Patient Comments: Hematoma - Experience

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Comment from: susie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I was hospitalized for 5 weeks following a hematoma. What began as a slight scratch ended up with two skin grafts. First one was lost when dressing was changed. Entire procedure began again. I bled for 5 days and had 2 full blood transfusions. I also had my arm wrung out (literally). It now looks like either a shark has had a go at me or I had a flesh eating disease. Thank goodness I have a strong constitution. Wish I could send you the photos. Now my arm is healing but very dark brown. My sporting life has ended.

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Comment from: Okra, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I take no blood thinners but experience spontaneous hemorrhages of the hands, wrists and eyes. All are preceded by a stinging sensation, swelling and bruising, except for the eyes. These are somewhat painful to the touch but the blood that leaked out disappears within 1 to 2 days. I also have small red dots all over my upper arms and chest that look like injection sites. Some hematomas are small as in leaking capillaries and some are large looking like veins. I have very thin skin and it tears easily and most of the time I do not feel the injury at all. This is baffling and I will mention it to my primary care physician. I have seen a retina specialist about the eye hemorrhages and they seem to resolve themselves with no treatment (so far).

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Comment from: LORAINE, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

On New Year's Eve I sat off my chair and landed on my paper shredder, the corner of it of course. On my left side at my rib cage is where the hematoma is. It hurts so badly. I also developed a cough, and had to sneeze twice when I had to cough. The doctor prescribed Acetamin and cough medicine with codeine to stop the cough and pain. It hurts, yes!

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Comment from: Nascarleone, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I fell down concrete steps, with my left shin taking the brunt of the impact. I was impressed after I stopped crying that I didn't seem to break anything and was able to hobble home. Long story short, it ended up with a large hematoma that got infected and burst. Problem was the doctor never said anything about a hematoma and was only concerned with the topical infection that appeared. After my leg continued to get worse, my scrape turned into a large wound that wouldn't heal. Nobody realized that the hematoma got infected and I ended up in the hospital for 5 days. And after surgical debridement I ended up with a 20 cm wound. I've been on a wound Vac for last three weeks with amazing results. Please have yourself checked out if you ever get hit, or hit something hard enough to give yourself a bruise. Much easier to have a doctor look at you like an idiot and send you home with an ice pack instead of missing a huge section of your leg!

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Comment from: Mama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I was bitten by a pit bull on the front of my thigh. It was not stitched so it would allow the blood to flush the germs out. I bled for three days. The bruising went from my knee to the upper area of my thigh. The lump that formed under the skin was approximately 4x4 inches. Once the punctures were healed, I used a body massager, hand massage, and the water jets in the hot tub to stimulate and break up the clot. It took just over a year for it to feel normal again.

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Comment from: Kathleen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

Every time I carry a bag on my forearm, bump into a door jamb, or don't know what, I turn up with a dark blue bruise that takes weeks to go away and leaves a brown scar.

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Comment from: Dale, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I was in an auto accident with my leg hitting the door handle, I have a large hematoma as big as a softball and it is getting bigger each day. Nothing is helping. It is also stinging and burning. I have had it for 2 weeks.

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