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Message Number 261688
Re: Has anyone ever used Pediflex Brand Slippers? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 11/02/09 at 18:29

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Message Number 253015

Re: Morton's Neuroma View Thread
Posted by paula coleman on 12/11/08 at 20:26

I have had a neuroma for at least 2 years now and had alcohol and cortizone shots. In additon to metatarsal pads in orthotics. I still experience pain. I am a marathon runner and would like to continue running the rest of my life. Do you know anyone in the metropolitan area that performs cryablation for a mortons neuroma? Please contact me at valsant at aol.com thank you.

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Message Number 253014

Re: Morton's Neuroma View Thread
Posted by paula coleman on 12/11/08 at 20:26

I have had a neuroma for at least 2 years now and had alcohol and cortizone shots. In additon to metatarsal pads in orthotics. I still experience pain. I am a marathon runner and would like to continue running the rest of my life. Do you know anyone in the metropolitan area that performs cryablation for a mortons neuroma? Please contact me at valsant at aol.com thank you.

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Message Number 245283

Birkenstocks damage Mortons neuroma? View Thread
Posted by PaulaG on 3/29/08 at 23:28

I had injections yesterday into my recently diagnosed mortons neuroma (right foot). I also have PF in my left foot. I ordered Arizona Birkenstocks, that arrived yesterday. I'm wondering if the Birkenstock raised area under the ball of my foot will hurt the healing of my neuroma? It seems pretty hard. Or does this help with the healing? Is the Birkenstock sole design recommended for someone with Mortons neuroma? I'm desperate for some type of 'sandal' to wear since the warm weather is almost here! Thank you for your help.

Paula

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Message Number 244343

Re: My TTS/RSD story (Long!) View Thread
Posted by Kim s on 3/10/08 at 00:33

RSD IS also known as crps and that means complex regional pain syndrome it is a very nasty disease it is chronic pain. It is dibilatating it is just awful. you can look it up on the Internet. there a site for Grace great site. Paula Abdul has this in her legs. the site I gave explain that.This attacks the sympathetic nerves system so it is every thing you don't have to think about

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Message Number 239353

AVN, Flatfood, PTTD and Osteochondral lesion of Talus View Thread
Posted by paulag on 11/12/07 at 08:47

These are all apparently conditions that my orthopedic surgeon has diagnosed me with recently. I went to see him due to swelling, pain and instability in my left ankle. Now he wants to operate on all three. He is conferring with other surgeons on whether to do all three at once or do them in stages. I am really concerned about time off work and recovery in general. Have you ever heard of anyone having all three surgeries done at once?? Have you ever done this. He is talking about using cadavor bone. Also he is saying this would be outpatient surgery. I am worried about pain control as well.

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Message Number 234358

Re: Johnh, Johnh, Johnh View Thread
Posted by larrym on 8/13/07 at 15:49

The funny thing is the dems would take him in a minute. If anyone thinks that he wont still be used, think again. hate him if you want, he knows his stuff. Remember james Carville, the machiavellian master that helped Clinton get in and the ne that orchestrated the slimy attacks on women that Clinton abused like Paula Jones

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Re: GOP Vote Caging, Gonzales and Fired Attornies View Thread
Posted by larrym on 7/31/07 at 17:54

Again you are picking and choosing based on what you 'hope' is true. What is some girl comes along and said she slept with Obama 15 years ago. Will you and the dems slime her like you did with all the Clinton partners and victims? Paula Jones became trailer trash when she spoke up. Imagine the party of feminism and equal rights and they let a woman get assaulted then assaulted again in the media

More lib hipocrisy

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Re: Jeremy, I have a question View Thread
Posted by PJ on 4/16/07 at 20:32

I just want to add a big thanks for recommending the Naot sandal. It's got great arch support. The trick for me was ordering it a size larger than what I normally wear. I wore them today, and they seemed to work great with my cushioned OTS orthotics. The only difference I've noticed is that my calf muscle has gotten a little tight. I don't know if this is caused my what I've done to the shoes or not.

Thank you for your help.

Paula

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Message Number 227825

Jeremy, I have a question View Thread
Posted by PJ on 4/15/07 at 18:11

Jeremy,

I recently received some Naot Lyon sandals. After wearing them to work on Friday, I realized they were not cushioned enough for the type flooring I work on. So, I lifted the cork insole and placed my OTS cushy orthotic in the bottom of the shoe and place the cork insole on top of it. It feels really good like my tennis shoes.

My question is: is this a feasible thing to do? I have chronic PF, and have used conservative methods to deal with it. Most of my pain is gone, and I don't want to aggrivate it by doing something I shouldn't.

Please give me your thoughts on this if you have time.

Many thanks,

Paula

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Message Number 225593

Re: Jeremy, what about Chaco sandal's heel pitch? View Thread
Posted by PJ on 3/20/07 at 21:11

Thank you for your comments. I've been looking up the terms you used, and I think I understand what you're telling me. Thanks again for your time.

Paula

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Message Number 225400

Jeremy, what about Chaco sandal's heel pitch? View Thread
Posted by PJ on 3/18/07 at 18:00

Jeremy,I have chronic PF. As long as I wear the DCS Avia running shoes and aerobic shoes, my foot feels fine. Also, I wear the Clarks Artisan mules or clogs with my otc insoles without a problem. Around the house, my Waldies work beautifully. Now, I need sandals. I looked online at most of the ones you've recommended, and my question is, do you know if the Chaco Frieda runs narrow and does it have much of a heel pitch? Also, I have a medium arch, so do you think they would work for somone like me?

Thanks for any advice you might have for me. As always, I really appreicate the way you've helped me and so many others on this board with shoe choices, etc.

Paula

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Message Number 223402

Re: Slick Willie gushing over Hillary..vomit alert View Thread
Posted by larrym on 2/22/07 at 19:22

Im sorry I thought it was for lying to a jury and didnt it have something to do with a lawsuit brought by Paula Jones, you know the campaign worker from Arkansas that Willie had go up to his hotel room and in 2 minutes he shoved his wanker in her face and told her to $%^^& it ? I know that is all lies and besides, she was just trailer trash and probably wanted it, right?

It goes a bit deeper than a bunch of do gooders worried about his sex life

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Message Number 219145

Re: To Ralph View Thread
Posted by Ralph on 1/08/07 at 21:35

Hope,
From reading I guess Paula Abdul has or had RSD. Found this tid bit.
Pamidronate was used in Chicago to treat Paula Abdul and she seems to doing great. Remission or cure? I guess time will tell.
Ralph

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Message Number 218229

Re: Woodward kept silent until Ford passed away..... View Thread
Posted by Dr. Ed on 12/29/06 at 01:34

What impeachable offense has Bush done? You cannot impeach a President because you do not agree with his policies.

Nixon was a Boy Scout compared to Bill Clinton. Nixon was under a lot of scrutiny due to his poor relations with the press. Nevertheless, the Watergate break in was small change compared to all of Clinton's shenanigans -- Travelgate; Monica Lewinski, Jennifer Flowers and a whole host of sexual indiscretions; the Whitewater scandal, etc.

Clinton set the all time record for scandals. The following is a tabulation of the Clinton scandal record from the Progressive Review (not a conservative publication -- although if you want more I can go there):

The Clinton Legacy


The Progressive Review


This list was compiled at the end of the Clinton administration.


Our Clinton Scandal Index


RECORDS SET

- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

* According to our best information, 40 government officials were indicted or convicted in the wake of Watergate. A reader computes that there was a total of 31 Reagan era convictions, including 14 because of Iran-Contra and 16 in the Department of Housing & Urban Development scandal. 47 individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes with 33 of these occurring during the Clinton administration itself. There were in addition 61 indictments or misdemeanor charges. 14 persons were imprisoned. A key difference between the Clinton story and earlier ones was the number of criminals with whom he was associated before entering the White House.

