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How well does your body heal?

Nazaress Nazaress
When you get hurt, how long does it take for you body to repair itself? By this I mean, if you get a scratch or a bruise, about how long does it take for your body to get rid of them (assuming they're minor and you didn't, I don't know, lose an arm)?

I'm abnormal, I am sure. When I get a scratch or a bruise, it will usually be there for about a month, maybe a little bit shorter but usually a lot longer. Sometimes, my marks will never heal. For example, I have a spot above my right knee that is eternally red. I also get marks very easily. I woke up with a bruise one time that covered my entire thigh. I still have no idea where it came from and why I got it. I never notice when I get bruises and stuff. My boyfriend usually points them out to me.
03/05/2012
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Ansley Ansley
A wound that never heals is a classic warning sign of diabetes and bruising can either signify a drop in your iron levels or leukemia, so not to like scare you or anything but it might be something to talk to your doctor about, if you can. (I know, not everyone is insured and it's not always possible. Just looking out for you!)

Let's see, I burned the snot out of my finger one week ago tomorrow and it's doing okay, it should be completely healed by next week. I don't think I've ever had a minor cut or bruise last longer than 30 days. My ankle healed abnormally fast when I fractured it in elementary school, same with my neck...and I've always recovered well before the "you can go back to work" date from out-patient surgeries.

And we think my husband is an alien. He's only been sick a handful of times in his life and all major injuries have healed without lasting damage or scars *knocks on wood*. It's weird, but awesome.
03/05/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
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Originally posted by Ansley
A wound that never heals is a classic warning sign of diabetes and bruising can either signify a drop in your iron levels or leukemia, so not to like scare you or anything but it might be something to talk to your doctor about, if you can. (I know, ...
Really? And don't worry. You won't scare me. It's good to know these things. But you're right. Not everyone has insurance and I'm one of them, nor do we have the money to go to a doctor. I'm pretty sure I do have anemia. I feel like I've had it for a very long because for as long as I can remember, I've kind of been a "zombie". I always have dark circles under my eyes (as well as my eyelids being dark) and I'm a very tired and physically weak person. I get dizzy just from standing for a little while or for no reason at all. I take iron vitamins daily and they help a little but I'm still in pretty bad shape. I never considered diabetes, though. I sure hope it's not that. I love sweets too much. Lol. Oh, and leukemia would obviously be the worst of all so let's hope it's also not that. I'm going to try and get some help at a free clinic as soon as I can so maybe they can tell me what's going on with me.

And that's good to hear about your husband! I'm jealous. I scar very easily, even from little things. I also wish I weren't so sick all the time.
03/05/2012
CindyH CindyH
i heel good
03/05/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Nazaress
Really? And don't worry. You won't scare me. It's good to know these things. But you're right. Not everyone has insurance and I'm one of them, nor do we have the money to go to a doctor. I'm pretty sure I do have anemia. I ...
Yeah, really. Though leukemia can strike anyone at any age...the only reason I know about the bruising is because of a nursing home attendant. The person was accused of abusing their son because he was covered in bruises but it turned out to be that instead. It was a devastating chain of events. I also have a friend who is diabetic, so I have to keep up with her wounds because she forgets when they occurred and how long it takes them to heal.

Iron tablets aren't really the best way to get that particular nutrient and you might actually be making yourself sick if the dosage is too high. If it's just sitting in your system and not being absorbed it can make you feel nauseated. Do try to get checked out if you can. I, myself, am in need of a doctor visit or twelve but hell if I can make that a top priority at the moment. As they say 'round these parts, we've got bigger fish to fry.
03/05/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
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Originally posted by Ansley
Yeah, really. Though leukemia can strike anyone at any age...the only reason I know about the bruising is because of a nursing home attendant. The person was accused of abusing their son because he was covered in bruises but it turned out to be that ...
Thanks for looking out for me. I don't think it's the iron that makes me sick. I've always been a sick person, long before I started taking the iron. And I've been taking them for a while and they haven't seemed to make me nauseous. The iron vitamins are pretty much the only reason I'm able to make it through the day, even if I'm not at my best. Without them, I'll wake up at, say, noon (I sleep a long time because I need it) and by 7:00 P.M. or earlier, MAYBE later, I'll feel like I'm dying. Head hurting, barely able to stay awake, etc. The pills make it so I can at least stay up as long as a semi-normal person, though I still sleep a lot and don't feel completely fantastic.
03/05/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Usually a couple days I try to keep something in the house so if there is any accidents I am prepared.
03/05/2012
wildorchid wildorchid
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Originally posted by Nazaress
Thanks for looking out for me. I don't think it's the iron that makes me sick. I've always been a sick person, long before I started taking the iron. And I've been taking them for a while and they haven't seemed to make me ...
If you are worried about the amount of iron in any case, you can always try a prenatal multivitamin. But seriously, most of us on Eden are not doctors and this sounds like something that may be worth a trip to the doctor if you can swing it.

