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    hi i have had a leg ulcer now for 18 months which started from a very small cut on my shin but has rapidly grown to 16cm tall by 10 cm wide extremely painfull and large ulcer. which happened due to a dvt completly blocking my main vein in same leg.the vascular clinic said in novenber 2013 that with a 3 layer comp bandage the ulcer will go. since then it has grown twice the size and i still have the blood clot. but no one is doing anything about it. what can i do. im very scared and deppressed.





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    Hello my fathers friend broke his ankle about ten years ago and had screws put in. Three years he hit it while he was splitting wood and the ulcer appeared shortly after. Doctors removed the screws thinking they had caused an infection however the ulcer showed no signs of improvement. He has had this ulcer for just about three years. He's been to 10 different doctors. They have given him different medications and ointments to try but nothing has helped. It is now about 2 inches in diameter and nothing seems to help. Are there any ideas out there?





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    On the side of my tounge i have red and slightly swollen taste buds...is this an infection? Or just a mouth ulcer? As it doesnt really look like a mouth ulcer?





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    i have mouth ulcers and i have this medicine called alocler or this paste that u can get from the doctors

    are you allergic to anything you ate

    Hi,i am a 31year old female and for about 3 weeks i have had what i thought were an ulcer in my gum,it's on the gum right at the back of my bottom set of teeth,at first i thought it might be a wisdom tooth coming through but the pain has not gon and all that is ther is what i can only describe as i white hole,it's very sore and it wont go away,even with mouthwash etc,is it an ulcer or something else? Any ideas? thanks.





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    I had an mouth ulcer on the roof of my mouth. My dentist told me it will disappear if I carry out a roof canal treatment. However it didn't. And now this ulcer has been sitting in my mouth for over a year now, I am really worried. It does not hurt normally but I can feel sometimes it goes bigger and sometimes smaller. Don't know what it is really, can anyone suggests pls?





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    My leg ulcer smells and as gone Green/Black i have had compression lots of different dressing types and still a year and a half later i still have sometimes it gets painfull and infected and smells. But this time its very painful (im on oramorph and other strong painkillers) It has lots of green sluff and the ulcer has now gone black and the smell is like rotten meat can you please give me any advice has to why it gos black many thanks Pamela





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    Dearest Pamela, Please go to the doctor, your ulcer as you've stated it to be, is turning black because your skin is dying and that can leave you susceptible to, if left untreated, bacterial infection which can cause the need for an amputation and/or can get into your bloodstream and kill you. It is a very serious matter. Your wound as you've described it, needs constant and diligent treatment i.e. regular bandage changes, perhaps the MD removing dead (black) skin (debridement) at regular intervals in the healing process, increase in protein intake and healthful eating, doctor approved degree of exercise etc..If your wound EVER smells bad- it is time to see the DOC again, and ask him/her what to do on a REGULAR BASIS so that it DOES NOT smell. Never let your wound smell or your skin start to get black without doing something about it IMMEDIATELY. When you see your MD (wound care specialist would be best)please have someone drive you if you are taking strong painkillers, as we don't need you or any fellow travelers with anymore bumps and bruises! Additionally,a calendar may help you keep track of dressing changes, as I know it's not a lot of fun and can easily be put off, but don't! You can do it! Sorry about the preachy nature of this answer, but I am reaching out to you with grave concern. I'd like to give you a couple of helpings of peace with that protein! LOTS of love to you- Heidi

    Hi hope your feeling better hun just wondering if you ve been seen lately bya doctor as this does not sound right at all I don t no what gang green looks like but I sure it something bad please go back to doctors as soon as yiu can all the best kind regards jane xxxxxxxxx

    I am suffering after an operation on my penis i had an ulcer on the shaft about .5 of cm,i am 68 years old had the operation when i was 63. The surgeon attatched my foreskin to the base of the head covering up the ulcer therby causing an adhesion. The adhesion of my foreskin has now spread almost completely around the base of the head leaving only about 1cm left of freedom its impossible to pull back .as time goes by the gap is narrowing has anybody had the same thing? Its been some time since an erection because of the lack of sensation





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    Hi, I think I have a (self diagnosed) duodenal ulcer. For a number of years now (I think the 1st time was in the late 80s) I occasionally get a burning sensation in the middle of my chest. I have tried umpteen different antacids none of which have ever worked. The only relief I can give myself is to sip cold milk. I was prescribed something a few years ago that was supposed to suppress the acid and give the ulcer time to heal but that didn't really work (and I didn't bother going back to the Drs because milk usually does the trick). The pain, if I don't get milk soon enough, is sometimes so bad I can feel it in the middle of my back. Derek, 51, ex smoker (10 years now) and I don't drink alcohol either





