One day I was running and slipped on stairs. My feet slipped through the space between the steps and my shin hit the stair step(which is a wooden board). The left side wasn't so bad but the right hurt like crazy and FELT like it had been dented in (but didn't look like it). Soon, it started bruising where it had made impact with the stair step. The next day I found a worse looking but painless bruise down by the side of my feet which was nowhere near where I had hit my shin. I never went to see a doctor about my shin because I thought time would heal it. Fast forward about 5 months, of course all the bruising and excruciating pain is gone, but there is still a slight numbness to the small area of my shin where it had been hit and if a lot of pressure is put on it, it would hurt like a bruise. Then sometime I would feel prickling pains from my shin. Now I'm scared that there's something wrong with it and that I should have had it checked. Did I fracture or something that one time and is it too late to see a doctor? If not, should I?
I've read up a lot when it comes to shin injuries. I am no doctor, but here is what I've learned.
Shin injuries are not uncommon to take 6-8 months to heal. Often times it creates a sort of protection around the wounded area and that protection can be painful. The protection tends to make a hard lump that is like bone over your shin. Though, it does not seem you have a lump. But it still takes quite a bit of time. I'd say wait one more month and then go see a doctor.
I strongly advise to see a doctor if it persists. I had something like that happen to me, but I was kneed there. It's been over 3 years and the pain never left entirely and it is getting worse, way worse. A simple touch can bring me down. This is coming from a girl who broke her wrist horribly and said my pain was 2-3. I've got a tolerance.
I don't want the same happen to you. But don't overthink it too bad since it does take long to heal.
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