This isn't me, but look how happy he is with his broken nose!
A normal night..
For those that are interested in how it feels to break your nose, I will tell you here what happened when I broke my nose, exactly how it felt and how I got it fixed.
I was at my martial arts club practicing throws and locks. I was very hungover as for some reason that I can't remember now I had been out the night before. The problem with being hungover is that your reactions are dulled, you're tired and you're generally not really with it, as I'm sure many of you reading will know. Anyway, while training with one of the lads from the class, I put him in an armlock and put him to the ground. As he hit the ground, he rolled forward to roll out of the lock...
If I had been a bit more aware, then I would have either stopped him rolling, or had been in a position where he wouldn't have caught me. Unfortunately, I was very dull witted that night, as he rolled forwards, my head was in the wrong position, his heel swung over as he forward rolled and CRACK, straight into the left hand side of my nose. I heard it and felt it break, it was loud and I knew it had been hit with a lot of force. I reached up both hands to my nose to find it was on the right hand side of my face and quickly crunched it back into position so it was facing forwards again. I didn't really have much time to think before I did this, I just did it automatically. Then the blood started. I've never bled so profusely, it was honestly running like a tap. This worried me more than the break itself, as there was so much blood pouring out my mind did that thing that I'm sure anyone that has ever bled badly does and I started to think 'I'm going to bleed to death!'.
Dramatic I know, but when it's pouring out of you, you sort of feel like your life force is draining away. I've been knocked out, broken bones, faced up against much bigger and stronger opponents, all sorts of things over the years while training, but it's a lot scarier than all of those things when you're losing blood very quickly in my opinion.
Anyway I went into the bathroom and stood over the sink to let it pour down the sink. It didn't seem to be slowing. My mate came in and told me to squeeze the bridge of my nose hard. Did that and after a few minutes it stopped. Well almost, still dripping, but not pouring. It's a big relief when your lifeblood has stopped pouring out!
After this I stayed til the end of training, then when we packed up I drove to the hospital as my nose was still crooked way over to one side so was clearly broken. When I got to the hospital they told me they couldn't treat me for a week til the swelling had gone down, so I told them I'd see them in a week.
When you are walking around with a broken nose, then it's an odd feeling. You feel like someone's going to whack you on it accidentally and you really don't want that to happen. Of course no one ever touches you on the nose when you don't have a broken nose, so it wouldn't happen after you've got a nice break and a couple of black eyes, but your mind is a funny thing. When I was in the shops after it had swelled, I almost felt like putting my hands out in front of me to stop old women from accidentally bashing me straight in the nose with their walking sticks or something.
Luckily I got through the week without anyone hitting me on the nozzle and a week later I was back in the hospital. They have a department where the doctors deal with idiots like me who have broken noses and these guys know how to fix a broken nose gently and quickly as they do it for a living..
Hmm, what shall I use to break it again?
I'm just going to break it again
At the hospital the doctor had a look and told me he was going to have to break my nose again with his hands and then reset it. He told me that it wouldn't hurt that much as it probably hadn't reset itself very well after a week. I'm not really sure if this really counts as another break to be honest, but for the purposes of the story I'll say it does. Yeah.
In the chair I went and he produced a large needle to inject my very swollen and tender, broken nose. For some reason he told me that the needle was flexible so when it went in it would scrape against the bone. I have no idea why he told me that as it isn't the sort of thing you need to hear before they inject you as your mind just follows the sensation of the needle to see if you can feel it scraping along. Anyway the needle went in. This part wasn't that bad really as I am not too bothered by injections.
The next stage was to grab my nose with the heels of his hands and with a firm push and another crunch, move it sideways so it lined up with where it was supposed to be. The two nurses had a look and cooed away at the return of my good looks and I went away feeling relieved that I had a straight nose again.
