LEG SORES

WBSMORGAN
By WBSMORGAN Latest Reply 2009-05-07 15:14:17 -0500
Started 2009-04-28 20:37:21 -0500

IM NEW TO THIS AND JUST GOT DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 I HAVE CHANGED MY DIET AND EXCERSIZE BUT I HAVE THIS SORE ON MY LEG THAT WONT GO AWAY ITS KIND OF GROSE ITS A DEEP SORE MY DOCTOR SAYS THAT IT WILL BUT HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE ANY EFFECTS? SHOULD I ASK IF THERE IS A MEDICINE FOR IT? THANKS TO ALL FOR ANY HELP OFFERED


15 replies

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-05-07 15:14:17 -0500 Report

Keep a close watch on the sore. If it does not show improvement, or gets worse, bring it to your drs. attention right away.
Good luck & thinking of you,
Cyndi

neenee79
neenee79 2009-05-06 13:57:45 -0500 Report

i had a leg sore for over a year. it is now mostly healed. it had mrsa in it. as it was carved on, the mrsa "hid" out in the tissue to reappear later. my dr used phage medicine - the phages are bacteria that only eats mrsa. mrsa is gone, the bacteria die. the phage, keeping tight control of the bs, and a couple weeks in the O2 chamber finally healed it. only took a bit over a year. i wish you the best.

Riverside - 43805
Riverside - 43805 2009-05-07 15:07:28 -0500 Report

I would really ask my doctor again if there is anything to be concerned about. Keep a close eye on the sore. I use antibiotic cream and that helps aid in healing. ask your doctor if that is an option for you. can be bought in almost any store or pharmacy.

beedy
beedy 2009-04-29 22:46:19 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about that sore. Stay in close contact with your doctor. Insist on more specific directions on the care of the sore. This is a good time to check your diet and watch your carbs. How long have you had that sore?

beedy
beedy 2009-04-29 22:46:57 -0500 Report

I'd ask for meds

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-04-29 22:56:27 -0500 Report

Just a thought about asking for meds: If you are referring to antibiotics, there is the problem of developing antibiotic resistant bacteria such as "MRSA" = methicilin resistant staph aureus when antibiotics are prescribed inappropriately and/or excessively. Some doctors will prescribe when the patient asks because that is less trouble than assessing if they are really needed and/or explaining to patient the antibiotics are not indicated. Again, in my humble opinion a specialist in wound care may be more likely to use antibiotics appropriately for a diabetic's wound management. When it comes to antibiotics, my free advice worth the price: be careful what you ask for, you might get it!

WBSMORGAN
WBSMORGAN 2009-04-30 22:22:15 -0500 Report

THANKS IM GOING TO A SPECIALIST ON THE 8TH TO SEE WHAT I NEED TO DO I HAVE BEEN WATCHING MY INTAKE OF CARBS AND I HAVE BEEN STAYING AWAY FROM SUGAR ALL TOGETHER. I MAKE SURE THAT IT STAYS CLEAN AND COVERED. IT DOESNT LOOK INFECTED BUT STILL I TOLD MY DOCTOR THAT IM GOING TO SEE A SPECIALIST AND HE GAVE ME ONE TO GO TO ITS ONE OF HIS FRIENDS I THINK THAT I WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER AFTER HE LOOKS AT IT.

THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-04-30 23:58:01 -0500 Report

So glad to hear your physician listened to you and helped you with referral. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Thinking of you.

beedy
beedy 2009-05-01 22:15:48 -0500 Report

i was thinking of something topical,such as and antibacterial to help speed up healing.

beedy
beedy 2009-05-01 22:19:43 -0500 Report

To Anonymous:
I guess i have to be sure to be specific online. I am an optimist, just trying to be helpful.I just assumed that the sore was just healing slowly, not infected.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-05-01 22:35:23 -0500 Report

To Beedy - As great as online is, sometimes it is really hard to communicate our intended messsage. Thanks for the clarification in topical vs oral antibiotics. I am not a physician but I would be curious if there is any scientific evidence that the topical antibiotic in the absence of infection does affect the rate of healing. Hubbie and I have this discussion because he has tendency to put antibiotic ointment on his booboos. I prefer to save my money and use the soap and water, open to air, keep wound clean and dry philosophy. I'm talking minor booboos here, not serious lacerations. Thanks again for triggering me to think!

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-04-29 16:04:27 -0500 Report

So, as you've already been told, your diabetes does make it harder for your body to heal. It's as if your blood gets too thick or sticky when your blood sugars are high and it can't flow into the smallest blood vessels to help heal wounds.

The good news is that the better control you have of your blood sugars, the faster you'll start healing. But I definitely think that if you have a deep wound, I'd want to see a specialist to make sure you do whatever you can to avoid serious complications.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-04-29 02:07:41 -0500 Report

Perhaps you should pursue a second opinion from another physician who specializes in wound care. Or even another physician if you are concerned about management by first doc. If the first doc is good he/she will not be offended with your getting second opinion and might even be able to help you connect with specialist. Trust your instincts - its your legs, your body; docs are human - don't be intimidated - speak up about your concerns. Thinking of you, take care.

WBSMORGAN
WBSMORGAN 2009-04-30 22:26:39 -0500 Report

THANKS FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS I TOOK THEM INTO CONSIDERATION AND IM GOING TO SEE A SPECIALIST

THANKS AGAIN

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-28 20:44:08 -0500 Report

Those are really questions for your doctor. He should be watching it carefully to be sure it heals appropriately, especially in light of the fact that you're diabetic. As you probably know, diabetics usually tend to heal more slowly than those who are not, and our chances of infection and complications are greater. Just have him keep close tabs on it. I would have thought he might have given you something for it, but maybe he didn't feel it was needed at this point.

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