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Should I go see a doctor or heal this on my own?

Asked by Kairi (561 points ) August 13th, 2013

I got into a car accident, which some of you know from my other posts, a few days ago while on vacation with friends. My shoulder was hurting because of the luggage I was carrying around with me. I went to work after I finally got home and stayed there until 7 am for my shift, then came home and passed out until 9 that night. I’ve been up since 9 PM Monday night (it’s 11:34 PM on Tuesday here) and can’t sleep. The pain in my shoulder seems to be intensifying and radiating up my neck a little bit and over my shoulder blades to my spine. I know I have lower back problems, but my lower back is unharmed. I also have carpal tunnel in both wrists, and tendonitis in both elbows and both knees.

Could this injury still just be from carrying bags? I normally get injured when I go on vacation and have to carry luggage, because I’ve pulled my rotator cuff muscle a few times on one side.

Could it be from sitting up all day? I’m leaning against the wall while sitting on my bed, or sitting hunched over my computer when my pack hurts from the wall.

I normally go to a chiropractor for these issues, and I’m not sure if I should now to at least get it checked out.

I also have a blister about the size of a dime on my right pinky toe, with two popped ones on my left foot, one popped one on my right foot, and another that is just forming on the inside of my right foot. Should I get them checked out by a doctor, too? The toe and inner foot blisters hurt most, and I can’t walk on lean on my foot when sitting down.

Should I go to the doctor and chiropractor to make sure everything is okay? Or just self medicate with ice and pain medications until it heals up?

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JLeslie's avatar

Sounds like it could be a disc in your neck. I’m not a doctor, but if it were me I would be careful not to carry anything heavy for a few days, make sure you sleep with your head in a comfortable well supported position, and take 600 mg ibuprofen (with some food and a full glass of water) 2–3 times a day for two days. It could all be muscular and not a disc.

You asked about a chiropracter, I have no experience with chiropracters I have always avoided them, but I know some people say they are great.

Kairi's avatar

I have four disks in my lower back that are slipped, cracked, and oozing fluids into the cracks of them so I know what that pain is like. This is a little different. More like a numb, pulsing kind of pain.

Thanks, that sounds like a plan.

I go to a chiropractor normally, and he does a fantastic job. He recommended I come in to see him but I don’t have money to do so right now.

rojo's avatar

I would try a double dose of anti-inflamatories for the back and shoulder myself and see if that had any effect. If not, THEN I would see a doc. The blisters are a minor irritant that I would just rub some triple antibiotic ointment on and maybe cover with a bandaid.

JLeslie's avatar

Just remember to protect your tummy by eating at least a few crackers with the ibuprofen and plenty of water. Also, don’t lay down immediately after taken it, wait a good 30 minutes. If you weigh less than 130 you might want to start with just two pills instead of three and see if that gives you relief. No need to overmedicate if you don’t need to.

Seek's avatar

I would definitely see a doctor. Doctor. Not chiropractor. In fact, your chiropractor should be slapped for laying their hands on you with your history.

Kairi's avatar

@rojo the one blister is big and ready to pop but I can’t pop it. I’ll try antibiotics on it though

Kairi's avatar

@JLeslie Ibuprofin puts me right to sleep regardless of how little I take of it, so I’ll probably lay right down. I take liquid, not pills. acid reflux, can’t swallow well without choking

JLeslie's avatar

Still eat a little with it and drink a glass of water.

Kairi's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr actually, my CHIROPRACTOR was the one that found out what was wrong with me. My DOCTORS said I just pulled a couple muscles. He fixed me right up and it doesn’t hurt or anything anymore. If it wasn’t for him, I may not be able to sit up right now.

rojo's avatar

I cannot recommend you do this but I usually just pop the damned things, peel the dead layer of skin off, smear it with an antibiotic and cover it with a bandaid or bandage. No use suffering the pain of the puffed up blister. It is going to happen anyway, I just make it occur faster.

JLeslie's avatar

I never pop a blister.

rojo's avatar

@JLeslie is right about the food and water. Most people need to have something in their stomach to counteract the anti-inflams. and why take the chance. Enjoy your food.

@JLeslie as I said, I cannot recommend it. It is just what I do.

JLeslie's avatar

It’s cool, just throwing in my two cents.

Kairi's avatar

@rojo I normally pop them too, but this one is bigger then usual so I’m scared to ^^”

Buttonstc's avatar

Instead of popping the blister you could sterilize a needle or pin and puncture a few small holes in each side of it. Then squeeze it GENTLY to get most of the fluid out.

This will give you immediate pain relief from easing the pressure. Continue squeezing out the fluid buildup as often as needed.

By doing it this way you relieve the pain but keep the skin covering mostly intact. After you’ve squeezed out as much fluid as it will produce it will start drying out and begin healing up safely underneath that protective skin cover. Eventually it will come off on its own but the new layer of skin is mostly formed.

By doing it gradually like this you lessen the risk of infection while relieving the pain. Just make sure to sterilize the needle. You might also need to repuncture if its a thin needle and the holes close up making it difficult to continue squeezing fluid out.

This is what I’ve always done with blisters and never had an infected one. And the pain relief is worth it. I mean the fluid will eventually dissipate on its own but helping it along means less pain for you.

rojo's avatar

FWIW, I have never had an infected one either doing it my way. I guess there is more than one way to skin a blister

Kairi's avatar

@Buttonstc thanks, I appreciate the advice. I’ll see what I can do about sterilizing a sewing needle in the morning.

Kairi's avatar

@rojo there are, but one way is supposed to be ‘cleaner and safer’ then the other, I suppose. I’ve read it before online somewhere but I forgot exactly how to do it.

_Whitetigress's avatar

Cyst or blister?

marinelife's avatar

You would probably benefit from physical therapy.

Cupcake's avatar

I think a chiropractor would need x-rays of your shoulder/neck before he would work on you… so I think you might as well go to your doctor first.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Doctor stat.

Seek's avatar

I know some people feel that chiropractic care helps them (some are downright religious about it), but the facts argue. If you have spinal damage, having a chiropractor manipulate your spine can do a hell of a lot of damage – anything from localised pain that goes away on its own to disintegrating arteries causing a stroke.

Seriously.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/may/14/dangers-chiropractic-treatment-under-reported

Kairi's avatar

@marinelife I’ve done physical therapy. my insurance won’t pay for it anymore though and I can’t afford it. plus it didn’t really help at all

Kairi's avatar

@Cupcake my chiropractor orders them too, so I can go to either for that really ^^”

Kairi's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I’ve heard of that too, but nothing else has really helped me

Cupcake's avatar

@Kairi I don’t know about you, but it seems like I have to pay more for x-rays at the chiropractor.

Kairi's avatar

@Cupcake he doesn’t do x-rays in his office, but he gets me a script for one and I go to the place down the road. insurance covers me

ajlewis2584's avatar

I’ve learned the hard way to always see a professional when it comes to, even questionable, bodily injuries. Having an accurate medical records history will come in handy when needed.

Kairi's avatar

@ajlewis2584 good point. it’s healed mostly now

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