I hope you get it figured out! Virtual hugs!
03/05/2012
AmberM AmberM
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Originally posted by Nazaress
When you get hurt, how long does it take for you body to repair itself? By this I mean, if you get a scratch or a bruise, about how long does it take for your body to get rid of them (assuming they're minor and you didn't, I don't know, ...
Hmm, a bruise will last me about a week if it's not bad, 2 or 3 weeks if it's bad. Though, i Scar easily and most scratches turn into scars >_<
03/05/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
My observation is that age makes a big difference. As a young man I recovered from injuries very quickly. I know now (57+) that even seemingly simple injuries take longer to heal from. As a result I am much more careful and stopped doing some riskier sports like softball, basketball, etc (never played football) and pursue less injury-prone activities like hiking, swimming, golf and weight training.
03/06/2012
K101 K101
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Originally posted by Nazaress
When you get hurt, how long does it take for you body to repair itself? By this I mean, if you get a scratch or a bruise, about how long does it take for your body to get rid of them (assuming they're minor and you didn't, I don't know, ...
A week at the most although I had my regular injection along with a freaking HPV vaccine (big mistake getting that one) and it bruised so badly and has been there over a week! I never get bruises from those injections, but it's awful this time. I don't bruise too easily, but when I get one I usually have no clue where it came from.

I think I heal normally, but me and my partner had our wisdom tooth pulled close together and his healed QUICK and mine is taking forever. Also when I had surgery my stitches were taken out in 4 days and the cut stayed open for nearly 5 months! For 5 months I could see inches into the cut in my stomach. That was weird, but I doubt it was something to do with my health and probably more to do with how the surgeon performed!

Other than that, I'm pretty normal I guess.
03/06/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Like you, it takes me a long time to heal from bruises and scratches. I was told that olive skin (which I have) tends to heal slower; not sure if that's true or not but interesting.
03/06/2012
GONE! GONE!
Cuts heal really fast for me. Bruises take forever!
03/06/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
It seems to vary for me. The last time I had blood drawn I looked like a heroin addict for about two weeks. Giant purple bruise. Granted, I had a bad phlebotemist (can't spell).

For the most part, I heal fairly quickly though.
03/06/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Nazaress
Thanks for looking out for me. I don't think it's the iron that makes me sick. I've always been a sick person, long before I started taking the iron. And I've been taking them for a while and they haven't seemed to make me ...
Just want you healthy, if you can be. I know it's a crappy situation with insurance these days and simple procedures cost extraordinary amounts of money, but it's just money in the long run. Get yourself checked out and also...check your local universities, they sometimes have free clinic days so the students can practice on real people who are really sick.
03/06/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Nazaress
Really? And don't worry. You won't scare me. It's good to know these things. But you're right. Not everyone has insurance and I'm one of them, nor do we have the money to go to a doctor. I'm pretty sure I do have anemia. I ...
Honey, iron rich foods and Vitamin C are what you need. Then, if you can get into a free clinic, even a Planned Parenthood, have your blood sugar and red cell count checked. (It makes me so angry that in the richest country in the world so many people can't afford to see a doctor, but Mitt Romney's wife (they are multi millionaires) "doesn't consider herself wealthy" WTF?)

As for me, I heal very quickly, unless I've been on corticosteroids for a migraine. Then it takes longer.

Very little of the iron supplements you take are absorbed, and you shouldn't be taking them unless you KNOW you are clinically anemic. Even then, food should be your FIRST source of iron. (I recently found out I am anemic, and iron supps make me so sick that I can only treat it with food.)

IF you are anemic enough (after a blood test) to need supplements, Ferrous Gluconate is your best bet, after trying a food cure. Ferrous Gluconate is more easily absorbed than other types of supplemental iron, but you shouldn't even be taking that unless you are clinically anemic. Too much iron in your system is bad for your circulatory system, your heart and your digestive system and your immune system. It should be considered a drug and treated like one.
03/06/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Here are some high iron foods, eating them with high Vit C foods can help absorption. Also, cooking in an iron skillet will increase the amount of iron in your diet naturally.

