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    Pressure sore question

    I have a small open sore on my tailbone (about the size of a nickel). I don't have any leave left at work but know I need to stay off my butt! In general, how long would I need to stay in bed? I've never dealt with this before. Please help.

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    Maureen, there is - unfortunately -no exact timetable; each person heals differently. The things you can do are make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet, that you're well hydrated, taking extra E and C, and - again, unfortunately - staying off it. Continued pressure on it will only make it worse and lead to an even longer time off work. Tough answer, I know. I'm sorry.

    Have you had your doc take a look at it? Are you treating it with something?

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    What is a good treatment, i have one too, but it's one the inside leg, i sat on a leg bag strap all day, so no direct pressure is on it. It seems to be getting better, but slowly, but i'd like it faster, damn MTV generation i am. Setting up a Dr's visit as i write, so.. no yelling at me.

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    I guess I was just wondering if it's days you're off or weeks??? I could probably get my boss to give me a few days off without pay if that would be long enough. Maybe a week at the most. I know everyone is different, I was just wondering what other peoples experience has been with this kind of thing. I guess a week off would help either way so I guess I'll go talk to my boss.

    Marmalady, I emailed pictures to my SCI MD who told me to spray it with Proderm twice a day and cover it with gauze or sit on a sanitary pad to absorb the drainage.

    Anyone else with any ideas or experiences with healing? Thanks.

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    The treatments for pressure sores can vary, depending on how big the sore is, how deep, infected or no, draining or no. I'm not familiar with Proderm, so I can't comment on it.

    Maureen, if your SCI doc told you it was okay to sit on it, I'd find a new doc!!! Keeping pressure off of a pressure wound is the only thing that is going to heal it. Again, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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    Maureen, stay off it! I guess you can look at it this way- the longer you sit, the worse it will get, the longer you will have to stay off it and miss work.

    I left my husband at a nursing home while I went to visit my children for three weeks. When I got home he had one in the tailbone area that was stage 4. Home health has been coming out and they clean it and just apply gauze that has vaseline on it. It is sooooooo much better, but has taken about 6 weeks to get to this stage. Take care of yourself.

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    Originally posted by Maureen63:

    I guess I was just wondering if it's days you're off or weeks??? I could probably get my boss to give me a few days off without pay if that would be long enough. Maybe a week at the most. I know everyone is different, I was just wondering what other peoples experience has been with this kind of thing. I guess a week off would help either way so I guess I'll go talk to my boss.

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    I know people who has been on their stomach for 8 month to 1 1/2 year because of a pressore sore so take care and stay off.

    TH 12 incomplete 12-12-69.

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    I'm not sure exactly where on your tail bone this sore is. If it's at the very tip, sitting will be a problem. If it's higher and you are well positioned in your chair, bearing weight on your sitting bones (ischial tuberosities) your sacrum should be pressure free. So you could continue to sit if the sore is not too low.

    BUT if you use a hospital bed, you need to not sit up in bed, but to lay flat if not all, then most of the time you're in bed. Sitting in a hospital bed is REALLY bad for the skin on your sacrum.

    Check in with your doctor or (better yet) a wound care specialist for suggestions on treating your wound. Keep you diet rich in protein to help speed the healing and tough it out any way you can. Putting off going to bed, if that's what you need to do, will only make the situation worse and increase the amount of time you have to stay down.

    RAB

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