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#1 marsha

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:20 AM

Hello Everyone!

Saw the Vascular surgeon yesterday and they are working on getting me an arterial flow pump for my feet. I have a sore that is deep in the tissue of the big toe; it never quite comes to the surface, it kind of cycles, it gets pretty painful, then almost goes away. She is hoping this will help with the blood flow to my feet as I pretty much have none... :( Has anyone had any experience with one of these? The plan is 2 hours morning, 1 hour in midday and 2 hours evening.

Hope the end(ish) of winter is finding everyone well and healthy,
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:55 PM

Hi Marsha,

Oh dear, your toe sounds really painful; I'm so sorry. I do hope that the pump will be successful.

I have no experience with an Arterial Flow Pump myself but I've found a thread on Digital Ulcers and Arterial Flow Pump which I hope will be helpful to you.

Quite likely some of our members will be able to give you some more first hand information.

Best wishes,

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:11 PM

Hello Marsha

I hope the arterial flow pump works for you, anything to ease pain for sure! I think only one person has raised it on the forums so let us know what happens.

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#4 marsha

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:34 PM

I saw one post but the poster never ended up using it! The Vascular Surgeon thinks it will take at least 3 weeks to hear from the insurance and get it if approved. I will keep you all informed at how it is working.. Thanks for the well wishes


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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:04 AM

Marsha,

I hope all goes well and the insurance company approves the pump. Most importantly, I hope it works! It is ridiculous that devices or medicines that could help us are turned down by insurance companies. I had a similar experience with a medicine.

I had a very painful lump on my big toe that prevented me from wearing most shoes. For years I wore the same pair of sneakers or black flats (that no longer really looked black!) My physical therapist used a laser on it. It took many treatments but it eventually went away. I still have to be very careful not to buy shoes that put any kind of pressure on that area. Summer is best because that means sandals!

Good luck and keep us posted.

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