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I visited an orthopedic doctor yesterday. He thought the healing of my ulcer looks good and did a few xrays of my hand. He said the bone is not damaged. From my history of taking penicillen and the wound not healing fully until I was prescribed bactrim, he assumes it was a persistent infection probably staff or MRSA that was not treated correctly. He wants me to get an MRI to be fully sure there is no lingering bone infection. He did ask me if there is a history of Sclero or Lupus in my family. I have not been tested for these and there is no history, but my next stop is going to be a rheumatologist. I may cancel my dermatologist appt. because I dont want him doing a biopsy since it is finally closed and healing.

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I'm so glad to hear that your ulcer is FINALLY healing! Based on the conversation you had with your orthopedic doctor, it sounds like you are making the right decision in seeing a rheumatologist. You definitely need to know the cause of the ulcer and why it took so long to heal. Please keep us informed.


Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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