I have wounds that take forever to heal and everything leaves a scar. Simple scratches to punctures and scrapes. Is this part of having an autoimmune disease?
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@asquires Have you been able to find out why your wounds take a long time to heal? What has your doctor said?
I don’t have an appointment till June 16th and 17th. My pcp has cancelled my appointments since December. I’ll ask then. Also, when wounds heal, even tiny ones I always get a scar.
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I know you have some appointments next week, but here is a good article. It talks about the stages of wound healing and also those things that can affect healing. I hope some of this will be helpful. Please let us know what you find out from your appointments. I’m sure it will help others!
It is an old injury from 20 years ago that keeps opening up. The wound center (All hospitals have them) said I did the right things. Made saline to wash it with. Take a small piece of gauze, and douse it with saline and then squeeze it out. Fill up the wound with this gauze. 4x4 piece of gauze and then wrap gauze around the bandage. Compression sock (it's on leg) and keep elevated above heart. Luckily, we got into wound clinic and they are doing a deeper level of abrading and wrapping, so now off the hook! I did this before, but this time around was very deep. They said never delay getting things like this seen, especially if diabetic, etc.
@asquires You said that you were going to have a doctor appointment this week. How did it go? Do you get an answer to wound healing?
Could be, if you're taking immunosuppressant medication. If not, have you been checked for diabetes (HbA1C)?
My last HbA1C was 4.1. I’ve been diagnosed with hypoglycemia.
I’m not on an immunosuppressant
My husband is diabetic, and wound healing is difficult. I'd think hypoglycemia would be similar in its effects in healing. Take care of any wounds that don't heal in a reasonable amount of time. Can lead to sepsis, or infection.
Hey, @asquires You said that you’re hypoglycemic. Does the doctor want you to treat it? Just wondering if you run out of energy or get lightheaded or anything? Is this why your wounds don’t heal so fast?
My hypoglycemia is well controlled. Idk. I’m trying to get wound care. PCP knee no way. Need to call insurance.
Ty for responding. It means a lot
@asquires - I have had autoimmune illness in the past few years- gone now I hope-and I now remember that I had a problem with very slow healing of smaller wounds. I did not understand why. I don’t have that now- there is definitely a possibility wound healing was affected by the disease.
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