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    Tunneling sore that was healing

    I noticed a skin scrape in early June. It never did much of anything, but despite my wishes, I finally went to my normal skin doc. In August, I had surgery to debreed and "glue" it shut, it was about the size of a thumbnail at that point and one layer deep. Since then, it has grown much larger, but never had much depth. Early this week, an area of tunneling showed up along with a bad odor, about 5cm deep.

    It's on my right groin, so my doctor has not issued any sitting restrictions as it's not in a pressure area. I have decreased my time up, my bed is an alternating air mattress that I'm allowed to sit on even after surgery. I have increased protein and stopped anything that could add strain to my body, breathing, neck exercises, etc.

    I've had three muscle flaps in this area before, the last was November of 2005 and know I don't have many times left. Any clues on what to do would be appreciated.
    C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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    The debridement and "gluing" may have left an infection which has now broken through. Ask your doctor to refer you to a specialist in infection treatment and the surgeon who did your last flap surgery. Make some calls as soon as you can.

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    If it's non-healing because of orgnisms, try colodial (sp?) silver. Don't use the junk with animal protein you get from GNC. Go to earthboundproducts for it like I do. It costs less.tt

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    What is causing the sore?
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    If it's in your groin crease, just the fact that it's kinda 'squeezed together' when you sit could be causing problems, as the skin there is very tender, especially since you've had surgery there before.

    We've had problems with that area after Matt's graft surgery, even tho it wasn't the area where an incision was closed; they brought out a drain close to the groin crease, and it took forever to heal.

    If you can position your legs a little further apart when you sit, and also wear soft clothing, like sweats, that might help. Make sure your clothing and underwear isn't getting caught in the crease. We also rolled up a 4 x4 gauze and wedged it into the groin crease, to help keep the crease more open.
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    This is the same doc who did the flap surgery a couple years ago. I've been working with him for several years, so he's quite familiar with me.

    Cmoore, I was starting to lean the same way, I'll ask at the next visit.

    GotWheels, That's my same question. I can see the infection possibility that cmoore mentioned, but I have no idea beyond that.

    Marmalady, I'm already wearing khaki pants and don't wear underwear for that reason and others. I'll see about spreading my legs a bit more, I already have plenty of gauze, paper towels and everything else down there to keep my pants somewhat dry from drainage.

    Thanks for the tips everyone. After six months of dealing with this, it's getting very frustrating.
    C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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    One product that will help is called Lucky Tiger Ointment. http://www.getluckytiger.com/classicProd.html We have used this product for over 40 years and it works miracles with rashes and pressure sores. Keep a thin film over the area 24/7 and it will heal from the inside out. We rub it into the tissues in the affected area. My son has had one pressure sore from sitting too long on a flight. We were able to get it healed up in about 2 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6 Shooter View Post
    One product that will help is called Lucky Tiger Ointment. http://www.getluckytiger.com/classicProd.html We have used this product for over 40 years and it works miracles with rashes and pressure sores. Keep a thin film over the area 24/7 and it will heal from the inside out. We rub it into the tissues in the affected area. My son has had one pressure sore from sitting too long on a flight. We were able to get it healed up in about 2 weeks.
    Sounds interesting, how's it work? Does it still work for deep, 5 cm, sores?
    C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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    My Dad uses Lucky Tiger for his psoriasis. He says the ingredients include sulfur so that my have some anti-germ action

    trainman: you have been on this site much longer than me and have a lot of senior member friends. I get a lot of inspiration from this site and especially from members who have been successful for a long time after injury. I don't want to offend any one here. I looked up your old post on what was possibly the same sore that came up as a red spot in the same area a few months ago.

    You have a 5cm (nearly 2 inches in America ) deep sore with a foul odor in an area of recent surgery. This was likely brewing in deep muscle when you did your first post. It's now broken through. Please call your doctor on Monday. If you can't get to his office, ask for a home health nurse to come out to look. It may be too late for salves at this point.

    My opinion for whatever its worth.

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    No amount of magic potion will work. Have to see what kind of infection it is and respond accordingly. It will take time. Hang in there! Happens to the best of us! It's frustrating I know!
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