Introduction-- New Member
esther-l at alumni.virginia.edu
Sun Sep 28 19:14:03 PDT 2003
RSD is complicated, and I am not a medical professional, so I can't
really give you
advice. However, since the original injury was in 2000, I think it
would be a good
idea to get an opinion from a doctor outside your small town. I suggest
you look for
a physiatrist/physical medicine doctor, for a consult. A doctor in this
not do surgeries, but will refer you to a surgeon if they think it's
warranted. I think
a fresh view of your medical situation from someone with no baggage from the
previous treatment decisions would be a good idea.
If you didn't have RSD, I would say the odds are that a below-knee
would have a chance of decreasing your pain and improving your function.
I've met a small number of people who chose amputation to resolve an
they have been happy with the results. Anecdotes are not science, however.
I'm 41. I've been a below-knee amputee for 30+ years. My original
had the complication of gangrene (resolved by revision amputation). I
chubby and inactive after age 35, so I've started bicycling to reduce my
risk of developing
diabetes. My husband (a much stronger and more experienced cyclist) and I
went on a 25 mile ride in rolling hills on Saturday (Randolph county, NC).
It's not a bad thing to seek medical care away from home. My parents
live in a
very small town, and my Dad traveled to a hospital 80 miles away to have
amputated due to his diabetes. He went a similar distance to get
when he was treated for colon cancer. For several years when I was a
parents took me to a prosthetist who was 75 miles away.
> In a message dated 9/24/2003 10:43:49 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> smkincaid at msn.com writes:
>> Thanks so much for reading my Short introduction that turned out to
>> be three
>> pages. I am sorry and I will keep future writings much shorter.
>> Thanks very much.
Esther L. esther-l at alumni.virginia.edu,
Speaking only for myself
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