By cardlady Latest Reply 2009-07-22 05:49:46 -0500
Started 2008-12-30 16:17:21 -0600

Does anyone else have trouble with cellulitus in their legs? I am having a terrible time.

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pattyandme 2009-07-22 05:49:46 -0500 Report

I hope this helps someone.
Several years ago I had a problem with cellulitis an (infection of the skin). The doctors didn’t know what caused it but began treating it with massive mixed cocktails of antibiotics, which did not seem to be working. At the time I was unaware of the pre-diabetic state of type2 diabetes. I spent 3 separate weeks in the hospital with home nursing care as well. In addition I was using a vacuum pump to revitalize blood circulation in my leg. I ended up with skin grafting on my leg of the area infected and still this wound would not heal. With a family history of diabetes but no sign of high or low levels of blood sugar I began controlling my sugar intake and the wound began to heal as I lost weight from the reduction in my sugar intake.
About a month ago I had what seemed to be a spider bite, which grew larger and larger over several days, and it turned out to be cellulitis again. At the urgent care facility the doctor put me on two different types antibiotics again and a shot (penicillin?).
This time I stopped my intake of sugar right away and the cellulitis began to heal.
The reason I am writing this at no time were my blood glucose levels more then 125. Yet I believe the cellulitis is directly related to poisoning my body with sugar. Although my body can process sugar it does so at a much slower rate and stores the sugar in fat. When over burdened with processing sugar my body’s immune system is affected.
I also want to point out some of the symptoms I believe were the 1st indications of my particular type of diabetes.
1. Eyerightious: aggressive headache with light sensitivity, which floats from one eye to the other. I would treat this with Advil cold and sinus (thank god) and a cold washcloth on my eyes while lying in a dark room. I used to get these headaches for several years before any weight gain or cellulitis. The doctors did not know what brings this on but treat it with prednozone eye drops and dilatators.
2. Weight Gain
3. Cellulitis
One further note I found when eating an uncontrolled sugar intake or normal snacking on sugar products I had rapid weight gain once this sugar intake is controlled effectively eliminated all obvious sugar intake rapid weight loss accrued.
Remember I have no blood glucose meter reading beyond normal ranges to indicate dibities at all. I currently do not test for sugar but voluntarily control my sugar intake through diet.
Some of the feeling I go through while reducing my sugar intake is the feeling of hunger even after eating. (My body craving sugar) The process of the pancreas burning off the sugar stored in fatty tissues feels like I am hungry. I can eat any baked goods and not gain weight. But still feel hungry until the sugar level on my fatty tissue in under control and my pancreas has stopped running in overdrive.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-12-31 14:18:57 -0600 Report

I am currently being treated for ceulitius and yesit isan inflamation under the skin. My leg got very hot and
red, but this time I have been having pain around my ankels. I am tasking antibiotics for it and it starting to heal. Another think to do is to keep your leg elavated as much as possible.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-31 17:25:42 -0600 Report

Did they give you support hose to wear? Anytime I expect to be on my feet for an extended time I'm supposed to wear them. They really do work.

cardlady 2008-12-31 20:27:56 -0600 Report

I do try to keep my legs elevated as nuch as I can. I have had 3 different antiobotics since this problem started on Nov. I will try the hose you spoke of.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-12-31 20:33:55 -0600 Report

My Dr said the same thing. So I will go to walmart and see if I can find some compresion hose( thats what he calls them). I guess they are suppose to help get the swelling down.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-02 05:16:49 -0600 Report

The two pair I was "given" were $70.00 a pair. The workmans comp covered them. They are toe less and go to the knee. Kind of a pain to get on, but they really work.

cardlady 2009-01-02 12:56:22 -0600 Report

thanx for the info and i think if my doc orders them Medicare will pay for them. I use to be e nurses aide and had to put them on people that I got up in the morning and I found if you put a little powder in the hose before you put then on they did go on a little eaiser.

2009-01-02 13:02:38 -0600 Report


I KNEW YOU WORE HOSE After the deal about the kilt and you wouldn't answer my question as to what you wore under it, I knew you were hiding something. Now the truth comes out!! Gotcha ya!!

2009-01-03 11:15:40 -0600 Report

I thought so, even if I do say so myself!! Men never want to reveal the truth about anything!!!! lol At least usually not about that!! He slipped up on that one and let the cat out of the bag.

cardlady 2009-01-03 12:51:02 -0600 Report

I agree that most men never want to admit anything. I know from my past that men can be pretty selfish but I have a man now in my life that is so nice sweet caring and compassoinate.

2009-01-03 14:50:50 -0600 Report

Meridian: Are you hinting that you want someone to check what's under the kilt? ;)

2009-01-03 14:58:32 -0600 Report

Just like a man, wants all the attention, but doesn't want to give any!!! Maybe that's why I've been divorced for 19 years!! Freedom has it's perks!

cardlady 2009-01-03 15:40:58 -0600 Report

Amen to that. I have been married and divorced twice.
And I agree that neb do like attention but I fell in order to get some attention they need to give some.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-03 15:56:39 -0600 Report

i was always under the impression they were all the same! you mean their not! i have spent nearly 40 years with one ,thinking they were all alike! whoops!!!!!!!

