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Problem with veins from injecting cocaine

Discussion in 'Cocaine addiction' started by bittersweetx331, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. bittersweetx331

    bittersweetx331 Newbie

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    SO I HAVE A BIG PROBLEM WITH SHOOTING UP COKE ... AND ITS ONLY THE SECOND WEEK I'VE DONE IT.

    THIS THURSDAY I LEFT SCHOOL EARLY BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE ANY MORE COKE TO SHOOT UP. BASICALLY... I USED UP ALMOST EVERYTHING BEFORE 11:30 ENDED...

    I SHOT UP ABOUT..5 OR 6 TIMES BEFORE 1ST PERIOD EVEN ENDED...

    I NEED HELP. I THINK I'VE BEEN FUCKIN UP MY VIENS... AND I'M WORRIED. IT LOOKS LIKE MY VEINS ARE SWOLLEN ON MY ARM... WELL IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT.. .IT IS!

    ANYWAYS. I TRIED FINDING ALMOST ANY VEIN I COULD STICK THE NEEDLE IN ... CUS I WAS FUCKING DESPERATE AND THOUGHT THAT I MITE AS WELL GET A GOOD HIT IF I FUCKED UP MY ARM FOR ALL THAT TROUBLE... BUT I JUST SEEMED TO MAKE IT WORSE AND WORSE... I EVENTUALLY GAVE UP AFTER ABOUT... 3-4 HOURS!!! YEAH... DESPERATE[U\] . ANYWAYS... I ENDED UP JUST SNORTING A LOT.. .BUT I ENDED UP WASTING A LOT OF COKE. LIKE... AT LEAST $WORTH? OR MAYBE EVEN $! NOT SURE.

    ANYWAYS. MY VEINS ARE FUCKED UP... I EVEN TRIED TO PUT IT INTO ONES NEAR MY HAND... EVEN CONTEMPLATED MY LEG...

    IF ANYONE HAS ANY ADVICE ON THE FOLLOWING:

    1. SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT MY VEINS?! ITS JUST SWOLLEN I THINK... NO REAL DAMAGE I SUPPOSE?

    2. TWICE WHEN I TRIED TO SHOOT UP INTO 2 SMALL VEINS - THEY ENDED UP EXPANDING LIKE I PUT A TON OF AIR IN THERE OR SOMETHING... AND THEN CAME BACK DOWN WHEN I TOOK THE NEEDLE OUT. VERY DISTURBING HOWEVER . ANYONE KNOW IF THATS A PROBLEM? ANYONE KNOW WHAT THAT WAS ABOUT? ITS LIKE... MY ARM GOES NUMB.. .BUT I DON'T FEEL THE REAL HIT YANO?

    3. IS THERE ANY WHERE ELSE I CAN TRY TO SHOOT UP BESIDES MY VEINS ON MY ARM? CUS I'M WORRIED TO TRY ANY OF THAT SHIT ANYTIME SOON

    4. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE SWELLING TO GO DOWN? OR BRUSING?

    ANYWAYS... I GUESS THATS ALL I'M CONCERNED ABOUT. IF YOU CAN TELL... I'M STILL FUCKING SNOWBALLED FROM THE SNORTING. PLEASE ANSWER... I'M SO DESPERATE AND SCARED!!!

    THANK YOU!!!

    BITTERSWEETX331

    SORRE THIS SHIT IS SO LONG!!! I KNO I HATE READING LONG SHIT!
     
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  2. Micklemouse

    Micklemouse Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Mate, 2 weeks in and already you're banging coke and looking for new places to put it? You're not going to like this, but yes you should be a tad worried, and on several levels...

    1] Swollen veins can lead to necrosis(tissue or bone death in other words). Not nice, and not reversible - once it's gone it's gone...

    2] Small veins need small needles and very small particles. Are you cooking your coke well before cranking? I'm guessing not if you shot up 5 or 6 times before 11.30 in the morning! Another consideration is the cleanness of your needles - you could be introducing particles of dried blood into your veins, not to mention insoluble impurities from the coke, which could cause blockages, which could lead to a stroke or gangrene or worse... You are also putting a huge strain on your heart by iv'ing coke, and putting yourself at risk of a heart attack.

    Remember also that coke is an anaesthetic so you may not feel the pain that would otherwise tell you something was seriously amiss until it's too late!

    Hopefully the swelling should go down pretty quickly, but if it persists, or you get any hardening at the injection site, seek medical attention quickly. Please. Dont be scared to do this. If you're over 18 there is no reason I'm aware of for the medics to contact your parents, unless you leave it so late that it becomes a serious medical emergency.

    Sorry to be so grim first thing in the morning, but not as sorry as I am to read a post from someone obviously so young getting into such a a state. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm also that guessing that by school you don't mean university...

