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straydog
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   Posted 9/24/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gang,
 
Had my ultra sounds done on my legs and they are normal. I am so excited over this. Nothing couls have made me any happrier than being told this lol. But he did say there is an area on the lower left leg that has necrotic tissue inside and there are some spider veins in this are that can be injected. The down side he says is about 15% get some relief doing this. Well, thats just not enough to suit me so I passed on that deal. He does not know what is causing all the swelling in my legs. He suggested limiting my sitting to 20 minute intervals when my legs are hanging down, elevate them for the swelling and of course wear the compression hose. Like I told him, I have no problem with the compression hose as they do help with the swelling and make my legs feel better. The problem is no way you can wear those things in the Texas heat, he had to agree with me there. He said also to avoid standing in one position very long and be sure to take my diuretics as needed. So, in a nut shell no answers to the problem but at least there is  blood flow going on and no blockages yea!!!!
 
I had quite a bad scare today and I do not scare easy. Was showering and shaving my legs and nicked one of the veins that is at the surface. I had no clue I did this and was rinsing my hair and looked down to find a shower full of blood and looked at my legs to see it literally spurting blood on the wall of the shower. I had pure hell getting this thing to stop and it was like shooting a steady flow of blood. I grabbed a wet washcloth and pressed it to my leg, meanwhile my bathroom looks like someone has been slaughtered in there. I get to the phone bleeding and dripping a trail and call my husband. I am like get home now, I am bleeding from a vein and can't get it to stop. We finally got the thing to stop by pressing washclothes against it. What a mess too. Then I put a pair of capris on and what happens, the material rubbed against my leg and bam all over again it started spurting. I once again finally get it to stop. Managed to get a loose bandage on it. I think the very worst part was cleaning up all the blood and the smell of the blood got to me. Then, I got sick at my stomach. Good news is been soaking all the towels, washclothes and rug, looks like I got the blood out of everything. Guess now is the time to invest in a good electric razor. After all of this bleeding, I ended feeling light headed and shaky, ended up laying down and falling asleep.  Well, my 20 minutes of sitting in one position is over need to get off here for now.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


bluejet2
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   Posted 9/24/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susie:

OMG, that must have been terrifying! I'm glad you are o.k.!

Lorie

PAlady
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   Posted 9/24/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
Wow! Talk about "good news /bad news" stories! I am glad about the tests and that you have no blockages, but sure can understand the scare about that vein. I hope you seek medical attention if it starts up again, but I know you'll do what's needed.

I was wondering how you were doing as I hadn't seen you post in awhile. Hopefully by morning you'll be rested and there will be no more bleeding!

Hugs,

PaLady

golitho
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   Posted 9/24/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
You're making me feel light headed just thinking about it!!! How horrible, are you on blood thinners? Did you ask your doc about it?
But very good news to hear no blockages in the legs. I'm wearing those support hose right now post my surgery so I can imagine how hot they are in summer. I only have to wear them 10 days, so hard to get on again after a shower. I feel like I'm wrestling, can't grip very well and can't bend very well. It must look hilarious, struggling to pull up these ridiculously tight hose!
Any tips?
Best wishes, golitho

White Beard
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   Posted 9/24/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Straydog
Have you had any blood test lately checking your clotting time or anything?  And are you taking any aspirn or pain meds that cause your blood not to clot as easily?  Anyway I do hope you mention this to your Doctor!  I am glad you are alright and you have good news about your legs! Get that electric razor and please be careful and take care of yourself!
 
White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 9/25/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   

 

   Dear Susie,

     Good morning! *warm huggs* It is good to hear from you. How are you doing this morning? A bit better? We are good here :-) glad it is Friday!

     I am so glad to hear that your ultra sound went okay. I know the releif is only 15% chance but it is good that the option is there, if needed.  The bleeding from your legg sounds very scary! I am glad youw ere able to get the blood out thou! I have such a hard time getting blood and tomato out of clothing.... well,  short of "mega bleaching".

    I hope today is better for the swelling!

*warm huggs*

     dani


TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


skeye
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   Posted 9/25/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susie,

I'm glad it's good news! I'm sure you're still incredibly frustrated that you don't have an answer, but incredibly relieved that you don't have to worry about clots just yet! As for the shaving incident, yikes! Sounds like a scary ordeal! I'm glad you finally were able to get it to stop. Hey, just think of it this way -- in the olden days they used to bleed people to try & get rid of pathogens, etc. So just think, maybe your "self-bleeding" will actually be a magical cure!! smilewinkgrin Here's to wishing, at least!

Skeye

straydog
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   Posted 9/26/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning everyone and thanks so much for the replies.

