Deep bruise healing process?

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In 2 days it will be 3 weeks since I fell.  I was in the garden and fell backwards onto the ground.  I first hit a raised irregular shaped rock stepping stone on the ground.  I was able to twist slightly to the right but all 135 lbs of me landed on the irregular edge of the 3 inch high stone first.  It really hurt and I was so glad that it was my backside and not my head the hit first.  I ended up with a 3" X 9" bruise starting on my right upper leg and ending in the middle of my butt.  I immediately started with ice compresses for 15 minutes at a time and over the counter pain meds.  I also used Arnica cream.  The discoloration is finally gone.  The area is still somewhat painful, but not at all like in the beginning and finally doesn't prevent me from sitting on that side as long as it is a soft surface.  I still use the Arnica cream, but what are the internal soft lumps that I feel when I apply the cream and what do I do about them? That's my question.  Has anyone also had a severe bruise with internal lumpyness? (Is that a word?)  What is it?  Scar tissue? Internal blood that needs to be absorbed but too deep to show a skin discoloration?  Please let me know your thoughts and actions.  BTW I'm 70 y/o and still working in the garden.   

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    I haven't been subjected to the lumps yet, but many have. I've been told they're inflamed blood vessels and if you massage them, they break and cause nasty bruises.  Vasculitis is another possibility. After a bad fall like you had, I think the doctor should know.  I'm glad you're finally feeling on the mend and back to your garden.  My grandmother said God smiles on us when we work in our garden. Keep working, my friend??

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      Thanks for your reply Kathy.  My grandmother also worked in her garden and I helped, haha.  My mother on the other hand stuck plastic (not silk) plants in her "garden".  I guess I take after my grandmother.  Still on the mend.  I didn't go to the doctor because nothing worsened and I didn't want to tell my young, cute, male doctor that I wanted him to look at my butt.  

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    Believe me, 3 weeks is NO time for a good deep bruise.  In 2015, I got a massive kick from a horse to BOTH knees. I hospital a week later to have a meningioma removed, and the specialist couldn't take his eyes off my legs - black and blue from knees to ankles.  Even once the bruising had gone, I had a large deep lump to the side of one knee - took more than 6 months to clear.  As long as it doesn't hurt too much, ignore it.

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      Oh my gosh Janet you have me beat hands down.  I'll stay away from horses since the garden is dangerous enough for me.  All of my black and blue is gone now and the bruised area is much improved pain wise.  I'm still careful when I sit on hard surfaces.  On soft surfaces I can sit right down without thinking about it but I still feel some discomfort and tenderness.   The lumps are still there but feel a little bit smaller.  As you suggest, I'm going to ignore them and wait them out for 6 months.  I guess that you have fully recovered and all is well.  Be careful with the horses they are huge and strong.  One can cause an injury simply with a loving bump and boom I'm on the ground on my butt. Oh no that was in the garden.

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    lol, I breed Irish Draughts - they're nice and big and clumsy sods - stomp on your feet regularly.  But gardening can be just as dangerous.  I have bad nerve damage to both feet and I regularly fall over them - it's especially easy when it's very dry on our ground - withruts left by tractors and horses' feet.

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