Hello, I have been reading blogs with interest. I have been suffering with a painful fish scale like rash on my legs and have been told that I should use rehydrating creams but this has not helped. During my husbands dermatology appointment I asked the dermatologist about it. He said that there was nothing he could recommend in the way of creams as the problem was an internal one and I needed to ask for blood and urine tests He took a lot of trouble and sent a helpful report to my home doctor. My tests had always been near perfect and came back so this time ! Months of pestering led eventually to a referral to a Cardiovascular consultant. Tested veins and arteries which proved to be clear and so ,by process of elimination he decided that it must be lymphedema and sent me home with the usual recommendations of compression stockings , long walks etc ... Diuretics (??) and hydrating creams - I think he's off track completely 🙄 He even , in his report suggested that I was suffering from long term depression syndrome , something I took offence at as I have been coping well with many difficulties at home of which he was made aware by my home doctor . It was such a way-off description of me that my friends and the medical staff at my local health centre fell about laughing - until they realised that I now had that on my records to influence the judgement of other doctors.
I must add here that about 16 years ago I was misdiagnosed with a hip problem and operated on to replace my left hip. Left with excruciating pain and many years later discovered that the pelvis had slipped and the wrong operation had made things worse ! The orthopedic people deny this and just kept telling me that the hip was okay and I should try to do more to help them. The traumatologist even referred to "What you call pain" and dismissed me as not trying to help myself. I finally came to my senses and got in touch with an osteopath who examined me and told me that the problem was the pelvis . Gentle manipulation put the pelvis back in place and I was free from pain for the first time in three years ! Unfortunately three years of strain on strong muscles proved difficult and though I was much better I still suffered pain alleviated by gentle massage, but the damage had been done and the muscles in my back apparently permanently damaged. I tell you this because it now seems obvious to me that the damaged muscles were those that are used to move lymphatic fluid around. The still painful but livable with hip./pelvis stopped me from walking much and gradually the lymphedema (?) set in.
Now living in a different area of Spain have been struggling to explain myself again. I told this history in a written report to the CV man, but his recommendations took no notice of my difficulty of walking and the pain I suffered for days after trying to comply with his instructions. There was no way that I could even think about getting into the compression stockings I was measured for ( in the pharmacy ) and bought. My doctor has been helpful in recommending medication but this is really only for blocked veins which I don't have !
I have needed to tell somebody all this and you are my unfortunate audience. Sorry , but it has helped me just writing it down 🙂
I am not depressed , just fed up and angry that I seem to be getting nowhere. I have to go back to see him again and look forward to confronting him with a few issues ...... But I am still awaiting the six-month appointment after nine months .
It seems pretty obvious to me that I now have two "socks" of cellulitis between knee and ankle which are restricting my circulation . Please, am I right in believing that cellulitis is an infection that can be cured with antibiotics ?
I need to be armed with a few facts before I confront the man when eventually my appointment arrives. In spite of my painful and prickly legs I am not going to take this lying down !!!
Okay, that's me done for the moment. Please don't think that because of two men's incompetence they are all like that here in Spain . Far from it, we have met some very caring and dedicated people and are impressed with kindness and thoughtfulness.. We love the Spanish folk and in spite of a couple of unfortunate incidents we hope to spend many good years here in our lovely home surrounded by caring and generous neighbours.
Thanks for listening .