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Old 11-14-08, 03:23 PM   #1
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Off the bike - hematoma :(

I'm sharing the following in case anyone else down the road confuses a boil with a hematoma...not trying to be gross on purpose.

I've been ordered to stay off the bike for at least two weeks by my doctor. A couple of weeks ago I returned from a night ride and immediately noticed I had a small purple lump about as high up on my inner thigh as possible. I've never had a saddle sore (boil) before, so I assumed that's what it was.

It mostly subsided after a week, and I even went on a couple of short, careful rides with copious use of chamois butt'r. But yesterday I did a 30-miler and the thing swelled up even bigger than it was the first time. I finally went to my doctor assuming it had to be lanced, and he told me it wasn't a boil, but a hematoma. And a small enough one that he advised letting it subside on its own. Hence the prescription to stay off the bike and avoid further friction/irritation.

With some care I expect this bugger will be gone by the time I get to Portland next month.
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Old 11-14-08, 04:15 PM   #2
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A hemotoma is usually caused by a trauma of some sort. Any idea of what caused this? Sorry 'bout the enforced time off, good time to detail the bike and perform any maitenance that you've been putting off.
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The spot is exactly where I get some saddle discomfort on longer rides. My guess is I might have pinched the skin in exactly the right way to create a bruise, and repeatedly aggravated it during a ride.

If it wasn't the end of the season, I'd probably get a Brooks saddle, but I imagine breaking that in now would be difficult. I've been riding on a Terry Fly men's saddle since the start of this year and have been generally happy with it.
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Old 11-14-08, 06:15 PM   #4
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And here I thought a hematoma was just a bruise. Learn something new every day, I guess.
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A localized swelling filled with blood resulting from a break in a blood vessel.

I got one as result of a crash last year... they hurt.. and if you don't take good care and continue to aggrevate they can develop fiberous strands... and then you are in serious trouble... i.e. and will have to have sliced open.. drain tube......
I'm not a DR.. just had to have it done on my hip...
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And here I thought a hematoma was just a bruise. Learn something new every day, I guess.
Technically it is sort of correct. Bruises are haematomas. However the term haematoma is generally used for serious bruising that doesn't always occur at the surface of the skin, so on the surface you don't always get the bruised colouring. They can take month to go away sometimes.

I'm not sure how doctors decide when to do something about them or just to leave it.
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Sorry to hear that. Forced time off the bike is frustrating,and is even more compounded with good riding days being more spread out with the time of year. When a relay nice day rolls around, it's so very tempting to give it a go.

I'm about as hard headed a patient comes, but I've learned over the years with a chronic injury that has a habit of going acute, it's best to listen to the Doc and do what you're told.
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Small "alternative" tip, a little while back I had a bruise that was nearly black on a toe - it was pretty much gone in 3 days by applying some Lavender and some Chamomile essential oils. Might be worth a try to accelerate the healing...
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