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post #11 of 20
Have you tried more intake of potassium?
post #12 of 20
I have a similar problem. About 2 1/2 years ago I was sledding at a school playground and I hit the wooden border with my left thigh. I got a huge bruise and couldn't walk on my leg and couldn't walk for a couple days. The bruise eventually went away about 6 months later, but I still have the lump from exactly where I hit the wood. My leg isn't broken or anything, I just have this lump.
post #13 of 20
I have something called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome - it's a connective tissue disorder - and I know quite a few folks with it have very long lasting bruises - months and years isn't uncommon for us. Mine usually only take a few weeks, but then, I'm always covered with them (right now I think I have about 20, but also have two large hematomas going on, that are still filling, I have a clotting disorder, again related to the EDS).

If it concerns you, see a doc, and perhaps get checked for platelet counts, etc. My thing is pretty rare, and the bruising issues are just a minor part of it - more serious is the joint issues and sometimes, organ problems.
post #14 of 20
This is a bit late, but I am posting here because it is one of the top search results if you try and find out about bruises that won't go away.

If you're having this problem, you might have a bone bruise! Look it up. It's one step below a fracture.

A few years ago, I was in a hurry packing up and clearing out of my dorm room at the end of the school year, and I ran down a flight of stairs and collided with a metal shelf that somebody else had left in the way. I got the corner right in the thigh, and I am not a small person! Anyways, it hurt pretty badly but I was feeling stoic and I could still walk on it, so I didn't check the area until hours later, when I discovered a bruise the size of my fist.

That bruise didn't go away for over a year! Over a year! During that time period I got a variety of small bruises that healed like normal, and I haven't had any problems like that since. Looking back I feel kind of stupid for not asking a doctor about it, but it did heal and go away eventually.

I just figured this out because I am reading a book where the heroine gets a bone bruise. I saw that term and figured that it must have been what happened with me. I have found out that there are three kinds of bruises:

1. Below the skin (subcutaneuos)
2. In the muscle (intramuscular)
3. Blood vessels and the outer layer of bone (perosteal)

If you only break off a few fibers of bone, you have a bone bruise. If you break off enough, it's a fracture.

If you've got a bruise that could be a bone bruise, you should probably get an x-ray to rule out a fracture. Apparently fractures can discolor the skin and sometimes people don't realize that they've fractured the bone because it doesn't hurt as much as they would have expected.

Good luck you guys.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by akaSabriel View Post

This is a bit late, but I am posting here because it is one of the top search results if you try and find out about bruises that won't go away.

If you're having this problem, you might have a bone bruise! Look it up. It's one step below a fracture.

A few years ago, I was in a hurry packing up and clearing out of my dorm room at the end of the school year, and I ran down a flight of stairs and collided with a metal shelf that somebody else had left in the way. I got the corner right in the thigh, and I am not a small person! Anyways, it hurt pretty badly but I was feeling stoic and I could still walk on it, so I didn't check the area until hours later, when I discovered a bruise the size of my fist.

That bruise didn't go away for over a year! Over a year! During that time period I got a variety of small bruises that healed like normal, and I haven't had any problems like that since. Looking back I feel kind of stupid for not asking a doctor about it, but it did heal and go away eventually.

I just figured this out because I am reading a book where the heroine gets a bone bruise. I saw that term and figured that it must have been what happened with me. I have found out that there are three kinds of bruises:

1. Below the skin (subcutaneuos)
2. In the muscle (intramuscular)
3. Blood vessels and the outer layer of bone (perosteal)

If you only break off a few fibers of bone, you have a bone bruise. If you break off enough, it's a fracture.

If you've got a bruise that could be a bone bruise, you should probably get an x-ray to rule out a fracture. Apparently fractures can discolor the skin and sometimes people don't realize that they've fractured the bone because it doesn't hurt as much as they would have expected.

Good luck you guys.

This sounds like my knee. I fell and hit my kneecap on the edge of a concrete step. Since I didn't feel pain when I walked, I didn't worry about the indentation and bruise on my kneecap. I even went to the doc that day, and they didn't didn't take an xray. 9 months later, I still have a discoloration where the indentation was.
post #16 of 20

I was
SO glad to read what you wrote about long lasting bruises.  I have a big bruise on my back.  It has been there 9 months!  It does not  hurt or anything and I do not even know how I got it.    It is just discolored and I hate the look of it.   I even tried scrubbing it away, but it is still there!   I do not bruise easily and do not have any other bruises.  Next time I go to the doctor I will ask about it. 

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by searching4 View Post

I was just wondering if anyone ever heard about bruises that last for years? I have a bruise on my leg that will be two years old this August! When I was a teenager, I had another bruise that lasted almost a year but this this one is almost two years old! It's kinda freaky! I had fallen and hit my leg on a broken cement block that was sticking out. It hurt really bad and made a big bruise on my side of my calf. There seemed to be a slight dent in leg, where the bruise is, it's still there. The color has faded alot but you can still easily see a bruise on my leg. Is this o.k?
post #18 of 20
Hi I was gooling two year bruises and came across this...my bruise is two years this month...I am hypoglycemic..by blood sugar goes low..and it has all the same symptoms diabetes does..I am also a nurse &I I really hope Mr truck driver got his checked out..yours could be more immediately dangerous..alot of people have hypoglycemia and dont know bc it does not show up on any tests..circulation cld be an issue, slow healing, or trapped old bld. Its always best to check with your physician &I try to pinpoint the underlying cause.
post #19 of 20

I had a car accident May2012 and an airbag deployed under the steering wheel near the pedals causing massive bruising to my legs.  Over a year later the bruise to my shin is still very thick and purple.  I started using organic apple cider vinegar by rubbing it on the bruise every morning and evening for a week now, and it is much lighter than before.  I will continue to use it for a few weeks.  I wish I would have thought to use it last year.  I've read online that ACV really doesnt work, and I''m not sure why I even tried it in the first place, but it works great so far for me :)  I'm going to have to look for before photos and brag a little about my results.  Good luck!

post #20 of 20

I was in a really bad car accident three months ago and i had two fractures on my pelvis and extensive bruising on my right leg. As the majority of my bruises started to heal i started to get a really big indent. There is a slight bruise on the indent that wont go away.  i showed all my doctors and therapists the indent and everyone has a slightly different explanation as to why i have an indent but the general consensus is that its sever/permanent muscle/fat tissue damage. My doctor told me not to get my hopes up of having it go away bc it most likely wont, and however it looks at six months is how it will stay forever. My massage therapist has been focusing a lot on that area trying to remove the scar tissue and i have noticed a 'slight' improvement on the depth of the indent. This is the longest bruise i have ever had and every time i bring it up to my doctor they seem to not care much about it bc of all my injuries bruising is the least of my worries. It was really nice to know that other people have had the same issues.           

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