2009-01-04 10:11:44 -0600 Report

And that's your story and you're sticking to it!!! LOL Glad to hear that there are still people out there who stay married, are happy, and can't live without each other, and are kind and considerate of each other. I envy you both!!!

cardlady 2009-01-04 13:19:55 -0600 Report

I know there are some good men out there, cuz there are some in my church but they are married or too old. And I do have to admire anyone my age or older that is still married nd still in love with their spouse.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-31 13:31:58 -0600 Report

About a year and a half ago I had a trip and fall accident at work. I developed cellulitis and have had it ever since. My doc had me on antibiotic capsules and a shot a week of antibiotics for about three months and they didn't do anything. I still have it and my doc says that it is nothing to worry about because what I have is more or less a scar from the cellultiis. It is located on my right shin.

2008-12-31 14:05:50 -0600 Report

That would still concern me, still having the place on my shin and the dr saying that there is nothing to worry about. Have you ever thought of getting a second opinion? I guess I'm just a worry wort. A scar is one thing, but if it still looks red and swollen and maybe infected, I would be beside myself. Of course, I know I can't be in two places at once!!! LOL Unless I'm imagining things!!!

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-31 16:02:10 -0600 Report

My doctor was the first to say that, then I went to a specialist and he said the same thing. I'm not worried. If I were a woman and had to wear a dress I might be upset about it.

2008-12-31 17:19:53 -0600 Report

I'm glad you got a second opinion. And if I find out you started wearing a dress, I guess I would have to start calling you Klinger!!!! LOL

2008-12-31 17:29:30 -0600 Report

Depends on what you wear under it. Pantyhose, tights, or bikini underwear might raise some eyebrows. Of course, there would have to be someone to check to see what you were wearing under there!!! LOL

cardlady 2008-12-31 20:26:01 -0600 Report

I my self do not agree with what the doctor told yiu cuz I looked it up on webmd.com and said if not treated quickly andcorrectly it can be fatal And it can also cause a blood infection.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-01 06:26:01 -0600 Report

The only "dress" I've ever worn was an Army Dress Uniform. I am certain I can no longer fit into it. I have found that clothing unworn for extend periods tend to shrink drastically over time.

2009-01-01 10:55:16 -0600 Report

Are you sure it's the clothing that is shrinking? Just asking! LOL

2009-01-01 11:06:44 -0600 Report

Meridan: Give me a break!!! I've used that excuse too many times, and let me tell you, it DOES NOT work!!!! lol Next you will be blaming it on the black hole in the universe or the greenhouse effect.

2009-01-01 11:10:52 -0600 Report

Cardlady: Sorry, but my was reply was for Meridan. However, I agree with you also. My closet seems to shrink my clothes too. Sorry for the confusion!! MaryS

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-01 11:27:11 -0600 Report

OK if neither of them will work, and you've ruled out the black hole excuse even before I used it, how about my wooden hangers are growing which we all know makes the attached clothing appear smaller.

2009-01-01 11:32:18 -0600 Report

Once the tree is cut and the wooden hangers are made, the wood no longer grows!!!! Have to teach you everything!! And you never did say what you were under that kilt. Is it a thong, hose, or what? And who gets to check??

cardlady 2009-01-01 16:17:22 -0600 Report

I kind of like that wooden hanger idea. Yes who is going to check to see what is under the kilt?

2009-01-01 19:47:53 -0600 Report

Did you actually think that we woman would let you get by wearing a kilt and not check?!?! Boy, are you out of the loop!!

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-01-04 10:36:46 -0600 Report

Ever been to the Scottish Highland Games? I don't know where you live, but practically every state has a celebration where all the Scots (and Irish and other Celts) join together to show off their heritage. You would see clan tartans, dancers, pipe bands, guys tossing what I call telephone poles, and lots of food and other vendor booths. In Washington State abd BC ach community has their weekend for the games, with grand finale in Seattle when everyone joins in for 3 days of serious competition and merriment. I march with the Campbells but my son plays with the Kieths, though he is also a McDougall. My cell phone ring is "Scotland the Brave."

So, enjoy your heritage… wear your kilt, red marks or not.

2008-12-30 18:52:10 -0600 Report

What exactly is cellulitus? I'm not sure what it is.

cardlady 2008-12-30 22:46:24 -0600 Report

crlluilitus is an inflammation under your skin that causes the affected area to swell and become very warm and turn read. It is a problem some people with diabetes do get. Plus I have poor circulation which does not help the problem.
Hope this answered your question,

2008-12-31 12:31:52 -0600 Report

Yes, thank you. I haven't had this problem so I didn't know what it was. Now I know if I ever have the symptoms, I know what I am looking at, and can contact my doctor.

cardlady 2008-12-31 20:23:40 -0600 Report

Glad I could be of some help. You can get celluilitus anywhere on your body and I would be sure to get to the doc if you have bad swelling and redness and real warm to the touch.

2008-12-30 18:48:27 -0600 Report

I personally don't have it, however, my best friend is in the hospital with cellulitius now. He's been in since December 23rd, getting tons of fluids and medicine. He has a terrible time with this problem and I will ask him in detail about what he does for it and I will let you know. Take care and feel better, Angie

cardlady 2008-12-30 22:43:47 -0600 Report

Thaanz so much. I would appreciare any advice anyone can give me. I do feel I should have been in the hospital for this but for some reason the doctor did not put me in.

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