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  1. Caveman2ZA

    Stump Shrinkage

    Well this is a problem to me & possibly it may be a problem to others in the amputee community. What I am looking for is contact with others who firstly have a similar problem & secondly (hopefully) folks who may just have found a solution to this problem, or suggestions that we could try. The nub of the problem is how to keep ones weight down ( or loose a few inches round the waist) BUT not loose any bulk round your stump, in fact I would like to plump my stump up a tad, otherwise my --.ing arm falls off when I try to carry moderated weight bag out of the shop, or tool bag back to the garage. I know there is stuff on the market to "firm up your skin", but when I read the ingredient list, it is not in line with what I read about being good for the skin etc. What we appear to need is stuff to penetrate the skin & add to the bulk underneath the skin, if I am logical I would say that increasing muscle mass is the under-skin way to bulk up, BUT while a stump has a few muscles, at least I find its mighty difficult to remember to exercise them, so the jolly muscles shrink. - all tumbles in the wrong direction. Does anyone have some suggestions?? I am starting to try & exercise the 2 pathetic muscles(they were v strong 10 years ago prior to accident) in my right upper arm stump, the ends of the muscles - biceps & triceps are tied together at the base of my humerus (nob of which was removed so as to fit into a socket). but its only flexing them as they cannot drive anything. As the "skin firming lotions" appear to be too synthetically geared, I am "having a go" at making a formulation of ingredients I have at hand to see what happens. I can only assume folks with leg stumps have similar problems.