I can not describe accurately, the excrutiating pain which ulcers bring. Along with, the time consuming process for them to heal.
In the event that they do not heal, and become infected, amputation of the affected digit / area, is a realistic possibility.
ALL of the patients who have kindly taken part in the 2017 and 2018 global patient profiles campaign, report digital ulcers and soft tissue ulceration as part of their symptoms.
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Presently, I have an ulcer on my right index finger, which arrived in March - nearly 3 months ago!
I am extremely honoured to have been a contributor with the medical team who compiled the NHS England guidelines for the treatment of Digital Ulcers, published June 2015.
In my view, digital ulcers, albeit not life threatening per se, have not been given the medical and pharmaceutical recognition which they deserve, as by their causing complete misery and catastrophe to the Raynaud’s and scleroderma patient's, day to day activities.
|Prof Chris Denton presenting a plaque to Kevin's daughter, Michelle, and wife, Debby, for funds raised in Kevin's memory for medical research at the Unit. Thanks to Michelle for the photo.|
|James Carver, myself, Prof Chris Denton|
I am immensely grateful to James Carver MEP for organizing this event in memory of his late wife Carmen, who sadly passed from Scleroderma.
To view my article 'Why Global Collaboration is Important', Click here
All patients included within the global patient profiles campaign, highlight the URGENT need for an investment in medical research, as well as:
ALL being, crucial factors for best practice management and care.
Expert Specialist Centres, Click here
Diet and nutrition, Click here
Raynaud's, Click here
|Prof Chris Denton and I, Sept 2017|