***UPDATED*** Stepped on a sewing needle... question.

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Posted 4/29/2011 by 2lilpeas in NSBR Board


PeaNut 50,758
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Posted: 4/29/2011 7:18:54 AM
Thanks so much ladies, you all were dead on.

I called my GP a little after 8, she told me to come right in.

My X-rays showed I have a 10 mm needle embedded in my bone.
My GP numbed it, but wasn't successful in taking the needle out.
I also have Lupus so, the concern was leaving the needle in over the weekend as the few Doctors she called had no availabilities for surgery today.

Long story short, her husband is a Surgeon. He wants me in his office in an hr. to look at my foot so that he can schedule surgery at the hospital.
I may not be able to have it removed until 10 tonight... It's just a wait and see.
As of right now, my foot is cut open in 2 spots and the numbness is slowly being replaced with a deep throb.
I'm so nervous and I feel like a moron for having a
stinkin' needle get the best of me.
I really appreciate all of your posts this morning! Wish me luck!

We haven't come close to meeting our deductable for our medical insurance.
So, with all that said, I stepped on a sewing needle last night before bed. It went into the ball of my foot. I was able to find a little over half the needle, but was unsuccessful at finding the other half.

At 3 this morning, my foot was throbbing, and I noticed the top of my foot has a pretty decent bump.

At this point I'm waiting on my Doctor's office to open to get some advice. Yes, Im trying to figure out how to keep my cost down before rushing in to the Emergency rm.

What is the liklihood of the needle still being in my foot? Will my GP cut it out or will they send me to the Emergency rm?

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Posted: 4/29/2011 7:20:24 AM
Get yourself to an urgent care clinic.

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Posted: 4/29/2011 7:24:00 AM
If it is possible that half is still in there, I think they will probably order an xray to see if they can see it.
If they can spot it and the Dr can grab it and pull it out then that (and possibly some antibiotics to avoid infection) will be all that is needed. But if the bit is too far in to grab, it may need to be minor surgery to get it out.

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Posted: 4/29/2011 7:24:21 AM
I would just go, whether to urgent carer or ER. My GP would be unlikely to try to deal with it in-office and would probably want you to have IV antibiotics anyway, for a deep puncture wound like that. I was sent to ER for a deep puncture wound in my hand - they didn't even want me to come into the GP's office.

It sounds so painful - I hope you get some relief soon.

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Posted: 4/29/2011 7:35:27 AM
I would go to the hospital. The risk of infection alone would be enough for me to go. They should be able to put you on a payment plan to help spread the cost out over months.


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Posted: 4/29/2011 8:16:26 AM
please go to dr,or hospital.
This happened to me,a long time ago.By the time I went in ,the needle was in 3 pieces in my foot.It had gone 3 different directions.To this day every few months I still get a quick sharp pain,tissue damage.Not something to mess around with.

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Posted: 4/29/2011 8:57:50 AM
BTDT....you need to go someplace where they can x-ray AND get it out. If they send you two places, it is almost certain it will then move....and the x-rays will need to happen again. I would suggest an ER vs a clinic.

I ended up with stitches in two places and luckily had a friend who was a radiologist that finally got it out for me at the hospital. I was a poor college student with NO insurance and he never charged me nor did the hospital!


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Posted: 4/29/2011 9:38:26 AM
OMG!! (Cringe). I'm sure they will probably give you a tenus shot too if you have not had one in a while. Let us know how it goes and good luck!


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Posted: 4/29/2011 9:43:54 AM
Ugh, that very thing happened to me when I was pregnant with my first. Half the needle broke off into the ball of my foot and they had to cut it out in the emergency room. They had to make two incisions because it was so hard to find it. I was on crutches while I healed.

I've been so very careful to know exactly where needles are ever since!

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Posted: 4/29/2011 9:58:19 AM
You absolutely must go in and have the remaining portion removed. The only way it would work its way out would be via an infection, and you need to start taking antibiotics immediately.

This happened to my friend once (the broken needle stuck in the heel of her foot) and surgery was required to remove it and repair the damage to a nerve. She was on crutches forever. The doctor told her that if she would have been seen immediately, they would have been able to get it out without such drastic measures .

I'm sorry that this happened. I am sure you are in misery.

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Posted: 4/29/2011 10:08:11 AM
That has happened to me before. Go get it out now. Like other people said, there is a risk of infection and you might need some sort of antibiotic. I think I also got a tetnus shot, but not certain.

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Posted: 4/29/2011 11:21:08 AM
i did this when I was about 12 but it was the heel of my foot. I walked around on it for 2 weeks before I saw a dr. I had to have surgery to get it out. The dr hit it going in (it flew across the room!) and 2 stitches later I was done. No antibiotics.



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Posted: 4/29/2011 11:24:41 AM
You will need to go see a doctor!
This happened to me in 4th grade, I stepped on one of my grandmother's sewing needles. My dad thought he got it out but half broke off in my foot. They said they would take me to the ER in the morning. Early morning my foot swelled and by the time we got to the ER I had an infection. I have 2 scars on the bottom of my foot where they sliced it open to find the needle after an XRAY, only to discover the needle had traveled since the earlier XRAY, hence the 2 scars.
And they dug into my foot with no medication to help with pain. I still remember that horrible day - from a stupid needle!

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Posted: 4/29/2011 12:31:53 PM
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Posted: 4/29/2011 12:34:31 PM
Good luck!! thinking good thoughts for you!

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Posted: 4/29/2011 4:13:20 PM
Ouch! I hope they get it out soon!


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Posted: 4/29/2011 4:16:00 PM
That sounds just terrible. Sending you my very best!

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Posted: 4/29/2011 4:23:34 PM
I am sorry!!! I hope they are able to get it out and surgery goes well! Ouch!!!!

I feel your pain. When I was about 4 I stepped on a toothpick (my father always used them after meals) and it went up into my foot.


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Posted: 4/29/2011 8:49:48 PM
That happened to me in high school--but I must have been VERY lucky! I stepped on it while getting ready for school. It must have missed all my bones. It was in the ball, close to the toes. When I touched the top of my foot, I could feel it. I was SCREAMING, but I think it was more from shock than pain. My dad got a pair of needle-nosed pliers and pulled it out. Not a drop of blood. I finished getting ready and went to school!

Good luck--I hope they get it out easily and that it won't cost too much! It always hurts to pay good $$ for something that could have been avoided.


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Posted: 4/29/2011 9:02:19 PM
(raising hand) Oh Oh Oh - I know this one!

I stepped on a needle when I was young (I had been sewing barbie clothes). It took surgery - the surgeon used a magnet to get all the pieces out. Good Luck.



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Posted: 4/30/2011 8:17:58 AM
This story bring back pain to my foot! This happened to me as a kid. Thankfully my dad IS a surgeon and was able to get it out in his office within an hour or so of it happening.

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