Patient Comments: Gangrene - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Bernie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I had an accident at work where I fell. I reached my hands out to catch myself and injured all my fingers. A little more than a month passed by and the doctor amputated my left pinky finger at the first knuckle. Five months later my other fingers are still blue and black. I now have my middle finger on my right hand with wet gangrene. Worker's compensation refuse to pay for the surgery. And I also have my fourth toe on my left foot with dry gangrene. It was found out by other medical doctor at the hospital that I had injured the tip of my fingers which caused the end of the veins to swell, cutting off the blood supply to the tips of my fingers. This is very painful. I am scheduled for surgery on next Tuesday or Thursday to amputate the middle finger on my right hand. No medical discussion yet concerning my gangrenous toe.

Comment from: Jkris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

Almost 6 months ago I went to the hospital emergency room with strep throat. I developed sepsis and was in a coma for 2 weeks. At some point my fingers and toes turned black. I had all the toes on my left foot amputated. However I was told my necrotic fingers would slough off. Only 2 have come off (with bone exposed). The other 4 are black, oozing, painful, and smell bad.

Comment from: william compton, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I lost both of my legs below the knee last January from gangrene. The doctors all told me that it was caused from exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam in 1968 to 69.The Veterans Affairs hospital was treating me for a fungal infection, and I almost died. I never had an open wound and I am not diabetic. They said that it just lay dormant all those years.

Comment from: sunshinerita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I am now 64 years old. When I was 15 years old in 1965, I was admitted to the hospital with sinusitis, meningitis, Bell's palsy and a fever of 106. It was determined ultimately that the sinus condition caused the leaking of bacteria into my brain and gangrene was formed in the frontal lobes of my brain. I went through bilateral sinus surgeries, a temperature of 106 for about 2 to 3 weeks, bone marrow depression from massive dosages of antibiotics, anemia, and bleeding in my intestines. I suffered from difficulty recognizing faces and poor impulse control for many years. To this day, I still experience residual weakness, difficulty recognizing faces, occasional depression, and an inability to walk/stand for more than 3 to 5 minutes.

Comment from: ZAHEER, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 07

My wife was suffering from the wet gangrene in the right foot sole (heel) and she is also diabetic (IDDM). We had gone for treating this problem at the hospital and the doctors cleaned her wound and removed the dead tissue and skin; they did this 4 times. Every time they cut the wound they advised us to maintain the blood glucose and not walk or use that foot. She first took antibiotic Augmentin 1G twice a day for ten days. After the third time when they removed black tissue from the foot they changed to Avelox 400mg once a day for further ten days along with pain killers. But during that she was suffering many times with acute fever and cold and the dressing of wound with antiseptic lotion (Eusol) was painful and she would tell me to avoid cleaning the wound in the hospital because the infection was close to heel bone. They did not admit her in the hospital for proper hospitalized treatment. Now in serious condition we decided to try other therapies for healing the wound. Last night I took my wife to a remedy clinic, which also treats diabetic patient's wounds. They checked her and advised some additional medicines for clots and painkiller tablets with antibiotic injection Tienam 500mg (imipenem and cilastatin sodium MSD) plus dressing of the wound. Last night she slept well.

Comment from: Shirley s, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 01

She cut her back and didn't tell anyone and now it has turned into a big sore. They say it stinks like something rotten, I think it is gangrene but she won’t go to the doctor!

Comment from: migslife, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 06

Almost 1 year ago my mother was admitted in a rehab facility during this time a podiatrist arrived and in his attempt to clean my mother’s toe nails he accidentally cut a piece of her skin. Due to this insanity my mother has progressive gangrene on three of her toes. Her toes never healed due to her diabetes and she will possibly get all her toes amputated. My mother has been receiving HBOT for 2 weeks now, but I am not sure how much will this help her. It’s outrages how something like this could happen to her at a professional facility. Patients aren't safe even in hospitals and in the hands of doctors. My mother has and continues to suffer great pain.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 05

My dad had stage III advance to Stage IV with sepsis, staph and MRSA. After he had a debrivement, the bedsores still advanced. With all the trials of antibiotics, he started to smell like a dead animal. His ears, his ankles, his whole body seemed to rot away and he loss 40 lbs. now only weighing 128 lbs. at 5'11" tall. He was in a nursing home when all this started. Even bedsores on the bottom of his feet. He was so tall in his wheel chair, his feet sat flat on the floor. Once my dad was diagnosed with Sepsis and MRSA to the point of debrievement. Does he have any chance of survival? I've been researching on this web site I think the answere is no.

