So my friend got punched in the face a few times a week ago. Had a black eye and bruising on her cheek. I was worried that she might have a fractured cheekbone but apparently there was no pain. I consulted Dr Google and wasn't worried because there was no pain and her face wasn't physically 'deformed' or anything. And Google said there is no treatment unless it's severe. So it's a week later the bruising is going down but she still has a black eye and is a bit painful. She's thinking initially it was numb and now worried that it might be fractured. But the pain is still not severe apparently. Im unsure what she should do. Is there any point getting it checked out a week later when it appears to be healing? And if she should, should she go to the hospital or just her gp?
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03-02-2012 19:24 #1
Fractured cheek bone
03-02-2012 19:33 #2
Hubby copped a bar stool to the face 3 years ago (tried to break up a bar fight) and his cheek bone got broken in 2 places. His wasn't out of place, but the doctor said one more punch would put a section of bone out of place that would need screwing back together.
What Google has told you is right (for once) that unless the bones aren't lined up, they generally don't do anything. I think it would be worth her just going and getting it checked.
03-02-2012 19:39 #3
Thanks emzy! Should she just go to her gp?
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03-02-2012 19:49 #4
Ow sh!t...I hope she's ok! Poor thing.
If you're friend is super concerned, then she could always make a quick appointment for peace of mind, but if she's not in any pain then I'd say maybe it's just taking a while to heal as I assume the eye socket is a rather sensitive area.
03-02-2012 19:54 #5
It took 8-9 weeks for the bruising and pain to fully go away with hubby's broken cheek bone
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03-02-2012 20:21 #6
I'd go to the GP. A fracture around the eye can be dangerous.
My nephew ran into another boy (accident) and they bashed their foreheads. My nephew still had a lump on the forehead & a black eye 2 weeks later. It took ages for him to recover.
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