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Hi everyone,

I've had a wound on my stump (on the bone) for 5 months. I've used antibitiotics creams but nothing seems to work. The wound does not heal. Has any of you had a similar problem? What did you do? Did it work? Thanks for your advice.

Gwen

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I've had a wound on my stump (on the bone) for 5 months. I've used antibitiotics creams but nothing seems to work. The wound does not heal. Has any of you had a similar problem? What did you do? Did it work? Thanks for your advice.

Hi Gwen

I was in a similar situation some years ago, my GP was giving me antibiotics which didn't seem to work and there was no advice from my pros. centre. You really need to be seeing someone about this. I finally asked to see a dermatologist ,he was excellent, turned out the wound had become infected with Staph.A. he told me the antibiotics from the GP were not strong enough, and gave me very strong antibiotics along with a steriod cream, and the wound then healed within two weeks. Just ask to be referred on to a Consultant who deals with the problem.

Ann

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Hi Gwen

I totally agree with Ann. Five months is a long time for a wound to heal.

I've always been told when I've had a similar problem, that I need to see my GP first. Then, if the problem hasn't resolved, the limb centre doctor. And then, if it's still causing problems I have to back to the GP to be referred to a specialist. You need to keep pestering them.

I hope it clears up soon.

Lizzie

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Get the dr to refer you for wound care. It's the best solution for a wound that won't heal. I've been there and it works.

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Hiya Gwen - the most scary thought about a wound that doesn't heal is that you have NO idea what the heck it's doing on the inside......

It could be tunnelling it's way down where the naked eye can't see. Don't want to be the messenger of doom here.....but it's a possibility.

Please get it checked, and then checked again if you don't get a satisfactory answer.

Ally

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Thanks for all your advice. It's very nice of you. Ann, which steriod cream did you use?

I went to see my GP and a wound care specialist. I have to go for a bone scan next week. So I'm hoping it's going to work. It's been going on for too long.

The problem is that the best way for this wound to heal would be not to wear my prosthesis, which is almost impossible for me to do during the week with work. I try to rest on the week end.

I will keep you posted. Take care.

Gwen :)

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It's very nice of you. Ann, which steriod cream did you use?

Hi Gwen

The cream I used was "Aureocort", (its a POM) however the date on the box is 1998, so that was some time ago so not sure if it is still in existence, this was used in conjunction with some very strong antibiotics, and after it had healed I needed to moisturise.

I know how you feel, mine went on for months, my centre was no help at all and we do not have a nurse or consultant there, I was back and forth to my GP and practically begging him to do something. Understand what you are saying about wearing the limb for work, I did the same for a while but it really wasn't a good idea, however do realize that sometimes its very difficult.

Hopefully Gwen, the scan will sort everything out and you will soon be back on track.

Ann

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I had one before, the skin broke and something red was protruding out.There was no pain @ all. The Doc at the clinic gave me cream to apply but it didnt go away. I went back to the specialist & found out that those were undissolved sutres. had to undergo a day op to remove them

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