Golitho you might try sprinkling a little powder inside the hose that usually helps. I describe putting them on is like putting on a girdle that is a couple of sizes too small. lol I just roll mine up the leg to get them on. There is no easy way of doing it that I am aware if except the powder trick. I have an abdominal hernia Golitho and its real pretty watching me sit in the middle of the bed putting these dang things on, lol.

As for the "blood letting " incident a little bit later that little deal caught up with me. I became light headed, felt faint, wobbly the whole bit.l But, I lost quite a bit of blood at the same time, think of an artery getting nicked and blood spurting out at a steady flow, thats exactly what happened to me. Unfortunately, both of my legs have these veins that are raised so yes a good target for a razor. I sort of know what my daughter goes thru now when she has her blood taken out every other month, but she gets pretty sick each time. She does it to get the iron levels down because of the hemochromatosis, thats the only way they can get the iron levels down is to take a unit of blood. Yuck.

The weather has cooled off so much this week, in fact it really cooled the last two days and omg, my body is screaming at me. I have been taking pain pills and muscle relaxers to make it thru the day. I have been waiting for it to cool off but forgot what it would do to the body.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. Hugs to all.

 

 

 


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Draka
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   Posted 9/26/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my gosh Susie.... talk about a scene from Psycho.... that is so scary.... I can relate and I felt your pain as I read you cut yourself.

Great news about your legs!

XOXOX
Lisa


straydog
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   Posted 9/26/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Lisa thats the bad part and why I bled for so long, I did not feel the nick!! Had I, I could have saved some of the blood lol from spilling out all over the shower and bathroom.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


couchtater
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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Straydog, My legs started swelling huge back in March. I was put on 20mg of lasix twice a day. I was still swelling. The doctor checked my thyroid levels and discovered I had hypothyroidism. I've read since then that thyroid troubles can cause leg swelling.
I also have had vein therapy. I was spider vein free for 3 years. I'm getting a small one coming up on the back of my leg now. The injections for vein therapy cleared up a large purple vein I had for 15 years.
My mother is fixing to have the "stripping" done on her legs. She looks like she has bumpy snakes under her skin.

Joy

LLPLUV
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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I so understand this one yeah yeah    I was born with a VERY large vericos (sp) vain.  I have twice in the past nicked it while shaving.  You are so right its soooo very hard to stop the bleeding.  Mine was kinda comical.  I ran out of the bathroom and laid on the bed.  Lifted my leg way up in the air and had my hubby apply pressure.  You know the above the heart crap.  It worked both times but was so scary!!!! shocked
 
I have considered getting the vain stripped or deflated but there are so many other issues that take presidence over the vain..
 
So So RIGHT a slasher movie in the making..... scool
 
Laurie
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Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
I'm finally getting to read all the posts I've missed while away. Geeze loueese> that must have been scarry w/ all that blood! Sounds like those old Monte Python movies when the guys would have pumps under their cloths shooting blood out everywhere when they got cut> Ever see "The Holy Grail" Anyway, I'm glad to hear there was nothing major wrong in your tests!!!!
Soon it will cool down which means long pants so you will not have to shave your legs so often!
Hang in there my friend!
Your Buddy,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is serving on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis but is currently in advance radar school in Va. Bch. Va. and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


straydog
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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   

LL & Couchpotato, this vascualr guy I went to says they now inject the veins and use lasers instead of the old "vein stripping". He says its much easier to do and alot less painfull. My friend was a butcher and from standing on his feet all day, omg, it did look like worms under the skin of his legs it was awful. Both of his legs were nothing but lines of veins at the top of the skin, creepy looking. He had the old traditional vein stripping done and said never again.

I do have spider veins that have come to the top surface in places on the fronts and backs of my legs. So shaving is going to be out with the traditional razor blade shaving.

I must have dislodged something Sat in the shower and it started all over again, spurting blood. This time hubby was home and I yelled I needed help. Here he came running along with my grandson. Grandson saw all the blood and nearly flipped out-he does not do blood well. I got him chased out of the bathroom and got him calmed down later.

Whitebeard may be right. Maybe I need to get a pro time done because of the amount of bleeding that goes on with me. I am always getting a little scratch working outside in the yard. I remember trimming my holly bushes and one edge poked me in the upper arm and I did not feel it. What got my attention was blood dripping on my tennis shoe, I happened to look down and saw all the blood on my shoe. So, I took the water hose and started washing my arm off thinking I would find a long scratch only to find a tiny, tiny hole in the arm from the prick of the holly leaf,lol.

Hope everyone has a low pain day.

 


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
It sure does seem like some additional testing is in order for the bleeding, but in the meantime, please find a good electric razor!! There are even ones you can use in the shower!

Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! :-)

Hugs,

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 9/28/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
WOw ones you can use in the shower, sounds like my kind of a razor lol. Trust me only thing my razor has toucched since the first incident has been the arms lol, good thing the hair growth ha slowed down in the older set, or I would be in big trouble by now, he! he!
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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