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helene
12-08-2008, 12:02 PM
I got hurt in Vegas closing a car door on my leg.

I saw the doctor and he said that this is an hematoma and that could take time to heal.

It has been 2 weeks now and this is so painful to walk on it.

I would like to know if you ever experienced an Hematoma and if so, how long does it take to heal?

I am doing the RICE. The worse is the mornings. I almost passed out, when I got up this morning, because it was so painful.

Thanks in advance for all your answers.

Spotted Pony
12-08-2008, 12:19 PM
I didn't go to the doc for an official diagnosis, but in August, I had a wreck involving a chair and a laundry basket. Stop laughing!

I ended up with a huge multi-colored bruise and a lump on the calf of my leg. It started out like a baseball, then a golf ball. Now, almost 4 months later, it's like a walnut and still slightly discolored. The swelling is mostly gone, but it still is sore to the touch. I should have gone to the doctor but it's probably too late now! I sometimes wonder if a little piece of my leg bone was cracked or broken.

helene
12-08-2008, 12:23 PM
I didn't go to the doc for an official diagnosis, but in August, I had a wreck involving a chair and a laundry basket. Stop laughing!

I ended up with a huge multi-colored bruise and a lump on the calf of my leg. It started out like a baseball, then a golf ball. Now, almost 4 months later, it's like a walnut and still slightly discolored. The swelling is mostly gone, but it still is sore to the touch. I should have gone to the doctor but it's probably too late now! I sometimes wonder if a little piece of my leg bone was cracked or broken.

I'm not laughing at all. How long before the pain went away?

blazedog
12-08-2008, 12:48 PM
A VERY long time -- A hematoma (as you probably know) is when there is a large amount of internal bleeding -- in effect the blood and whatever antibodies are sent there are walled off -- and draining takes a long time because a lot of the small capillaries were broken.

I had a huge hematoma when I managed to run over my lower calf -- saved from being crushed because the wheel was held up by my clog. The occurred in 2000 and there is still a protuberance where the worst of the damage occurred as well as a large indentation -- the area is also numb and if I push hard there is some pain.

There is no pain when I walk however so it doesn't bother me.

Did you have a test to see if there the arteries are clear? It's some form of sonogram and is recommended when there is major damage to the circulatory system.

Spotted Pony
12-08-2008, 01:16 PM
I'm not laughing at all. How long before the pain went away?


As I sit here right now, I can run my hand down my lower leg and clearly feel what's left of the lump. If I apply any pressure at all, it it still tender... and this happened in August. It doesn't hurt to walk anymore.

The day I did it, we left for a horse show and I walked around on it for 3 days in 90 degree heat. By Sunday, the bruise was quite the conversation piece. ;)

Beth
12-08-2008, 09:05 PM
About 3 years ago, I had some pieces of granite slabs (remnants, not the full slabs) fall on my leg at a yard before we did the kitchen. I had to stop looking or thinking about doing anything because I couldn't be on my feet to go out and look for some time. That is the injury I was talking about where I mentioned sitting with the injured leg crossed over the other one and wheeling around on an office chair as much as possible just to keep it elevated as much as I could.

I don't remember clearly how long it was, but I think I had to stay off it as much as possible for a month or so. That was staying at home and sitting with it propped up most of the time for a week or two and icing it anytime I had to be up on it. At first, even a minute to go to the bathroom would be painful, but it was probably a couple of weeks before I could try to do more than that. It probably took months before I stopped icing or elevating it, and it could still hurt after being on my feet a lot for a long, long time (maybe still -- I just don't notice as much now so I can't really say). I can still feel bumps in my shin, but the numbness has gradually improved and is almost gone. it can still be tender at times, but I don't notice it much any more.

If it's worse in the morning, I would try to get some circulation going before you put the leg down. Are you elevating it at night? I forgot how much fun that was. I think I started with 2 or 3 pillows. It was really hard to sleep at first.

Hope you start noticing some improvement soon.

Cookin4Love
12-08-2008, 10:38 PM
I had a huge, nasty hematoma on my right hip, just over the sacro-iliac joint, the result of a fall (or bounce) down a flight of cement steps in the rain. I hate to tell you, but that sucker hurt for over a year, and that was with physical therapy three times a week. The lump didn't completely go away for 18 months. It still makes me feel sick to think about it. I hope yours is much more quickly resolved.

helene
12-08-2008, 11:00 PM
This answers to a lot of my questions. I still ice it and the doc said to take Tylenol.

I do elevate it but in the middle of the night I have to take out the pillows because it's like there is no more blood in the foot and it hurts.

I will try to do stretches before getting out of bed tomorrow.

