I'm in soooooooo much pain today

United States
June 18, 2007 1:21pm CST
Well, as a lot of you already know, I got a new tattoo over the weekend and, as usual my body is reacting very badly to it. I don't mind the pain of getting the tattoo but it's the week or so after that is hell for me. I do a really good job of keeping it cleaned and moisturized but that doesn't seem to matter. The area scabs over (this is normal) and my skin feels really tight and sore, almost like a burn for a week. I can't sleep as I keep rolling over onto the tattooed arm which wakes me up and my arm swells up so badly if I had a pipe and a striped shirt you'd swear I was Popeye...oh well, it should be all good in a few days.
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@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
18 Jun 07
If you have this stuff where you are get it and use it! It's called Ozonol, it's amazing, heals things a tad faster, leaves absolutely no scarring, cleans it out on it's own, and also takes away the pain, that's what i'm using when i get my tattoo done, because it's absolutely amazing. sorry your in pain, lets hope the end result is worth all this!
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• United States
18 Jun 07
the end result is always worth the pain for me. I just have really sensitive skin that doesn't react well to that type of abuse...I'll try to find that stuff...thanks
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• Canada
18 Jun 07
sure no problem, sorry, i didn't realize it was Canadian, but it's a wonderful product, so if your coming out anyway, why the heck not, i can't live without that stuff, it even heals scars, it's the most amazing thing ever. My friend used it on her appendix scar, and they had to cut more than normally necessary to get out her appendix so the scar was long, 4ish inches long and a couple mm wide, can't find it today, which is so awesome.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Sorry you're having such a hard time hon. I can definitely sympathize with my super sensitive skin. One thing I found out when I got my first one, I had a lot of fluid retention under it and had to ice it down sometimes to keep the swelling down. It did not heal well and I lost a lot of ink and had a bit of scarring to boot. On my second one I alternated between aloe vera gel and pure vitamin E and instead of using lotion to keep it moist. It healed twice as fast as the first one and I lost no ink and had no scarring. Big difference. What are you using for after-care if you don't mind my asking?
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• United States
18 Jun 07
I've tried a bunch of different products over the years but the one that works best for me is plain old Lubriderm...really takes a lot of the stinging away and I never scar or lose any ink when using it
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• United States
18 Jun 07
I've never used Lubriderm so I don't know what the ingredients are, but check the label and see if it contains Mineral Oil. That could be adding to the problem. Mineral Oil is a petroleum product and bad for the skin in general, let alone for irritated skin. It may make it feel better temporarily but it could be causing unnecessary added swelling. Mineral oil, Vaseline, baby oil, they should be outlawed for use on the skin in my opinion. I spent my entire life with what I thought was bad skin, zits, rashes, etc. I started making my own makeup and moisturizers just a few years ago with absolutely no mineral oil. I have had perfect skin ever since. Sorry to go on and on, but I hate to hear about people in pain. Especially if it's unnecessary. Good luck!
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@rhinoboy (2129)
19 Jun 07
I never reacted badly to a tattoo, but obviously get the usual scabbing etc. I find that's the most irritating and sore part of the healing process anyway. What did you have done? I hope you post a pic once all the skankyness has cleared up so we can all see your new ink?!
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• United States
19 Jun 07
I got leatherface...it's the pic in my avatar at the moment
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
19 Jun 07
I personally is thinks that tattooing in manipulation of our natural body. I don't stand against anyone's wish, though. Your post motivated me to look into its health risks. For your information, I post it here. If you are already aware of it, okay well and good. Moreover I think post No. 8 in this discussion is relevant. Health risks Modern tattoo artist's latex gloves and sterilized equipment. Modern tattoo artist's latex gloves and sterilized equipment. Because it requires breaking the skin barrier, tattooing may carry health risks, including infection and allergic reactions. In the United States, for example, a person who receives a tattoo will generally be prohibited from donating blood for 12 months (FDA 2000), unless the procedure was done in a state-regulated and licensed studio, using sterile technique (Red Cross,2006). Most studios that are eligible can provide vouchers. In the UK, where there is no such certification for tattooists, the period is six months without exception. Modern western tattooers reduce such risks by following universal precautions, working with single-use items, and sterilizing their equipment after each use. Many jurisdictions require that tattooists have bloodborne pathogen training, such as is provided through the Red Cross and OSHA. -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tattoo Thank you.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
19 Jun 07
that's the reason why i never dare to get a tatoo... i have a sensitive skin as well and i never dare to expose my skin to that kind of thing... i already know what will be the end result... i used to have an appendix surgery and my skin swell so badly in the area where the stiches are... so i know from then on that i have a very sensitive skin... even the scar is still there until now after almost 10 years...
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@lreddell (172)
• United States
19 Jun 07
As an inked woman, I too have problem with tenderness and a tad of swelling when I get inked. I've got three tats, two over both shoulder blades and one on my left arm. All three are pretty good size, and the last two were really sore. For healing and itching, I use Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Healing lotion. Its awesome and works really well. I can personally recommend it. Best of luck with your pain. Fortunately, everything heals and the pain and swelling diminishes over time -thank goodness!
• United States
19 Jun 07
oh..i hate when it's in the tight phase.. almost as bad as the itchy. i get a slight reaction to red ink sometimes too,but i've been told that's somewhat common.
@NucknFutz (180)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I am a Human Anatomy & Physiology Professor..and I strongly discourage the practice of tatooing. However, I suggest you use an ice pack 15 min on. 15 min off to deaden the sensation of the area. Do you have an aloe plant? the exudate of the leaves is a great topical anesthetic
@freak369 (4717)
• United States
18 Jun 07
Have you ever taken an zinc to help with healing and pain? The zinc is NOT a pain killer but it does help with the healing process. So I guess all you need is some spinach and you are set to hit the docks and rough up some sailors lol
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@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
18 Jun 07
Okay inked, watch what I do. *breathes deeply in through nose and exhales through open mouth*. You can do it. Just think about how impressive that tattoo is going to be when all of this pain is over! You know what they say, "No pain, no gain!" Hey, isn't that what they make Guiness for?
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@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
18 Jun 07
The pain of a tattoo is one of the reasons why I've never gotten one done. You might want to call your doctors office or go see the pharmacists at the store. They might be able to suggest something you could put on it to help ease the pain.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Yeah, I feel about the same way. The pain during the tattoo is annoying, but it eventually fades into a dull buzz. Then, as soon as they slap that bandage on there, I start feeling like I have a major sunburn on that part of my body. Then it gets itchy as time goes on, and all I want to do is get the bandage off of my body. Then, trying to sleep that first night is almost impossible... ugh... it just goes on and on! The only good trick that I've found, and this only really helps with the itching as it starts to heal, is using a cold pack (wrapped in a towel, and through a T-shirt) to reduce the itching sensation. I don't know if that will help you now, but I imagine it's warm in Georgia, so it just might... :)
@gardengrrl (1445)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Inked, dude, sorry ya gotta go through this for art's sake. I've always been too chicken to get a tat, even though I have a couple of cool ideas. maybe I'll get more courageous as I get older, who knows? Have you ever tried taking benadryl? it's an over-the-counter antihistamine, if your skin is sensitive, maybe there's something allergic happening, too. It also comes in a topical solution. genrics work fine and cost way less. Just be careful if you've never taken it before, because it will make you sleepy!