Using a far looser standard that included resignations, David R. Simon and D. Stanley Eitzen in Elite Deviance, say that 138 appointees of the Reagan administration either resigned under an ethical cloud or were criminally indicted. Curiously Haynes Johnson uses the same figure but with a different standard in "Sleep-Walking Through History: America in the Reagan Years: "By the end of his term, 138 administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever."


STARR-RAY INVESTIGATION

- Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions or guilty pleas (including one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners): 14
- Number of Clinton Cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 5
- Number of Reagan cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 4
- Number of top officials jailed in the Teapot Dome Scandal: 3

CRIME STATS

- Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47
- Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33
- Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61
- Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122

SMALTZ INVESTIGATION

- Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15
- Acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6
- Fines and penalties assessed: $11.5 million
- Amount Tyson Food paid in fines and court costs: $6 million

CLINTON MACHINE CRIMES
FOR WHICH CONVICTIONS
HAVE BEEN OBTAINED

Drug trafficking (3), racketeering, extortion, bribery (4), tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement (2), fraud (12), conspiracy (5), fraudulent loans, illegal gifts (1), illegal campaign contributions (5), money laundering (6), perjury, obstruction of justice.

OTHER MATTERS INVESTIGATED BY SPECIAL PROSECUTORS
AND CONGRESS, OR REPORTED IN THE MEDIA

Bank and mail fraud, violations of campaign finance laws, illegal foreign campaign funding, improper exports of sensitive technology, physical violence and threats of violence, solicitation of perjury, intimidation of witnesses, bribery of witnesses, attempted intimidation of prosecutors, perjury before congressional committees, lying in statements to federal investigators and regulatory officials, flight of witnesses, obstruction of justice, bribery of cabinet members, real estate fraud, tax fraud, drug trafficking, failure to investigate drug trafficking, bribery of state officials, use of state police for personal purposes, exchange of promotions or benefits for sexual favors, using state police to provide false court testimony, laundering of drug money through a state agency, false reports by medical examiners and others investigating suspicious deaths, the firing of the RTC and FBI director when these agencies were investigating Clinton and his associates, failure to conduct autopsies in suspicious deaths, providing jobs in return for silence by witnesses, drug abuse, improper acquisition and use of 900 FBI files, improper futures trading, murder, sexual abuse of employees, false testimony before a federal judge, shredding of documents, withholding and concealment of subpoenaed documents, fabricated charges against (and improper firing of) White House employees, inviting drug traffickers, foreign agents and participants in organized crime to the White House.

ARKANSAS ALTZHEIMER'S

Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or something similar.

Bill Kennedy 116
Harold Ickes 148
Ricki Seidman 160
Bruce Lindsey 161
Bill Burton 191
Mark Gearan 221
Mack McLarty 233
Neil Egglseston 250
Hillary Clinton 250
John Podesta 264
Jennifer O'Connor 343
Dwight Holton 348
Patsy Thomasson 420
Jeff Eller 697

FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES: In the portions of President Clinton's Jan. 17 deposition that have been made public in the Paula Jones case, his memory failed him 267 times. This is a list of his answers and how many times he gave each one.

I don't remember - 71
I don't know - 62
I'm not sure - 17
I have no idea - 10
I don't believe so - 9
I don't recall - 8
I don't think so - 8
I don't have any specific recollection - 6
I have no recollection - 4
Not to my knowledge - 4
I just don't remember - 4
I don't believe - 4
I have no specific recollection - 3
I might have - 3
I don't have any recollection of that - 2 I don't have a specific memory - 2
I don't have any memory of that - 2
I just can't say - 2
I have no direct knowledge of that - 2
I don't have any idea - 2
Not that I recall - 2
I don't believe I did - 2
I can't remember - 2
I can't say - 2
I do not remember doing so - 2
Not that I remember - 2
I'm not aware - 1
I honestly don't know - 1
I don't believe that I did - 1
I'm fairly sure - 1
I have no other recollection - 1
I'm not positive - 1
I certainly don't think so - 1
I don't really remember - 1
I would have no way of remembering that - 1
That's what I believe happened - 1
To my knowledge, no - 1
To the best of my knowledge - 1
To the best of my memory - 1
I honestly don't recall - 1
I honestly don't remember - 1
That's all I know - 1
I don't have an independent recollection of that - 1
I don't actually have an independent memory of that - 1
As far as I know - 1
I don't believe I ever did that - 1
That's all I know about that - 1
I'm just not sure - 1
Nothing that I remember - 1
I simply don't know - 1
I would have no idea - 1
I don't know anything about that - 1
I don't have any direct knowledge of that - 1
I just don't know - 1
I really don't know - 1
I can't deny that, I just -- I have no memory of that at all - 1

THE CLINTON LEGACY:
LONELY HONOR

Here are some of the all too rare public officials, reporters, and others who spoke truth to the dismally corrupt power of Bill and Hill Clinton's political machine -- some at risk to their careers, others at risk to their lives. A few points to note:

- Those corporatist media reporters who attempted to report the story often found themselves muzzled; some even lost their jobs. The only major dailies that consistently handled the story well were the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.

- Nobody on this list has gotten rich and many you may not have even heard of. Taking on the Clintons typically has not been a happy or rewarding experience. At least ten reporters have been fired, transferred off their beats, resigned, or otherwise gotten into trouble because of their work on the scandals. Whistleblowing is even less appreciated within the government. One study of whistleblowers found that 232 out of 233 them reported suffering retaliation; another study found reprisals in about 95% of cases.

- Contrary to the popular impression, the politics of those listed ranges from the left to the right, and from the ideological to the independent.


PUBLIC OFFICIALS

MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ was a prosecutor on the staff of Kenneth Starr. His attempts to uncover the truth in the Vincent Foster death case were repeatedly foiled and he was the subject of planted stories undermining his credibility and implying that he was unstable. Rodriguez eventually resigned.

JEAN DUFFEY: Head of a joint federal-county drug task force in Arkansas. Her first instructions from her boss: "Jean, you are not to use the drug task force to investigate any public official." Duffey's work, however, led deep into the heart of the Dixie Mafia, including members of the Clinton machine and the investigation of the so-called "train deaths." Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reports that when she produced a star witness who could testify to Clinton's involvement with cocaine, the local prosecuting attorney, Dan Harmon issued a subpoena for all the task force records, including "the incriminating files on his own activities. If Duffey had complied it would have exposed 30 witnesses and her confidential informants to violent retributions. She refused." Harmon issued a warrant for her arrest and friendly cops told her that there was a $50,000 price on her head. She eventually fled to Texas. The once-untouchable Harmon was later convicted of racketeering, extortion and drug dealing.

BILL DUNCAN: An IRS investigator in Arkansas who drafted some 30 federal indictments of Arkansas figures on money laundering and other charges. Clinton biographer Roger Morris quotes a source who reviewed the evidence: "Those indictments were a real slam dunk if there ever was one." The cases were suppressed, many in the name of "national security." Duncan was never called to testify. Other IRS agents and state police disavowed Duncan and turned on him. Said one source, "Somebody outside ordered it shut down and the walls went up."

RUSSELL WELCH: An Arkansas state police detective working with Duncan. Welch developed a 35-volume, 3,000 page archive on drug and money laundering operations at Mena. His investigation was so compromised that a high state police official even let one of the targets of the probe look through the file. At one point, Welch was sprayed in the face with poison, later identified by the Center for Disease Control as anthrax. He would write in his diary, "I feel like I live in Russia, waiting for the secret police to pounce down. A government has gotten out of control. Men find themselves in positions of power and suddenly crimes become legal." Welch is no longer with the state police.