Red meat
Egg yolks
Liver
Liver sausages and braunschwanger (sp?)
Dried fruit (prunes, raisins, apricots, etc)
Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
Turkey or chicken giblets
Black Strap Molasses
Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans
Artichokes
Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards) (Not all people can absorb the iron in these and those most anemic are least likely to absorb iron from green leafy foods)
03/06/2012
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
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Originally posted by Nazaress
When you get hurt, how long does it take for you body to repair itself? By this I mean, if you get a scratch or a bruise, about how long does it take for your body to get rid of them (assuming they're minor and you didn't, I don't know, ...
My husband is in medicine so, if any of us get hurt, out comes a medical kit. We are all up and around pretty fast around here.

If you ever have any questions - feel free to email me and we can see what we can do via email.
03/06/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I don't heal very easily.
03/06/2012
Vanille Vanille
I heal pretty fast. I think the only thing that is taking forever is a bruise on my toe (and after researching extensively) it can take about 6 months to heal, and possible losing of the nail.
03/06/2012
js250 js250
I usually heal extremely rapidly from anything injured in my mouth, stomach, internal organs or deep cuts. However, with bruises, light cuts, joints, nerves or muscle tears...they take forever!!
03/06/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I used to heal pretty quick, then I turned 23. Then it all started to slow down. When I was 17 or so, I was in a car accident. I was 100% fine 4 days later (except the stitches were still in). Now that I'm a bit older, it's taking a little while longer, depending on what it is. Cut/Scratch - ok in a week. Acne/Bumps - sometimes weeks to completely go away (including the mark)
03/06/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Vanille
I heal pretty fast. I think the only thing that is taking forever is a bruise on my toe (and after researching extensively) it can take about 6 months to heal, and possible losing of the nail.
I broke my toe last winter. I am a fast healer, and I rarely bruise. But, this break caused the entire toe and part of the bottom of my foot to turn purple. (EWWW, why would I tell people that?) My husband said, "You're going to lose that nail." (He's had a lot of broken bones.)

Having never lost a nail before, I blew it off. Nine months later, I felt like I needed to cut my toenail and the entire damn thing came off (OMG, why would I TELL anyone this?) There was a baby nail underneath it, so I just painted all of them black and waited for it to grow in. It did.
03/06/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
My observation is that age makes a big difference. As a young man I recovered from injuries very quickly. I know now (57+) that even seemingly simple injuries take longer to heal from. As a result I am much more careful and stopped doing some riskier ...
My husband continues to play softball, is a bit younger than you (not by much) and is breaking fingers every summer. I think the intake nurse at the ER knows us by first name.

He refuses to play golf. I think he still thinks he's 12 years old.
03/06/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by Nazaress
When you get hurt, how long does it take for you body to repair itself? By this I mean, if you get a scratch or a bruise, about how long does it take for your body to get rid of them (assuming they're minor and you didn't, I don't know, ...
i feel i heal pretty quickly. bruises will be gone in a couple days, scratches in a week max, depending on how deep. but i'm only 25.
03/06/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by Nazaress
Thanks for looking out for me. I don't think it's the iron that makes me sick. I've always been a sick person, long before I started taking the iron. And I've been taking them for a while and they haven't seemed to make me ...
i'm sorry, that sounds awful. i was anemic as a small child, around age 4. i remember having to get shots, and they'd give me stickers with googly eyes afterwards. puffy stickers. they were awesome.

i don't have any good advice personally but i'd google and do some research on anemia and diabetes if i were you. look into a local health department which provides healthcare on a sliding scale based on income. and remember, you can always pay off any doctor bill, no matter how high, at like $5/month. if that's all you can pay, at least in kentucky, then that's all you can pay.

your health is more important than anything. money shouldn't stop you. like i said, $5/month is worth it.
03/06/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
Thank you, Stormy, P'Gell, and aliceinthehole. I'll certainly try to get help in any way I can. We can't really afford food right now (most of what we have is from the food pantry at the church) but when we can, I'll try to eat as many of the foods that P'Gell listed that I can. Trust me, I don't want to live like this anymore. I've been this way for my entire life, or at least for as long as I can remember.
03/06/2012
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