There are many accidental, medical and surgical conditions that can make an amputee.
I will describe two of the chief causes - Diabetes and Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Diabetes And Amputation: Hi! I am a bilateral BK.
Today I want to talk about two of the main problems that the reasons why too many people suffer the indignity of amputation.
Sucks eh? Diabetes refers to metabolic disorder where insulin production is absent or inadequate and it results in poor regulation of blood sugar.
Level of blood sugar rises.
The patient needs dietary and lifestyle modification as well as medication.
When blood sugar level is not regulated by any of these treatments, it remains raised and causes havoc in whole body particularly at the level of nerves and blood vessels.
The nerves loses the power to sense pain.
Blood vessels are not able to provide life supporting oxygen and other nutrients to tissues especially those parts that form our extremities like foot and hand.
When the diabetic person has a minor cut, he doesn't feel it.
The injury expands in surrounding areas.
This is further compounded by poor blood supply by blood vessels.
This causes difficulty in healing of wound.
Poor immunity predisposes to other infections and sometimes gangrene occurs.
Gangrene is death of tissues due to infections and poor healing.
It is one of the most difficult complications of diabetes and quite often amputation is required to save the life a diabetic person.
Peripheral Arterial Disease And Amputation: Peripheral Arterial Disease and diabetes are the two main reasons for amputations in this society.
It is what I was diagnosed with by my doctor shortly before the operation and after they screwed up the angiogram.
Why can't they determine this way before this happens? I am still mad at the medical profession.
And my son is a friggin' Doctor.
They do not have time to do preventative medicine that is all there is to it.
But I digress...
Peripheral arterial disease is characterized by atherosclerosis - hardening and narrowing of blood vessels outside the heart.
It results from a gradual buildup of plaque or fatty substance in arteries.
It results into poor blood supply to different parts and worsens the health in a progressively increasing manner.
The poor blood supply affects the functioning ability of upper and lower limbs and various internal organs adversely.
In advanced cases, when there is a cut and infections and gangrene ensues, amputation might be required.
Different Supportive Methods For Amputees After Amputation: Diet: oAvoid high fatty diet.
oTake plenty of water.
oEat fruits and vegetables.
These are important source of vitamins and minerals and ensures proper bowel movement.
oIf you are diabetic follow dietary suggestions religiously.
Foot Care: o Wash the lower limbs and foot daily.
o Dry it with towel and apply cream and talcum to keep the foot soft.
o Daily examine your feet before going to bed.
o Don't go bare foot.
oAlways take your foot injury seriously.
oTrim the nails in a straight line.
This reduces the risk of cuts.
Exercise: oDaily walk, brisk walk or light jogging is good for improving blood supply in peripheral parts in these disorders.
oPractice muscle tightening and relaxing exercise of both upper and lower limbs.
oSome yoga postures are helpful in improving peripheral blood circulation.
oIf you have a sedentary lifestyle, change it.
Allow frequent movement even during office hours.
Stand up, move a few steps, tighten and relax your lower limbs several times a day.
Lifestyle: oAvoid sedentary lifestyle, make it pleasurably physically active life.
oAvoid smoking and alcohol.
oDo regular exercises and yoga.
Stress Management For Amputees: Stress is a common denominator of diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.
It is the factor that is a great risk factor in these and most other chronic disorders.
When a person succumbs to any of these disorders, he is further prone to greater stress.
One of the best preventive approach for a stress free life is meditation.
Meditation is preventive for stress and boosts up our immunity and makes our mind peaceful and focused.
We become less prone to stress.
Meditation improves the health of nervous system and brain.
It balances the autonomic nervous system and hormonal system and thereby exerts positive effect on each and every part of our body.
Even when we have some serious disorders like diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, meditation can help in removing the stress from our body and mind.