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    Derek you cannot ignore heart burn like I did and as a result I was diagnosed with Barretts oesophagus which is a condition associated with heartburn and can develop into pre cancerous cells. I have suffered from endless sleepless nights due to experiencing heartburn and tried all prescribed and over the counter medications. However, after searching the internet I discovered a PPI named Esomeprazole which I asked the doctor to prescribe me. I take 20 mg at 5AM and another 20 mg at 5PM. After 20 years of suffering I am not experiencing heart burn at all. Derek you need to go to your doctor and get this under control.

    hi i have a bad cold and have ear ach and a sore tonsil looks like a ulcer or tonsilitus





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    Is it safe to give oral sex whilst you have a mouth ulcer?





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    Hi, i have a ulcer on my valva. I went to the docs and he gve me sone ointment cream for it. It went away within a week of using the ointmnt now it has come back. I have no stds or anythng as my doc tested me for that already. The ulcer starts off a little cut then gradually forms into an ulcer. Now i am havng more white creamy discharge. Has anyone experienced this before??





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    Just an update. My first ulcer has nearly healed. The second ulcer has completely healed. BUT....Now I have a shallow 'ulcer' on outside of my right foot, just below my ankle bone. I'm in agony every morning. On some mornings I have no pain at all. Its seriously ruining my life. I normally go fishing all the time, and I only went 5 times last year!!!! I wish I was dead to be honest!

    I had a venous ulcer above my ankle since 2007 its coming and going but I also had veriscose vein recently I developed a new ulcer on my inside leg below the ankle the pain its unbareable what I need to know is it venous or arterial ulcer





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    I had a leg ulcer 3yrs ago and had vein removed surgery. The ulcer has heeled but the skin looks bruised and off colour where the skin has never returned to its normal colour. I want to know can I tattoo over the old ulcer for cosmetic reasons or is there anything I can do to restore the skin. I'm 36 and don't like to wear shorts because of this please help. Thank you Kevin





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    I've suffered from severe mouth ulcer's from 6 month's of age. Now at the age of 15/16 i have started to develop some down below. I am a female and so have no idea whether this may be Behcet's Syndrome. But i don't have any swelling in viens, nothing wrong with my sight, etc. I have a doctor's appointment soon and so am helping i may get something out of it. They are definitely ulcer's exactly the same as the one's i get in my mouth, and have had 3 over the past year, the first two lasting 1-4 day's, the most recent, (The third) Lasting up to a week. Definitely ulcer's had my mum take a look and she think's so too. Any advice, or help would be much appreciated.





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    Hello, I would just like to say, I know what you are going through. I have been suffering with ulcers in the mouth and bellow since I was 16! I am now 25. The docters can not pin point that it is Bechets as I do not have the other symptoms. However they have not ruled it out. I am now different medication to see what will work (Unfortunaly this is a wait and see what happens kind of thing). Good luck!

    hey,i too have the same symptoms as you both mouth and vaginal ulcers.the pain from my 'lower' ulcers is terrible.i have had mouth ulcers nearly constantly for 12 years but the lower ones have only started this year.the doc thinks it is bechets and i am waiting to see a rhemolgist.havent found any thing to help with the pain,but have been given amitriptyline to help with nerve ending pain.dont have much hope of getting any relief,i think its just something i will have to live with.

    Hi Im 18, I got a leg ulcer on my left ankle, i got the ulcer when i was 17, it heeled, but i didn have a stocking or any support, i went to play football and it flared up straight away, twice as bad, ive had these this ulcer for nearly a year and half, i cant do what a young, fit healthy 18 year old normally does, but, despite the negatives, there is a positive, altho it took the nhs so long and a number of scans to help them decide i needed laser surgery, which i have had and it is improvein, slowly, but surely, hopefully this helped.





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    i have what looks a bit like an ulcer but on the inside of my cheek but it is bigger than a normal ulcer and i have had it for around 3 years. It's not painful but i don't know what it is/why it appeared. Any ideas?!





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    I am a 54 year old Diabetic male and have had a leg ulcer for 34 years! I constantly get infections in it and have had MRSA twice in the last 8 years. I have to be carefull when wearing safety boots for work as they can rub the ulcer and make it worse. I can't go swimming with the family and when I wear shorts on holiday everyone always stares straight at the Inadine dressing on my leg because it looks as though the ulcer is leaking through when in actual fact it is the iodine leaking. When I shower I have to cover it up with a plastic bag so it doesn't get wet. The ulcer is dry at the moment but I have a large hole that will not close up. I can't do anything without the fear of bashing my leg and making it worse. I watch my diet very carefully, am slim, have never smoked and drink in moderation. I eat manuka honey on my porridge every morning. Can someone please do something to help me?





