Question about cold stump
rodgerole at joimail.com
Fri Jan 21 09:02:45 PST 2005
CarolynMichaels at aol.com wrote:
> Since I'm a fairly new amputee, this winter has been pretty bad for
> the awful coldness in my stump (AK) Usually starting in the early eve
> and I have to put a heating pad on it to warm it up. I'm just
> wondering if this is a commom thing among amputee's and what you do
> for it or to help prevent it.
Carolyn, I'm rak for three years now and my stump almost always feels
cold to the touch. Fortunately/unfortunately my diabetes keeps me from
knowing if my stump is hot or cold. Be careful with the heating pad!!
I'm sure part of my stump's problem is my poor circulation.
Diabetes,atherosclerosis,blood clots & a few other problems brought
about my amputation. A cold foot and pain in my leg were the clues that
sent me to the hospital for the umpteenth time(lost count). This trip
was the death knell for my leg. After many bypasses and clot-busting
procedures,the docs had run out of options.
Be sure to mention your problem to your doc,ASAP.
Ole rak 01/02
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