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Comment from: ZAHEER, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 26

My wife is suffering from wet gangrene in her right foot heel for the last 36 days and treatment is still continuing.

Comment from: Chris, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: October 08

My dad with diabetes hit his leg on a stool leg. Later he experienced that the wound never healed because of self-medication. Severe gangrene developed and his small toe was amputated improperly by the doctor. Later the remaining toes and back of the leg developed gangrene and his forefoot was amputated. He died grief-stricken. I think severity in gangrene leads to fatality. Stop smoking is what the doctors say. I was with my dad nearby during his hospitalization and amputation.

Comment from: Taiz Soldier, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: February 07

My dad is diabetic and he has developed wet gangrene in his right toe thumb. He is hospitalized and is on insulin and antibiotics. Huminsulin 50/50 is given to him three times a day. There is some swelling on his toe. During the last five days the swelling has reduced marginally and some wrinkles can be seen but he is not able to stand properly. He feels his legs are slipping while walking. We will appreciate your suggestion to avoid amputation.

Comment from: 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: May 17

My 90-year-old father has dry gangrene on his small left toe. He has other health problems: poor circulation, congestive heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. His cardiologist and podiatrist disapprove of surgical removal of the toe. A bone scan shows no infection to the bone. He has been in the hospital since May 3rd getting antibiotics.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I was woken up after surgery and told that I had gangrene on my left hand and to keep it under the blankets. My hand was paralyzed. Everything inside my hand died: my tendons and ligaments. I lost almost all of the feeling in my hand. I could poke it and not feel a thing on my skin. A plastic surgeon kept trying to cut off my entire hand. My family stopped him several times while I was asleep. Even after I woke up, his students kept on coming to me. First, they were trying to talk me into letting them take off half of my hand. They said I could probably keep my thumb. The next time, they wanted to just snip off my fingers. I never let them. When all is said and done, I ended up losing one-third of my first and pinky fingers and about half of my two middle ones.

Comment from: Gloria, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 16

Working in a remote area clinic in a third world country, I often come across patients with gangrene. One in particular recently had an amputation of his toes. Now, only a month after the operation he has gangrene up to his knee on the same leg. He has not yet been tested for HIV but my feeling is that he could be positive. Thank you.

Comment from: Overwhelmed, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: February 14

My mother in law is 89 has extreme dementia, is blind because of temporal arthritis and is confined to a wheelchair due to a broken hip. She has now developed gangrene (I think dry) in her foot. They are doing an angiogram today to see the extent of the blockage. We do not know what decisions to make on her behalf. Amputation seems cruel, because she will never understand or remember. Yet we don't know if there is a humane way for her to carry on with just topical treatment of the condition.

Comment from: Chen, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 11

My brother had this disease for a short period of time. He had a toe removed, less than a week again the doctor said he had to removed another one, gave him two types of antibiotics. Within a week he started to experience high fever and started vomiting. He was admitted at the hospital and his leg was amputated the next day. A couple of hours later he died. Worst day of my life.

Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 21

My friend has what I assume is called gangrene on her thumb and index finger. It was caused by a dentist accidentally injecting Demerol into an artery instead of a vein for IV sedation. It's been 2 1/2 months now, and the tips of her fingers are slowly dying. Black and constricting. I assume this is "dry gangrene", but it just started oozing thick yellow pus. She is trying to get in to see a hand surgeon tomorrow.

Comment from: sandy, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 05

My dad was just diagnosed with gangrene in his bowel. He is not a surgery candidate due to preexisting conditions he is home from the hospital now with hospice visiting. It only took 3 to 4 weeks for this to advance. The doctor said maybe a few weeks or a few months, but this seems to advance pretty fast.

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Comment from: Melissa, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 25

My mom had gangrene in her gallbladder and on the outside of her gall bladder one year ago. They washed her out and treated her with heavy antibiotics. Now her face gets red and stays red along time and I don't think it would just be hot flashes. Then she feels cool and sort of clammy. She's 62 years old.