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Swollen wrist - June 26th 2017, 01:24 AM

My right wrist area is full of bite marks that have turned into bruises. I have been biting myself about 3-8 times a day. I haven't bitten myself in a day or two that I remember but the thing is my right wrist area is swollen it is bigger than my left wrist. It doesn't bother me all that much, but I just hate that I have done it so much that it is swollen.

I also have a lot of bug bites so with those I scratch the hell out of them and end up with big scratches that turn into scabs.I am picking them before I go to bed to feel the pain, especially the one that is probably infected because it hurts when I walk since its on my leg. It also hurts to pick but I really don't care and do it anyways. I also let my dog lick them after I pick them because it causes more pain, the wetness of her tongue stings and I like that feeling too. I know I am picking these for pain because I haven't cut in almost two months and I really want to stay cut free. But I am also aware of the fact that doing this for pain is self-harm as well.

I do not purposely bite my arms it is when I am frustrated and before I know it my wrist is in my mouth and I am biting down on it. I know even though I don't do it on purpose it is still self-harm.I really want to know how I can stop this behavior if I don't even realize I am doing it.

I would love to stop picking my scabs for the pain and for seeing the blood to calm me down. I also would love to say no to Pixie when she licks them. I know that it could be dangerous and cause I really bad infection, especially since I never clean them. Is there anyway I can still feel the stinging sensation and pain with out actually hurting myself...I can't snap a rubber band around my wrist i do it to the point of bruising or cutting myself. I need a quick way to cause pain and stinging(the ice trick isn't quick because I have to walk to the freezer garb ice and then hold it)

Any advice and help would be much appreciated.



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Re: Swollen wrist - June 26th 2017, 03:31 AM

Thank you for trying to find alternatives, that's the first step in recovery.mwhat you can do to feel the pain is too put duck tape on hairy parts of your arm and rip it off. Or you can try waxing or plucking hairs. Those hurt, but don't leave bruises or scars if you do it right. Hope this helped. PM me if you need to talk!
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Re: Swollen wrist - June 27th 2017, 07:05 PM

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Like it has been said it's good that you're looking for new alternatives. Do you think you could use something to cover your wrists so you don't see the scabs and your dog can't lick them? For instance, you could get ace bandages or compression wrist wraps that people use for bad joints. You could also try bracelets, sweat bands, or arm warmers.

This isn't a stinging sensation per se but you could try joint creams that have menthol in them. There are a lot of different ones and if you apply the lotion thickly enough your skin will feel a hot and cold sensation. It doesn't sting exactly but that sensation may be able to help you.


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Re: Swollen wrist - July 7th 2017, 07:05 AM

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Like it has been said it's good that you're looking for new alternatives. Do you think you could use something to cover your wrists so you don't see the scabs and your dog can't lick them? For instance, you could get ace bandages or compression wrist wraps that people use for bad joints. You could also try bracelets, sweat bands, or arm warmers.
My sores are actually mostly on my legs. I guess I should have stated that. The only thing on my wrist is bruises. But that is a good Idea to put band-aids on them. I usually do that when they are bleeding and leave them on for like 2-3 days if they don't fall off themselves. Thank you for the idea.

I like the idea of the cream too. But How can I stop myself from biting if I really don't think about it and it's a impulse?



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Re: Swollen wrist - July 7th 2017, 01:08 PM

I hope putting band-aids on your sores helps.

You said it's an impulse; do you experience any different feelings before you bite yourself? Maybe you could try to document them so that if you feel these feelings, you can work on yourself before you bite yourself.

As soon as you do notice you're biting yourself, you can try to stop and distract. You could also try to figure out if anything upset you to bring on that impulse.

You could consider covering your wrist so that it is more difficult to bite. By the time you remove items to expose your wrist, you may be more aware of what you're doing than you were before.


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