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Scar Tissue Advice Wanted

Oct 29, 2015 12:53 AM

I got my cast off my foot today. Starting 25% weight bearing in a boot. This is six weeks after my triple arthodeses surgery and six weeks now since I joined the group. I have two scars cris-crossing my old scars on my ankle from my last surgery 15 months ago. Is there anything proactive I could do to minimize scar tissue? My ankle is numb and still burning in a lot of places (RSD) on my foot and it feels gross if I touch the scars. The pain has been bearable the past couple weeks up until today when Dr forceable bent my toes backwards into positions they were not ready to go to without heat or a massage first. Anyway I got to work through that to walk one fine day.

So if anyone has some advice or feedback to speed up skin healing above and below the scars I am open to trying it. Thanks. 🐴

Oct 29, 2015 1:10 AM

Pure honey helps healing as does coconut oil. Moist heat and massage helps keep scar tissue minimized but it hurts too.

Oct 29, 2015 1:21 AM

Awesome. So how do I do moist heat? Forgive me I have had insomnia for many nights and I can't think straight. And then try the massage? Maybe if I get someone else to massage it I could look away. Then I could take it easier then to see myself do that.

Oct 29, 2015 7:02 AM

Equinesister, you can also use an over the counter rub that keeps scar tissue from getting too bad. I can't think of the name at the moment (I know it starts with an M.. Damn Fog!!!) you can also get 100% pure vitamin e oil and that helps too. As far as internal scar tissue, there isn't anything that will stop that progression. I have scar tissue so badly down the left side of my body that it feels like I have a 2" diameter rope under my skin. They say that they can inject it but it comes back. I have a problem with keloids so I have wicked scars all over my back, neck, legs, wrists, etc.. I hope that you get back to walking, riding and driving really soon!! Sending love, {{{Hugs}}} and prayers for continued healing.💕🙏🏻🌻

Oct 29, 2015 7:26 AM

My first thought would be the pure vitamin e ointment and if that doesn't work, there is something called mederma which is supposed to minimize the appearance of scars. Haven't used that yet, but from what I hear, it's pretty good.

Oct 29, 2015 7:27 AM

Amanda... I knew that someone would come up with the Mederma!! I have used it and it does help fade the scar tissue but not as well as pure vitamin e oil.

Oct 29, 2015 8:36 AM

Yeah that is true Alwayz. It doesn't, but I haven't tried the vitamin e myself. Hell, judging from the look of my skin, I probably should think about using that right now.

Oct 29, 2015 8:45 AM

I stopped a long time ago.. After 29 surgeries, I can't be bothered any more..LOL!!😜

Oct 29, 2015 7:20 PM

Vitamin E is wonderful for scars. And when you use honey, please make sure it is raw honey, that's the one with all the awesomeness packed into its sticky antiseptic, antibiotic, healing, and other awesome properties.

Usually you can find the raw honey at a grocery and if they aren't enlightened enough to have that awesome honey, it's usually in health food stores. I have a few jars of it, too bad that I can't just walk on over to your house and bring you some :)

I get scar tissue just from looking at the oven. I'm a keloid maker and know the pain of having scars. I've started considering asking the doctor to start making the incisions in a smiley face way. Better than tattoos. Ha. Ha.

Hoping your scar tissue heals up and stops making you feel so bad. Sending your scar tissue lots of healing energy! 💙💜💞

Oct 29, 2015 7:31 PM

I wonder if I should even bother with it at all either. I know there's going to be more surgeries to come so why even bother with it.

Oct 30, 2015 1:20 AM

EquineSister, when I had my CTS surgery, two months after the area around the scar began drawing and tightening up to the point of spasms in my fingers. I went for a recheck and the doctor gave me some ointment (forgot the name). He had me massage in gentle circles all around the scar area three times a day. He said it was trying to build keloid scars externally and likely internally as well. He said if I didn't massage and break it up my hand would eventually stay in a half first ball. I massaged it and still do weekly. The surgery was in 2012. Good luck and best wishes for a full recovery! 🙏🌼

Oct 30, 2015 1:32 AM

I'm with Flappys on this, EquineSister, before those other surgeries it would do you some good to discourage that keloid tissue from growing and the sooner you get those keloids the more tissue you can save from the keloids.

(gosh, was that a contest to see how many times i found say keloid in one sentence, or what? 😨 keloid keloid keloids, they are no fun but getting them before they grow any more is better than the doctors treatments. No comment )

Sending you some keloid breaking power, Equine. Gotta run. I have a cat on my chest trying to fight with the two bullies of the crowd. It feels awesome! Let's hope i come out with all my digits & no one besides the cats have a walleyed fit.

Sending hugs as always 💕💜💞

Oct 30, 2015 1:38 AM

Thanks Flappys and Kitty 🐱 will "try" to massage it. I made an acupuncture Appt for next week. Maybe they can work on it for me too. And help this awful insomnia as well. Not being able to sleep is amping up my anxiety to want to fall alseep. My therapist says no one dies from insomnia I hope she is right. I am going to a psychiatrist for the first time next week. I am desperate. Can someone send the sand man this way?

Oct 30, 2015 3:12 AM

Equine, I wish I could but he has yet to spend a full night at my house.

Oct 30, 2015 7:15 PM

@equinesister, the sand man has left my house to allow the gnomes who have taken over my place and beat me up while I'm not looking. Hahaha.