DAN SMALTZ: Smaltz did an outstanding job investigating and prosecuting charges involving illegal payoffs to Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, yet was treated with disparaging and highly inaccurate reporting by the likes of the David Broder and the NY Times. Espy was acquitted under a law that made it necessary to not only prove that he accepted gratuities but that he did something specific in return. On the other hand, Tyson Foods copped a plea in the same case, paying $6 million in fines and serving four years' probation. The charge: that Tyson had illegally offered Espy $12,000 in airplane rides, football tickets and other payoffs. In the Espy investigation, Smaltz obtained 15 convictions and collected over $11 million in fines and civil penalties. Offenses for which convictions were obtained included false statements, concealing money from prohibited sources, illegal gratuities, illegal contributions, falsifying records, interstate transportation of stolen property, money laundering, and illegal receipt of USDA subsidies. Incidentally, Janet Reno blocked Smaltz from pursuing leads aimed at allegations of major drug trafficking in Arkansas and payoffs to the then governor of the state, WJ Clinton. Espy had become Ag secretary only after being flown to Arkansas to get the approval of chicken king Don Tyson.

DAVID SCHIPPERS was House impeachment counsel and a Chicago Democrat. He did a highly creditable job but since he didn't fit the right-wing conspiracy theory, the Clintonista media downplayed his work. Thus most Americans don't know that he told NewsMax, "Let me tell you, if we had a chance to put on a case, I would have put live witnesses before the committee. But the House leadership, and I'm not talking about Henry Hyde, they just killed us as far as time was concerned. I begged them to let me take it into this year. Then I screamed for witnesses before the Senate. But there was nothing anybody could do to get those Senators to show any courage. They told us essentially, you're not going to get 67 votes so why are you wasting our time." Schippers also said that while a number of representatives looked at additional evidence kept under seal in a nearby House building, not a single senator did.

JOHN CLARKE: When Patrick Knowlton stopped to relieve himself in Ft. Marcy Park 70 minutes before the discovery of Vince Foster's body, he saw things that got him into deep trouble. His interview statements were falsified and prior to testifying he claims he was overtly harassed by more than a score of men in a classic witness intimidation technique. In some cases there were witnesses. John Clarke has been his dogged lawyer in the witness intimidation case that has been largely ignored by the media, even when the three-judge panel overseeing the Starr investigation permitted Knowlton to append a 20 page addendum to the Starr Report.


OTHER

THE ARKANSAS COMMITTEE: What would later be known as the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy actually began on the left - as a group of progressive students at the University of Arkansas had formed the Arkansas Committee to look into Mena, drugs, money laundering, and Arkansas politics. This committee was the source of some of the important early Clinton stories including those published in the Progressive Review.

CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SCANDALS E-LIST: Moderated by Ray Heizer, this list has been subject to all the idiosyncrasies of Internet bulletin boards, but it has nonetheless proved invaluable to researchers and journalists.


JOURNALISTS

JERRY SEPER of the Washington Times was far and away the best beat reporter of the story, handling it week after week in the best tradition of investigative journalism. If other reporters had followed Seper's lead, the history of the Clintons' machine might have been quite different.

AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD of the London Telegraph did a remarkable job of digging into some of the seamiest tales from Arkansas and the Clinton past. Other early arrivals on the scene were Alexander Cockburn and Jeff Gerth.

CHRISTOPHER RUDDY, among other fine reports on the Clinton scandals, did the best job laying out the facts in the Vince Foster death case.

ROGER MORRIS AND SALLY DENTON wrote a major expose of events at Mena, but at the last moment the Washington Post's brass ordered the story killed. It was published by Penthouse and later included in Morris' "Partners in Power," the best biography of the Clintons.

OTHERS who helped get parts of the story out included reporters Philip Weiss, Carl Limbacher, Wes Phelan, David Bresnahan, William Sammon, Liza Myers, Mara Leveritt, Matt Drudge, Jim Ridgeway, Nat Hentoff, Michael Isikoff, Christopher Hitchens, and Michael Kelly. Also independent investigator Hugh Sprunt and former White House FBI agent Gary Aldrich.

SAM SMITH of the Progressive Review wrote the first book (Shadows of Hope, University of Indiana Press, 1994) deconstructing the Clinton myth and the Review developed a major database on the topic.

The Clintons, to adapt a line from Dr. Johnson, were not only corrupt, they were the cause of corruption in others. Seldom in America have so many come to excuse so much mendacity and malfeasance as during the Clinton years.

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Message Number 216988

Jeremy, can you recommend an in expensive boot? View Thread
Posted by PJ on 12/10/06 at 09:59

Jeremy,

I have chronic PF. Clark shoes have worked well for me. I use the Dr. Scholl otc 3/4 orthotics for PF. My question is could you please recommend an inexpensive low boot for me. I've waited 'til the last minute, and I need these for Christmas day. I live in TX, and am going to Michigan for Christmas, so there might be snow and ice.

Also, I need a boot that has a square toe and runs narrow in the heel. The sole needs to be as cushioned as possible, and the boot should just come up to midcalf. I seem to do better with a 1 3/4 in. heel or thereabouts.

I know this is a complex request, but I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks for anything you can offer.

Merry Christmas!
Paula

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Message Number 214039

Question for Jeremy View Thread
Posted by PJ on 10/22/06 at 22:38

Jeremy, will you recommend a shoe that has a similar shape to Clarks. This may be too broad of a request, since Clarks may have several different shapes. But, the shoes I've had the most success with are the Clarks that have a narrow heel and square toe. This accomodates my narrow heel and weird toes. I've also worn Bare Traps, and ordered the Naots you suggested, but they didn't have a square enough toe box. I did love the feel of the insole though.

I have chronic PF and wear otc orthotics (Dr. Scholls). Also, it seems as though a shoe with a little bit of a heel works best for me.

Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

Paula

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Message Number 213980

Re: A Canadian perspective/You have lost it. View Thread
Posted by larrym on 10/22/06 at 07:30

Child molestation? Foley was a creep but he was thrown under the bus asap. Now the FBI talks to 40 pages and he didnt "nolest" any kid. He did wait till they were 18 (he is still scum) Lewinsky was not between he and his wife. He was a using a subordinate as a petri dish for his sperm which in many other companies and institutions that get you fired. Not to mention his habit of forcing himself on women i.e. Kathleen Wiley, Paula Jones and Juanita Broderick to name a few.

As for illegal wars, Clinton went into Bosnia without UN aproval and we STILL have personal over there...where is the outrage to bring them home? Where are the links to your bitching complaints when Clinton did that? War mongering will not win us friends???

This is not a highschool prom king election. The scum portion of islam has been blowing up our interests for many years and you are foolish enough to think sitting at a table and talking to them will make them like us? Or, are you worried what France and Germany and other UN crooks think? Can you link me to a post you've made denouncing France and Germany for helping Iraq1 children die by skimming oil for food program? How about your outraged postings on the UN peacekeeprs that were raping children and women?

Wars suck and people die and stugg gets broken. We have a volunteer military and hindsight is 20/20 This is more about hating Bush and when the next thing gets blown up here, if it is under Bush you same people will scream WHY DIDNT HE DO ENOUGH!!! HE WAS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL!!!

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Message Number 212935

Re: I just found out I have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome View Thread
Posted by kconnell on 10/10/06 at 21:29

Paula,
Who gave you the diagnosis of TTS? You may be like me, about 5 summers ago I twisted my ankle. Not broken but very painful and swollen, (diagnosis a torn ligament) no other therapy except the life of a busy wife and mother. It always hurt and of course still does, not so much to me debilitating until the last year. It sounds to me that you have something really wrong with your foot. Are you seeing a podiatrist? What is any tests have you had? I have read on this board that thyroid malfunction can had symptoms similar to TTS, Talk this over with your G.P
Glad you found this message board alot of positivity flows out from here. You are strong, all women are, you can overcome this problem. Smile at least we all have and can use our feet. kconnell

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Message Number 212927

I just found out I have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome View Thread
Posted by Paula S on 10/10/06 at 20:23

I have been suffering with this since April, after a fall. I was told I had sprained ankles & it would take time to heal. Do any of you know if this can be caused from a fall or is this just a coincidence? I was walking 3 miles a day but now it's reached the point that I've had to take leave from work. I can barely walk at all,I've had the injections ,therapy & bed rest without improvement.
Do any of you have any more suggestions before I schedule surgery?

