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Exclamation Am i doing serious damage? - February 1st 2015, 09:02 PM

Ok so I don't know if I'm being paranoid or whatever. Whenever I cut myself on the top of leg, my whole leg feels kind of 'weird' and my calf especially would have kind of mild pain spasms.. If that makes any sense? Also I cant feel my leg when I cut it anymore, have I damaged some nerve endings or something? Also I would cut myself on my ribs and the top of my stomach, and my chest and back would get sore for some reason? I don't really know why.

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Re: Am i doing serious damage? - February 1st 2015, 11:01 PM

Hey,

What you're saying makes sense and I can see this relating with a few things. First of all, if you're prone to sitting a certain way for a prolonged period of time while cutting, this can cause your muscles to fall asleep, in turn causing a painful sensation. Self-harm is like a drug in that you need more to get the same affect, so your lack of feeling could be due to that or to the fact that you usually self-harm on that spot and your body is used to it. Your body can become immune over a long period of time. Whether or not you're damaging nerves depend on how deep your injuries are, and for that reason I suggest taking a look at the first aid thread.

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Re: Am i doing serious damage? - February 12th 2015, 10:30 AM

Hi there!

It's natural to be concerned about this and it's good that you're asking, it doesn't make you sound paranoid in the slightest!
When you cut yourself adrenaline and dopamine are realised (this is what usually cause addiction to self injury) this can sometimes numb the pain of self injury. As for numbness straight after cutting yourself, depending on the severity of injury you may have caused nerve damage or it could be due to swelling pressing on nerves or blood loss.
Scar tissue also had less nerves eventually and this can also cause in the scarred area.
People that having been engaging in self harm behaviour for a while find that they become 'immune' to the pain. This is part of the release and coping mechanism and psychological.

As Cassiopeia said, I would suggest looking at the first aid thread, I would also suggest seeing your doctor is you are worried about the symptoms.

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