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Possible amputation expected... frustration.

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by Frustrated24, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. Frustrated24

    Frustrated24 Type 2 · Member

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    T2 diabetic, on insulin with reasonable control.... now.
    I have had a diabetic foot ulcer to the base of my Left foot 2 yrs ago which required surgical bebridement and IV antibiotics.
    All Healed but since I've had a what can only be described as a bunion looking anomaly of my foot which now causes me lots of pain.
    Been seen by Ortho team, and podiatry had numerous MRI scans which have shown possible Osteomyelitis in bone of big toe joint with joint degeneration.

    Before covid lockdown I was placed on a urgent list for a bone biopsy, this clearly did not happen.... now I am remaining in lots of pain, and have had to make the decision in my own head to suggest a possible amputation of the big toe.

    I am really frustrated... I am left wondering whether if the surgery had gone ahead as planned, and had the osteomyelitis been treated by now properly ... whether I would even be needing to prepare myself for a possible amputation.

    Instead It has been left and although I've had over 3months of oral antibiotics, only now is the bone biopsy being mentioned again. My biggest issue is if I don't work, I don't get paid as work on an agency. ... I would rather just get amputation done and heal and get on with it than have to have open bone biopsy and heal, then more treatment and then more surgery and recuperation time.

    Sorry, I don't mean to rant, I am just sick of living with the pain and struggling to continue to work, and even walk properly (despite having diagnosed neuropathy) and do what I want to be doing with my life.

    Thanks for listening
     
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  2. LindiePops

    LindiePops Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    So sorry to read all the issues you are having. No wonder you are frustrated. My concern for you is that if your big toe was amputated, this may affect your balance. Does your job involve being on your feet alot? I also have Neuropathy too and know just how painful it can be, especially my feet
     
  3. Frustrated24

    Frustrated24 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi

    I am on my feet some of the time, but I also enjoy being out walking with my doggy which helps keep me reasonably fit and my bs readings where they need to be.
    I am hoping that an amputation will go some way to allowing me to get on with my life, instead of being tired and in constant pain.
    However since writing I've now developed an open wound over the joint. Currently feeling yuk on AB's .
     
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    Oh heck @Frustrated24

    So sorry that you are in this situation. It looks like a thoroughly miserable perfect storm.
    What is the situation in terms of appointments and actually being able to talk to the person who will make the decision about an op?
     
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    Frustrated24 Type 2 · Member

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    Have been given an appt now for next week.

    Only because I feel unwell with a open wound.
     
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  6. LindiePops

    LindiePops Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering how you're doing @Frustrated24? Hope you are feeling a bit better
     
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    Frustrated24 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi
    Currently awaiting pain clinic review and also seeing ortho consultant again in 2 weeks.

    Wound has settled down, pain is not perfect but better. The GP commenced me on a Butrans patch which has certainly taken the edge of during the day but not at night when I'm trying to sleep!.

    Just playing the waiting game again... just want surgery co.pleted to allow me ti.e to fetch on now. Still bot sure whether it will be amputation or attempted fusion first.
     
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    LindiePops Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Glad to see that there is some positive news in your reply. Hang in there, you're doing everything you can. Keep us posted
     
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