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I developed cellulitis yesterday on my right breast and was prescribed a very strong antibiotic which gave me severe headaches and vomiting and was told tht it would work fast and I had to take two of the antibiotics yesterday. Now the cellulitis has spread across my whole chest. I will be seeing a plastic surgeon who did my tissue expander fills again this afternoon. I did not want to travel to Massachusetts for this.

Prayers and positive thoughts please so this will clear up fast.

Hugs,
Margo

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Oh Margo I am so sorry to hear this I have had to deal with this a few time in my lymphedema arm. I am surprised they do not have you hooked up to an interveinious antibiotic. My prayers are with you as well as my deepest concern and well wishes. Please let us know how you are doing.

Hugs,

RE

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I will find out more today. I was surprised that intravenous antibiotic wasn't ordered but maybe today they will since it is worse.

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Oh Margo,
I am so sorry that this is going on. I will keep you in my prayers.
stef

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what is cellulitis

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Oh Margo! I'm so sorry you're faced with this now. Everything has been sailing along so nicely for you. I'll say a prayer that this gets cleared up for you quickly and that you recover with little to no down time!

Hugs, Mar

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Cellulitis is a diffuse inflammation[1] of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin. Cellulitis can be caused by normal skin flora or by exogenous bacteria, and often occurs where the skin has previously been broken: cracks in the skin, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites, surgical wounds, or sites of intravenous catheter insertion. Skin on the face or lower legs is most commonly affected by this infection, though cellulitis can occur on any part of the body. The mainstay of therapy remains treatment with appropriate antibiotics.

Erysipelas is the term used for a more superficial infection of the dermis and upper subcutaneous layer that presents clinically with a well defined edge. Erysipelas and cellulitis often coexist, so it is often difficult to make a distinction between the two.

Cellulitis is unrelated (except etymologically) to cellulite, a cosmetic condition featuring dimpling of the skin.

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Oh Margo, Ouch! I hope you get some relief soon! Drive carefully today, I'm in CT and it's snowing now and should turn to a messy mix before it's done.
Sher

xskeetshooter
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sorry to hear that, hope it gets better for you. we have eneough to go thru

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Margo, so sorry to hear this. I'm sending positive thoughts and healing vibes your way. Drive carefully and hopefully this is taken care of quickly. ((((HUGS))))

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wishing you the best margo!

teresa

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Oh Margo I developed cellulitis after my 2nd surgery in August 2009, which was the removal of the rest of the lymph nodes. You know you can become quite ill with this, but it will get better. They treated me with oral antibiotics. I took them for several months, actually just got off them in the past few weeks. sometimes I think it would have been much easier to get the IV. Please let us know what the doc says today. I'm praying for you.

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So sorry to hear this. I've had cellulitis twice but it was on my legs. Positive thoughts sent your way. Hang in there.

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Sweet Margo,

Of course ALL of us here on the boards send you every positive and speedy-healing thoughts! You poor thing~ I am also sending you Cyber-Soup ( chicken, of course) and games and oodles of fun and laughter for Jake while you are taking your antibiotics and getting over this FAST.

Hugs,
Chen

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Margo,

I'm so sorry, cellulitis And you have to travel, too? Yuck! I'd send you some cyber-ckn soup too, but I'd bet Chen's is better - so have a 2nd helping of hers. I hope you feel better soon. Be safe travelling.

Sue

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So crappy. So sorry, Margo.

Hoping it clears up quickly for you.

Kindest regards, Susan xo

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I'm so sorry you have to go through that! I just found out what this was also. My husband was in the ER a few weeks ago with a severely swollen throat and was also diagnosed with Cellulitis. They pumped him up with heavy-duty antibiotics and a steroid. It did clear up pretty fast. Prayers are headed your way for a speedy recovery.
Hugz,
Cathy

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Margo, I just read your post, and I'm so sorry to hear that you're having this problem. I pray that the proper treatment is found, and that you are feeling better as quickly as possible. Your strength and positive attitude is always an inspiration to me.

Joyce

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Margo, I hope you got the intravenous antibiotic this afternoon, or that you are getting some antibiotic that is helping right away without the horrid headaches and nausea. You have our prayers and positive thoughts directed your and Jake's way always.

Sometimes it seems as if it's just one thing after another, but hang in there. You are a strong woman and will ride this out as you have so much worse.

Keep us updated, my friend.

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Margo I'm hoping all went ok for you yesterday and that you are feeling better today. Look forward to hearing how the docs are handling this cellulitis for you. Hugs and prayers to you.

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I am hoping that you have made progress in combating infection and antibiotics have been working. Sending tositive thoughts and prayers to you.
New Flower

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Oh Man!!!!!!! I hope it clears up quick. !!!!!

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I was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and just released this afternoon. They had me on two different iv antibiotics. Everything looked a lot better still a little red but most of it was gone. I will be on two oral antibiotics for 7-10 days. I had the worst headaches with the iv antibiotics that last night they had to give me oxycodone to help with the pain.

Thank you all. I will be resting the rest of the week and weekend and will keep you posted if something changes which I hope doesn't.

Margo

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Margo, thanks for the update. Glad they got that under control for you. Rest up and post when you can. I have my finger crossed, and toes too, that nothing changes. Take care and hoping for a speedy recovery!!

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There's no place like it.

Take good care.

Kindest regards, Susan xo

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That's great! It sounds like everything worked out well for you. Hope you get lots of rest this weekend, and be careful of those oxycodones... I hear they are very likable.

Hugs, Mar

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Marlene, I only had to take that one in the hospital and was not sent home with any. Just sent home with antibiotics.

I have a high pain tolerance so for me to have to take a pain pill it was bad.

I am feeling so much better this morning--I think it helps being home where it is quiet and can sleep through the night. Sleep and resting is the best medicine and of course the antibiotics help too.

I'll be dropping Jake off at school and then coming back home and resting.

Margo

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I am the same way with pain and I don't tolerate pain meds real well if or when I do need them. I was really only 'busting' about the oxycodone as people talk about how addicting it is. Personally, I've never had it.

I know what you mean about not being able to rest in the hospital. It's crazy how they always say the most important thing is 'rest' and they never allow to rest in a hospital. I love that first night home when you can actually sleep through the night!

So glad you're feeling better and are able to rest, Margo!

Hugs, Mar

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Hey, Margo. Hope you had lots of rest today, all snuggled, in and that you are feeling much better. Are you socked with snow, as well? Best wishes...xoxoxox Lynn

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Glad your home and doing better. Good luck!

Hugs, Leeza

Katz77
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Sorry for your troubles. There always seems to be a bump ( or mountain) in our path to recovery. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy diagnosis and recovery. Puking sucks! Katz

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North of me got hit hard with snow 18-24 inches and we didn't even get a dusting on that storm--we got all rain. Last night we got about an inch of wet snow but should melt away today. Some of my dirt driveway washed away into the road.

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glad you are better. sorry it happenend. I feel responsible being from Mass LOL. hope you are happy witht he actual results.

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