    Please slow down and get some help before you cause yourself and yer loved ones a lot more pain than a bruised vein or two, which, if you're lucky, is all you've got. Physically at least... Take a look at what you're anaesthatising with your drug use, and sort it out while you're still young and relatively healthy.

    A couple more points - 1) always remember that Google is your friend; if you can find 10 minutes to post here you can find 10 minutes to search Google.

    2) Turn your caps off mate, you're shouting and sound like a coke-head [​IMG] !

    Take care mate, and once again, slow down!
     
  3. Be-Bop

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    Goddamn.....mate, first thing you need to do is SLOW DOWN!!! I understand that might not be an easy thing! There are already a few threads on the Forum about how to go about shooting drugs, so do a search.....but there are a couple of things that you bring up that i feel need to be addressed immediately:


    DON'T USE THE VEINS IN YOUR HAND, or any vein on your extremities.


    It sounds as though you are 'missing' your shots, & that is why you are getting swelling at the injection sites...as Micklemouse says, coke is an anaesthetic, & you are probably not feeling the pain that someone would 'normally' feel when they miss like that.


    Apart from all the VERY GOOD ADVICE contained in Micklemouse's post..all that i really want you to take in is....STOP banging coke until you have done some more 'research' on the subject...otherwise you are, at the very least, going to leave your arm looking like a battlefield for the next couple of weeks, & at the worst...end up without an arm!!! That is not likely to happen at this stage, but if you keep going the way you describe, it is a definite possibility..but it is good you are 'scared'. I.V.ing drugs is a serious business...you are opening up your bloodstream to the outside world, & if contaminants or bacteria get in? Well...it's not good!


    BE GENTLE, & BE CLEAN, & USE NEW SYRINGES FOR EVERY HIT!!!!


    Be-Bop. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. enquirewithin

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    As the others said you are missing the veins, which means that the muscles get swollen (not the veins).


    Frankly, IVing coke is a waste anyway. Its about 5 minutes of hedonic rush then an anxious, depleted feeling. If you have to take it, sniff it-- its over quick enough anyway!
     
  5. miffy

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    Some really good advice from others. If you mess up with this you could lose a limb or kill yourself - It sounds like you're missing - injecting near your vein but not actually into it. When you put the needle in, pull back just a little on the syringe. You should see a little blood shoot back from your vein into the solution in the syringe. This bit of blood tells you that the needle's properly in a vein - if you don't see it, don't inject. To get a vein properly, you need a sharp needle.

    It's hard to give any sorta reliable advice or information about this online. There could be any one of many problems, and I wouldn't know how to advise you over the web. If you're going to inject anyway, get someone with some experience to show you how. If you have hurt yourself or have hot, swollen lumps where you've injected - talk to a medic.

    Otherwise - don't do it. Yeah, you might not get quite the same buzz by snorting, but it's much safer in the long run. Injecting has got me into years of trouble and a pretty nightmarish situ I can't get out of. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
    Furthermore, injecting cocaine really messes up veins. Never use hands or feet.

    My advice - you've only been doing it a few days - grit your teeth, take the comedown, and let it be a learning experience.
     
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  6. Jatelka

    Jatelka Psychedelic Shepherdess

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    Found this while looking elsewhere on these fora:


    http://helpingaddicts.net/safer_injecting.htm


    I've seen far too many complications from shooting up to say that it's a good thing (for me anyway): but if you do it do it safely.


    Much love X
     
  7. acolon_5

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    Dude. Swim knows your pain, he used to shoot H and speedballs for 6-7 years....4 years later doctors still cannot find a vein without a lot of searching. You are permenantly scaring your body, and believe me it doesn't look very appealing. Soon (and I know you are saying no way but believe me it will get there sooner than you think) you will be shooting in your toungh, your neck, the palms of your hand, the soles of your feet, and your penis...and you will FUCK IT UP...maybe not permantly but still, not good. Not to mention bacteria in the blood, lung problems and all the other things that people have mentioned above me. Stop, get help now...you fucked up now fix it before you dieor wish you were dead. GET HELP, if you don't do it now it will be exponentially harder to do it later.
     
  8. Muirner

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    dude, i know almost nothing about shooting other then i have about a bagillion needles in my house, but i'm not into that. Anyways, make sure when your going to shoot up that you take the plunger and pull up a little bit to make sure you pull some blood into the syringe... If you dont then your not in the veins... I'm not saying pull up 10cc's but more like .5cc's .05cc's (1cc=1ml)... This way you will know if you have a vein...

    Muirner
     
  9. kritikal

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    STOP!! Do it right now, not in a few hours, not tomorrow, RIGHT NOW!!

    Obviously the way you are going is to a very serious addiction, and i know you do not want that.

    Coke is best snorted anyway, your better off snorting with a better effect and you know it is "alot safer".

