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self-harm and infections

ok well... not sure if i'm putting this in the right place. but here 'goes. i self-harm. and the other day i stuck a needle in my arm and when i went to pull it out, it broke. so it's quite stuck. my skin is starting to turn black around it. and i'm scared to death of doctors. trying to put off letting anyone know about this for as long as possible. so my question is, am i in any serious danger because of this? what will happen if i don't get it out? could i lose my arm? if i leave it alone will it come out eventually? should i try to cut it out myself?
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you need to get to the Emergency room fast- infection is inevitable here.
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Well I would say go to the doctor. If you try to cut it out and it is infected, you won't be able to do anything about the infection. It could turn into blood poisoning possibly.

Also why do you feel the need to harm yourself? Why not find someone to talk to when things are difficult instead of hurting yourself?
Mandi
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hi yes blood poisoning is definatly inevatable in that situation bloos poisoning can kill you or i should say will kill you you shouldt be posting stuff like that you should go to the doctors best ofd luck to you hope everything goes well
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Get it out NOW!!! You WILL lose your arm. You will form an abcess and then gangrene will set in it. Go to the emergency room NOW. They will give you pain meds and antibiotics, just go NOW!!!!
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Also the blackening is already a bad sign, the skin is dying around it...you may already be too late, but go to the ER now!!!!!!
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it's starting to really scare me that everyone agrees on this... i wonder if i can get by with saying it was an accident..
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say whatever you have to say. You could get gangreen, and they would have to remove your arm! The longer you put it off, the worse it could be.
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Okay I don't want to sound to harsh but I'm afraid I just can't help it. First of all how old are u? I don't think it takes a genius to know that something is not right if there skin is turning black where there is something stuck in it. I can understand you may be frightened of Doc's but seriously would you rather loose your arm? One thing to remember is that Doc's don't judge, that's not what they get paid for.
If you do go and tell them about it so what, unless you are seriously harming yourself(not that what your doing is not serious), I mean with the intent to kill yourself or someone else they can't do anything to you, they may suggest you get some counseling which you probalby need someone to talk to anyway.

My point is this if you wait to long you can do some serious damage, and do you really want to be sitting around 5-10yrs from now saying "well its a long story but basically I lost my arm because I was afraid to go to the doctor"

GO TO THE DOCTOR/ER!!!!!!!!!
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You shouldn't say it was an accident.  Self mutilation is a symptom of a very serious disorder that can be treated.  You DO need to get this particular needle incident cleared up, but the larger scheme of things needs to be addressed, too.

You are not the first self mutilater an ER has seen, nor will you be the last.  This problem is reaching epidemic porportions in the young adult population.  Get help now--you will eventually be very glad you did.

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i think this incident is a serious sign for you to go get help. its time. sounds as if you've had a hard life to be self-mutilating. if you do not want anyone to know you have been hurting yourself, it will be evident when you lose your arm because of this. please post back and we'll help you out on what you can do to get help ok? you deserve to.
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Seriously, you need to forget about what anyone else thinks of you and just get to the hospital.  Who cares what the doctor or nurse might think??  You need to think about yourself and your safety.  Losing an arm is not something that you should even consider as an option in this situation.  That would be such a horrible way to live just because you're scared to get help.
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Just from your screename, you can tell there is some deep psychological cause behind your problem.

1st- Everyone is right, please go to the Emergency Room immediately.  Don't just schedule an appointment with your doctor for next week, go now to the ER.  You don't have to tell them how it happened, but do tell them a pin is lodged under your skin.  You are not the first self-inflicter they've seen I'm sure.

2nd - There is tons of information on the internet for help with self-mutiliation, but you have to want it.  Over 1% of Americans have this disorder, my mother-in-law being one of that 1%.  Self mutilation is not only pricking yourself with needles, it also includes cutting, carving, biting, bruising, hitting, branding, marking, scratching, picking/pulling skin and hair, and burning.  Please go this website below, it has information pointing to probable causes of this illness and ways to help, a hotline in the upper left corner.  I wish only the best for you and I hope you take the initiative to seek further help.

Anna
http://www.focusas.com/SelfInjury.html
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i refuse to type in your nickname. you are much more than that but anyway, you were in a panic (rightfully so) and im wondering what you decided to do and how it all turned out? please post back.
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