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Old 04-18-2012, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hello fellow badasses,

a little over a month ago, i fell on a box and hit my shin hard. it swelled and bruised badly, and the area eventually became hard and numb. i saw a doctor three weeks after it happened and she told me that she thought i chipped my tibia. she advised ibuprofen three times a day and a hot compress four times a day, and said the inflammation would go down three weeks later. however, five weeks after the injury, the area is still hard and discolored, and the scar from the initial cut is still numb. the inflammation doesn't seem to have gone down at all.

has anyone had an injury like this? how long did it take for the area to go back to normal? i'm just wondering if something else is going on.

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Old 04-18-2012, 12:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No xray? Ibuprofen? Warm compress?

Find a new dr.... I broke my fibula clean, tore ligaments in my ankle, had surgery the same day and snowboarder 10 weeks late. If symptoms don't change over time then something is not right. It should be getting better bones should fuse and feel better in 3-4 weeks. I could walk with full weight in 6 weeks no problem.
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Naproxen sodium and ibuprofen can actually prolong healing of a true bone injury as well as skin lacerations. When I get hurt I immediately stop any of those drugs as well as energy drinks. They have a strange effect on the way your blood coagulation works....
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No xray? Ibuprofen? Warm compress?

Find a new dr.... I broke my fibula clean, tore ligaments in my ankle, had surgery the same day and snowboarder 10 weeks late. If symptoms don't change over time then something is not right. It should be getting better bones should fuse and feel better in 3-4 weeks. I could walk with full weight in 6 weeks no problem.
guess i should have mentioned this - i can walk perfectly fine. sometimes it hurts if i put my foot down too hard, but otherwise i would definitely say nothing's broken. but yeah, i wasn't very impressed with her diagnosis. she barely touched the injury, just kind of pressed the bottom of my leg and then sent me on my way.

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Naproxen sodium and ibuprofen can actually prolong healing of a true bone injury as well as skin lacerations. When I get hurt I immediately stop any of those drugs as well as energy drinks. They have a strange effect on the way your blood coagulation works....
i actually prefer not to take medicine, so i didn't take any ibuprofen at all. i didn't see the benefit, and 3 times a day for three weeks seemed utterly excessive. but that's definitely good to know.

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I would guess a crush/ bone contusion type of injury. These definatly take longer than a fracture to heal. You might never get sensation back. I have numb spots all up my shins from years of playing soccer....

Few more weeks and that occasional pain will most likely be gone. Your initial post just sounded worse than what it is actually is I think....

Warm compress will help dissipate the blood/discoloration but cold will help with the swelling and pain. I really like hot/cold therapy combo personally... They both serve their purpose.
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i saw a doctor three weeks after it happened and she told me that she thought i chipped my tibia. she advised ibuprofen three times a day and a hot compress four times a day, and said the inflammation would go down three weeks later.
thanks. (:
i really LOL'd, what an absolute fucktard doctor
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