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    I'm still alive...

    Hi everyone, a few of you may know this so as today brought good news I wanted to post what's going on.

    In October I had a routine foot surgery performed on both feet to eliminate the chronic debilitating pain I was in (Neuroma).

    A week after returning from my Mo's Speed Shop/FL trip, a follow up exam found the right foot healed up fine bur left foot did not.

    The Dr was going to have to re-open site, debride and re-close but 1 day before the scheduled procedure I went to ER with huge pain & swelling of foot, ankle & lower leg. Was admitted to hospital 12/16/19 with Pseudomonas infection which turned to osteomyelitis.

    Was released the afternoon of 12/20 and required to stay home on IV antibiotics (Cefepime 3 times a day for 8 weeks) praying they took care of the infection in time to avoid amputation/bone removal.

    After 2 weeks pain free I started swelling and pain again and found staph infection in tissues causing cellulitis. Added a 2nd antibiotic (Daptomycin 1 time daily for 8 weeks) which kicked the cellulitis by 3rd dose - finally done 3/12/20.

    After a few weeks the doctor became worried as the wound was not healing so he became concerned there was a blood flow issue.

    He referred me to a GREAT cardio/vascular specialist (#1 in state of WI & on the board at Froedtert).
    1) Abnormal EKG & failed stress test - Heart Catheterization revealed no significant problems (much to my surprise!). Stress test fails you with 1% blockage or 100% blockage
    2) Arterial angio of both leg arteries. Results = all good. No blockages (much to his surprise as he was thinking the issue would be here)
    3) Venal angio of both leg veins. Results = some refluxing in both leg (femoral) veins which will require ablation but not bad enough to cause the main problem.
    4) IVUS - today. Ding Ding! We have a winner!!!

    Today's IVUS is a success!

    We have a diagnosis and a cure!!!

    I have May-Thurner Syndrome.
    https://www.webmd.com/dvt/may-thurner-syndrome#1

    The Iliac artery compresses the Iliac vein.

    Both left and right side Iliac veins are 100% blocked.

    He opened left and placed a stent.

    This is exactly how mine looked (except I wasn’t pregnant. )
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybLM163Wlq0

    May-Thurner is extremely rare and nothing you do can cause it. Simply a mechanical issue in the human body - a design flaw.

    I go back 3/13 to have right side stent placed.

    Then left leg Venal ablation on 3/11 and right Venal ablation to be scheduled.

    Dr is 100% certain the wound will now heal up very fast.

    The light at the end of the tunnel is shining VERY bright!!! :-)

    As bizarre as it sounds, I’m glad this infection happened. If it hadn’t, I could have died. Undiagnosed May-Thurner can throw DVT clots and cause all kinds of other icky stuff!

    Thank you, Bill.
    Last edited by MyBlackBeasts; 02-21-2020 at 06:18 PM.

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    Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

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    Oh, Bill! How scary!! You have been through the ringer! I am so thrilled you now have answers and an action plan! This must be such a relief for you! God Bless!


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    Wonderful news, sir. You can help me annoy Marty for another 20 years.

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    Glad to hear you were finally diagnosed. Hope your recovery is as speedy as you anticipate.

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    Congratulations!

    I had symptoms that resulted in 8 Doctors recommending debilitating surgery. The 9th Doctor said I don't think you have this condition.
    And he was right!

    Point is when you can get other opinions and only make a decision when you are comfortable it is the right one for you.
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    Awesome news to get after all that. Hope it all goes well with speedy recovery
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    Sounds like they turned you into a pin cushion. Glad to hear the good news.
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    This is great news
    You "feel" the difference because you want to "feel" the difference. Since you just spent money on the upgrade you "have" to feel the difference

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    Thanks everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastbob View Post
    Sounds like they turned you into a pin cushion.
    Oh! You have no idea! I've had so many needles stuck in me I feel like Pinhead from Hellraiser!

    The heart cath & leg arterial angios were a piece of cake - just was tired after. But the IVUS, holy crap! I felt like I was run over by a Mack truck! Could barely move for 24 hours. Feeling much better now though.

    WLB
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBlackBeasts View Post
    Oh! You have no idea! I've had so many needles stuck in me I feel like Pinhead from Hellraiser!

    The heart cath & leg arterial angios were a piece of cake - just was tired after. But the IVUS, holy crap! I felt like I was run over by a Mack truck! Could barely move for 24 hours. Feeling much better now though.
    Wait till you get hit by a Kenworth

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    So glad to hear you are doing much better...take care and God bless you.

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    Glad to hear your are doing better.

    Heal fast my friend!
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    Glad to hear you've got a diagnosis and action plan. Sending positive vibes.
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