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Just an enquiry. - April 7th 2012, 10:52 AM

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Hi.

Well about three weeks ago whilst in hospital, I cut. These cuts were considerably deeper than my usual and had to be sutured, they considered stitches for one but because it had been a couple of hours decided on sutures instead.
(What they called "sutures" were these sticky strip things used to pull the skin together.)

Anyway that's not the point. Point is, I have noticed as one of them has healed, considerably discomfort in the tendon of my wrist. So I've damaged the tendon.

I was wondering how long it takes damaged tendons to repair themselves. Because this is rather an inconvenience. Or if anybody else has accidentally injured tendons in the past and knows what to expect.
I've sprained an ankle before but this is different.

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Re: Just an enquiry. - April 7th 2012, 04:08 PM

Hey darling.

To my limited knowledge, it takes a reaaaaally long time for tendons to repair themselves without surgery. And they will only heal if they're basically casted because every time you use that tendon, all progress is lost because of rupturing of the wound.

If you're worried that you've cut this tendon, you need to see a doctor. I'm glad you got help (and sutures) -- very responsible. Now take a little more responsibility and fix this part, too.

SH is never the answer, though I'm sure you don't need a lecture. Just remember that it is completely psychological and you can find other psychological ways to deal with the pain you must be feeling.

Feel free to PM me if you need or want to talk about any underlying issues that would have caused this issue.

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Re: Just an enquiry. - April 7th 2012, 05:05 PM

Hi there

I think it's great you went and got help that you needed and I'm glad they steri stripped your cuts. When you were in hospital, I assume they tested the tendons by asking you to move you arm, wrist, fingers etc. I know they did this to me when I've been for self harm. I assume if they thought it was serious, they would have advised you on what to do etc and sometimes people need surgery for tendons but like I said, I'm sure this would have been brought up at the hospital so hopefully it will just heal over time. Have they actually told you you've done this damage or are you assuming? If you're assuming I suggest you see a doctor just to be safe that you haven't done any damage.

I also just wanted to let you know that you're not alone and we're here for you if you want too talk to us or anything. I know this is hard for you right now but things can get better and you don't have to fight it alone. Let people in and keep fighting, you can do this.

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Re: Just an enquiry. - April 8th 2012, 03:06 AM

Hey.

I'm just assuming the damage has been done, as although the cut itself has healed to merely scar tissue, I still experience pain when I move my wrist a certain way.

Hospital did not ask me anything about moving my wrist etc. as I still have the full range of motion - also they were more concerned that I managed to get a sharp blade onto the intensive care psych ward. :whist:

I think I'll ask my psychologist about it at my next appointment, although she's no expert in injuries she may be able to tell me a little more of what's going on. Quite possibly because it was a lot deeper than normal it will heal differently. I'm not sure.

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Re: Just an enquiry. - April 8th 2012, 10:39 AM

Hey Jess,

Just to say I've had a similar experience with mine. I personally put it down to bruising but it's still a little tender when people touch it and this is after a few months. I'd strongly recommend you get to a doctor and have them look at it, although I doubt it's anything too bad as you still have movement in your hands.

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