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Do you heal faster?

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Created January 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I think I broke my pinky toe over the weekend. I'm wondering what to expect. Do people on Paleo diets heal faster? I'm told to expect 4 - 6 weeks for it to heal.

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:21 PM

I think toes must vary person to person. Everything I read was to splint it when I messed mine up this summer, but what felt the best was wearing sandals and letting it be. It didn't want to be forced to move with anything else. I'm not sure if it was a break though. Could have been like a real bad sprain or something

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:19 PM

I think toes must vary person to person. Everything I read was to split it up but when I messed mine up this summer what felt the best was wearing sandals. It didn't want to be forced to move with anything else. I'm not sure if it was a break though. Could have been like a real bad sprain or something

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:18 PM

I think toes must vary person to person. Everything I read was to splint it when I messed mine up this summer, but what felt the was wearing sandals. It didn't want to be forced to move with anything else. I'm not sure if it was a break though. Could have been like a real bad sprain or something

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:17 PM

I think toes must vary person to person. Everything I read was to split it up but when I messed mine up this summer what felt the was wearing sandals. It didn't want to be forced to move with anything else. I'm not sure if it was a break though. Could have been like a real bad sprain or something.

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on January 12, 2012
at 06:12 PM

@Erik, I've cut my fingers (mildly) a lot cutting meat. :-))

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 12, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Same as jesuisjuba except I am a fast healer whether SAD or paleo-more like 2-3 weeks. When I broke my pinky toe I cut a hole in my sneakers so the toe had room and I was walking a lot in about 3 days.

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on January 12, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Still better than a wild mammoth chasing you :D The real paleos had much more trouble

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on January 12, 2012
at 05:06 PM

I wonder if Paleo People are more prone to these types of injuries, than SAD people. Cutting fresh foods, Melting weird fats, actually cooking....

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Everyone heals differently, Paleo or not. Tape it up to the toe next to it, will help ease the pain and will act as a splint, and prepare for your 4-6 weeks. Here are previously asked questions and answers that may help answer your question, including nutrition options and additions: http://paleohacks.com/search?q=healing#axzz1jG5PJBIg

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E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:59 PM

While making lard, a nasty little drop of it jumped out of the pan and stuck my shoulder. Though I was deadly wounded, somehow I managed to survive and now after a week the burn blister is hardly noticeable.

I wouldn't say that my body was only able to recover due to eating paleo, but when this happened in the past the red burn mark stayed longer.

It seems that the red marks after an injury fade faster and that (after a cut) my blood coagulates faster and stops bleeding after a few minutes. (However, hard to measure in such a situation)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 12, 2012
at 06:12 PM

@Erik, I've cut my fingers (mildly) a lot cutting meat. :-))

7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on January 12, 2012
at 05:06 PM

I wonder if Paleo People are more prone to these types of injuries, than SAD people. Cutting fresh foods, Melting weird fats, actually cooking....

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 12, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Still better than a wild mammoth chasing you :D The real paleos had much more trouble

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Definitely!

Making sure I am D sufficient and adding Zinc and Vitamin E to my supplements has made a HUGE difference!

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on January 12, 2012
at 07:51 PM

My inflation response is intense. I'm assuming this is because eating a diet to reduce inflamation means that when inflamation needs to work, it does with a vengeance! When I twist, bang, break or otherwise damage myself, the first response is massive swelling. Massive swelling that is almost comical (wife: "Should we go to the doctor, that looks bad?" me: "nah, doesn't hurt at all and I don't think it's broken, what are they gonna do?"). There is little or no pain after about 15 minutes post-injury. The swelling goes down after about 25%(?) of the repair time. The pain sets in after the swelling goes down and the healing starts.

As others have mentioned, it's a little faster to heal, but I think the big changes are the instant inflamation, relative painlessness, I only ooze blood instead of gush blood, little to no bruising even for major damage that leaves notches in my bones I can feel months later.

I've made several Wolverine jokes about it ;)

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:35 PM

I'm healing faster now, but I haven't broken any bones recently. I had a small rug-burn scar that I got about 2 months pre-paleo. It barely healed and remained red and raised, showing no progress in healing at all after I got rid of the initial scab. Two and half months post-paleo, the scar is now almost completely gone.

If nothing else, your swelling will go down faster than most people's.

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:01 AM

I would say that a nutrient rich diet is going to help you heal faster-- that's what nutrients do... But if your gut was damaged prior to paleo, you may have had some trouble absorbing nutrients. Before I went off gluten, one of my 'red flags' was realizing the coincidence with tummy aches, weirdly inflamed skin and thin blood that didn't clot well.

If you want insurance, go get a good Magnesium/Calcium/D supplement.

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:05 PM

About 3 months after going paleo for the first time I accidentally splashed the back of my hand with really hot oil as I set a piece of liver in a pan. Full on 2nd degree burn was barely a mark 2 weeks later, with much of the healing happening within the first 4 days. I had burned that same hand years before when I was a grain dependent vegetarian and that wound festered for over a month. It could be a coincidence, or maybe it was that I ate a ton of liver right when I injured myself, who knows? Good luck with the toe.

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on January 12, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Try making a comfrey poultice and place on the fractured toe every day- that helps heal fractures.

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F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Yea but not Wolverine fast. Only a little.

I always try to sleep extra when hurt.

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