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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'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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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 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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Hey am 16 nearly 17 and I was bitten by a bug which has turned into and ulcer and has the doctors confused as am a health young girl. it's been there for about 2 and a half month it's nearly healed just wanted to know if it's going to scar





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Yes it's going to scar.

you know these leg ulcer's, my left leg lower bit below the knee, boy does that itch at night when I am in bed, sometimes when I am in work during the day and I sit down it itches so bad it bleeds, anyway, countless trips to the doctor and emulsifying ointment still no good so now I rub honey on it, and it is great, nice, and clean and no itch at night. The wife moans..but hey at least she don't wake up when I scratch my leg at night.





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