Back to my normal looks again
Whoops I broke it again
A week later and the nose was setting into position. We had to do a martial arts demonstration at a hall, where the locals come and watch various martial arts clubs do their thing. All of the other clubs had choreographed a routine, but that's not how we train, our stuff is more reaction based and rehearsals as far as I'm concerned are not what martial arts are all about. So we had no set routine, other than one person in the middle, everyone else jump him and he defends himself. Repeat with various weapons involved. We were just warming up and attacking the instructor of my class, who was the man in the middle. I went in for some sort of attack that I can't remember now, he then caught me across the face with a forearm strike. If you haven't seen a strike like this in action before, it's an awesome strike that I'm surprised isn't seen more in MMA as it can stun or KO people easily. It's a close range strike, you basically perfom it almost like a punch, but instead of the fist hitting the face, you hit past the head so as your arm straightens out, the inside part of the forearm hits the opponents neck or jaw. It is not easy to see it coming so not easy to dodge and you can put a lot of force behind it.
Enough about the effectiveness of the strike, the important part of this not particularly interesting story is that it hit me a good whack straight across the nose, which as you've guessed broke it again. Imagine the look of someone immediately after sucking a lemon, but with blood coming out of his nostrils. That was me. It was obviously still painful as the thing was still very tender from the previous two incidents. More blood started coming out, this time however when I put my hands up to straighten it out, it moved across and into position quite easily as it was so loose from the previous breaks so it was a fairly easy fix.
After this we still did the demo, but I attacked using kicks only so I didn't get whacked across the nose again as I really didn't fancy it. I've recently found out that you can actually get nose guards to stop this sort of thing from happening. They look completely ridiculous though and I imagine if you wear one it encourages 'jokers' to flick or whack you on the broken nose for a laugh.
This sort of nose guard doesnt look great but it allows you to remain active even while nursing a broken nose!
Back to normal
This all happened a couple of years ago, it's all healed up now, although there is a bit of a lump on one side, but no big deal. So the answer to the initial question that you clicked this post to read is, it's loud and it hurts!
If you ever do break your nose, then try to straighten it out immediately as the doctors won't fix it for a week. You don't want to be walking around with your nose on your cheek for that long. I would suggest not getting kicked, punched or kneed very hard in the nose as a lifestyle choice. I'm not planning on getting it broken again and hopefully you can go the rest of your life without it happening to you either. A broken nose is not much fun, although it is of course possible and not really all that painful to fix a broken nose. If you break your nose, then don't wimp out and let it set wherever it lands, get to the doctor and let them fix it!
The alternative of course is to let it heal, then get a rhinoplasty (nose job) to sort it out. However as this involves hammers and other unpleasant sounding stuff if the nose has fully healed up, then I would suggest doing it while your nose is still a bit loose and floppy from the break. If you've just got a great big nose though that you want sorting out, then a rhinoplasty is your only hope, no amount of punches or kicks is going to sort that big boy out!
Thanks for reading and if you have any comments, please leave them below.
mochirajackson from Liverpool, United Kingdom on June 25, 2014:
You guessed right! Won't be doing that again!
Rain Defence (author) from UK on June 18, 2014:
Thanks for your comment and I'm glad it put a smile on your face! I have to ask, how did you fall onto your nose? Had you had one too many cocktails by any chance?
mochirajackson from Liverpool, United Kingdom on June 18, 2014:
I laughed when I read this - not because I enjoyed you being in pain, but because I fell and hit my nose at the weekend and now I'm walking around shielding my hands around my face too - I know exactly what you mean and it is stupid when you think about it that someone might accidentally hit me in the nose, but I can't take any more pain! I think mine is only bruised though as it still looks Ok but it's painful, swollen and bruised. Thanks for sharing x
Rain Defence (author) from UK on November 14, 2013:
Thanks! It's certainly an experience I don't want to repeat!
Rohan Rinaldo Felix from Chennai, India on November 13, 2013:
A really interesting read! I've never broken my nose, but I honestly wouldn't want it sitting on my cheeks! Voted up and awesome!
Rain Defence (author) from UK on June 27, 2013:
To be honest the rebreak isn't all that bad. It's not a pleasurable experience, but it doesn't hurt as much as when it breaks the first time, so don't worry about it too much!