Today I almost passed out on the floor. This was how it was painful.

I delivered 3 babies without any pain reliever and this is more painful. I could not have imagine how something like an hematoma can hurt so much.

But there is always lights at the end of the Tunnel.

oceanjasper
12-08-2008, 11:09 PM
Is this in addition to your broken ankle? :eek: I have had a number of soccer-related hematomas. Some are more painful than others, but the intense pain usually subsides within a few days to a week. The lump can last for months. I hope you get some relief soon!

helene
12-08-2008, 11:55 PM
Is this in addition to your broken ankle? :eek: I have had a number of soccer-related hematomas. Some are more painful than others, but the intense pain usually subsides within a few days to a week. The lump can last for months. I hope you get some relief soon!

Hi,

there was an error in the diagnostic of the emergency doc. When I saw the specialist (a week later), he said that the 'flake bone' was an old injury.

He said that I have a bad hematoma and that it could take months to go away. Right now it has been 2 wks and I does not seem to get better. So I will see my family doctor on Wed.

I just hope that the pain goes away. For the lump, even if it takes some times, I can live with that.

So no more dance classes for me for a while.

And to finish it off, my car was parked at the arena for a hockey game and someone did hit it and run. Never left a message or anything. So this will cost us a lot to repair. What bad couple weeks I had and DH is away in Africa until Dec. 29th. I guess it could be worse.

Beth
12-09-2008, 12:06 PM
I think it would be wise to get the injury re-evaluated if it is still that painful after two weeks. I know I'm not one to listen to -- I never went in to a doctor or ER at all (although some of what Blazedog had me watching pretty closely and really babying that leg for the first couple of weeks). I don't know that much about your injury, but I've heard of stress fractures that don't show up at first or there could be something that needs more attention than rest and ice.

I know the initial perios for me was months to a year or more, but the pain at the level you describe was just a matter of days. I agree about childbirth, but then that's something that gets a lot of attention on the pain scal eeven though it is in short doses and doesn't last nearly as long as a serious injury. The weeks and months can really grate on you -- especially when your activities are limited by it.

ETA -- Did they check the soft tissue too? The tendons, ligaments and such can have debilitating injuries -- sometimes worse than a broken bone. Could you have torn something? It could be hard for them to see in imaging with a lot of bleeding and swelling in the area. I'd ask them to look again and see if they can do something to get a better image.

helene
12-09-2008, 12:46 PM
I am seeing the family doc tomorrow. I need another opinion. We'll see what she says. Good thing we have free medical in Canada.

Beth
12-09-2008, 01:45 PM
Yeah, I saw that you have an appointment tomorrow. That's why I was saying I thought it was goo that you were getting it checked. I guess I didn't say it exactly that way, but that's what I meant. :)

Beth
12-11-2008, 02:37 PM
So, how did everything check out? Doing any better?

ClaraB
12-11-2008, 05:22 PM
Helene, you should ask your family doctor if it's OK to take ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil are two brand names) at 600 to 800mg doses - it is a much more effective pain reliever than Tylenol. Our surgical patients are given this as their primary pain medication after hysterectomies, and it does work well. I'm sorry you're having so much pain - hope you feel better soon :).

helene
12-11-2008, 06:42 PM
Saw the doc and she wants to see me in a week. She thinks the recovery is doing going fast. She might send me to a specialist. That week in a cast did not help. That first doc should have never put me in a cast.

So now she did recommend Ibuprofen, like Clara was saying.

Will know next week if I have to see a specialist.

Pain still there. No fun. I'm glad we don't have ice on the ground on Vancouver Island. That would not be fun.

newcook
12-11-2008, 07:28 PM
The comptroller where I work has a hematoma in the fleshy part at the base of his thumb from receiving a slapshot on it. It has been two months of physiotherapy and he said it still hurts alot. I hope you find relief soon.

helene
12-11-2008, 09:14 PM
The comptroller where I work has a hematoma in the fleshy part at the base of his thumb from receiving a slapshot on it. It has been two months of physiotherapy and he said it still hurts alot. I hope you find relief soon.

Not good news. Next week the doctor may recommand physio. I don't know. I can't even go up the stairs without sharp pain. It's a good thing I don't have to go often. My bedrooms & laundry room are all on one floor.

newcook
01-04-2009, 06:35 AM
Helene, I was wondering how you are doing?

helene
01-06-2009, 12:27 AM
So nice of you to ask.

I did see my doc, 2 weeks ago and she gave me some new medication. It helped.

So now I can walk, but I still have my hematoma. It still hurts, at times but I did made some good improvement.

I doubt that I will be skiing this year. I love skiing but prefer to heal well before the summer.

Again, thanks!;)