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Does getting stitches hurt? How does it feel?

Asked by Tink (8668points) June 20th, 2009 from iPhone

I cut myself with a knife and I think I need stitches it’s bleeding alot. But I’m afraid of needles.

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juwhite1's avatar

With Novocaine… no pain. Without Novocaine, it feels like someone is pushing a needle through your skin and pulling a thread through… that kinda hurts.

juwhite1's avatar

As long as you didn’t cut yourself in the face, they’ll likely numb you up and you won’t feel a thing after the initial shot to numb things (which burns a bit at first).

Tink's avatar

Nope it was my wrist

Ivan's avatar

Uh, maybe getting on Fluther is not the greatest idea.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Sometimes a butterfly bandage can be used in place of stitches to hold a wound together but it depends on the size and depth of the wound. I’ve had stitches several times in my life and the only uncomfortable part for me was, the nurse had to examine the wound before giving me a local anesthetic and that little bit of prodding and the injection itself was minimally painful. It was only for a very short duration though.

In the meantime, put direct pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding and then get it looked at real soon, @Tink1113.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Uh… Bleeding how much? If it’s a lot and on your wrist, you need to go to the hospital right away.

Tink's avatar

It’s sort of deep so I think I do but I’m afraid. I’ve never had stitches before

Ivan's avatar

Tell someone about it and go to the hospital.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Tink1113 How do you feel about the idea of bleeding to death? That scares me more than stitches do.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Yes, you should be more afraid of the blood you can lose. You need to tell someone and go. It’ll be okay, don’t worry about the stitches.

Tink's avatar

Yeah my mom asked me a while ago but I said no. But I think I do

Bluefreedom's avatar

If you’re second guessing yourself on the severity of your wound, err on the side of caution and go for the stitches. Trust me, the anesthetic injection is not a big deal at all and you only notice a bit of poke. After that, you can’t feel the sewing up of the wound. The entire area will be completely numb.

casheroo's avatar

Numbing agents burn, but once that sensation is gone, you won’t feel pain. Just like getting dental work.
I’m scared of needles too, but health comes before my fear.

Tink's avatar

Ok bye
I’ll tell you guys how it goes

Randy's avatar

I had to get stitches in my forehead when I was 3. I was at the babysitter and my babysitters son, who was probably 7 or 8 years older than me, thought it was fun to play tug of war with me using my blanket. Obviously I wasn’t gonna give that thing up with out a fight. But, one particular time, he decided he was gonna get it and yanked too hard for my little body to fight back. BOOM! My forehead hits the corner of a wall. Anyway, my mom told me in the hospital the only time I cried was when they were giving me the shot to numb the area and I was three so I’m sure you can handle it.

P.S.- I’m glad to see you wised up and decided to go ahead and go to the hospital. If you have to ask about going to get medical attention, then your better off just going. Good luck!

aprilsimnel's avatar

When I had my hemithyroidectomy some years ago, I got dark stitches on my light tan neck and a bandage was put on top that needed changing twice a day for a few weeks. I recouped at my surrogate mom’s house. A few days before the doctor removed the stitches, I would freak out my visiting nieces and nephews (the ones in the 6–8 year old range) by saying, “psst. Hey. C’mere!” And then I’d flash the stitches and shriek “I’m Frankenstein’s monster!!!!! AAAAAHHHGGGUUUHHH!” And they’d fake like they were scared and run away giggling.

That was fun.

cak's avatar

@Tink1113 Yeeeeouch! I hope you are on the mend, soon! Let us know how it goes.

My son was the last to get stitches, he did fine – it was under his chin. They had us hold some of the gel stuff on it to numb it (I swear I think they called it Zap it) when they came in, it was completely numb and they were ready to stitch him up. When they started, he was more annoyed that we were talking to him than anything else! At worst, the stitches itch as they heal. No big deal, though! :)

augustlan's avatar

Good luck, tink!

loser's avatar

Stitches are no biggie and the best part is you get to see what it might have felt like to be Frankenstein! (Or at least that’s the weird thought I’VE always had every time I’ve gotten stitches.)

Now, HOW did you cut your wrist?

Humble's avatar

Got into a fist fight years ago on board a carnival cruise ship. Resulted in a broken face for him and a busted lip for me. Ship doctor stitched my upper lip. When he stuck that initial needle inside the cut to make it numb, the pain was intense.

loser's avatar

@Humble But after that quick bit of pain, it was really cool, right?

