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LdMorgan:
A friend of mine had his left leg below the knee swell up and turn bright red. The skin was hard as a rock, like an over-pumped tire.

He went to the doc and got a prescription for diuretics, but the leg stayed swollen and became extremely painful to even the slightest touch.

After a few weeks, he just decided to try something weird: he got a bunch of big Neo magnets (like an inch X an inch) and stacked them into a stick that reached from his ankle to his knee.

Then he started sleeping with the magnet stick laid right up against his leg.

From the first night, he said there was major improvement. After about three weeks, his leg was almost normal again. Call it about 99% healed.

While his leg was getting better, he said that it itched almost more than he could stand.

He was told by his doctor that his problem was due entirely to Congestive Heart Failure, that his heart could no longer pump well enough to move fluids out of his left leg.

Magnets should have had no effect whatsoever if that was the case, but he swears they did. He's still sleeping with the magnets by his leg.

He also said he had several "moles" on his leg from being out in the sun too much. After about two weeks of being magnetized nightly, they dried up and when he scratched at them, they popped right off the surface of his skin, leaving a temporary small crater where each one had been.

It may be time to cue the Haunted Castle music, but I know of people that have had full-blown skin cancers (and a lot of other things) cured by pulsed magnetic fields. So maybe there really is something to his Midnight Magnet Stack.



surfivor:
 This is the story with the doctors in her situation. I just called her to try to remember the details as this all happened several months ago  .. She went to the doctor after I convinced her to which took awhile. The doctor gave her diuretics and then different ones as the first one had too many side effects.

 The doctor then sent her to a heart specialist and they said that the heart was ok.

 Then they sent her to a liver specialist because they though enzymes where elevated but he said he didn't think that was a problem. But the liver specialist said he thought there was a mass in her abdomen area that they couldn't identify and that she should go to a gynecologist. From talking to her just now on the phone, it sounded like the liver specialist did not say that he thought the leg condition could in any way be connected to any such thing he refered to in her abdomen.

 I seem to recall that she gave me the impression that they wanted her to go have a checkup and she had gotten a letter from her doctor to get a mammogram  as well. She seemed to feel like she wanted to know what was wrong with her leg and they where trying to rope her into all these other things so she became fed up with it and stopped going to the doctor ..

 She seemed to think a vein specialist would be possibly helpful, but the doctor hadn't mentioned that, though I had encouraged her to tell these doctors what she wanted to do, which is how I would try to approach it, but she is not like that so much ..



surfivor:
 I don't think you mentioned where he got the idea to use magnets ?


--- Quote from: LdMorgan on August 10, 2011, 02:02:18 AM ---A friend of mine had his left leg below the knee swell up and turn bright red. The skin was hard as a rock, like an over-pumped tire.

He went to the doc and got a prescription for diuretics, but the leg stayed swollen and became extremely painful to even the slightest touch.

After a few weeks, he just decided to try something weird: he got a bunch of big Neo magnets (like an inch X an inch) and stacked them into a stick that reached from his ankle to his knee.

Then he started sleeping with the magnet stick laid right up against his leg.

From the first night, he said there was major improvement. After about three weeks, his leg was almost normal again. Call it about 99% healed.

While his leg was getting better, he said that it itched almost more than he could stand.

He was told by his doctor that his problem was due entirely to Congestive Heart Failure, that his heart could no longer pump well enough to move fluids out of his left leg.

Magnets should have had no effect whatsoever if that was the case, but he swears they did. He's still sleeping with the magnets by his leg.

He also said he had several "moles" on his leg from being out in the sun too much. After about two weeks of being magnetized nightly, they dried up and when he scratched at them, they popped right off the surface of his skin, leaving a temporary small crater where each one had been.

It may be time to cue the Haunted Castle music, but I know of people that have had full-blown skin cancers (and a lot of other things) cured by pulsed magnetic fields. So maybe there really is something to his Midnight Magnet Stack.

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Pathfinder:
I have heart issues and as a result have some edema too. I take a prescription drug (Lasix - the stuff they used to give race horses!) with no side effects to keep the edema under control. OK, one side effect - I have to pee a lot after I take them for a few hours. But hey, it got me out of jury duty!  ;D

The ulceration is a fairly normal (?) side effect of the edema if the edema is not treated properly and left to itself. If the edema is directly related to the varicose veins, she seriously needs to get that addressed - quickly. She is neglecting cardio-pulmonary stuff and that cannot end well.

surfivor:

She has lasix pills, but doesn't take them too much as they make her feel tired apparently ..

I am not sure if the doctor has been negligent as there was never any sense of urgency given according to her which is sort of different from what you are saying ..

 She says she asked the doctor about her cholesterol but the doctor said you have to go for a full physical to get a cholesterol check, which she felt could end up being paps smear, mammogram and other unrelated things. She was not happy that the doctor told her she would need the full physical etc .. 

 I saw on the web that the prognosis and treatment for edema is good, but no other mention of things like you say but I only did a few web searches at the time ..



--- Quote from: Pathfinder on August 10, 2011, 10:13:53 AM ---I take a prescription drug (Lasix - the stuff they used to give race horses!) with no side effects to keep the edema under control. OK, one side effect - I have to pee a lot after I take them for a few hours. But hey, it got me out of jury duty

The ulceration is a fairly normal (?) side effect of the edema if the edema is not treated properly and left to itself. If the edema is directly related to the varicose veins, she seriously needs to get that addressed - quickly. She is neglecting cardio-pulmonary stuff and that cannot end well.

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