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Message Number 212913

Re: Fox news Reports Dems may pick up 20=50 seats in last poll View Thread
Posted by larrym on 10/10/06 at 18:58

Not an assumption but based on past practices. Openly sliming women he raped or assaulted, Paula Jones, Juanita Broderick, Kathrine Wiley

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Message Number 211547

Re: Dick Morris on Clintons act View Thread
Posted by larrym on 9/27/06 at 19:51

Have an Irish and a Scot parent so I know. I also know a bully and a liar using his finger-wagging. Clinton is just pissed because the majority of people dont LOVE him or Hillary. He wasnt confronting a man with great brians he angered a pathologicl liar that is not used to having to answer questions. Ask Juanita Broderick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey for instance

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Re: Queston for Jeremy or Richard View Thread
Posted by PJ on 9/09/06 at 22:49

Thank you for your response and suggestions. I decided to take your advice from a previous post where you said that Bare Traps appear to have the same last as Naots. The Bare Traps have been successful for me, so hopefully these Naots will be as well. BTW, I ordered them from www.cabelas.com. They're on sale for $54.95 opposed to a little over $100. So, I'm excited! I'll be able to wear them for quite a while, as this Texas weather is continuing to stay hot!

Also, as I have been diagnosed with chronic PF, I use a nightsplint, ice, stretch (non-weightbearing) and tape. My foot has developed some tingling just recently, so I don't know what's up with that. But, so far, it's been manageable. I also have a foottrainer, but have not developed the daily discipline of using it.

Thanks again for your time.

Paula

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Message Number 209729

Queston for Jeremy or Richard View Thread
Posted by PJ on 9/09/06 at 10:39

I've been looking at the Easy Spirit Comfort Squared Collection online. Can you tell me if these shoes would be a good choice for one with PF that's on their feet throughout the workday on concrete.

Thank you for any input you have, and thanks for your time.

Paula

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Message Number 209194

Re: cmcbrine-question View Thread
Posted by PJ on 9/04/06 at 08:30

Thanks Jean. I appreciate all the detail you went into about the method in which your foot was taped. And, most importantly, I'm so happy for you that you've received relief from your pain. Please keep us posted with further results of this kind of taping.

The method I use is the one in Scott's book. It has really helped me on my feet at work. By only having to use three strips of tape, I can easily to do it daily before leaving for work.

Thanks again.

Paula

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Message Number 209063

cmcbrine-question View Thread
Posted by PJ on 9/02/06 at 12:17

Could you please tell me what kind of tape you use. I've noticed that in several of your posts, you mention having had good results with taping. I too, have benefitted from taping, but am still curious about what's the best kind of tape to use. I still have not tried any leukotape, but have tried otc tapes by Johnson & Johnson, CVS, etc.

Anyway, if you don't mind, please let me know what kind of tape you have the most success with.

Thank you for your time.

Paula

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Re: Question About Trying On Shoes View Thread
Posted by PJ on 8/27/06 at 17:52

Thanks Ralph for always being so kind and helpful. And, thank you Jeremy, for always taking the time to share your expertise. Now I have a direction to pursue.

Paula

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Question About Trying On Shoes View Thread
Posted by PJ on 8/27/06 at 13:42

Hi. I tape my foot daily because of my chronic PF. When shopping for shoes, should I leave my foot taped when I try them on? Sorry if this is a stupid question. I also use otc Dr. Scholl orthodics. I usually put them in the shoe I'm trying on.

Also, Avia running shoes seem to work for me. The only other casual shoe, other than my waldies, that works for me is a pair of Bare Trap slides. I use double-sided tape and tape my otc orthodics in them. They've worked really well, but are now wearing out. Can anyone suggest another similar shoe that would work kind of like these bare traps. They have a low wedged heel made out of some foam or rubber type of material. The heel seemed kind of flaired, and that's what I think has made it be successful for me. I'm on concrete all day, so I need the extra cushion plus torsional control like the exposed shank on the Avias give.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Paula

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Message Number 206694

Re: An inspirational person View Thread
Posted by PJ on 8/08/06 at 11:40

Dorothy,

I've only posted a few times, but I've been reading these message boards for several months. I just want to tell you that even though there's been a lot of strange interaction between posters, I've still benefitted from this website and message board. I also don't like the nasty and hurtful responses that have been posted, especially some of the ones that have been directed toward you.

My main purpose for posting right now is to tell you that reading some of your posts that directly related to methods of coping with and trying to heal plantar fasciitis have been most valuable to me. I like the way you spell things out in a teaching sort of way, so that there's no room for confusion. I've even thought about trying that 75W spot light with the clamp and cord with a switch, etc. after you spelled it all out so clearly. You have a gift for communicating well, and please don't let it be stiffled by criticism from a few.

We all make mistakes and say things we shouldn't (I certainly do). But, all in all, I think the people on this board really do have good things to offer, as long as they don't let their own insecurities get in the way. I thank everybody on this board for their help. It has enabled me to be ready to go back to work in the school library this Friday, where I have to be on concrete floors continuously.

Whatever you decide...to continue to contribute to this board or not..I wish you well and thank you for your help.

Paula

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Message Number 206389

Re: Taping causing skin problems - can anyone help? View Thread
Posted by PJ on 8/05/06 at 15:39

Dawn, I just started taping this past week, and this is what I do to avoid skin irritation. Before placing athletic tape on the bottom of my foot, I coat it with pepto bismal. It only takes a couple of minutes to dry, and then I tape, using the method from "The Book", part 2. So far, I've not experienced any skin peeling or irritation. This method was not my idea exactly. I read somewhere in past messages that a nurse said to use Maalox to coat your skin before taping. I just didn't have any on hand, so I resorted to Pepto, and it worked!

Also, I'm thinking about finding some leukotape that has been suggested in past posts. I think someone said (John H.) that you can order it online for a relatively inexpensive price. I haven't pursued that yet, but hope to.

I hope this helps.

Paula

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Message Number 198098

Re: Judy View Thread
Posted by john h on 4/26/06 at 10:41

Kathy: Do you watch the Paula Dean show from Savannah? She has some recipes to die for. Some of our friends were recently in Savannah and the line to her restaurant stretched around the block.

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Message Number 191204

Re: Comfort insoles over orthotics? View Thread
Posted by paula b on 1/10/06 at 16:50

I was told that it would be ok to do a thin insole, but I agree, the width isn't wide enough. My doctor said to wear the orthotic in the shoe for a couple of days and then cut were the lines on the insole are, then put the front part of the insole in,then the orthotic, maybe this will work for you later?

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Message Number 187810

Re: This is long but I need help. View Thread
Posted by Paula on 11/19/05 at 15:23

I often wonder when this problem we all have will be a true disability, because it is for some people. We went to Disney last year and I found a pair of sandles that saved my life. Even my "good" shoes were too painful to wear. You just do the best you can. I had a wheelchair take me around the airport when I flew two years ago. Nothing wrong with that, that is what they are there for. You can have an assistant meet you right at the plane and walk you where you need to go.
As far as Disney, this country has come a long way in assisting people like us with problems. We are no longer shunned or looked at funny, but are treated with respect for the most part and people are willing to help.
I thank God for the "carts" at the grocery store.
What we have is very depressing at times. More often than not. We just want to be normal and we aren't.

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Message Number 187809

Re: How we walk? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 11/19/05 at 15:18

Yes, I know. Do you have pain just sitting down in bed? I sit in bed and just my heels touching the mattress drives me nuts. thing is, that stops you from exercising at all. I could not wear orthotics. I think I finally threw them out.

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Message Number 187568

Re: How we walk? View Thread
Posted by Kathy G on 11/16/05 at 10:02


I have the same problem, Paula. My Pod first made me orthotics similar to those he would have made for someone with PF, although a little softer because I had exceptionally sensitive feet, he said. The arch support killed me and he had to grind it down to almost nothing. When he later re-adjusted them, he tried building up the arch support just a bit more because he said it should make me feel better. I still couldn't tolerate it.

