Suggest treatment for non healing ulcers on my left second toe - Online Doctor Chats
I have an uhealing ulcer on my left second toe over the last 18 months drs at hospital wont operate bec. it's an open infection - am on waiting list for another specialists apt on may 13 - don't know what to do - am a recent widow, depressed and feel like suiciding - what's to do - XXXXXXX
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Did you attempt suicide?
no of course not I have too many family responsibilities
Ok that is good take
I understand what kind of thoughts go through you if you have an non healing ulcer
At this time I have to say you that I saw people who had ulcers for more than 12 years and still happy
with the life that is blessed
well I have a family who are so dysfunctional you wouldn't believe
Non healing ulcers is a medical term however there is a treatment for it
You should no go by its term but the options that are still viable to heal it
One of them is the positivity in mind that the ulcer is just a small thing in my large body that would definitely not kill me
Having said that let us discuss the options
Are you diabetic?
but what I have tried antibiotics and medihoney, I clean every day with antibiototic skin solution, dress every day with clean gauze etc
What is the size of the ulcer and how many and where is it on the toe?
not big but surrounded with yellow dead skin
- bottom of toe pressure point
Did the doctor say that the pulses are palpable and the sensations are preserved or lost?
I mean the local sensations
Was a proper diagnosis made why is it not healing
no my dr just says to amputate
Ok are you prepared for amputation?
it is not really painfull, but I am cushioning it with gauze so it is over the footstep
That is the last option
no I don't want amputation
So did the doctor explain you the options and that amputation is the last resort.
yes they seem so keen on it but won't do it if there is an infection
never thought of it
at 66 am I too old to have an ordinary life
I do not think you are too old to think about possible options before amputating
Now a days there are more products to aid wound healing
However the right person who is regularly using them should be contacted
So I suggest you to ask your doctor why should the ulcer not be biopsied and sent for pathological examination
thank you I am a nice person and don't want anything else happening to me I want to walk to the beach and enjoy myself
ok but am not a pushy person
I am not sure if debridement of the ulcer and skin grafting is a possibility for the location of the ulcer
This can be done by your own surgeon
extremely common procedure
If he says that is not an option, then you can go with him
no the practise nurse does this every couple of weeks - I'm in cairns surgeons are gods here
That is great. If you believe in your surgeon they are your power. So I think a lot of people are helping you out there
Ok I think it is also time to revise your antidepressant drugs
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