    Just dont do it at all in my opinion. Quit and do it for your family, your friends, anything you hold dear to yourself and most importantly YOURSELF!!

    Besides if your into stimulants and shooting is your thing, maybe you should move onto meth longer high etc, etc.... although that'd b just as bad for you anyway.

    Moderation my friend, if u can. Even better if u could just stop!!!!
     
  10. INodHardOhYeah

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    SWIMs struggled with cocaine and heroin addiction for a long time, he's spent years chasing that first high, but you wil NEVER get that first high again. Some advice from a long time coke user; Everyone quits eventually, either it kills you or you stop.

    Do not listen to people who tell you to keep bangin in moderation, its not possible, I promise you there is no such thing as moderation for heroin, cocaine, anything like that.

    Oh yeah, by the way, once you collapse a vein you won't ever get it back, from the sounds of it you are in High School, you are still young, stop, stop now before 2 weeks turns into 2 years turns into 10 years, if you make it that long. Don't ever look back on "the good times" it was the worst time of my life, Its a fight every single day, but it gets better I promise.
    -Drugstore Shogun-
     
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  11. korky8097

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    Is the 5 minute high really worth your life? You are standing on the edge of the cliff with your toes hanging over, you are very close to not being able to get back on track, keep at this and i can promise you, all this will catch up to you. I recomend you ween(sp?) yourself off of coke by first snorting, and then slowly using less and less. If you cannot do it, GET HELP. If you somehow are able to survive this abuse to your body, how long do you think you will really be able to keep shooting up at school. Im guessing you shoot up in your car or in bathroom stalls (correct me if im wrong). If i were a bettin man i would say you just might get caught sooner or later. In which case there is no weening yourself off of coke and using treatment, i hear prison isnt the best place to go while still addicted to something.

    Sorry to sound harsh but man, take a second to think about what you are doing. Above all, good luck and godspeed.

    Thought id mention this. Go watch the movie requiem for a dream. Its based on heroin, but the ending should leave an impression on you.
     
  12. condo_pygmy

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    Blasting coke is real bad, you're hitting every 10 minutes for that rush,
    your heart is racing & your arms turn into pin cushions, when you miss you're taking a chance of serious infection. Real Nasty habit !!!, haven't touched that shit in over 6 yrs.
     
  13. kelcee girl

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    excellent answer my friend , nice refreshing change for someone who obviously knows what they talkin about and someone is also real to reality.
    BRAVO !!!! hun for NOt sugar coating it , these kids need to here the hardcore truth and SEE the hardcore truth in some cases.
    swim has 20 yr habit under her freakin skin and !0 them yrs snowball addiction .
    In 20 yrs not ever seen any positives in addiction like this ,unfortunatly 20 yrs isnt a 3 day lye down after massive week bender , as u prob know (assumin) 20 yrs is usually a minimum sentence if not clean within |FIRST yr max two
    LIFE NOT A REAHERSAL is it hun so WELL BLOODY SAID xx
     
  14. averageman67

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    Wise words, whether they will get through is another matter as coke addiction will be defended by the addict during the 'romance' period with that drug.

    But, its true, everyone quits eventually, best if its your choice rather than waiting until you are forced into quitting.

    Even a year after quitting, I still get urges to partake, this happens due to the brain remembering the first few highs off coke and how good it felt. Thankfully, I can counter this urge by remembering the many times that coke made me feel bad afterwards. No matter how good the high is at first, even if you could recapture it, (and you will not) the consequences remain the same. For every high there has to be a low and with coke, keep at it long enough and you will discover those lows. At that point, your use of cocaine changes from recreational to something you need. Coke is mainly a mental addiction, its your brain that calls for it and when you hit that phase, you will see that the lows are exceptionally nasty. Waking up on a Monday after 2-3 days session, it became a hell on earth. It took me two years to hit that point and a further year of using before I knew coke would destroy pretty much everything that mattered in my life.

    Coke can become so bad that you'll put it before everyone and everything else.

    The OP's story is one that can only really be countered with advice to stop injecting.

    Also, anyone doing coke at 11.30am, in school, I don't think anyone with any common sense could see this ending well unless the OP stops injecting and opens up to someone as to why they feel the need to inject coke at such a young age.

    Good luck regardless.
     
  15. Tranquillo

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    when my veins get swollen i put a hot flannel on them- fill a thermos flask with hot water and wrap your arms with hot
    ARNICA gel. new needles.. this may be a long shot, but i find taking a strong antihistamine before i have a session reduces swelling a lot.
    just to repeat- QUIT.! you'll get caught and it will suck
     
  16. The first Adam

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    Mate if you insist make sure your syringe is always new not only for virus infection but also because the syringe gets damage tiny particles block the flow and thus you may hit the vein but not receive a open door thus the swollen. But ice in your veins no matter how cold it gets it may prevent thrombosis.