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straydog
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   Posted 1/12/2010 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I woke up this morning to a foot and leg throbbing with pain, very swollen & red hot. I think this is the most pain I have ever experienced with cellulitis. Its nearly impossible to do any weight bearing on the foot, of course shoes are out of question with a foot like this. I called the PCP's office and was seen in less than two hours. So, after a shot of Rocephin and starting oral antibiotics we will see what tomorrow brings. If no better then on to IV antibiotics. I made it very clear I was not intersted in waiting 10 days only to find I am no better off and then starting the IV meds. He agreed
 
The nurse looked at my chart and said you know you were here one month ago being treated for the same thing, and the month before that and that. I said yes I know and it is getting very tiring to keep coming here every month with the same old thing.
 
I am off to bed to get this foot and leg elevated. Waiting on Ibuprophen to kick in and may be give me a little relief. I will be hit & miss here at the forum for a few days, its murder sitting here with the leg down.


 

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 1/12/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
Just want to send you a big hug and tell you to please, please take it easy, and take care of yourself FIRST. The Texas Tornado may have to whirl around somewhere else for awhile - seriously!

I'll be thinking of you and hoping this round of antibiotics kicks this infection to the curb, where it belongs!

((((((((((Susie)))))))))

PaLady

mrsm123
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   Posted 1/12/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sending you big hugs too Susie. I really do wish that I could do something for you. I've had cellulitis in the past and it is painful and difficult to treat. I wish that your doctor was a bit more proactive when it comes to you treating this.
If there is anything that I can do, please let me know. Sometimes being on the forum like this makes one feel rather powerless.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too


fatherjohn
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   Posted 1/12/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie, so sorry to hear you have to battle the same thing over and over. This just goes to prove how strong you are both physically and emotionally. Something I have said here before and that I have to tell myself often, when you feel like you are going through hell, don't stop, its not a good place to be. Hang in there and I will keep you in my prayers.

skeye
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   Posted 1/12/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Argh, that leg of yours! Why isn't it listening to you?! Stop hurting poor Susie!

Hopefully the antibiotics will clear things up, and quickly! (((((((((((Susie))))))))))))).

Similar to what fatherjohn said, remeber these lyrics from Rodney Atkins' "If You're Going Though Hell," they've helped get me through many painfull days.

"If you're going through hell
Keep on going, don't slow down
If you're scared, don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there"


hugs,
Skeye

White Beard
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   Posted 1/13/2010 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie

I don't know what we are going to do with you! We have just got to find a way to keep that cellulitis from getting to you! You have been getting this just way to often! For now just try and keep off your feet and I hope the antibiotics work!

Your in my thoughts and prayers!

I send you all the healing vibes I can muster up!

White Beard

merrygirl
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   Posted 1/13/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I had cellulitis on my belly a few weeks ago, it is very painful. I sure hope you feel better soon.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/13/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
     Hello Stray! Wow!...you have had a rough time of it latley. I sure hope you get some relief soon!

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/13/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
 
  Dear Susie,
 
      I am very sorry that it is happening again. It doesnt seem to ever be easing up or slowing down on bit!! And gosh, I dont know if that nurse was being rude or not, but gosh I would have had a hard time holding my tongue. Reminds me of the time that new nurse over at my primary cares office said "how tall are you?" I said," I dont know now." She tells me,"Look at your drivers license." ......... and of course later when I got home I did, and cried, of course. Sheesh. What we REALLY need is to have white beard teaching nursing students in "Bedside manners 101". if they dont pass the class they cannot pratice medicine!
 
     I really hope the shot of Rocephin helps to ease the pressure and pain. I know it must have been hard to sit at the computer and give us an update, but, if you can, let us know how you are doing. In our hearts and prayers here in new mexico.
 
*warm huggs*
   dani

 

 

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

 

 


melliflious
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   Posted 1/13/2010 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yuck! I don't know very much about what you're dealing with, but I hope everything they're doing helps! Feel better please!

HUG!
Jenna
Pain Issue: Sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia, nerve damage down left arm, shoulder and neck
Treatment: PT, Tens Unit, Tramadol, Flector Patches and a semester off of school!

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong


straydog
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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the support gang it means alot and goes a very long way. Its as I said it would be, no the shot and the orals are not enough. Today, I start IV antibiotics, one more time. I will do another round of 8 days of IV Rocephin, another round of my gut being in uproar and praying UC does not rear its ugly head because of the antibiotics, White Beard knows about this and all the lovely extra things we deal with, another round of stopping Humira because of infection. Its never ending I have decided just like CP. I give up, I can't win this battle. I am tired of fighting battles I can't win.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
   Stray...you are one strong woman...and not one to give in so easily! I feel for you....and you have a crew of friends here to support you too! Hang in there.
 
      Michael

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 1/14/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my Susie! This has been a bad year already for you, hasn't it?! I hate to see my friends in pain and I wish that it would go away so that you could rest easy. I think this is what my husband has because his foot does the same thing. But getting him to go to the doctor is a feat in futility!! I do hope that you feel better soon hun and hurry back to us cause we miss you!

Hugggggggggs

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/15/2010 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
My angel, I wish there was something I could do or say to make things better for you. You have been on this roller coaster for so long and can't seem to get off. I don't know much about cellulitus but it sound horrable!! I do know how awful those IV antibiotics can be on your system though, geese! Can't a girl catch a break or even a breath? Hang in there Susie better days are right around the bend> We got to believe!!!
Big Hugs and prayers coming your way!!!
Your Buddy,
Pete

melliflious
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   Posted 1/15/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie,

You can do it! Hang in there, it sounds like things are tough. Keep us updated on how things are going, and if there is one single little thing we can do, tell us!

HUG!
Jenna
Pain Issue: Sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia, nerve damage down left arm, shoulder and neck
Treatment: PT, Tens Unit, Tramadol, Flector Patches and a semester off of school!

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong


straydog
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   Posted 1/20/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
The Rocephin is doing its job. But it has draw backs, I am spending much time with gut pain and major diarhea. I am so miserable. One trade off for another. Not sure how much more I can handle. Fri. is the last infusion can I make it that long? Just not fun.

golitho
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   Posted 1/20/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie can't they leave you on a low dose of anti biotics once this current bout has cleared up? I was getting bronchitis all the time a few years back and thats what they did for me for a year until I got myself fitter and fully recovered, as well as my asthma under better control.

It would make sense to me, you poor old sweetie, that leg and foot of yours gives you so much grief.

Best healing wishes going your way, can they give you a stronger anti biotic or a combination to completely heal it? Sounds like its not completely healing to recur so often? I know I'm not a doctor but common sense tells me that this isn't right.

Goodluck, Susie, thinking of you, golitho

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/20/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
will be thinking of you and sending you lots of prayers and healing hugz..
hang in there, okay..I'm having the diarrhea from the antibotics for this pneumonia and I'm on a 2nd round of antibotics for another 10 days, but enough about me, I hope your feeling a whole lot better soon..Try to keep positive and focused on good things and soon friday will be here. I will be thinking of you.
((((((((((((((Susie)))))))))))))))))
hugz

straydog
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   Posted 1/20/2010 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Char thank you for the wishes. No on long term antibiotics for me. I also have ulcerative colitis and most antibiotics can trigger flare ups so they are not good for me at all. I have a open sore on the bottom of my foot that keeps the cellulitis active, the sore is from psoriasis. Been on every cream, salve, ointment you name it. Now on pills but it takes 3 months to see improvement. It just stinks, battle one problem, create another one.
 

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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