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    Needle broke deep in my arm!! Help?!?! 
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    Hello!!

    I had a needle tip, I mean.. the WHOLE tip... the metal part.. all of it, from pointy tip all the way back to where metal meets plastic.

    I am very concerned as I have no clue what to think. Someone said they had a friend who had this happen and their body "rejected" it and pushed it out on its own. I don't see how that can happen seeing as how the spike was bent in my arm from me pushing in deep and moving it while in there because I was sweaty and my finger slipped and I wanted it in place asap bc I was sick and didnt want to miss a chance if i had one (which i didnt). So i was rushing because I was about ready to start puking and crapping and .. ugh.. felt AWFUL. So anyway, It was bent in there, and felt weird so I tried to slightly bend it back .. just a HAIR.. and BAM.. it broke off, and my skin popped back to normal and it was GONE. IN.MY.FUCKING.ARM. I have been keeping an eye on it for infection of course. But would I see anything if it was THAT DEEP in my arm? Could it just jump into my bone marrow and BAM. I'd be pretty fucked?
    HAS THIS HAPPENED TO ANYONE? IF SO, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU DID AND HOW IT WORKED OUT FOR YOU!! I really really want to hear from people with experience, or someone who can accuratly inform me of a situation theyre familiar with that would be similiar to someone responding with experience.

    On one hand, I dont know if it is worth the huge medical bill. On the other, I just had a friend die from something caused by IVing it (and his stupidity, stuborness, etc.) . So ... I am torn.

    One more thing.. can this needle move around the muscle.. or under the skin even.. between skin/muscle? I had this weird through that.. like.. what if it moved to my heart?!?!? I am sure that'd be DEATH. FUCKING.. DEATH. Not cool. I don't want to become fertalizer yet!!

     

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    oh man...hospital is what i would think.
     

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    yeah dude, go to the hospital.


    how long has it been in there?
     

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    go to the hospital immediately. no messing about. health before money/law.
     

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    ^True. Please update us. Good luck.
     

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    I had it happen, but it wasn't super deep. I ended up soaking it in epson salt and a hot bath, like you would a sliver. Alsong as the dermal or upper skin layers stay unhealed you have a chance of having it exit with soaking. Your friend is right, it will be rejected but thats not a smart thing to bet on. INFECTION INFECTION INFECTION! Maybe even get some antibiotics too, I'd see a doc if you can afford it.
     

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    Use a strong magnet to rip it out.
     

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    If it is as deep as you say it is, your body will reject it, but its a toss up as to whether or not it will be pushed out on its own.

    You need to go to a doctor ASAP. I once sliced my finger open badly on some glass at a concert. Was treated by the on site paramedics but went to a doctor the next day anyway. Even he failed to notice a small piece of glass embedded in my finger. A month later I was wondering why the wound wasn't healing all the way, and it turns out it was just continually trying to heal over this piece of glass without actually pushing the glass out.

    This is kind of nasty but I basically had to re-open the wound myself, discover the glass, and pull it out myself. Its a small miracle that I didn't get an infection, I monitored it heavily and even went back to the clinic to bitch at the doctor and make sure it was giong to heal right now that all the glass was removed (thanks to me).

    Now I'd say the hypodermic needle tip that broke off in your arm is a lot less likely to be forced out on its own. If you think you can get at it with some tweezers if you break a few layers of skin, by all means, you might save yourself a huge hospital bill but in all cases you need to worry about infections. Whatever you decide to do, you need to get it checked by a medical professional ASAP and get anti-biotics or whatever is necessary to remove it if you can't get it out yourself (which I really don't recommend). Though I've done my fair share of self-surgeries to get tiny wood splinters and shit out but never anything quite like a needle tip.
     

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    I might decide to fish it out myself if I was feeling ballsy and had sterile instruments handy.

    Otherwise I'd go to the hospital to have a doctor cut me open and get it out.
     

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    Stay away from MRI machines
     

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    Go. To. The. Hospital....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omg.
     

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    You have 2 choices. Extract it yourself with tweezers... like you would a splinter... or go to the hospital and let the pro's do it for you. I recommend the latter.
     

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    After watching Requiem For a Dream I'm shit scared of needles because infections can turn out truly fucked!

    Please update!
     

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    Req for a dream is such a dramatization.


    Use a strong magnet to rip it out.
    ingenious!
     

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    Holy shit.

    I have no idea how you did that. I was annoyed at myself for leaving a slight sting in my arm the other day. Stop using needles if you're going to cause yourself that much harm.
     

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    Can't give any good advice, but long ago when I was much more fucked up in the head, I stuck several sewing needles all the way into my legs, pushing as hard as I could. The first one took maybe 3 months to come to the surface and the last a year or longer. I think they all came out.

    This was more than 10 years ago, so I'm not sure of the details.



    Considering the proximity to major veins, I'd be worried about possible damage to them, as well as infection. I'd see a doctor.
     