It's like we always say: PF is very individual and no two cases are alike.

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Re: How we walk? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 11/15/05 at 17:28

I understand. It seems I can't wear shoes with any good arch support because my arches hurt and my mind says "none of that stuff"...
Thanks

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to paula c View Thread
Posted by michelle m on 11/15/05 at 15:14

hi paula
just checking in n how you are doing? how is the pain? are you back on your feet?
i go back to wort pt next week this week i'm weaning out of the boot it's a little sore walking on it i hope this gets better soon
let ne know how you are doing
thanks
michelle

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Message Number 187307

Re: How we walk? View Thread
Posted by Kathy G on 11/14/05 at 10:14


Yes, Paula, I think that having pain definitely affects one gait. I think that's one of the ideas of my orthotics. They keep me from altering my gait and causing as much calf pain. I have a friend who is having foot problems and her knee is hurting because of it.

When the OA in my neck became so severe, I was constantly hunching up my left shoulder, resulting in a strange resemblance to Quasi Moto, although keeping my shoulder bag intact wasn't a problem. :) When the pain is particlarly bad, I have to remind myself to keep the shoulder down. Exercises have helped but it's still something I have to be aware of. It's probably the same reason as why we walk differently when our heel hurts. Our body is trying to protect the area that hurts and our minds don't even realize it.

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How we walk? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 11/13/05 at 18:49

I have a question I don't think I have seen posted here. I was wondering after having this foot problem for "years" now, have we somehow compensated with the way that we walk? I was really paying attention to how I was walking yesterday in the new shoes I bought and I think I have really caused pain to my whole foot just trying to be easy on the heel.
Any thoughts on that?

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Meg S Cramps in foot View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/31/05 at 06:35

Dear Meg
I read your post about cramping in your foot. I had them for a long time before I even knew I had PF. Someone told me it was lack of water I don't know how much you drink but you might want to add some more 8-10 glasses a day. My cramps stopped as soon as I increased it. Hope this works for you I know how painful it is.

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Post-Op View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/24/05 at 10:37

Dear Dr.
I'm 9 weeks post-op (relese and gastroc slide) and still have alot of pain. I'm doing everything that my surgeon has told me to do. I have taken two more extra weeks from work and have started PT. My question is...If I'm doing something,like housework or walking and my foot hurts..will it UNDO any progress that I have made or will it just hurt?
Thank You
Paula

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Re: post surgery question View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/24/05 at 10:32

michelle m
your story sounds exactly the same as mine...I'm 9 weeks post-op and FINALLY am starting to feel good results. Just hang in there this can take up to 12 weeks. I was very depressed and discouraged around weeks 7 and 8 so brace yourself and try to take it one day at a time!
Paula

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Re: Shari R View Thread
Posted by Shari R on 10/21/05 at 21:06

Hi Paula, Yes I had the EPF in June. This is the first month that I can say that I'm not at a 8-9. I feel as if both my feet have PF because when I get up from sitting etc. its horrible pain. I would say my surgery was not a success. I'm no better off than before, in fact I can no longer stand in one place for more than a minute without horrible pain. To bad I stand at my job. I usually try to pull up a chair and rest my knees on it when I'm with customers. Today I was a real dumb a-s, and wore healed sandles to work(hush puppies). I ended up working 10 hrs. and had to take my shoes off just to get to the mall entrance. To bad its cold and raining, I would have gone all the way to the car otherwise. The thing with the heels is that, my heel doesn't hurt when I wear them, just the balls of my feet. Bottom line, I hate my feet! Are we all in agreeance? I do wear my birkenstock nubbies(or whatever they're called) sometimes at home and my feet don't hurt when I have them on.

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Re: re: foot and heel pain again.... View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/21/05 at 11:17

KerriinAK
I read your story and if I didn't know better I would think it was mine! I'm 9 weeks post-op and was really getting dicouraged ...thought I would have to find a new job (I'm on my feet alot.) I also think my Dr. thinks I'm crazy. I have taken two more weeks off of work and have started PT. My pain has gone from a 9 down to a 2-3 (today.)For me that's the most frustraing thing...today a 2 tomorrow a 9. I try not to think about my foot so much and concentrate on getting better. Are you back to work? I really do believe that this works,it just takes a long time for some of us. You are not crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Undo progress????? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/21/05 at 11:00

Dear Dr.
I'm 9 weeks post-op (relese and gastroc slide) and still have alot of pain. I'm doing everything that my surgeon has told me to do. I have taken two more extra weeks from work and have started PT. My question is...If I'm doing something,like housework or walking and my foot hurts..will it UNDO any progress that I have made or will it just hurt?
Thank You
Paula

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Shari R View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/21/05 at 10:53

Hi!
I think you and I had the same surgery..I was wondering how you were doing?
I started PT yesterday (again) she said something that really hit home with me. She had to keep reminding me to relax my foot and I had a really hard time with that. She thinks maybe I'm trying to flex my foot too much and that be causeing so much pain. I'm NOT saying the pain isn't real but I'm trying to look at it in a different way. I'm also trying not to baby it so much. I did some house work this morning aand my pain is only at a 1-2 :) Maybe I'm beginning to see the light! I hope you are too!

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Re: recovery has webt great for me on both feet.-swiss n View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/20/05 at 12:20

denise
I am so happy for you!! My foot seems to hurt more than before surgery. All I can do now is take it one day at a time. PT this afternoon. From what I read here I could wake up tomorrow and be pain free...to bad my job won't wait for that day.

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Re: To: Paula C View Thread
Posted by Kathy G on 10/20/05 at 10:09


Paula,

I'm in Milford. Where are you? I've lived in this area for a long time and I can't believe how built up it's become. There's hardly any land left to develop. I like it better in the old days! :)

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Re: I thought recovery would be faster??? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/19/05 at 13:46

Yes I had the same surgery that you did. My pain level for the past year has been between 9 and 10. I had the surgery 8 weeks ago and just this past weekend I could say that pain was around 1-2 I really have done nothing for the past eight weeks though. Yesterday I went back to work and only lasted for four hours...pain back up to 8-9. I have decided to take 3 more weeks off(by law I have 5 more weeks left) PT and more rest If this doesn't work I think I'll have to look for a sit down job.) I really do think this works, it just takes a VERY long time!! I wasn't full weight bearing till 4 weeks. I'll be honest though and say that I'm overweight and get little to no exercise so maybe it will be quicker for you!! I hope so.

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Re: Michelle M Are you still out there? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/19/05 at 13:32

Hi Michelle!
Hope you're feeling better! I didn't have a cast..he put me in a walking boot. I was in that for 5 weeks. Bad foot day today...pain about 7-8. I'm really beginning to miss my pay check!!!!!!!! I hope I can get back to work soon. Have a Great day :)

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Re: Can you read this? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/18/05 at 11:17

That is so cool!!!

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Re: Michelle M Are you still out there? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/18/05 at 11:15

Hi Michelle!
Yes I had the same surgery that you did. My pain level for the past year has been between 9 and 10. I had the surgery 8 weeks ago and just this past weekend I could say that pain was around 1-2:):):) I really have done nothing for the past eight weeks though. Yesterday I went back to work and only lasted for four hours...pain back up to 8-9. I have decided to take 3 more weeks off(by law I have 5 more weeks left) PT and more rest:( If this doesn't work I think I'll have to look for a sit down job.) I really do think this works, it just takes a VERY long time!! I wasn't full weight bearing till 4 weeks. I'll be honest though and say that I'm overweight and get little to no exercise so maybe it will be quicker for you!! I hope so.

