I don't know if anyone is monitoring or not. I asked a question over 6 months ago and got no reply. I have had an LV ulcer on my ankle for 25 years. It has not healed in the last 4-5 years, and the pain, which seems to hit without warning, is like boiling water being poured on the ulcer. I take aspirin in the morning and Alleve at bedtime for pain. It dulls pain somewhat. When my ankle hurts I put my feet up and try to concentrate on something else (TV, games, book, etc) until the pain goes away. If I wake up and the pain starts I try to lie so that nothing touches the ulcer, and relax my muscles. I can not stand in one place for very long, as this aggravates the ulcer, and I can not walk or work moving around for more than a half hour at a time or I pay for it later in the day. It is depressing at times. Hang in there, you are not alone!