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Star picket hammer hit, no bleeding, blood clot, lump in the middle of the ribs, smokes. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   I will refer to customer team and get back.
User :   hello there i am very very worried about my dad as we were working outside and i was hammering in a startpicket witha starpicket hammer and hit him in spine
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   How is he now.
User :   he is ok
User :   and very worrid as it was a very hard hit
User :   with a very very heavy star picket hammer
Doctor :   Any bleeding
Doctor :   Is he able to walk
User :   u know the hammer i am talking about
User :   no bleeding
Doctor :   Yes
User :   and could he has internal bleeding at all
Doctor :   How forcefull was it?
Doctor :   When was it?
Doctor :   Did he loose consciousness due to pain.
User :   very forcefull and didnt lose consciousness
Doctor :   Ok, when was this, did you apply ice to the area.
User :   it was about 3 hours ago
User :   no ice
Doctor :   Where exactly on his back, you might need an xray.
User :   it was at the top end but he is moving ok
Doctor :   Still maybe internal injuries? Has it turned blue?
User :   could he die later from it
Doctor :   Apply ice.
Doctor :   No, not at all.
Doctor :   How old is he.
User :   why would it turn blue
User :   he is 63
Doctor :   because of the hit.
Doctor :   Ok, better you take him for x ray.
Doctor :   Did you hit with the pointed edge.
Doctor :   or blunt.
User :   what u mean beacuase of the hit
Doctor :   Yes, the star picket, which side
User :   it was very painfull when it happened but he looks fine now
User :   the side that u put on the star picket
Doctor :   Give him a pain killer right now.
User :   he dont have any pain now
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Observe for some time today.
Doctor :   If he complains of pain apply tylenol
Doctor :   sorry orally .
User :   its 7pm here now
Doctor :   ok
User :   i got him with a star picket hammer thats very very heavy not with the star picket itself
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   i can see that.
User :   and it was alot of force..
User :   he wont die from it will he
Doctor :   Ok, that is why i told you take an xray
User :   i was very very worried
User :   what if he says he aint sore
Doctor :   If you do not do, how will you know the extent of the injury,
Doctor :   without physically examining the patient it is dangerous.
Doctor :   He might be fine now but later.
Doctor :   He might have problems.
User :   what u mean dangerous
User :   and what problems
User :   he drinks heaps and heaps of milk
User :   like 4 glass a day of milk
Doctor :   If there is a clot, or muscle damage, or broke a bone.
User :   what you mean a clot
User :   what happens if he has a clot
Doctor :   Blood clot.
User :   what happens if he has a blood clot
Doctor :   it depends where it is, whether in spinal region.
User :   it was justa touch off his spine
Doctor :   ok.
User :   is that fine
Doctor : is ok, if he complains please take to hospital.
User :   why could he die if he complains
Doctor :   No he wont.
User :   u sure he wnt die
Doctor :   No he wont.
User :   and what if he has blood clot could he die
User :   and could him getting hit in the back very hard damage his heart
Doctor :   No he wont, they will medicines for it.
User :   what if he leaves it
Doctor :   Leaves what?
User :   also about a week ago he felt his sturm and he has this lump there that felt lik bone but 2 days later it was gone
User :   if he leaves it if he has a blood clot
Doctor :   sturm ?
Doctor :   Are you there.
User :   yes
User :   what you talking about now
Doctor :   a week ago he felt his sturm ?
User :   yes and it had a lump there like bone and then 2 days later it was gone
Doctor :   What is a sturm.
Doctor :   also about a week ago he felt his sturm and he has this lump there that felt lik bone but 2 days later it was gone
User :   yes thats right
User :   the thing near ur ribs
User :   in the middle of ribs
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   Might be swelling below the ribs?
User :   u know the sturum
Doctor :   You mean sternum
User :   the thing in the middle of ribs
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
User :   he had a lump and it felt like bone but went away after 2 days
User :   whats that
Doctor :   What exactly happened, did he get hurt anywhere.
User :   no
User :   what could it be
Doctor :   Dont worry it is costochodritis.
User :   whats that
User :   why does that come and go
Doctor :   It is inflammation and then followed by pain.
Doctor :   It is common.
User :   he says its painless
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Sometimes pain will be there.
User :   he dont get any pain
Doctor :   He can take pain killers that time.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Or antiinflammatory drugs.
Doctor :   It will reduce.
User :   he dpnt get pain
Doctor :   ok
User :   so why it feel like pain
Doctor :   sometimes pain is not there.
User :   why it feel like bone i mean
Doctor :   It is swelling on tne bone.
Doctor :   so it feels like bone
Doctor :   Does he smoke.
User :   theres no bone on the stunum
User :   yes he smokes
Doctor :   It is a bone.
Doctor :   ok
User :   what happens if he is a smoker
Doctor :   From how long?
User :   he has smoked 50 years
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   He should do chest x ray frequently.
User :   why
Doctor :   Tell him to stop smoking.
User :   what is wrong
Doctor :   It is not good, can cause cancer.
User :   i know it can
User :   is that why he get the lump
Doctor :   Since it is not permanent , it is not.
User :   so its not cancer
Doctor :   No
User :   it comes and goes all the time
Doctor :   ok. but do x ray
Doctor :   Kindly login for further medical queries.
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