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Suspected hematoma from deep puncture wound in calf - extreme pain.
pscirish posted:
I was stabbed Friday night and received 7 staples with stitches in between the staples. I refused narcotic painkillers (wish I hadn't now).

There are no signs of infection but I believe have a hematoma by the laceration(like a golf ball around it) and it feels like I have one on the back of my calf (very hard when touched). When I stand I it feels like my calf is cramped like if you wake up in the middle of the night and its in a ball. I've been treating it with elevation, ibuprofin and ice. Is there any other treatment for this ( I dont want to go back to emergency room as I have no insurance). And if I am treating it correctly, can anyone give me a time frame til it gets better.

annette030 responded:
You could also have a blood clot, that would explain the sensation in your calf.

Don't go to ER unless you have no other options, they should have given you a name of a doctor to follow up with when you were discharged, it might be cheaper to see him. See someone, this may not be something you can fix on your own.

Take care, Annette

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