Cellulitus and the weeping leg

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MIKEL99
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I had posted here before about my leg condidtion and a HealingWell friend mentioned they had the same thing and that their leg actually weeped , that is liquid seeping thru the leg . please who made that comment and what did you do about it and what was the result . Please be as detailed as you can , tthanks .
HIV+ also Hep c , need hip replacement surgery on hold because of cellulitus  .most pain from hip condition and cellulitus .hands numb may have carpal tunnel syndrome now .             .Medecines - Oxycontin , percocet , Oxycondone , Celelbrex ,Avalox , lasix .


straydog
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   Posted 2/18/2010 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mikel,
 
I am the person that posted that to you. Yes, with the cellulitis you can develop blisters on your legs that will break open and weep and you can have fluid to actually seep thru the skin, it has to have some place to go once those legs swell so much. This very thing has happened to me. I have been put in the hospital at complete bedrest for IV antibiotics and the legs have to be elevated higher than your heart. In addition you need a diuretic to help get the excess fluid off of your body. My first stint in the hospital was for 8 days which is unheard of this day and time plus another 18 days of IV antibiotics. The dr examined me and found a tiny cut or he thought it was a cut and this was the source of infection for the cellulitis to set up. Actually, it a sore from psoriasis not a cut. I have been fighting t his battle since Dec of 07.
 
You need a strong antibiotic to fight cellulitis infections. As a rule most of the oral ones are just not strong enough to kill the infection off. Now, when it hits, I go to the dr early and get put on IV antiboiotics as an outpatient to avoid a hospital stay.
 
Cellulitis infections start out with redness, heat in the affected area, the skin becomes very tight and shiny, swelling, blisters, running a temperature. skin weeping and an incredible amount of pain.  My problems are limited to the lower legs but I have had my entire leg swell up from the toes to the top of my leg. My legs look like I have a constant sunburn and will always peel after the fever has gone out of my legs.
 
I have severe psoriasis and my feet have constant open raw sores that we cannot get to heal up. This is the culprit of the cellulitis infections setting in on nearly a monthly basis. I had a severe outbreak of psoriasis last Aug and since then my feet have yet to heal up and I have lost count of how many cellulitis infections I have had. I did a round of IV meds in Jan & Dec and so on. It is said that for many people once they start having cellulitis infections many times they keep reoccurring-so far that has been true with me. This is something that requires close medical attention and should never be ignored.
 
If you have any questions please post them. If I can answer  them for you I will be glad to.
 

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.


MIKEL99
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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much straydog , it was thought my condition was dermalogical but didn't go away , I had redness , tightness of skin , swelling and pain.They gave me a steroid cream and the redness went away and came back now the swelling went down but the tightness and pain are still there , as is the weeping .After applying hydrocortesone cream it weeps like thru the cream . But my doctors wern't sure because I had no fever or blisters , but I have the other stuff .I have been taking the anti-biotic AVALOX for the past week and it feels slightly better but I agree with you , I beleive I need a stronger IV antibiotic . I'm going to check into the hospital tomorrow . thank you , straydog , my name is mikel , know that you have helped me and i appreciate it a lot , my friend .
HIV+ also Hep c , need hip replacement surgery on hold because of cellulitus  .most pain from hip condition and cellulitus .hands numb may have carpal tunnel syndrome now .             .Medecines - Oxycontin , percocet , Oxycondone , Celelbrex ,Avalox , lasix .


Blessedx8
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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Mikel...

Ooops, I didn't read this thread before I posted on the other, asking if you've been on antibiotics....! Yep, I definitely think it's time that you went in for some IV antibiotics. You don't want to let this go and end up hospitalized for even longer. I hope you get right in there tomorrow and get some relief.

Feel better, Mikel...

--Tina
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   

   Mikel, it looks like Stray has given you some detailed information here, and I too, agree that you need something stronger with your leg problem. Please don't let it go too far, as you could wind up with a much worse condition. We all hope you get to feeling better soon.

 

          Michael


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straydog
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Mikel, I hope you are able to get some help today. Its a tough bug to kill out, it is in the staph family and staph is a booger to kill out. Putting you on a diuretic like Lasix will also pull the extra fluid off your body. I have two different ones I alternate with, one is extremely strong and the other being Lasix is easier on the kidneys. Unless a dr really knows his stuff, cellulitis can be mistaken as a skin problem.

Let us know what happens.
 

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 2/18/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Mikel,
I don't know anything about your condition, but I sure would urge you to follow Straydog's guidance. And I hope you can find a doctor who knows what he/she is doing with this!

PaLady

bev1019
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   Posted 8/5/2014 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike my mom had a sore on her foot that busted open so wide it spread to her big toe which resulted in her toe being amputated and now she is in danger of losing her leg because the infection is in the bone! She has cellulitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and a whole boat load of other medical problems. Please get it taken care of so you don't have to get anything amputated.

straydog
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   Posted 8/5/2014 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Bev & welcome to the forum. Bev, please note that the original poster has not been to this forum since 2011. By posting on this older thread not many people will see your post.

We do however, we do ask all new members to make an intro post so that all members will see it & be able to give you a proper hello & welcome aboard. To start an intro thread look to the left & click Post New Topic, type in a heading & type away. We look forward to getting to know you.

I will lock this thread since it is such an older post.
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