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    can anybody tell me if there is any financil help for a chronic leg ulcer. I have had mine for approximately 20 years with continual breakdown of the ulcer as well as work sickness as a result of being on my feet for too long. regards





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    hi im worried about my mum she had a dvt when she was pregant with me which was 17 years ago she has always had bad legs caused by the dvt which left her right leg looking bruised then about 10 years ago she banged it on a bike pedal and it broke out in to a ulcer she has diabetes which dont help and shes still got the ulcer and we found out to day that she could have another one on her toe. im so worried about her because she has been suffing for years shes thinking about have her leg taken off i really dont wont this to happen. i also think any one with a ulcer desvres a metal iv seen my mum crying in pain and just dont know how anyone does it but just keep fighting and you will get there.





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    Get youe GP or district nurse to refer your mum for a Doppler assessment. It will indicate how much blood flow she has in her legs. She may well have arterial disease due to the diabetes but depending on the severity she may be able to go into reduced compression bandages which is the fastest way to heal a leg ulcer. Obviously it is important for her to eat a healthy diet and keep her blood sugar within normal limits which will promote healing and minimise the risk of infection. You could also insist that she is referred to the vascular surgeons who can do more extensive tests to determine blood flow and there may be surgery she can have to improve this. You don't say whether your mum is diet, tablet or insulin controlled but in all instances maintaining a normal blood sugar is extremely important in preventing other complications associated with diabetes. Please try not to worry but DO pester your GP etc if you feel not enough is being done to help her. Good luck!

    I had an ulcer two years ago, knock wood, no reoccurrence to date. My doctor used calcium alginate pads, a cream and debridgement. There is a purple scar but I am mobile because when I had the ulcer it was incredibly painful. Hope this helps! Sue

    My mother is 54 and has been suffering with a leg ulcer for the past 14 years, and has used various treatment from going down to see the nurse to change dressing, to manuka honey, but she still can't get rid of it, she hasn't been able to sleep a full night since having the ulcer If anyone could suggest anything, she is willing to try anything to get rid of the pain and suffering, please help





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    hi i too like your mum have bad leg ulcers and i know how awful the pain gets im a 47 year old man and at times it brings tears to the eyes i take morphin in massive doses which in turn makes me sleepy however recently the nurse has tried manuka honey and four layer bandaging and after 8 years there starting to close in i also found soladol helped with pain hope this might help your mum all the best

    Have you tried a dressing using seaweed a friend had a leg ulcer some years ago and it cleared up after a few months when she changed the dressing to an alginate wound dressing still used a compression bandage. Should mention she also exercised as much as she was able, lost weight(ate loads of vegetables and white meat and fish.Cut down on the carbs too)Hope this helps.

    Sounds like you have poor circualtion. How are your veins? Have you had a Doppler test? If not ask for one as it will see how your circulation is.( would be arterial leg ulcer) It sounds like by the description of where abouts on your leg you have poor veins. Could also be you have poor veins- another type of ulcer called venous leg ulcer. can occur from ankle to mid calf. I suggest you go to a university library - if you can or even google venous/ arterial leg ulcers. Are you diabetic- as this has major impacts on your healing processes? Leg ulcers can start as blisters too. It does not like you self harm. Maybe go to a different hospital?

    I have been suffering mouth ulcers for as long as I can remember. Doctors and Dentists have never been able to give me an answer other than apthous ulcers. As a teen I suffered a genital ulcer which being young and scared I kept to myself. I am now 29 years old and still suffering mouth ulcers. Recently I had another genital ulcer which lasted 2 months, I visited the doctor who told me it was probably herpes and gave me acciclovir tablets. This didnt help but eventually the ulcer went by itself. 2 month's ago another ulcer returned, I visited my local GUM clinic (at this point I was 4weeks pregnant)and was given a negative result to all std's including the herpes virus. I attended regularly over the next month to have the ulcer monitored as it wouldnt clear. The doctor at the clinic believes I have behcets disease and advised me to see my gp to be referred to an immunologist. The ulcer is clearing but still suffering terrible mouth ulcers as usual. My own gp doesnt want to refer me to an immunologist but has decided I should see a gastro-enterologist for assessment instead. Ive been researching behcets and it does sound like what I am suffering but as I have had no proper diagnoses or advise I feel scared and unsure on what my next steps should be. I have a 10 year old boy who also regularly suffers bouts of mouth ulcers. Do you think this is linked to the behcets condition?





