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Imagine a giant hematoma

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

About the size of two of your fists, side by side.    On the top and lateral side of your thigh, just about where a boxer short might reach.

 

Imagine that it's hard as a rock and burning-type painful except when it's just been elevated and iced for 20 minutes, when it's spongy and pins-and-needles sort of numb.     Imagine that it goes back to being hard as a rock and painful if you do any of:

 

- sit with bent knees (say, in a car)

- lift a leg (say to step over a cat)

- climb one stair (I won't even talk about a flight of them)

- sleep wrong

 

Imagine that two different docs told you there's nothing to do other than aspirin or ibuprofen and continued icing.     Imagine they've been telling you that for *three weeks*.    Imagine that one of them also tosses in a side remark of 'oh, btw, there's a chance that the femoral nerve will stay damaged'.

 

Got all that?   Good.   Any  good reads out there?   ;)

post #2 of 19
Well, you could always look for a surgeon. smile.gif Other than that, my internet diagnosis is: weird idiosyncratic physical stuff that starts to happen to you as you pass the halfway mark. Welcome to the club.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

Leeches.    There has to be someone good with leeches, somewhere.

post #4 of 19
After we imagine all that then what? The song by John Lennon?
I bet a physio could give some help. Clearly the docs are doing nothing for you. What about ultrasound?
Accupuncture?
Thats about as far as I can imagine. Sounds painful.
post #5 of 19
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After we imagine all that then what? The song by John Lennon?

 

Afterwards nothing...which was, on an emotional meta level,  the point of the post, to convey a strong sense of  "There's absolutely nothing to *do* here".      Exercising impact-writing skills in lieu of  exercising anything else.    I suppose that's a bit cruel to my readers, in a perversion of the


I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

 

sentiment.     I apologize.

 

Was told that ultrasound has had no demonstrated effectiveness on injuries of this type.    Garh.

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 19
Surely the Docs have demonstrated a fine effectiveness for doing nothing for you. Maybe pm evaino.
post #7 of 19

soft/medium tissue massage
K-tape
you can try pulsed US
any electrical modality that has a negative charge
movement
compression
elevation

post #8 of 19
Listen Up, nothing to leave to chance. I had a very bad hematoma on the inside of my leg below my knee and was misdiagnosed by the doctor, almost got REAL bad. They will get infected soon enough, then they will have to drain it, and pack it with gauze until they know you don't have a staff infection. Do NOT eph around with this. Go to the ER and have a real doctor look at it. By the time I went in, I could barely keep my leg unelevated and it was red, hard, and hurt like all hell. Let me know if you have questions. Mine kept me off snow for a good few weeks, but it healed, have a meaty scar, bad memory, but don't think ts going to get better, it won't.
post #9 of 19

How the hell did you do this to yourself?

post #10 of 19
Big owie. I've had mild versions lots of times, and when I was a kid I popped the windshield out with my temple when a kid in a hurry came screaming out of a driveway back in the day when seatbelts were optional. That one was apparently the size of a grapefruit. Some was absorbed, but most was extracted with humungous needles after the application of hot packs over the course of several sessions with the GP.

If the hematomas haven't shrunk by themselves within three weeks it seems unlikely they'll do so anytime soon without assistance. If there's any chance they're infected, get to a good doctor before you get blood poisoning, which would just add a whole 'nother level of misery.

BTW, and I'm not a medical professional, but did the docs say to continue to ice this long? Ice will numb the pain, but it seems to me that heat would be more likely to encourage things to drain naturally.

Sounds like you need a smart doc who won't blow you off.
post #11 of 19

I had a small (half fist sized) hematoma on my lower leg that had lasted for a few days and didn't seem to want to go away, somewhere around the shins.  I got it checked out. Doc at the university health clinic (I was a starving student at the time), said I would have to take it easy for a few weeks until it went down.  Did I listen?  No.  I got it kicked sparing the next day and it was gone in a day or so.  Probably went to my brain.  That's why I didn't ace all my exams that year and never won any Noble prizes.:D 

post #12 of 19

I don't know, did you ask about having it evacuated? I don't know why they wouldn't do that. A friend hip-checked on a stump skiing, got one of those on her hip. Had to have it removed surgically. Is there a reason they won't give you a drain or something? Sounds weird. Keep trying.

post #13 of 19
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Sounds like you need a smart doc who won't blow you off.

 

Which in my experience is about exactly as easy as finding a boot fitter that will really deliver exactly what your physiology and skiing need, without getting on a plane.

post #14 of 19

In any case, this discussion has a subject line that might be a candidate for "best thread title ever".

post #15 of 19
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In any case, this discussion has a subject line that might be a candidate for "best thread title ever".

Mostly I'm trying not to imagine one....

post #16 of 19
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How the hell did you do this to yourself?


I think he had a bike crash and trashed his helmet.  Better the hematoma is on his leg and not his brain!

post #17 of 19
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How the hell did you do this to yourself?


Imagine falling so that the handlebar is no longer tight on the steering tube.

 

Imagine the left side of the handlebar doing a truly excellent impression of a prairie plow.

 

While the right side of the handlebar does a solid imprint of itself (including brake lines!) onto your still-clipped-in leg.

post #18 of 19
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How the hell did you do this to yourself?


I think he had a bike crash and trashed his helmet.  Better the hematoma is on his leg and not his brain!

What makes you think it's not? Maybe it's an imaginary leg hematoma born of a real brain hematoma.

Seriously, though: Ow.
post #19 of 19
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How the hell did you do this to yourself?


Imagine falling so that the handlebar is no longer tight on the steering tube.

Imagine the left side of the handlebar doing a truly excellent impression of a prairie plow.

While the right side of the handlebar does a solid imprint of itself (including brake lines!) onto your still-clipped-in leg.
Yep, that'd do it. Sorry, dude! Leg is better than head, but that's only because the concussion was bad in and of itself.

So what doctors have you gone to? Your own family doc? An Instacare clinic? This may sound strange, but how about someone in sports medicine? It's not like you ought to need a specialist, but you seem to need something, and a sports doc may pay a little more attention to the patient.

OTOH, if the last time you saw someone was a week or two ago, it might be worth just going back and showing them they were wrong and that you need help.
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