Sweeties mom
By Sweeties mom Latest Reply 2014-08-02 20:32:50 -0500
Started 2014-08-01 13:32:09 -0500

Does anyone else have a problem fighting infections? I have been fighting a knee infection since January. I just wanted to know if anyone else has had the same problem as me. Thanks

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GabbyPA 2014-08-02 06:21:00 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, diabetes causes us to face many changes in our bodies and fighting infections is one of them. Our bodies tend to heal slower than average and it is often the cause of many complications. This is why you may hear over and over to treat every scratch with urgency and diligence.

Are you talking to your doctor about it? Is it a surface wound or something going on inside? There are special wound doctors who can help you with the healing process.

Sweeties mom
Sweeties mom 2014-08-02 10:29:13 -0500 Report

I went in to the hospital in December to have knee replacement surgery where I got MRSA. Since I don't run fevers, it took until Jan. to get diagnosed. Since then I have been under the care of an infectious disease doctor and an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in problem cases.

GabbyPA 2014-08-02 11:58:55 -0500 Report

It sounds like you are in good hands then. My step daughter got MERSA from visiting her dad in the hospital. We averted her stay in the hospital as the antibiotics they gave her helped. However, she is still scared with it, and I am afraid that will never go away.

Sweeties mom
Sweeties mom 2014-08-02 13:44:54 -0500 Report

It's a scary thing. I've been on I.V. antibiotics since Jan. I go back to my infectious disease doctor Tuesday, I'm hoping she clears me so I can finally get a joint put in my knee. I've been in an immobilizer all this time, and I've forgotten what it's like to bend my knee. lol

RebDee 2014-08-01 21:26:58 -0500 Report

Not the same but different problem with infections. I have Diabetes and very thin skin on my legs which wax and wane with needing Lasix. Just the slightest touch can cause a break in the skin. In January I ended up with a big infection on my right shin caused by a fall from the stairmaster. In July while bringing in the trash cans, the can hit my left leg again causing the same kind of infection on my left shin. Both times, the doctor had me take Keflex. Left leg is still healing and no longer needs a bandage as it has finally scabbed over. My legs always look like I am wearing red sox to mid-calf so I wear long dresses and skirts or pants to cover my legs. Its a shame since I have shapely legs that I cannot show them.

jayabee52 2014-08-01 19:36:49 -0500 Report

Howdy SM

I don't seem to have a problem with fighting off infections myself, but I attribute that with living on the farm for my boyhood and adolescence. Not everything there was antisceptic and I was exposed to a lot of pathogens and had the normal childhood diseases.

However, I have been told that Diabetes increases susceptibility to various types of infections. On is a list of common infections a PWD my get ~

So far I am not troubled by most of the maladies listed.

I pray it stays that way


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