Two and a half weeks ago, I tripped and fell (with maximum drama and embarrassment) at work. I landed on the bottom of my knee (beneath the knee cap) and shin with great force onto a hard surface, concrete covered with berber carpet.
It's still developing new and odd bruising (details within) and is still remarkably uncomfortable. The skin and knee bones don't hurt, but the soft tissue is very ouchy. Is this a "deep bruises take time to heal" thing or a "Martha, get your bruised self to the doctor" thing?
The fall hurt very much; afterwards I rested, iced, and elevated. A few days later, it naturally started developing intense red/purple/black bruising, mostly just beneath my knee. Note: I'm extremely pale and tend to bruise in a lurid way.
As that started to fade to yellow/green, I developed a new patch of dark bruises farther down my shin. A few days later, as that patch got a bit better, more purple bruises sprang up on the front of my ankle. This pic
is from day 9, when the knee bruises were fading. The shin and ankle got significantly darker. These bruises are all extremely sensitive and sore. Even the pressure of shaving my legs is too much.
The skin under my knee had a weird, numb "touching it through fabric" feeling for more than a week, but that's not as bad now. The whole under-knee area is, however, insanely pressure sensitive. Yesterday I forgot about it and kneeled to get something out of a low cabinet, and it hurt so much, it took my breath away. It's like a combination of deep ache and intense stabbing pain.
What say you, mefites, keep up with the epsom salt soaks and advil, or go to the doctor?