National recognition for Horncastle man who overcame debilitating illness

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A Horncastle man who received an innovative treatment for a debilitating condition has shared his story at a national conference.

Stuart Muxlow joined Clinical Nurse Specialist Carol Brailsford to present his case at the Wounds UK Annual Conference in Harrogate.

44-year-old Stuart is a patient of the county’s Lymphoedema Service, which has been run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services HNS Trust (LCHS) from Skegness Hospital since it launched in 2011.

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition which causes swelling in the body’s tissue - this can lead to pain and a loss of mobility.

The condition usually affects the arms and legs.

There is no cure for lymphoedema but the symptoms can be controlled using different techniques such as massage and compression hosiery.

Stuart’s condition is due to post-thrombotic disease caused by a deep vein thrombosis.

Hosiery is widely used in treatments, but in Stuart’s case multiple stockings have been used to create layers, rather than one traditional single stocking - this made application easier due to their stiffness.

Stuart said: “When I first became a patient with the Lymphoedema Service, my quality of life was poor and my mobility was almost non-existent.

“I went into Skegness Hospital as an inpatient for intensive treatment and within two or three weeks I was able to start walking back to my bed.

“I have had good months and bad months but without the service, and Horncastle’s community nurses, I would be shot to pieces.”

Carol Brailsford said: “We were delighted to be asked to present at the conference and share our successes with colleagues from around the country.

“Sometimes health professionals can be reluctant to use compression hosiery in layers, but the challenges presented by Stuart’s case has given us the opportunity to be innovative.

“As a result, he has improved both his quality of life and mobility, had no further hospital admissions and a reduction in the skin infection cellulitis.”