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#1 KarenL

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:37 AM

I had a visit with my rheumatologist yesterday. among other things I found out I have been putting the nitro-bid in the wrong place! You're supposed to put it at the BASE of the affected finger, NOT on the sore tip! He explained that it's like a traffic jam, you can't solve the problem at the jam, you have to route the traffic (in our case blood) above the jam. He's funny like that, always looking for little illustrations for us. Anyway, thought that might help some others. I did it last night and my finger was pink and warm all evening !
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:46 AM

Hi Karen,

Thanks for letting us know your experience with how to apply nitro-bid correctly. It is so easy to get things wrong, isn't it?

I'm glad to hear that it is starting to improve, now.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:55 AM

Wow that's great info!

I've been using this for awhile now and wondering why I'm not getting any better. I just chalked it up to not using it enough. I'll give this a try right now!

thanks again!
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 09:11 AM

Hi Karen,

How are they doing now? I'm a nurse and I think I would have done the same thing you did!!
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 03:04 AM

Thanks for checking in on me...

I am desperately fighting to not let this poor little guy ulcerate. I have a crack that is very very sore. At night I put neosporin with pain relief gel on it and a band aid to keep it moist. By morning it's a little better, but once I take a shower and it dries out, we're back to square 1. During the day, at work and all I forget to care for it, and when the Raynauds attacks come, and the tip is purple, the crack looks a little shiny. So I real quick warm it and so far so good, but it is threatening. I sooooooo don't want an ulcer or , gangrene again!!! I lost the tip of a finger two years ago over an extremely painful 8 months, it was horrible!! I became immune to all pain killers and wound up on a pain medication patch. During that time I was alo hospitalized for a thoracic sympathectomy and a heart attack! Anyway, enough about me...I need to think positively an imagine pink happy healthy fingers. peace everyone, hallelujah, sping is coming!!
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 05:36 AM

Hi Karen,

I'm so sorry you are continuing to deal with your finger. I hope that your diligence will pay off and you'll heal. You have been through so much! I'm so impressed that you are staying very positive. Keep it up!
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