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Re: Michelle M Are you still out there? View Thread
Posted by michelle m on 10/17/05 at 17:23

hi paula
i'm here it's only been 10 days since surgery-pains not to bad just not really good at sitting with my foot elevated doing nothing..i see the dr on thursday hope to get some positive thoughts from him about recovery progress
did you have open release with "gastroc slide"? are you full weight bearing yet? how's the pain?
let me know i'd love to hear some positive thoughts
thanks
michelle

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Re: Back to work after surgery?? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/17/05 at 13:03

Thanks for the reply! I went back to work today but could only last for 4 hours:( Last year I was in so much pain, I needed a hysterectomy. I thought this was going to be the same....your uterus hurts you have a hysterectomy and TADA your pain free!! The good news is that everyone was awesome at work welcoming me back and telling me that if I needed to leave then I needed to leave...the most important thing was to take care of myself. I am Blessed!!!!!!!!

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Michelle M Are you still out there? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/17/05 at 12:53

It sounds like you and I had the same surgery. I was wondering how your recovery was going? I went back to work today (8 weeks) but could only last for 4 hours. PT starts on Thursday and I'm excited about that. I KNOW I'm makeing progress (was in a wheelchair for the first 4 weeks) but it's soooooooooo slow. Hope all is well with you!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Back to work after surgery?? View Thread
Posted by Shari R on 10/17/05 at 07:00

Paula, that's exactly what my Pod. said. Baffeled. (there was no therapy for me) just go back to your stand up job in 3 days. I'm at 3 months post surgery and am getting better, but far from cured. I suspect that will never happen now that I have it in both feet. I spend alot of time waiting on customes with my knees on a chair. Read everything on this site and don't go with one opinion, read it all, as none of us have the same results.

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Re: Pain meds??? View Thread
Posted by Buck T. on 10/16/05 at 18:04

Paula: It's important to find the cause of pain. But don't be afraid to ask for pain medication if you need it now.

Sincerely, Buck T.

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Back to work after surgery?? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/16/05 at 06:24

I met with my surgeon last week and he's pretty baffeled about why I'm haveing so much pain still(relese and gartric slide August 19.) I start physical therapy next week and I hope it helps. I also have PF in my left foot as well and am planning surgery next July. If the right foot doesn't heal he won't do the surgery on the left, so I'm trying to deal with the right one...one day at a time. I'll just continue to take the Ibuprofen. It's hard because sometimes I feel like I "don't have a leg to stand on!!" How long before you all went back to work? I work with young children on concrete floors. I've been out for 7 weeks and by law I can take another 5 weeks. Do you think it will help to rest it that much longer?? I really want to get back to work but this is THE most important thing right now!! Thanks for the in-put!!!

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Re: Pain meds??? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/16/05 at 06:13

Thank you for the reply. I met with my surgeon last week and he's pretty baffeled about why I'm haveing so much pain still. I start physical therapy next week and I hope it helps. I also have PF in my left foot as well and am planning surgery next July. If the right foot doesn't heal he won't do the surgery on the left, so I'm trying to deal with the right one...one day at a time. I'll just continue to take the Ibuprofen. It's hard because sometimes I feel like I "don't have a leg to stand on!!"

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Re: To: Paula C View Thread
Posted by LindaV on 10/15/05 at 17:34

Lived in Southern NH for years...then up around the lakes...brrrr..now in Florida.

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Pain meds??? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/15/05 at 16:15

Can you tell me what some of the alternatives are as far as pain meds and PF? Had relese and gastric slide in August...was on pain meds for 3 weeks....was on Vicodine for a month before surgery...now just Ibuprophen 600mg 2-3 times a day. It really isn't doing anything for the pain.

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Re: To Dorothy and anyone else who gets discouraged about their biomechanical problems, in general View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/15/05 at 13:18

WOW!!! What an inspiration! Thank You.

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To: Kathy G View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/15/05 at 13:11

Kathy G.... I live in Southern NH too.

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Pain!!!!!!!!! View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/15/05 at 13:10

I am so glad I found you all!!! Since PF I have met sooo many people that have hd it...no surgery though. I had my surgery in August. Relese and gastric slide. Eight weeks later I still don't feel ready for work (I work with young children,lots of standing and walking.) I have really been beating myself up over it. I can see from this forum that recovery is different for everyone. I have it in both feet(left foot to be done July 2006) so I can't "rest" one they both hurt. THANK YOU all for the encouragment!! Maybe my healing time will be 6 mos. but at least I know now that I'm not crazy and that this pain is real. If you've suffered from PF and have had surgery would you please let me know when you went back to work?? I'm going to give it a try on Monday, if I can do it ..GREAT if not that's ok too.

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I thought recovery would be faster??? View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/15/05 at 07:22

I am so glad I found you all!!! Since PF I have met sooo many people that have hd it...no surgery though. I had my surgery in August. Relese and gastric slide. Eight weeks later I still don't feel ready for work (I work with young children.) I have really been beating myself up over it. I can see from this forum that recovery is different for everyone. I have it in both feet so I can't "rest" one they both hurt. THANK YOU all for the encouragment!! Maybe my healing time will be 6 mos. but at least I know now that I'm not crazy and that this pain is real. Before I thought that the surgery just didn't work and I would feel like this for the rest of my life. Today, I can make it through !!!

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Re: Recovering from surgery View Thread
Posted by Paula C on 10/15/05 at 07:17

I am so glad I found you all!!! Since PF I have met sooo many people that have hd it...no surgery though. I had my surgery in August. Relese and gastric slide. Eight weeks later I still don't feel ready for work (I work with young children.) I have really been beating myself up over it. I can see from this forum that recovery is different for everyone. I have it in both feet so I can't "rest" one they both hurt. THANK YOU all for the encouragment!! Maybe my healing time will be 6 mos. but at least I know now that I'm not crazy and that this pain is real.

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Message Number 184392

Suzanne D- movie View Thread
Posted by Kathy in Ky on 10/09/05 at 20:07

Suzanne- Are you going to watch the Elizabeth town movie coming out this weekend? The Lex. paper had a big story on it today & Paula Deene did a special last night. (my teenager is only interested in the Orlando Bloom part) From the background stories, it seems to make Kentuckians seem normal as other people, not like most tv shows & movies. I hope it highlights your area of the state positively.

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swelling View Thread
Posted by paula s on 10/03/05 at 01:30

i have swelling on the top of my feet it looks like veins are going to pop through i also have pain from my heel all the way to my hip i have 2 jobs and stand alot could that be it?

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Message Number 177583

Re: Happy Birthday America! View Thread
Posted by Kathy in Ky on 6/30/05 at 15:37

Happy (early) 4th of July! We are also hot & dry, the rain keeps going around our community. Today it is a hot & humid 96 degrees. Hopefully, this afternoon's round of storms will drop some rain on our vegetable garden. Our little town is getting ready for the 4th, we just had the "Great Race" automobiles this past Monday for a pit stop, so the town was decorated in patriotic colors. One of the streets even has red,white & blue stripes painted for the center lines. As for my family, we are just going to a small cookout for the 4th. I'm going to try one of the fattening Paula Deen recipes that are too rich & buttery for us.

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Message Number 177365

Re: The Food Channel & Paula Deen View Thread
Posted by John H on 6/27/05 at 11:36

A good friend of mine was in Savannah a few weeks ago and went to Paula's restaurant. She said there was a large line to even get in. She went to a a window or shop in the restaurant and bought some special dough which she mailed to us and from which we made biscuits. We lived in Albany from 1960-1963 so I guess Paula was around there somewhere but probably was a teen. I wonder if they even take reservations at her restaurants? I think her new husband is a tug boat capt.

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Re: The Food Channel & Paula Deen View Thread
Posted by n/a on 6/25/05 at 22:33

Paula was born and raised in Albany, but has lived in Savannah, where their restaurants are located, for 15 to 20 years now.

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Message Number 173301

Re: The Food Channel & Paula Deen View Thread
Posted by cindyp on 4/16/05 at 12:45

I saw that and the peach pie crying in my kleenex for some of that

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Re: The Food Channel & Paula Deen View Thread
Posted by John H on 4/15/05 at 11:07

MY wife watches Paula Deen all the time. She lives in Albany, Ga. where we lived for 4 years. Paula recently married. She can sure make me hungary in a hurry. Did you see here when she visited President Carter?

