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Old 04-30-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
 
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Default Update...Do you ever need to see a doctor about a bruise?

Ok, I bought some new Reefs and they were really slippery. When I went to walk the dog last night, I fell down a flight of stairs. I landed on my hip and my elbow. My first thought was, "I had to have broken something," but everything was moving and didn't hurt too badly. I think I freaked out my neighbor who heard me fall and came out to check on me. But now I have a huge bruise on my hip (about the size of my hand) and my right butt cheek is pretty much all blue. You can even see a line that goes across from the edge of the step that I hit. My hip really hurts. My elbow is also bruised, but my shoulder hurts more because I landed on my elbow and it pushed my arm up. Would I be stupid if I went to the doctor for bruises? I'm pretty sore, but I feel okay if I take large doses of advil.

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Old 04-30-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
 
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It's your call. If you think you jacked something up, you should definitely go see a doctor. Bruises can be bad. If they go deep enough, it can "bruise" the bone, which can cause some pretty hefty health concerns that doctors want to keep an eye on.
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:25 PM   #3
 
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IANAD, but it's not stupid to go. Sounds to me that was quite a big fall and there could be something you don't notice.
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Can you call the doctor's office and talk to the nurse? The nurse might be able to tell you if you should come in or not. HTH
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I think you should get x-rays to be sure. You could have a stress fracture in your hip.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:00 PM   #6
 
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Thanks guys!

I did go to the doctor today and he doesn't think I need an Xray. I have excellent range of motion in my hip and shoulder. He says I may have some muscle damage in my shoulder...which means a strained/pulled muscle. As for the hip...I think he was pretty shocked. Even though it's a bruise, he thinks I lost about a pint of blood...it's THAT big. He told me to drink fluids, only take tylenol (not the advil that I had been taking), and to take it easy over the weekend.

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IANAD, but it's not stupid to go. Sounds to me that was quite a big fall and there could be something you don't notice.
What does IANAD mean?
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:03 PM   #8
 
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IANAD = I am not a doctor
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:03 PM   #9
 
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IANAD, but it's not stupid to go. Sounds to me that was quite a big fall and there could be something you don't notice.
What does IANAD mean?
I think it's "I Am Not A Doctor"


It took me a while to figure that out, too.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:06 PM   #10
 
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oh, thanks
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Wait, bruises mean you've lost blood? I never knew that.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:24 PM   #12
 
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I guess the blood vessels break and the blood just pools under the skin. His said the blood just stays there but the body can't use it. I'll just make more. He said it will harden and eventually be absorbed by the body.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:26 PM   #13
 
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But can you imagine losing TWO CUPS of blood because of a bruise. This thing is UGLY! It makes me nauseous just thinking about it.
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It does sound like a lot.....I had some really bad bruises after some recent surgery, but they went away fast. Supposedly arnica cream helps.

I hope you feel better soon!
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wow, girl, glad you're ok...scary!
yeah, bruises are nastay...lol
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I heard that massaging a bruise, gently of course, can help break up the pooled blood faster. I don't know if it's true, but as long as it's gentle enough it shouldn't hurt it any.
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I heard that massaging a bruise, gently of course, can help break up the pooled blood faster. I don't know if it's true, but as long as it's gentle enough it shouldn't hurt it any.
You're right, cympreni. It increases circulation to the area and helps the lymph system collect all the bruise blood. Just make sure you when you massage, push towards the heart/center of the body... pushing all that blood out towards the extremities isn't going to help much!

Hope you feel better, cympreni. That sounds like one narly bruise!
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IANAD = I am not a doctor
I have to ask this: Is it really that much more work to just type it out?
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I'm glad it's nothing serious. I hope you feel better soon.
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Update.

My bruise is just a faint mark now, and my hip doesn't bother me at all.

However, my shoulder and wrist still bother me. Whenever I wake up, my shoulder always hurts if I've been sleeping on that side. I try not to, but I can't really control what I do when I sleep. And it often makes a weird popping/grinding sound and hurts to move it into certain positions and just aches a little sometimes. I kept thinking it would get better, but it's been a month now. I called my doctor today and I have to go to an orthapedic next Wednesday.
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