Arien on June 27, 2013:
I Broke my nose when I was 7/8ish but didn't know at the time until i got older which was when i was 12/13,it was then i realized it was a bit crooked and bent from that day on i really began to get self conscious about it but years later i wasn't that worried anymore until yesterday when my friend elbowed me in the face in a baseball match.
My nose was pretty large anyway for my size (5 foot 6 if you are interested) but since getting elbowed it began to swell and of course i was in immense pain. So i went to A and E and they told me i had to wait a week, when i could come back and they would have a look at it again, lets hope it goes well and lets hope when they break my nose to put it back into shape it wont hurt as much.
Rain Defence (author) from UK on June 13, 2013:
It wasn't much fun, but when it's happening you just have to grin and bear it. A fixed grin, with tears coming out of your eyes..
Joe on June 13, 2013:
Crazy story man, must have been real intense at the time. And a surgical hammer?? F*** thatt
Rain Defence (author) from UK on February 16, 2013:
Expect it to get a lot fatter over the next several days. Mine was really swollen for at least a week and wasn't back to normal for weeks, but the good news is it did go back down to what it was size wise, although it is slightly crooked now, but only a little.
The best bet is to go to the doctor now though, if it heals wrong you will need to get it rebroken and they use a surgical hammer! If it needs shifting or anything, it's far better to let them do it now while its still movable. Good luck!
Mitch on February 16, 2013:
Broke my nose last night it's not crooked its just fat just wondering will it go back to normal web the swelling goes down or stay a bit fatter than it was?
Rain Defence (author) from UK on November 26, 2012:
Thanks, you definitely don't want it happening to you. Lets be careful out there!
Rain Defence (author) from UK on November 26, 2012:
I can laugh now but I wasn't laughing at the time!
All healed now though thankfully. Thanks for the comment.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 26, 2012:
Well, I wouldn't want to break my nose for anything Lol! Funny and enjoyable read. Voted up, interesting.
LaThing from From a World Within, USA on November 25, 2012:
Never had a broken nose, but the photo up top attracted me to your article! It's good to know what to do in case of broken nose, so you can advice others :)
great article, enjoyed reading it...... Voting up, and interesting!
Nell Rose from England on September 18, 2012:
All I can say is ouch! lol! and no I wouldn't want it laying on my cheek either! I am lucky because my nose is crooked anyway! lol!
Rain Defence (author) from UK on May 23, 2012:
I'm no doctor, but after 9 months mine had set back in place completely. I would have thought you'll need surgery, where they rebreak it with a little hammer. Thankfully you're asleep when they do that!
John on May 23, 2012:
Hello. What if it has been 9 months that your nose is broken, and you have that really big bump on it...
Rain Defence (author) from UK on May 07, 2012:
Well I've got a pretty big honker myself, it probably just makes the doc's work easier as they've got more to play with..
polo on May 07, 2012:
wat if u have a big crooked nose :/
Rain Defence (author) from UK on March 24, 2012:
I don't know to be honest but I bet you'd need an operation after 2 years. Mine is set now and there's no way it would move without properly breaking it again.
kaleb on March 24, 2012:
i broke mine 2 years ago can the doctor still snap it back :(
Sarah on December 28, 2011:
I'm writing a novel in which one of the characters breaks his nose and I needed a thorough true-life account to help me know how it felt. This was awesome. Thanks--and sorry about your nose.
Rain Defence (author) from UK on December 21, 2011:
Glad you enjoyed it. It was more a case of extreme stupidy on my part than anything, but I thought I might as well share my stupidity with others!
Dale J Ovenstone from South Wales UK on December 19, 2011:
Yes yes the busted nose on regular occasions lol & the black eyes produced smarts somewhat too.
Great hub Rain Defence, well written I feel your story, thanks for sharing.
DoctorDarts on December 17, 2011:
Lemon face with blood coming out...very good. I can see it now.