Cellulitis has nothing to do with cellulite...

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   Posted 1/15/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, I am sharing this because I had NO idea what cellulitis was until last Friday. Now, after being in the hospital for a few days, I want to pass this along in case anyone else hasn't heard of it either. (although you ladies are usually more up on these things than me...)
On Wed. my left elbow was really hurting. Since that's the arm where I have mild lymphedema, I thought maybe it was starting to go into "swelling" mode. That and you all know we seem to get more than our share of general aches and pains, so I didn't think much of it. Then, on Thurs, as I was pulling off my shirt I noticed a kind of rash on the back of that arm. "Hmmmm, " I thought, that can't be good, but maybe it will go away by morning."  (OK, so maybe I am in denial!)
Of course, by morning my whole arm was covered with these angry spots, was swollen and hot and painful. Called my doc and she said, "Go to the ER right now." Went and they admitted me and put me on what looked like nuclear grade antibiotics. I just got out today.
When I told my Dad I was in the hospital with cellulitis he was a bit confused and said, "What, are you having liposuction?! I didn't think you were that fat."
I guess this can be a very serious thing if left unattended and you can loose the arm or even die if it goes throughout the body. You'd think one of my many doctor would have warned me about the symptoms of this....well, I do know now!
Good grief!

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   Posted 1/15/2006 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Weird, isn't it? When I had an infection on the outside of my adominal wall after the big infection inside, they called it cellulitis and I was confused, also. I guess it mean inflammation of the cells????? Glad you got some good meds and have everything under control. And yes, my doctor also told me I could die. I was on vacation in KY when it happened about 4 years ago and called him to order me an antibiotic. He told me to go to the nearest emergency room immediately that I could die if it got out of control and told me to tell the doc there to call him. They talked I was given an IV antibiotic and flew home to my dr. I was in the hospital four days. So believe me any sign of cell breakdown I see the dr now pronto. Hugs MK

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   Posted 1/15/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info Erin. I had no idea. Just one more thing to add to the list of "gifts" that bc gives.

There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay

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   Posted 1/15/2006 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Erin,
So sorry you had to have that happen.  It sounds like it was a very scarey thing, so glad that you are doing much better now.
Take care of yourself! 
Thinking of you,
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"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"

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   Posted 1/17/2006 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, Erin, please take care.

You're right, it has nothing to do with cellulite. More importantly, it can make you really, really sick. Glad your dr. recognized it and put you in the hospital immediately.

A couple of summers ago I was stung by a bee on my right arm (that's the dx'd side). I went to the emergency room immediately because I was on vacation and w/out meds. Anyway, the dr. there "blew me off" with nonsense about a simple bee sting, not being allergic to bee stings, yada, yada, yada. PS - the next morning I had angry red tracks going out from the site of the sting. There was also considerable swelling further down the arm toward the wrist.

I cut my vacation short, headed home to NY and went to my dr. there. Before I knew what was happening I was getting IV meds. DX was cellulitis complicated by developing phlebitis. So it's a nasty condition that can make one very sick.

Glad you're getting what you need. I'm thinking of you. Go slowly and feel better soon. Hugs, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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