Post Edited (Sherrine) : 12/30/2007 4:43:30 PM (GMT-7)
I have but im getting no joy with him i even swapped GP surgerys!
Sorry you seem so angry when telling me this, dont you think i have tryed every thing going! Thats why i have come on here to see if any one else has the same problem as me. Sorry again maybe i should not have tryed to get help here.
Thank you so much for getting back to me. Thank you also for explaining this to me. Yes i think i have a Chronic ulcer as i said i have had this for 5 years with a 3-4 month of this closing up, then after another infection of cellulitus it reopened and it is now very big 12cm x 12cms. So i think i may have it. I will certainly as my skin viability nurse about this hyperbaric and see what she says about it. I know she is after me going into 4 layer bandage, but because they could not do a dopla on me i dont know what they are going to do.
Many thanks again for explaining this to me, take care and a very happy new year to you.
Oh, Lexie, that sounds so painful. I wish I knew what to suggest. Toni's suggestion is good. I will try to do a little research and get back to you on other options for you. You did come to the right place. HealingWell forums are terrific and there are a lot of wonderful, caring people who do try to help. I really don't think Razzle meant to be flip. They probably think you really should see another doctor, but, from what you said, you've see a lot of them. But, do not stop looking. You have to be your own advocate in these situations. Keep searching until you find a doctor that CAN help you!
Meanwhile, I'll see if I can find anything out. Hang in there, Lexie. We're here to help!
Hi, again, Lexie! Well, I did a little searching and found a few interesting sites that I have shared below. One mentions mild exercise and keeping the leg elevated and that it helps with the healing. Also, some say it's good to use support stockings. I only use sites that are generally by the National Institute of Health. I do not go along with some of the "health" sites since many always seem to have that magical cure! ;-) I also have a site on diabetic neuropathy. Lastly, there was a site about using horse chestnuts and it was by the National Institute of Health! I was surprised.
I definitely would discuss anything you intend to try with your doctor before you go ahead and try it. You want to do safe things. I know I try many different things because I suffer from fibromyalgia and nothing works really great for that either. But, if I plan on trying something, after I've researched it thoroughly, I'll talk to my doctor first. He thinks I'm crazy, but, hey, what has HE offered me! Anyway, I hope this helps you and may give you a few more ideas. Let me know what type of ulcer you have. I didn't know there were different types until I started searching. If I know that, I may be able to find some more stuff for you to read. Meanwhile, happy reading and and a Happy New Year!
Hi, Mandy! I will try to search out ulcers caused by diabetic neuropathy but I'm going out this evening plus I'm in the middle of packing for a vacation! But, I have some exercises you could do that could help your circulation. These are suggested when traveling to help prevent deep vein thrombosis. It keeps your circulation going and just might be very helpful to you. I still would elevate the leg whenever you are sitting and lying down and also would walk as often as possible, if your doctor says it's alright. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise a person can do and it doesn't cost a thing! Hope these exercises help you.
1.) Ankle Circles: Lift your feet off the floor and twirl your feet as if you're drawing circles with your toes. Continue this for 15 seconds, then reverse direction. Repeat as desired.
2.) Foot Pumps: Keep your heels on the floor and lift the front of your feet toward you as high as possible. Hold for a second or two, then flatten your feet and lift your heels as high as possible, keeping the balls of your feet on the floor. Continue for 30 seconds, and repeat as desired.
3.) Knee Lifts: Keeping your leg bent, lift your knee up to your chest. Bring back to normal position and repeat with your other leg. Repeat 20 to 30 times for each leg.
4.) Shoulder Roll: Lift your shoulders upward, then pull them backward, downward, and forward, creating a gentle circular motion. Continue for 30 seconds. Then reverse direction if desired.
5.) Arm Curl: Start with arms on chair rests, bent at a 90-degree angle. Raise one hand up to your chest and back down. Alternate hands and contunue for 30 seconds. Repeat as desired.
1.) Knee to Chest: With both hands clasped around your right knee, bend forward slightly and pull your knee to your chest. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds; then slowly let your knee down. Repeat the same stretch with your left knee. Perform 10 stretches for each leg.
2.) Forward Flex: Keep both feet on the floor and slowly bend forward, reaching for your ankles. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and slowly return to a normal seated position.
3.) Overhead Stretch: Raise both hands straight up over your head. Use one hand to grab the wrist of the opposite hand and gently pull to one side. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds, and repeat with the other arm.
4.) Shoulder Stretch: Bring your right hand over your left shoulder. Then place your left hand behind your right elbow and gently pull your elbow toward your body. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and repeat with the other arm.
5.) Neck Roll: Relax your neck and shoulders. Then drop your right ear to your right shoulder and gently roll your head forward and to the other side, holding each position about 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
I am so sorry you are having pain in your neck, do you know whats the problem with it? Is there nothing else you can do or take? i feel sorry for you as i have chronic pain 24 hours a day even though im on pain relief it only takes it away a little bit. I have asked for my leg to be chopped off but they will not do it 1) i might not come round the anisthetic 2) the healing of my wound might not heal as im a carrier of the MRSA bug.
Thank you for your welcome, i have had had some nice people contacting me, just one person who made me feel a little uncomfortable. Well i aint heard from that person again so i dont know if they read my comment or not.
Happy New Year to you as well maybe we can chat again if you wish.
Take care and hope your pain is not too bad for you.
Mandy, I tried doing another search and didn't come up with anything more than what I suggested. But I wanted to tell you about something I have used in the past. I developed an open ulcer-type wound on my abdomen a few years ago. (I'm also diabetic and have Crohn's disease so this was a concern for me.) I was traveling and not using my regular soap. (I use Dial for the antibacterial purposes.) Anyway, when I went to the doctor, they weren't sure what was causing it. They prescribed a cream called SSD (Silver Sulfadiazine Cream) and I used it on the area and it did heal the open wound! This cream is usually used for burn patients but my doctor tried it on me. It is very expensive but my prescription plan covered much of it.
I still will get some rawness and splitting of skin in areas on my abdomen and I use Desitin Diaper Cream and it heals right up! I have Crohn's disease and lost my colon due to it. So I have developed some minor problems because of that and because I develped a huge inoperable peristomal hernia.
Anyway, these products are worth asking your doctor about next time. The Desitin might work on something that is just starting to happen. Check it out with your doctor first. Best of luck and let us know how you are doing.
Thanks for your message. I have tryed a silver which was called "Acticoat Absorbent" it was like a felt that you put into the hole of my ulcer, this was very exsepensive as well luckly i get my perscriptions free. This had to stay into my wound for about 3-4 days and then when we took it out it smelt like rotten flesh it was horrible. But now im using a gel called "Actiform cool" this is taking all the sluff out of my wound and it does cool it down a little but stings like mad when you put it on. So at the moment we are trying this but i will have a word with my gp or my tissue viability nurse and see what they say about the cream. Thank you.
Forgive me i dont know what crohn's disease is, i have heard of it but i dont know what it is sorry. Im not going to say i feel sorry for you because if your like me you dont like any one feeling sorry for you. (I hope i have that right forgive me if im wrong in saying that) I dont know what the colon does in the body, so if its ok with you could you tell me please.
Many thanks again for your kindness
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 1/1/2008 1:03:01 PM (GMT-7)