Has anyone whose skin heals VERY slowly due to Lupus or another AI disease ever had surgery? I'm supposed to have carpal tunnel surgery (problem caused partly due to inflammation & swelling from these diseases) and I'm really scared of the recovery process cause my skin doesn't heal. I have 3 bug bites on my thigh that I got the first week of Nov. and they're still there now. I also have various spots on my face that never totally heal, they just keep peeling. Neither the rheumatologist nor the hand surgeon can give me a definite answer. Any first hand experience or advice would really be appreciated. Thanks, Ann
As someone who has suffered with the skin end and the internal end of Lupus I can share with you what I've learned. In fact, I even did have iriderm laser done with varying results a year and a half ago. Yet, that only stirred up more lesions in the scar tissue, which is what often occurs with any wound we get. Most dermatologists now know this.
Anyway, I would suggest that, perhaps, you try acupuncture if you're leary about the surgery. In many cases, insurance covers it and it provides almost instant relief. It has also been very helpful in treating lupus patients. I have some resources and stats if you'd like to explore them.
I understand your apprehension and the wall of mystique regarding answers. The truth is most doctors don't know enough about autoimmune disorders. They know only how to treat the symptoms. Occasionally, you find one schooled in all techniques who listens to you.
When my son was born, my birth canal tore with a sizable tear. It is three years later and I still have tenderness, and with intercourse, it sometimes can break open and bleed...nothing BIG, it does the tiniest tear, but I'm just still that delicate after a tear. This may have to do with the skin located in that area being that much more tender than skin located elsewhere on the body, I don't know. I know I can't have pap smears anymore because I'll break open.
Have you discussed this with your surgeon? I'm fortunate that my healing is normal but I always discuss ways to take extra measures to prevent infection. Perhaps there are some things you can do to boost your system before surgery...