(Psst! We’re trying to get him to go to the ER…)

Tink's avatar

Yeoooooowwww guys I’m back

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Tink1113. Don’t hold back now. We want all the details, and I mean all of them, about your experience with stitches. Inquiring Flutherites want to know and we hope it went very well (and painlessly) for you.

cak's avatar

@Tink – glad to see you are back! now, details, please!

Tink's avatar

Ok well I went to see the deuche.
I didn’t let my mom go in with me because she over reacts to everything. Then he asked me how I did it and I was like hello bleeding here!!
So then he pulled out the fucken needle!! And when I saw it I almost cried almost
Then he stabbed me with it and he put some liquid on it and started sowing it. It felt wierd and since I am not good with numbness it started fading away. I don’t know why but it happens. So then the ass stabbed me again!
Then he continued but it wasn’t so painful. It was more painful watching so I turned around. Then when he was finished he put some other liquid and patched me up. He told me how to clean it so it won’t get infected and told me I wasn’t allowed to skate for a while in case I got “germs” on it. So now I have to cover my wrist with a wristband so people don’t think I’m emo.
Well my experience with it was unknown. I didn’t know what to expect.

augustlan's avatar

How did you manage to cut yourself in the first place?

Tink's avatar

Hehe well my little sister wanted some watermelon. So me being nice went to go cut some up for her. I used the “good” knife. My mom cut herself with it when she was first opening it.
Ok anyways, I put my hand on the back of the watermelon and was starting to cut it and my sister was jumping next to me and I turned to tell her to stop and as soon as I did BAM I felt a sharp pain on my wrist and noticed it was bleeding. And it hurt alot. So she didn’t get her watermelon today

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Tink1113. All’s well that ends well, my friend, and it sounds like you put on a brave face and came through it none the worse for the wear. Except for the scar and we’ll just call that your ‘Badge of Honor’ or ‘A permanent reminder of how to more carefully use a knife in the future.’ I’m glad it’s all over and that you’re okay. Have a great rest of the evening. =)

Ivan's avatar

Well I’m glad it worked out.

Tink's avatar

Thanks for your consern jellies
: )

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

To paraphrase an old song, Scars are souvenirs you never lose. This one will always remind you of watermelon or at least big knives.

Tink's avatar

Yeah im a warrior and survivor :)

loser's avatar

You can tell people you got it in a knife fight and that they should have seen the other guy, er, watermelon…

Tink's avatar

Good idea I’ll be spreading that rumor around but I’m a non violent person

cak's avatar

Just tell people the watermelon gave you a look you didn’t appreciate. You had to teach it a lesson.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@cak. I swear that is going to be a new Fox TV series in the fall – “When Fruits & Vegetables Attack”.

Tink's avatar

Don’t you mean angry fruit?

loser's avatar

That sounds too much like a show about oppressed gays.

Tink's avatar

Which one?

Bluefreedom's avatar

@loser. ROFL – good one buddy. =)

cak's avatar

@loser! Mucho Lurve, my dear! That was great. :)

Tink's avatar

It hurts!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Aw! Take a Tylenol™.

Tink's avatar

: )
I couldn’t sleep well

loser's avatar

Is it better this morning?

Tink's avatar

@loser – Its better now thanks :)

Tarf's avatar

my brother cut himself with a steak knife should he get stitches?

aprilsimnel's avatar

How deep is the cut? He probably needs a tetanus shot, at least, if it’s a deep cut. Get him to ER and they’ll tell you.

Tarf's avatar

well its about 8 millimeters deep.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin and a band-aid/plaster. Sorted.

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Ethan93's avatar

I am a 6th grader and I cut myself pretty bad across my finger with a carving knife in art class. I got stitches and it didn’t hurt that bad. If I can do it you could probably do it.

tikiboy03's avatar

once by once i mean today, I dropped a gallon size glass jar on my foot, and that S**t hurt. it was also dripping blood all over the place. luckily i used my boy scouts skills to apply pressure. like one or two inches above were i cut myself and i would have cut of my toes. at the r, they gave me 4 shot at the corner of the wound. that hurt alot. i grabbed the bed rail and screamed on the inside. after that the numbness helped me not feel the stitching, and it was really cool watchong him stitch it up. i cant do anything but walk for 2 weeks thoguh, so that sucks

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