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Leg Ulcer

Leg ulcer

A leg ulcer definitely sounds like something we could all happily live without. And thankfully, for people under the age of 45, they are very rare. However, if you’ve made it past the grand old age of 80, the figures show that 1 in every 50 are affected by venous leg ulcers, and they are more common in people who are obese or immobile. Leg ulcers look like craters in the skin, varying in shape, colour and size. Your leg may also be painful, itchy and swollen. In many cases they are due to poor circulation in the arteries, if the valves in your veins stop working or as a result of diabetes. Ulcers need to be kept clean to avoid infection whilst arterial ulcers may benefit from surgery. If the leg ulcer is caused by an underlying disease it’s important to have this treated as well.

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I am having lower leg ulcers with both legs for about 1 year. The ulcers seem to rotate legs. And when I do not have one I keep my legs lotions at all time to try to prevent problems but one little nick then it gets out of control and have to have the two layer wrap on and it is getting old and suggestions?





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ok so you all have Leg Ulcers, as I do, but my thing is, I like to swim & I have my own pool. With leg ulcers I would never get in a public pool, River, lake or ocean...but why would it hurt to get in my own pool for a while. I was doing so good with my physical therapy exercises in the pool until this week when another tiny (so far) ulcer occurred! It looks like to me that chlorine water would help it to heal. Does anyone know anything about this?





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I'm like Marie that asked about her question on 6/22/15, except my problem is on foot,lower leg and also have problems with my feet. I shower daily and dry my feet real good plus use GB foot powder. But top of my foot and lower leg have open sores,fluid comes out I use gauze and medicated honey to help healing but the fluid soaks the cloths not working.It heals to a scab then starts again after several days later.





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I have had leg ulcers for over 5 years, just when you think they are healing they flare up again. My left leg has no ulcer at the moment but has reocurring cellulitis my right leg healed for exactly 3 weeks then started leaking fluid which is the first sign of an ulcer and I have been in compression bandages ever since, I have had honey, silver and several other dressings but to no avail. The pain is excruciating -I have chronic arthritis in most joints and am already on heavy duty pain killers including oramorph, the ulcer is right on a nerve hence the pain,, I usuallyl have a high threshold but this pain is different and literally brings tears to my eyes, also the smell is like rotting veg which can be exremely embarrassing. My doctor prescribed Gabapentin which he said will help with nerve pain,which it does but it only lasts a couple of hours at most and you can only take them 4 hourly. I am desparate for a holiday and to go swimming but I need to be out of bandages can anyone help me I am overweight , I have an underactive thyroid that took 8 years to diagnose and the damage had already been done ,l gained 8 stone and have struggled ever since to lose any weight. I used to be a runner and was at county level and now I struggle to walk although I try to keep moving otherwise the joints cease completely. I don't like moaning and try to be as upbeat as possible but some days the pain is so bad it is hard to think about anything else, you would think that something like this would be easily treatable but having read the other reports it seems like I will never be free of these horrible debilitating things, ah well we should look on the bright side I don't know of anyone who's died from them. I would be gratefulfor any advice. Thank you.





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My 24 year old daughter has the same thing only hers was caused by having Factor V (blood clots quicker on her than someone who doesn't have Factor V). She has been dealing with her leg ulcer for 5 yrs. Heals up within an inches and then goes right back to the way it was. She has had the silver, the uniboot, the medi honey, the whole nine yards and it still is bad. I read on the internet about Polynesia having a tree that grows nuts only 3 months out of the year and from that nut they produce some kind of oil that has been helping clear leg ulcers there. I am going to research and find it again and order her some since she has been to all the so called prestigious centers for wound care and none of them has helped her. She too has severe pain because one idiot doctor damaged one of her nerve in her ankle when he insisted on taking his own biopsy even though she had already gone through 3 biopsies

I have been suffering 1 year now with a leg ulcer above my left ankle the size of the palm of a hand. It's really painful when I lie down at night, every day I in constant pain. I take Co codomal and tramodol pain killers to no avail they ease the pain for a ccouple of hours then I'm in pain again but I have to wait a least another few hours before I take any more pain killers. The ulcer weeps a lot of smelly stuff and my dressings are soaked within a hour....I've tried compression bandages but it keeps getting infected so that has to be taken off until the infection clears up then few weeks later another infection starts, I'm so depressed crying all the time with the pain. I don't know if I can take this anymore I need help as my GP not doing much about it.





