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January 17, 2015
1:37 am
dharmabean
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I have my septum pierced and it easily fits a 8mm plug or spike or whatever I choose to put in it at the time. the problem is after a few hours I can no longer take the pain that builds up when I have something in it. I have tried everything from different jewlery types and materials. I oil them up to not cause friction on my cartlige wall. It is correctly placed and I have had it out without jewlery for years at a time and it never shrinks or causes problems. I would use something like a 2g plug (6mm) just to have something in it when I can't have a pincher hanging out like at work but it just slips right through and falls out if I move around too much. what would be causing this pain if nothing is being stressed on the piercing itself. I want to wear it often but I cant because of this. Also while I am thinking of it, I tried to just put an 8mm plug with a side screw in and just leave it alone and maybe suffer through it for a few days but it finally got to the point that I could no longer touch my nose and it was almost impossible to remove. I can take alot of pain if I have to but that was too much.

January 20, 2015
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So it sounds like you have been at 8mm, not worn jewellery or worn smaller jewellery for a couple of years. Now you put 8mm jewellery in and it gets sore after a while? Is that right? Or have you just gone up to 8mm?

 

If the jewellery is suitable in terms of material and shape, i would suggest that this is pressure on the cartilage, sometimes known as 'denting'. When a septum piercing is stretched to a certain size the pressure it exerts against the cartilage causes a dent to form in it. This is very uncomfortable and can often be swollen, which exacerbates the problem. When this happens depends on anatomy and piercing placement. For me it happened around 8g because i deliberately placed the piercing further back, but i have known people get as far as 00g without it happening. It feels a lot like you describe!

 

If you are going from 6mm to 8mm that is too big a stretch. Smaller jewellery, 7mm or even 6.5mm will help, and let your septum adjust in little increments up to 8mm.

Ibuprofen can help reduce reactionary swelling and make it  a bit more comfortable. Aside from that it is a case of sucking it up!

 

 

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 22, 2015
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dharmabean
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Ahhhh, that sounds right with the denting. I can feel a tender swollen area on the top part of the piercing along the cartilage. I will say that in the last week I have just sucked it up and am feeling like there has been alot of improvement. I also am using a silicone plug that seems to take a little stress off of it. thanks for your imput on this; you are always a big help with any subject that I have had questions about.

January 23, 2015
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No problems! :)

 

One last thing i would suggest is that if you are using silicone to stretch up, it isn't suitable, even if it eases the pressure a bit. Silicone is porous and can adhere to micro tears in stretched fistulas. Google some gross images of stretching with silicone if you dare! Glass or titanium are ideal.

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January 23, 2015
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no stretching involved with mine. I have looked at those picture and I would agree…. gross; but I cant help but look.

June 2, 2015
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Tayla
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I agree, some people can pull it off and look great with it, but i don't think I could do it. The after pain hurt enough.

August 16, 2016
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After I found some interesting ideas http://tattoo-journal.com/best…..-piercing/ I'm pretty interested in getting my navel pierced, out of experience, can anyone describe how this feels to get done? I've got quite a bit of ink, and my ears pierced, but I'm guessing that this is a totally different pain. Can anyone describe to me what the process is like? How does it feel? Pain level?
Thanks.

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