every bruise should become smaller in one week after it appeared. Once the bruise completely disappears the pain should be gone, too. If the pain still exists it is possible that damage to the bone might be present.

It seems likely that the absence of big pain indicates that the bone is probably not broken. But this cannot be ruled out for sure without an X-ray. It is possible that even if there is no fracture, the X-ray might discover a bone fissure.

Given your age, it might be a result of osteoporosis, which should be treated immediately after the bone problem. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bone density is decreased due to demineralization. The decreased density makes the bone more susceptible to fractures which is the first and only symptom of osteoporosis. Therefore, prevention is very important for osteoporosis.

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