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    Hi, I can totally sympathise with you, with the symptoms you describe. I am going through pretty much the same pain and emotions as you and have a 10 year old to look after. My G.P suspects that I have Bahcets and I have been round the houses with different specialists, gastro, oral medicine and GUM (GUM was embarracing and degrading, especially when they said they thought genital ulcers were herpes, even though my G.P had already tested for that and got a negative result. I am currently waiting for a referral to Rhumatologist & Immunologist. Hang on in there, I know how hard it is feeling so poorly, tired and frustrated. Ahhhh will one consultant just confirm a diagnosis and start treating us with the right meds. Take care.

    Awww! I cannot imagin what you must be thinking with your son getting bouts to. Keep going to the Doctors until they listen, thats what im doing now! I have different symoptoms cropping up regularly at the moment & am keeping diary & pictures & visiting the GP almost weekly! I am going to make a pain of myself until they listen! Thats what we all pay NI for after all.

    I'm a 27yr old male. When I was about 16 I slipped on black ice and fractured my right tibia. I then started to get a brown patch of skin on my right ankle (the leg I broke). I then started to get some greyish-white coloured skin. I went to see a dermatologist and they said it was 'Atrophie Blanche'. I then started to get varicose veins and then an ulcer on that foot. Then I got ulcers on my left foot. I've had a large venous ulcer on my left leg next to my ankle since Christmas. It is healing very slowly. I'm now trying Manuka Honey gel sheets. I now have one ulcer in the same please on my right leg in the middle of Atrophie Blanche and it is very sore to touch. (This is because the skin is dying). I also have a very red sore patch of skin where I thought had improved one week ago, but it had gone red and sore the week after. I'm having compression bandages on every week, for the last 2 weeks I've been getting a 4 layer bandage on both legs. It's letting my confidence down and I'm seriously fed up. I had tears in my eyes on Christmas eve because an ulcer had grown in size. I had my veins stripped to see if I don't get ulcers any more, but that didn't help. I have been off work most of this year because of the ulcer. I stand up all day at work and it doesn't help.





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    hi i know exactly how you feel mate ive had one on my left ankle for the last 4 yrs and my life and self esteem has gone right down the drain,i dont sleep cause o the pain,im moody all the time,in pain nomatter what i do but u get very little help once youve been seein the doctors for the time i have.

    Thanks for the reply. Since writing it, I devoloped two more ulcers. I've been using Medihoney every week. I had to get a sick note 4 weeks ago because on a monday I had quite a lot of pain for two hours and I'd had enough, so I had to go home. Since being off work they showed signs of improvement two weeks ago. I stand up all day at work and being off has helped a great deal!! I have to go back to work next week, but I don't seriously want to because my ulcers will heal very slowly again. Four years is too long!! Ask your doctor for you to be referred to the dermatologist and see what they can do for you and see why it isn't healing. I'm going back to them in a few weeks to see what the underlying cause is of why I keep getting ulcers every year.

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    hi david like you i have had a leg ulcer for two year tried everything and it didnt heal i now see a private doctor called Jan De Freis in glasgow he has places all over and is not that expensive he helped my ulcer after four weeks it was smooth all he gave me was drops before and after food he told me you have to heal ulcers from the inside this has worked for me

    I have got a ulcer on my left leg i had it for 8yr and i am in a lot off pain with it I take co-codamol for the pain put it dose work no more i have see me sit up all night and cry with the pain i do my owe dressed 1 a week sometime i wish i had my leg off the pain is so bad i am 39 and i am sick off have this ulcer and it just get big all the time what can i do next can anyone help me.

    I use Unna Boot bandages for leg ulcers and have been suffering now for five months with an ankle ulcer. I can relate to what you say about the pain. I have been using Manuka Honey and have seen a big difference. Really feel this is healing the ulcer. Go on to Amazon and put Manuka Wound Honey in the search and you will find it.

    I have had reoccuring thrush now for a little over a year. Because I have had it reoccur so much I have monitored it. It always comes back in exactly the same place but it looks like an ulcer (It isn't an ulcer though it just looks like that) and it is about the siz of a 5p coin. I am starting to get more concerned as I feel as though the doctor thinks I am wasting there time. I tore when having both of my children and let it heal naturally rather than having stitches. I dont know if this has something to do with it as it occurs just where I tore. Do you have any ideas that may help as this has had quite an affect on my sex life.





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    Just an update. The ulcer seems to be a little better. Its not as deep as it was. I was put on some antibiotics because I had an infection in it. There is some loose skin next to the ulcer and it attached to the edge of it. I've tried pulling it off but its too painful, so I've left it alone. I thought I had to go to Bradford Royal Hospital yesterday (thursday) but I got the date wrong. Its next week when I have to go so that was a waste of a journey. I'm suppose to be going to back to work on Tuesday but I bet you £100 that I'll have to go back home because I won't be able to stand up on it.

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