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    Pressure Sore in Coxis

    Hi every1,

    For the 1st time in the nearly 20 years of being a quad, I just found a pressure sore in my coxis (or however it's called the bone on your butt where the spine ends). The red area is about 1 inch diameter, and in the middle is a peeled portion about the size of a little finger tip.

    Problem is, I cannot stay in bed all day. Fri, Sat & Sun I'm up from 6am to 11 or 12 midnight. The other days, I can stay in bed 'till 9 or 10 am at the latest, and cant go back to bed 'till 11pm.

    What can I do??

    Thanks in advance,
    Polett.
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    SCI- Nurse: URGENT, try to get on your belly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polett
    Hi every1,

    For the 1st time in the nearly 20 years of being a quad, I just found a pressure sore in my coxis (or however it's called the bone on your butt where the spine ends). The red area is about 1 inch diameter, and in the middle is a peeled portion about the size of a little finger tip.

    Problem is, I cannot stay in bed all day. Fri, Sat & Sun I'm up from 6am to 11 or 12 midnight. The other days, I can stay in bed 'till 9 or 10 am at the latest, and cant go back to bed 'till 11pm.

    What can I do??

    Thanks in advance,
    Polett.
    Polett, until you can get to a wound specialist, try to stay on your belly.
    I hope SCI- Nurse will reply to "URGENT, try to get on your belly".



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    You need to stay off of it until it heals- you can turn from side to side to take the pressure of of it.Stay hydrated & eat food high in protein & take Vitamin C & Zinc- hopefully it will heal fast. If not, it could get bigger and much worse!

    CWO

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    How do you think it started? What do you sleep on in your bed and what cushion do you sit on?

    I had one there (coccyx) at age 15 ... it required surgery. Tempermental area and difficult to heal on one's own.
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    Sitting up in bed may be the worst thing you can do. Stay on your left side, right side, or belly.
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    I recently healed a similar wound by keeping it clean, applying zinc ointment, and dressing with a bandage. Try very, very hard to keep pressure off that area, stay hydrated and make sure you eat animal protein.
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    You may want to look into Zims Wound Care. My wife got it at Kroger and it has worked great on my stage 2 in the coccyx area which was already compromised from a sore that developed in trauma unit in 04.

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    Hi every1,

    Thanx for the replies... Well, I'm taking the zinc & using the zinc ointment; however, it's getting a little worse, probably cause I must be on my w/c every day, for so many hours.

    I also bought a Roho cushion as my old one was making things worse too...

    Aggrrrr why can't we be millionares???
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