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    Also, dont use needles.
     

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    Get thee to a doctor! Nao
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tryptamine*Dreamer View Post
    Can't give any good advice, but long ago when I was much more fucked up in the head, I stuck several sewing needles all the way into my legs, pushing as hard as I could. The first one took maybe 3 months to come to the surface and the last a year or longer. I think they all came out.
    Well that sounds like good news .. for the op ... glad you're not doing that any more!
     

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    I stuck several sewing needles all the way into my legs, pushing as hard as I could. The first one took maybe 3 months to come to the surface and the last a year or longer. I think they all came out.
    Do you have trouble going through metal detectors at the airport?
     

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    I knew a woman who had like, maybe 3-4 spikes stuck in her arm? Not a good idea to see if they'll resurface.
     

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    Do you have trouble going through metal detectors at the airport?
    I have tons of metal in my back form back surgery- never sets the alarm off so needle wouldn't.

    To the OP,
    I HOPE TO GOD YOU WENT TO THE HOSPITAL!
     

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    from the sounds of it, these things will come out even if you don't go to the hospital.
     

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    this happened to a friend of mine. we freaked out, because it is an old junkie myth that if the needle breaks off in your vein then it will travel to your heart and pierce your heart. I think that this is bullshit.

    so I took him to the hospital and they treated him/us like shit. they barely helped us out, only resorting to taking an x-ray and then trying to hand us pamphlets on how to stay clean and nearby rehabs. we told them we were not interested in going to rehab but we really wanted to get the needle out of my friend's arm. they gave us looks and told my friend that they would call him when if/they found out if there was an actual needle in his arm.

    he reassured the medical staff that he was very sure there was a needle in his arm, and that we would like for this to get taken care of. after getting more confusing run-arounds I ended up leaving and taking him home. a month later they called my friend and told him that the needle was in fact in his arm. he said that he knew this in the first place.

    because it wasn't infected, he didn't have to go back. I don't think the needle ever "resurfaced" (as you are all so sure it will?) but I don't think that it has ever caused him harm and I don't even think he remembers where the needle is located.

    nevertheless, please be more careful when shooting. I know it is easy to be rough/anxious with your hands when you are sick - but smooth and thoughtful hand movements are the most safe.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by An Iz View Post
    Well that sounds like good news .. for the op ... glad you're not doing that any more!
    I did this many times and am not 100% certain they are all out. It was done maybe 15-20 times over a period of 2 or 3 years. There could still be one or two in there. If any remain, they cause no problems.

    I would not make the assumption that it will definitely come out on its own. I would fear the damage it could do to nearby veins considering the location. I'd at least make a phone call to the doc and tell what happened so he could give you proper guidance.


    Assuming the needle does no damage to important veins or nerves, it is not necessarily a problem if metal objects remain in the body. Bullets are often not removed. Shrapnel from explosions is left in the bodies of soldiers and others. It sometimes remains in the body forever and causes no problems.

    It is the fact that it is possibly tearing/going to tear major veins that I think should concern you. Either see a doc or go to the ER. They'll treat you like junkie trash most likely, but sometimes you have to just put up with assholes. I'd really hate it if a needle in my arm did serious damage to my veins. I don't know the risks of that happening. I am not a doctor.


    I have experience with how the medical profession treats druggies.
    Some of the things done to make me suffer or feel like trash were dangerous.
    My blood pressure was severely elevated and their actions made it worse by scaring me and upsetting me.In my altered state, their scowls, aggressive movements, and acting angry was scary. Scaring and upsetting people will raise blood pressure. They should have provided a calm and accepting atmosphere and been gentle and friendly. That would have been calming and helped my blood pressure.

    The experience is below:

    When I OD'd on DXM and ephedra, they treated me like trash. Giving mean looks, being rude, lecturing me on how I was taking up space in the ICU that someone else could have needed. I had them treating me badly even as my blood pressure was reading 23X/15X(don't remember exact) and as this was going on it went up more to like 245/160. They were making me feel some anger but mostly sadness. That goes against their hippocratic oath to do no harm. They should have known that being hostile in words and behavior would increase my dangerously high blood pressure. Sometimes their scowls and the way they acted scared me. I was in an extremely altered state of consciousness so I often became frightened by them. I had another nurse step on my catheter tube, causing pain. Maybe it was an accident, but she didn't take her foot off when I pointed and groaned. Their was one good nurse who told me she believed I was a good person and that the things the others were saying were wrong. Apparently everyone was talking bad about me and making fun of my condition behind my back. I thank this one nurse for her kindness. She made me feel a lot better. If I knew her name I'd write her a letter to tell her how much it meant that there was someone in that place who thought I was not only human, but a good one. It meant a lot when she said it but I didn't respond. I regret that, but talking was still difficult due to the drugs. My mind still was not functioning properly. I wish I could thank her for that. Everyone else tried to make the experience as traumatic and miserable as possible.
     

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