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Todays appoinment , time to vent

Posted by Anthony P on 5/20/04 at 18:58 (150927)

Hello everyone , Today I got a second opinoin . This doctor is a
foot and ankle orthopedic . He said I dont have RSD . The swelling is due to broken blood vessles that formed a hemetoma this area has a colletion of blood the size of half a grapefruit from my toes to top of ankle painful to touch . worse at night , area turns dark red
numb in toes cant bend 1st toe burning pain in 1st toe to outer ankle.
After rest next morning swelling not as bad , soon as I stand within a few minutes all the swelling is back.
Doctor said draining this may make it worse . That it will go way
on its own that it takes time . To stay active try to walk with cast boot. Take pain relevers . I was told to live with it until it goes away ?? Has anyone here ever heard of this ?
Anthony P

Re: Anthony

wendyn on 5/20/04 at 21:51 (150936)

I have heard of hematomas just this evening in fact. Interesting that I just got off the phone with my mom, and my nephew has one. He's 6 and he ran into a goal post a week ago. He develped a hematoma as a result of the injury to his cheek. The doctors said he may actually have to have surgery on it. My brother is trying to figure out how he could have been hurt so badly at school, but no one told them.

That's amazing that you were given two such totally different diagnosis for your problem!!!!!!

No wonder you're frustrated.....

Take it easy - hopefully someone here will have some information on hematomas. I will do some looking on the net and see what I can find.

Re: Anthony

wendyn on 5/20/04 at 22:09 (150937)

No real luck Anthony. Hopefully the doctors will add something here. I found information on dog hematomas, subdural hematomas, and some hematomas after breast augmentation (those photos were really GROSS). Couldn't find anything specific on hematomas after surgery.

Re: Todays appoinment , time to vent

Suzanne D. on 5/21/04 at 10:47 (150953)

Anthony, I am glad to hear that the specialist thinks it is something that will go away in time. But it has to be frustrating to have such differing opinions, and waiting for something to go away is not easy, either.

I also tried to look up hematoma on the internet, but everything I found was dealing with the brain. If I can find any information that seems to relate to your condition, I'll let you know.

Hang in there! Thanks for letting us know about the appointment.

Suzanne :)

Re: Todays appoinment , time to vent

Kathy G on 5/21/04 at 12:53 (150962)


It doesn't sound as though you've gotten a satisfactory answer. I was always under the impression that a hematoma was caused by the pooling of blood underneath the skin, usually due to a bruise. I didn't even know about the brain link but that figures! I did a quick search and came up with the link I'll give you down below. It does say that it's not internal bleeding and it will go away but somehow it just doesn't seem like this could be what you have. Of course, what do I know? I'm not a doctor.

If I were you, I'd call my PCP and tell him/her that I was confused by the specialist's diagonosis and could he talk to him and find out exactly what the problem is. Remember, you probably saw a surgeon and ironic as it sounds, they are the worst when it comes to treating pain. If you're not on any pain meds, tell your PCP that it hurts too much to walk through it. PCP's are usually much better at treating pain.

And then if you're still confused, ask your PCP for a second referral. One thing I do know is that my husband had a hematoma about twenty-five years ago. He fell down the stairs and bruised himself badly and had an especially bad bruise on his hip. I finally convinced him to go to the doctor and he said that it was a hematoma and it would take a long time to go away and the best thing to do was to apply heat in order to break up the blood under the surface. He was black and blue for a few months but he wasn't sore all that long.

This isn't much but hope it helps! http://my.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/aa61194.asp

Re: feeling a little better today .

Anthony P on 5/22/04 at 11:41 (151032)

I feel less pain for the first time in weeks . I just dont want to go and over do it . Its a beautiful spring day and I 'm
far behind will my gardening So I got to do a little .
The sitting around is to much for me to handle .
Wendy, With all the news of hematomas I found out today my friend
has this on the chest after surgery for a pace maker and may need more surgery !
Thanks Wendy ,Suzanne ,Kathy. For taking the time to try to help me .
Best wishes to all Anthony P :)

Re: feeling a little better today .

wendyn on 5/22/04 at 12:40 (151033)

Anthony, enjoy your spring day!!! We were supposed to go camping this weekend, but there was a heavy snowfall warning for the mountains so we stayed home. It is cold and miserable.

Do some gardening for me too!!!