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Re: The Food Channel & Paula Deen View Thread
Posted by cindyp on 4/14/05 at 17:57

She was in Louisville KY today. Sorry I missed her but boy howdy she can cook. YUMMY.

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The Food Channel & Paula Deen View Thread
Posted by Kathy in Ky on 4/14/05 at 17:00

(For those of you who watch the cooking shows, you know the wonderful lady I am talking about) A group of my co-workers drove about 70 miles after school yesterday to buy her cookbook & have it signed at Joseph-Beth. The bookstore was expecting 300, instead over 1000 showed up & needless to say we didn't get our books signed. But she was just as funny & gracious in person as on her show, she actually had tears in her eyes when she walked into the large crowd because it was her largest turnout for a signing. My feet were killing me after standing for about an hour but it was worth the try. I really want to go back next week to have Silas House sign a book but my feet are screaming no way!

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Message Number 169428

Re: Can we find a comfortable position?? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 2/19/05 at 11:08

I tell you what really felt good for awhile was when I had a doctor tape my foot. That was wonderful....I have orthotics that cost a few hundred that did nothing for me. they were very hard and I was told to put them under the insert in my shoe. I hated them and they hurt my arches.

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Re: Can we find a comfortable position?? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 2/18/05 at 16:47

Thanks. See, I have horrible pain in BOTH feet even though I had surgery 3 years ago. Splints really keep me up at night. Why do they have to be so BIG and bulky. I am afraid I will crush something in my sleep, ha, ha.
You know, off the subject but I got a pair of sandals at WalMart. They are not birkinstocks but an off brand. They saw me all through Disney last summer walking all day. Strange, my support shoes would hurt but those sandals helped. You just never know.
It is like something helps awhile then it looses it's effect, I don't know.

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Re: Yes, Jim View Thread
Posted by Paula on 2/18/05 at 16:44

I drive long distance with cruise on! I will put my left foot up to the side and my right foot flat to the floor so it is not "laying" on the floor of the car. Boy it must be a sight. Something like such ittie, bittie feet cause so much trouble...

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Re: Yes, Jim View Thread
Posted by Jim F. on 2/18/05 at 13:47

So Paula has to hang her feet like me. I thought I was all alone. Doctors all first ask if pain is worse in the morning. NO. Im asked if it hurts, numb, tingling ect. NO NO NO. I still feel different. If I had to describe it, its not a hurt at all. I call it extreme discomfort. Like if I squeezed your wrist so tight, it dont hurt but its uncomfortable and your brain sends a signal that "hey release the pressure". I think I can out walk or run most people my age but standing is a chore. How do you all deal with driving? Many of you have both feet hurt, most of you all have little or no satisfaction with the surgery. It isnt too encouraging except to say that maybe im not as bad off as many of you with just one foot hating the rest of my body. Thanks all for replying. It does help to know Im not the only one. I thought I was based on all the dumb doctors who thought it was somthing else.

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Message Number 169356

Re: Yes, Jim View Thread
Posted by Jim F. on 2/18/05 at 13:47

So Paula has to hang her feet like me. I thought I was all alone. Doctors all first ask if pain is worse in the morning. NO. Im asked if it hurts, numb, tingling ect. NO NO NO. I still feel different. If I had to describe it, its not a hurt at all. I call it extreme discomfort. Like if I squeezed your wrist so tight, it dont hurt but its uncomfortable and your brain sends a signal that "hey release the pressure". I think I can out walk or run most people my age but standing is a chore. How do you all deal with driving? Many of you have both feet hurt, most of you all have little or no satisfaction with the surgery. It isnt too encouraging except to say that maybe im not as bad off as many of you with just one foot hating the rest of my body. Thanks all for replying. It does help to know Im not the only one. I thought I was based on all the dumb doctors who thought it was somthing else.

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Message Number 169324

Re: Can we find a comfortable position?? View Thread
Posted by John H on 2/18/05 at 09:35

Paula I think many people with PF sleep with their feet hanging off the bed. This helps prevent your fascia from becoming to relaxed which can cause increased pain when you first step out of bed in the morning. You can get a better result using a nightsplint that holds your foot in the neutral or even the dorsiflexed position at night.

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Yes, Jim View Thread
Posted by Paula on 2/18/05 at 05:52

Yes, it does. I cannot sit comfortable in any seat when my feet touch the floor. I had told my doctor even something as light as a pillow under my heels hurts my feet. So I have to put something under the back of my leg so my feet are in the "air". They have never really addressed that with me either. I have had the surgery for the spur when they were finally convinced I was in pain. What they also found was nerve entrapment. I had the surgery 3 years ago. Ask me if I am truly better?
Not with out medication. But the sitting is another story. Thank you for your response. I know we all have heel pain, but I don't think I have ever seen this problem addressed before. I really understand.

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Message Number 169302

Re: Can we find a comfortable position?? View Thread
Posted by Jim F. on 2/18/05 at 01:28

Hi Paula: Your post caught me. Its been 4 years now and handsfull of doctors and no one could figure out what was wrong with my foot till today. And im still not convinced. Im here because he said I may have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Thats how I found this site. But no posts and no dignosis matched what I feel untill yours. When you said you hang your feet off the bed, that was the magic words. People can normally hang their feet and think not a thing of it. To me its pure pleasure to my foot. My worse time is driving though. Its the vibration. Sitting in a concert with vibrating floors I have to hold my foot off the ground. When I drive I pin my knee between the wheel and the door with my fist. It keeps my left foot hanging. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

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Can we find a comfortable position?? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 2/16/05 at 17:18

I haven't posted in awhile. I am quite thankful that I now have a job where I sit at a desk..I have a question though. Even when I sit and have my feet up it hurts my heels. I am laying in bed watching tv with my feet in bed I often have to hang them over the edge so the heels are not even against the mattress because it hurts.
What does anyone else do? Just prop them on top of a pillow, or am I the only one with this problem?

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Message Number 167552

Re: tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by lizzie on 1/19/05 at 17:25

hi paula,

I jusy wanted to tell you that i also have tts and plantar facitis. I have had 5 surgries on my foot. The frist one was when i was 11 know i'm 18 and the doctor wants to do more surgery. Anyway I just want to say i know what your going through.

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Re: John View Thread
Posted by JudyS on 1/15/05 at 22:59

Oh Oh.....I want to go to Little Rock's most infamous deck also! Please please can I? (sorry Wendy, none of us is gonna let you get John h all to yourself!) I can live without tuna but could help put a dent in the Molsons!

John, do you suppose Paula, Bill and Big George would like to party with us?

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Re: John View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 1/15/05 at 22:27

John, Eskiomos rubbed noses. Or so they say. I would not like it if a Mountie tried to lick my face. That would be only marginally better (or worse?) than the cat.

bleh.

Did you and Paula have a nice chat?

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Re: John View Thread
Posted by john h on 1/15/05 at 21:53

You Canadians come up with some great ideas. I like that part about licking the face. Some Mounte probably came up with that although I do think I recall Eskimos doing something like that or was it rubbing noses? I promise not to cough up any fur balls. Bill C. and Bush 1 were in town last week at the library planning their money raising ideas for the Tsunami. I did run into Paula Jones again at the coffee shop.

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Message Number 165663

Re: To Wendy re Sad Day posting View Thread
Posted by Kathy G on 12/15/04 at 10:36


Wendy,

I can identify with the bond you felt with Paula. I only have OA and PF, just some aches and pains that have changed my life slightly but not anything earth shattering. I have a friend who has serious RA and while we would be friends even if she were completely healthy, I think the fact that we understand when the other is having a bad day brings us even closer. When we go places together, I don't feel like I have to apologize for using my handicap placard. If one of us is too tired to keep going, we turn around and come home. We understand each other in the way that only two people who share a common bond like arthritic pain can.

She is now involved in another serious struggle. She has her first chemo treatment for breast cancer on Friday. Along with that, the RA has gone into her eyes and she is terrified she will go blind. Again, I don't have physical disabilities to the magnitude that she does, but she seems to feel very comfortable having me around her as she goes through these tough times and I am happy to be able to support her any way I can.

