|Please help me! :(
||[Apr. 5th, 2013|02:46 pm]
I got the implanon in yesterday and the doctor taped it over with these things that work like stitches, but they practically came off when I showered. So I put two bandaid's on top of them to stick them down.
Its now about 24 hours since I got the implant in and my arm really hurts. It stings when I move it. Is this normal? I had lots of bruising as well.
I don't know whether I should leave the bandaids on all week... Or will it need air?
Is this common for this much pain???
Don't want to go to the doctor for no reason. But i dont really want to think that its just a bit of normal pain but its infected or something like that!
Please anybody help me :(
You can leave bandages in for a few days, just change them every morning, and don't use neosporin it anything that will keep it moist. You're going to have some discomfort for at least a week it two. It was a good month or so before I stopped having sensations in the area when I'd move it flex, and my bruise from the insertion was there that long too. I had actual pain for about 5-7 days after insertion, and it just slowly faded away. You may see a bruised area get larger over the next few days, but that's just the blood surfacing. Do not expect to be all better too quickly, and definitely take it easy for at least the weekend. Also, just a tip, but try to stay away from much alcohol in the first few days, and take Ibuprofen instead if aspirin. They could increase your bruising.
The things your doc put on at first were called Steri-strips, and you can buy them, but they are kinda useless after a scab has already formed over your insertion hole. Bandaids or eve gauze and tape are just fine.
For some reason autocorrect changed "or" to "it" way too many times!
Ibuprofen and aspirin are both NSAIDS and have the same bleeding risks. If you want to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding you need to take Tylenol.
I no longer have the Implanon (I got it put in January of 2011; had it removed right after the new year, almost exactly two years to the day I had it inserted... got it removed because all of a sudden I started having my period for 3 weeks, 1 week off at a time... It sucked!). But from what I remember...
SOME discomfort is normal... You, after all, did have a foreign object inserted into your body! :-) My NP advised me that I was under a lifting restriction for the first week while it was healing, FYI. I don't recall having much stinging after I had mine inserted. I definitely wasn't in a lot of pain either. I'd definitely try the ibuprofen route today... if it doesn't get any better, then definitely call your doc to see if this is normal before you head in.
Pretty sure this is normal. You were just skinned alive, granted in a very small spot, so it's going to hurt.
The entry wound is the same as any other cut - treat it like such and you'll be fine.