I'm sorry you're insomnia is so bad. I hope someone can find something to help you sleep. May I ask if you have tried any herbal remedies for help? I am sure you probably have. I have found that the sleep medicine the doctor gives keeps me awake. Whereas, just antihistamines for my bladder, Vistaril, kicks me out of insomnia most of the time if I'm lucky .

Let me know if you're interested in some herbal remedies that come by at a pretty decent price (no don't worry I'm not selling them lol. This is not an advertisement. Lol)

Many hugs for all of us who survive insomnia without strangling another person, or seeing if we can knock ourselves out with anything that will work. Sometimes even a door to the cranium.

Some of my meds have caused insomnia. But the pain really does number on me. I get so tired that I fall asleep & don't move for a few hours & wow do my hips and knees despise that!

Big hugs y'all. Sending y'all some peaceful evenings

Oct 30, 2015 7:23 PM

Kitty26, don't send those gnomes south! Lol 🙏🌼

Oct 30, 2015 7:28 PM

Lol. I try my best to keep those gnomes to myself. Only want to share the love not the gnomes that bring me agony. Lol.

Flappys, I do live south. So I will just tell the gnomes they have to stay with me and torture only Me. Lol. I live in Louisiana. Btw

Oct 30, 2015 7:33 PM

We use to have one (garden) and I hated it. My hubby kept it until our granddaughter said it was creepy. Lol She has more pull than me! 🙏🌼

Oct 30, 2015 7:40 PM

Yeah gnomes are kinda creepy. I do love the stone kitty angels and a pig angel that I inherited from my aunt. I kind of have a thing for kitties and pigs (they are so smart. I raised them in the FFA. And my aunt seriously loved pigs.).

So here's to noncreepy lawn ornaments and to the creepy one staying put, in a place far far away from me. Lol and y'all too. Don't want them coming after y'all with baseball bats like they do to me.

Hehehe I think I'm talking out of the side of my head. Marshmallow high! -*light giggle *Hehehe

Oct 30, 2015 10:44 PM

We have Gneil Diamond, my sister has Gnorman Bates and our friend has Gnome Chomsky. They're traveling Gnomes. Been to Germany, France, And London so far. They creep me out personally.
I think they live in my mattress. When I lay in bed they beat me about the head, neck, and chest area. Lol I used to love going to bed. It was my favorite place. Now I dread it lol

Oct 30, 2015 11:35 PM

Not to get off gnome topic (but I am).
My friend told me to pick off the scabs from my staples/scars and said it will heal better. Is that true? I feel like it could bleed in places. And I don't want that.

Kitty I have tried HTP5, Melatonin , a lemon herb supplement, Valerian tea, sam-e, and a woman's mix with st johns wort and chaste berry. Oh and homeopathy. Not all at once of course. But in the past few years. I even bought new pillows. Any herbal remedies I am missing?

I am enjoying reading the posts on this thread!

Oct 31, 2015 8:58 AM

My scanned always feel off on their own. I crispy think they protect you from bacteria entering, if it did blessed of was raw. I wouldn't pick them off if it were me. 🙏🌼

Oct 31, 2015 9:06 AM

Equine, the scabs protect the underlying skin from bacteria. They will fall off on there own. Have you tried lavender for the insomnia?

Oct 31, 2015 11:10 AM

Equinesister, I would definitely try some aroma therapy for the insomnia. I love lavender and I close my eyes and remember wonderful rides I had on my girl. I watch videos online with horses galloping across meadows and I close my eyes and can feel it as if I were on board. Perhaps if you tried that you'll lull into a quiet and peaceful sleep. Sending you {{{Hugs}}} and prayers. Make sure you leave the scabs alone, they are natures bandage and protect the tissue from bacteria. Hang in there and feel better. I'll be thinking of you. 💕🙏🏻🌻

Oct 31, 2015 12:22 PM

Thanks for all the sound advice on the scabs. I am not touching them.

🎆🙌 Hive fives every one. I slept last night.

Amanda and Alwayz just in case thought for the lavender do I get the essential oil or I have a lavender plant in a pot on our porch. What should I do with it? Boil some leaves, or just snip and breath?

Thanks again for all the suggesions!

Oct 31, 2015 1:59 PM

Anonymous, the gnomes do that same thing to me! they're awful and they beat my body with their ugly little bats. Hahaha. Little creeps. And i think they all live at bf house..

Oh equine sister, you've bought new pillows, have you tried a cover on your bed that zips up and keeps all the toxins in (beds come with fire retardants which are highly toxic and can interrupt sleep in people who are immunocompromised or have chemical sensitivity or fibromyalgia and s long list of other conditions are aggravated by the chemicals in fire retardants). I use the one that keeps all critters in and out, the most expensive on at Walmart but they have one for just straight allergies. It's worth a try. And I'm sure you can find it cheaper online.

Anyway I found the population of gnomes decreased after I put the bed cover on the bf bed. Those creeps are still here but they don't kick me so hard so the time. (Oh and fire retardants last for years and can affect one who is sensitive for long time).

Oct 31, 2015 2:40 PM

Equine sister, fresh lavender is wonderful! You know what's going into it and so is better going to the source of you can for some things. What you can do is take some snips of lavender, hang them upside down in a window sill or somewhere there is direct light and dry it out. I don't know the drying time, I'll look it up when i can get my hands on my natural medicines book.

And then you can take the dried lavender (get you could even dry it in your room!) and put it on satchels near your pillow case, in your pillow case or hang near your bed. Depends on how strong you prefer it.

I also forgot! Magnesium baths near bedtime can help relax the muscles and nerves and make for a peaceful night. Just make sure the water is between 101-105°F


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