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Is it possible to have a Permanent bruise??

post #1 of 24
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Last April I had a serious accident on my SeaDoo. To make a long story short, my adult judgment failed me and I hit an island going 55 mph. Yes, I had been drinking way too much and learned a lesson the hard way. I thought it would be okay since the lake is practically deserted in early April. I went to the Emergency room and was x-rayed for broken bones. Somehow I managed to not break a single bone. Anyway, the doctor told me that I had a hematoma on my leg and that it could take 3 months for it to go away. I no longer have a clot on my leg, but I still have a 5 inch bruise on my inner leg and a 6 inch long bruise on my shin. It has been a year. Is it possible that it will never go away? Has anyone ever had this happen? Now that warmer weather is here I am ready to show my legs, but it looks like I have been beat in the shin with a baseball bat. And yes, I know it is my fault for being stupid
post #2 of 24
you could have a damaged blood vessel.
post #3 of 24
what bout if you wake up and find new bruises on some different places on your body? this happen to me sometimes when i wake up and new bruises/scratch appears in a new spot
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by btinl
you could have a damaged blood vessel.
Is that something the doctor has to fix? If so, I think I'll just live with it. I am a big chicken when it comes to doctors
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by yujie
what bout if you wake up and find new bruises on some different places on your body? this happen to me sometimes when i wake up and new bruises/scratch appears in a new spot
I have the same problem. I can wake up with bruises on my body. Not sure how it happens. I bruise easily but these are the same bruises I had from last year, just to a lesser degree. Kind of like a tattoo reminding me of my stupidity.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by outdoorzgirl
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Originally Posted by btinl
you could have a damaged blood vessel.
Is that something the doctor has to fix? If so, I think I'll just live with it. I am a big chicken when it comes to doctors

If you don't feel pain, I think it's okay. I'll let you know in a couple years when I have my MD.
post #7 of 24
i think i had something similar happen to me. when i was little i fell pretty hard and hit this metal bar right under my knee. theres been a purple spot there (its no bigger than 1/3 in in diameter). anyways it started to hurt when i was highschool and there would be small darker purple bumps which would when i scratched them bleed. since then its started to fade in color. i consulted a physcian and she said it was just a scar, this was before it had those small bleeding spots. im probbaly ask another physician and get a second opinion because i would hate for this to become something more.
post #8 of 24
I dont know if a bruise can be permanent, but here is a website with some good info on some bruising treatments (like herbal supplements) that could be useful (I know, Im a medical dork )

http://www.vitacost.com/science/hn/C...tional-Options
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by yujie
what bout if you wake up and find new bruises on some different places on your body? this happen to me sometimes when i wake up and new bruises/scratch appears in a new spot
Somnumbulism much??? I sleepwalk and this is how most of my sleeping bruises happen, I think....
post #10 of 24
If you bruise easily, and have bruises that last a long time, it might suggest a clotting factor deficiency (such as Von Willabrand's disease) - not serious, but it can make it more difficult for your blood to clot (other factors include alcohol intake and aspirin use). Simple blood tests can rule this out if you're concerned.

And for those of you who wake up bruised - do you sleep alone? Is it possible that you sleepwalk, or that the person you're sleeping with hits you in their sleep (creepy, but it happens - totally unconscious!)...?

Seeeee..? Not the only medical nerds here!
post #11 of 24
I got a really bad bruise once from a botched blood sampling. It lasted for a really long time and my Chinese friend did a bruise treatment. It was mainly this herbal solution and her rubbing it really hard. It hurt like a bitch but that bruise was gone. If blood pools in an area, rubbing increases the circulation and will help remove it. Since it was close to the bone, that could be the reason it has lasted so long. My friend had this kind of thing happen during a soccer game and this treatment also helped her. Hope that helps!
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Seeeee..? Not the only medical nerds here!
Wow there are a ton on here. I will be a fake doctor soon but I aced a med school class so I can pretend I will be real
post #13 of 24
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Thanks for all the great info! You gotta love when you can talk about designer jeans and bruises all on the same forum :P
post #14 of 24
owwwyy...I don't bruise easily at all, thankfully..my only current bruise is from when I was dancing last weekend...slipped on some water on stage while running into a spot...and fell...thankfully, right into position, but my skin slapped soo hard against the floor..left a HUGE bruise!

sorry, not helpful at all! I hope you figure out what's going on and that you get it all fixed up!
post #15 of 24
i dont sleep walk and have no trouble sleeping alone or not. sometime scares/bruises just appear in the wierdest spots back, around back of neck, some on arm, and body.
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I have a permanent hemotoma on my calf. It was a skiing accident. It has been there for about 8 years.
post #17 of 24
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I have a permanent hemotoma on my calf. It was a skiing accident. It has been there for about 8 years.
Uh Oh. I guess that answers my question. I kind of figured if it had not went away in a year it was probably going to be a permanent part of me. When I rub the bruise on the side of my leg I can feel a knot under my skin. Feels kind of like bone but I know it can't be that. Maybe my muscle is knotted up
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by outdoorzgirl
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Originally Posted by lizm75
I have a permanent hemotoma on my calf. It was a skiing accident. It has been there for about 8 years.
Uh Oh. I guess that answers my question. I kind of figured if it had not went away in a year it was probably going to be a permanent part of me. When I rub the bruise on the side of my leg I can feel a knot under my skin. Feels kind of like bone but I know it can't be that. Maybe my muscle is knotted up
Mine feels that way too, I was told it is scar tissue.
post #19 of 24
YUJIE, those bruises that u get from waking up are called Ghost Bites,
it happens when u sleep
thats where they are coming from
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by lizm75
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Originally Posted by outdoorzgirl
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Originally Posted by lizm75
I have a permanent hemotoma on my calf. It was a skiing accident. It has been there for about 8 years.
Uh Oh. I guess that answers my question. I kind of figured if it had not went away in a year it was probably going to be a permanent part of me. When I rub the bruise on the side of my leg I can feel a knot under my skin. Feels kind of like bone but I know it can't be that. Maybe my muscle is knotted up
Mine feels that way too, I was told it is scar tissue.
Well that solves the mystery. I was wondering what it was under my skin. Scar tissue definitely makes sense.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by yujie
i dont sleep walk and have no trouble sleeping alone or not. sometime scares/bruises just appear in the wierdest spots back, around back of neck, some on arm, and body.
Are you sure you don't sleepwalk (can someone attest to this?)? Do you thrash around in your sleep? Once I moved a vertebrae in my sleep (but slept quite well)... woke up in terrible pain.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by goingoutofmyhead
Seeeee..? Not the only medical nerds here!
Wow there are a ton on here. I will be a fake doctor soon but I aced a med school class so I can pretend I will be real
'fake doctor' = PhD? That's what I'm doing, then medschool. In the meantime, I maintain that I have better diagnostic skills that a lot of MDs.
post #23 of 24
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I was watching a program the other day where they showed people who had been prescribed Ambien. They would eat in their sleep! It was crazy. They would wake up with candy bar wrappers, etc all around their bed. Sheesh, that could really be dangerous. What if they tried to fry bacon in their sleep and burnt the house down?? It scares me to even think about sleep walking. What would stop you from trying to drive? Or Jog in your sleep?? Scary Stuff. I would want to be locked in my room if I thought I sleep walked.
post #24 of 24

I have a bruise on my shin about 6 inches long as well. It happened in January this year, so currently has been about 6 months. It doesn't hurt normally, but when it is touched it feels like a normal bruise, so it hurts a bit. Its not too much of a problem, but it is quite easy to see and if I accidentally hit it on anything, it isn't the best feeling.

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