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I was in your same shoes. The more the Dr wrapped my leg the more infection set in. Please find a Wound Center, I did & that was the best thing I did. They never used wraps, that keeps infection in. It took them 3 months to get all the infection out & they would Dibread it (clean it out with a tiny electric brush) it would sting/burn a little but that was when the infection was so bad. After it got smaller the dibreading pain eased up. They'd put some medicated honey or a piece hydrofera Blue in it, then they'd just put a Tegaderm waterproof breathable bandage. No more wraps, they said that held in all the infection! As far as the arthritis & muscle stiffness, I've been put on all kinds of meds & nothing worked but Advil & Physical therapy. I take a muscle relaxer & 3 Advil in the morning & towards the early evening I take 3 more & a muscle relaxer before bed. Some days r ok, & some r not! But please find a Wound Center, that was the best thing I could have ever done. Ever Dr was doing and saying something different. It's been 6 months & I have a little one starting now, I've got all the stuff here, so I've been working on it & physical therapy is doing ultrasound & working my legs to get the blood flowing so hopefully it won't get to bad. Good luck & I'll be praying for you. PS I never understood why they used wraps on me in the first place, I'm not diabetic & my ankles & legs didn't swell. I hope this helps

I have had an ulcer for 20 months now just above my right ankle. I have just found out that it was misdiagnosed by the NHS and hence the recovery has taken so long. I finally had had enough and took it upon myself to go and see a private dermatologist ( I was being sent to vascular and plastic surgeons, who had performed an initial skin graft, having thought I was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider while on holiday in Canada in October 2013). It turns out, that I was most likey not bitten by a spider at all and that a skin graft shoul dnot have been performed. I have been diaf=gnosed with a somewhat rare condition called pyroderma gangrenosum. There is a course of treatment for this and usually takes a few months. A specific course of strong steroids and immunosuppresents are required for 2-3 months, but this combination causes the ulcer to reduce and eventually close. I have been seeing the drmatologist for 3 weeks now and have started following the course. I hav already seen more improvemnt than I had in the past 19 months! I was having the same symptoms as many of the people who have posted on here ( not healing,green excudate,extreme pain, slough etc). I have looked at some litreature on the condition too, and although the condition is rare, every health professional should consider it as a possibility in a patient who presents with an ulcer that is not healing after 6-8 weeks. So I urge you to consider asking your GP or going to see a dermatologist ASAP and find out if this condition is in fact not as uncommon as initally thought!





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had leg ulcers on both legs in 1968 most cleared up after6-7 weeks butgave back to uk to get better,took over 2years,one 3reoccured in same spot,3years ago on the back of the leg,why i dont no but it started bleeding ect.at the moment various open wounds around the middle,weeping and bleeding, given up with docters same old thing,a few pills here and there.





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Hi, I have had a small ulcer on the inside of my ankle for nearly a year, I go to the nurse every week to get it dressed and it almost healed at one point, I've had numerous infections including MRSA in it, had lots of antibiotics etc, suddenly it's started getting bigger, smelly and sore again, I'm so depressed as it effects what I can do everyday. I cannot afford to take time off work to rest it. I'm 54 and just feel like I'll never get rid of it!!





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i have venous leg ulcers for fourteen years and no amount of creams and dressings have worked i get every day dressings because of the wetness and the pain is at times unbearable i take morphine based drugs to eleveate the pain its helps a bit but iam really fed up with them i wear shorts all year round as long trousres get soaking wet





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If you've have ulcers for 14 YEARS, then you should tell your doctor about it. If they don't heal, then they are chronic ulcers. In my opinion you need to see a specialist. Have you thought of Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment? It might help.

ive had leg ulcers for over 3 years now and from my experience and from reading, it seems as though doctors either dont know what to do, or dont think this is serious s enough to put much effort into helping patients with this awful problem. like some of you, mine are very painful, they leak, and ointments, lotions, bandages, dressings, imuran (azothioprene), painkillers, and just about all other methods dont seem to provide any help. i, too, went go a vascular surgeon, who put a multi layer cast on one of my legs and said it would be better in a few weeks......no such luck





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