Were I to lose her, I would miss her as a person and as a friend. But I would also miss being able to talk to her and not feel like a hypcochondriac or whiner. There's a level of support that she offers me that no one else can.

So, don't feel like you're being selfish. You're being human. Your feelings are all part of the special relationship you and Paula shared.

Take care and stay well.

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Message Number 165647

Re: To Wendy re Sad Day posting View Thread
Posted by Julie on 12/15/04 at 03:01


Wendy, no! What you feel is what you feel, and it's all right. You are grieving, and that is the natural, right, response to what has happened. It is not self-pity (though it may be despair, and if despairing is what you feel, that's all right too). Accept your feelings and stay with them: you'll emerge from this faster than if you negate and belittle them. Honour them, too: they show your spirit and your depth of kindness, and your capability of friendship.

Paula may be dead, but your friendship with her isn't: you can still "talk" to her. When you're feeling a little less sad and angry, I'm sure you'll want to.

Take care, Wendy, and please keep talking here.
.

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Message Number 165609

Re: Sad day View Thread
Posted by Kathy G on 12/14/04 at 10:04


Wendy,

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. It's always a tragedy when someone is killed in such a manner but for it to be someone who had weathered what Paula did, it's doubly upsetting. It sounds as though she had her life on track and had learned to live with a condition which had totally altered her plans. She must have been a very special person.

It's tough for you to lose a friend sho suffers from RSD, which I consider to be the most devastating of all the conditions we've talked about on these boards and one that I didn't even know existed until I read about it here. No one can understand the condition as well as someone who has it and it sounds as though you both were determined to have normal lives and not let it slow you down anymore than was absolutely necessary. So you two had a special bond, beyond friendship.

You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Message Number 165608

Re: Sad day View Thread
Posted by Julie on 12/14/04 at 09:16


Thanks, Wendy. Paula really does sound a very special person. It's tragic that her struggle to cope with chronic pain should end in this disaster. Once again, I'm very sad for you that you have lost such a friend.
.

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Message Number 164530

what's up with that? View Thread
Posted by Dieter Fellner on 11/22/04 at 06:04

I wanted to know about Sonocur, marketing details, costs etc. This is the reply I received:

"Dear Mr Fellner,
Thank you for your enquiry re the Sonocur system.At this present time Siemens Medical Solutions do not market the Sonocur system in the UK.
We do review the situation on a regular basis and if this changes we will contact you.
Best Regards
Paula Mullins"

- erm, now what? Ed, any ideas?

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Message Number 164250

Clinton Library View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/18/04 at 09:41

It is 9:30am Thursday and the official festivies at the Clinton Library are to begin in about 30 minutes. It is raining rather hard at the moment. Umbreallas are prohibited within about a 5 block area of the Library. You can wear a poncho. There will be about 30,000 people with tickets and they sat up bleachers outside the Library. President Bush should be landing as I type. So many Hollywood types are in town I want even try to list them. The Prime Minister of Canada arrived yesterday as did other high ranking officials from other countries. In New York or Chicago this would be no big deal but in Little Rock, Arkansas population 170,000 it is big time. Many exits off of the Interstate are blocked. Last night near the Library we have an area called River Front Park/President Clinton Avenue. Sort of reminds me of Beal Street in Memphis or the French Quarter in Orleans. It was packed with people. Lots of quaint resturants in an old area. No cars allowed. You can come in by street car. Saw Brad Pitt milling around. Hard to get into any resturant as there were so many parties going on. Seems like Hillary is everywhere. Looks to me like she is ready for 2008. The Library itself from the pictures I am seeing looks interesting. An exact replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet room are part of the display. It will open to the public tomorrow but I think I will wait a few weeks. We expect 300,000 visitors on an annual basis to see the Library which is a real kick for the local economy. Supposedly it has already genereated over 1 billion dollars into the economy with jobs, revitilizing an old area of Little Rock, etc. There is a rumor Monica is in town but I feel it is just a rumor or the press would be all over it. Paula Jones lives just north of Little Rock so it would not be a supprise to see her somewhere in the area. I am sure she received no ticket. Sure wish this rain would stop.

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Message Number 162938

Re: hi! View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/04/04 at 10:56

We had a very large gas explosion in Little Rock on Tuesday which made national TV. A 4" gas line was punctured by someone laying cable at a very busy intersection about 1 mile from my home. The gas quickly began to accumulate in the damp heavy air. A car became stalled in the intersection and when the lady tried to restart her ignition set off the explosion. buring up the asphalt in the street, the stop light and a big hole in the ground. The fire was into the air about 100 feet or more. We were having rain at the time (4" came down) which helped control it. No one injured. We have had rain for 5 straight days.

The Clinton Library will open in less than a month. All hotels are fully booked. All ex Presidents will be here and probably a lot of overseas dignatiries. Little Rock has installed a Trolley at a very great expense that runs around the city and sevices the new Library. We changed the name of a major street to President Clinton Avenue. President Clinton was in town Sunday to give a speech for the Kerry ticket but Arkansas went heavily for Bush as they did last time. The Library is really impressive and in an old district of Little Rock called the River Front District.Reminds me of Beale Street District in Memphis. A lot of fashionable shops have opened in the area and few high rise condos that run over $1 million dollars. Bill has his own appartment in the Library.He really did not look real good. He has lost some weight and probably should not be on the politcal trail so soon after heart surgery. I had this feeling he was really not giving Kerry all that much of an endorsement. Just an opinion. I ran into Paula Jones (remember her) at a donut shop last year. She has really had some major work on her face especially the nose and looked very attractive and was dressed well. When she opened her mouth however you knew it was Paula. She lives in a small town north of Little Rock. If any of you ever come to Little Rock to vist the Clinton Library be sure and let me known.

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Re: Survey: Anyone on disability or working? Job type? View Thread
Posted by Paula S. on 10/31/04 at 15:46

Aimee C. could I get that message board address on disability. Thanks

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Message Number 156301

severe foot pain for a year and a half with no relief View Thread
Posted by Paula M on 7/26/04 at 18:54

I would like to know if there is anyone who has severe plantar fascitis and spurs for this length of time and if so have they conquered this problem or are they still in pain? I have tried everything except for shockwave therapy only because I live in Sydney, NS and the only area that offers if this therapy is in Ontario. If anyone has had success with this problem please let me know and I will try. I am desperate, I work in a hospital in housekeeping and the floors are killing me and for once I have a job that I can actually say I love (without the pain of course), so I do not want to give it up but at the same time I feel I may end up in a wheelchair and I'm only 35. I don't know what else to think because that is the kind of pain I am in. Any suggestions would be tried and appreciated. Very bitter over this problem now please help!!!!

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Message Number 154404

Re: strassburg sock therapy View Thread
Posted by Dr. David S. Wander on 7/02/04 at 13:57

Paula,

As you'll read in my other post (in reply to Martin), I often recommend the Strassburg Sock to my patients. I have found the product very useful and beneficial, with a greater patient compliance than traditional night splints. Every patient is different and responds differently to various treatment options. Have you seen a doctor recently for the pain? If you haven't you should prior to any additional treatments.

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Message Number 154357

strassburg sock therapy View Thread
Posted by Paula on 7/01/04 at 21:27

I have been using the strassburg sock for several years (off and on) for PF. Would I be better served buying a night splint? My PF has grown progressively worse, despite use of anti-inflammatories and New Balance tennis shoes.

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Message Number 153523

Re: Cured after years of painful feet - plantar fasciitis View Thread
Posted by ~Paula~ on 6/19/04 at 19:11


>>teresa wrote on 6/17/04 at 10:41... I work in a factory on concrete all day...I'm going back first of July but I dont know if I am going to be able to handle the pain<<

Try a websearch for the search term reasonable accomodation You may be covered by the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Law . PF is often a chronic disease. Maybe you can still do your job if they provide you with a tall stool or chair. Talk to the personnel department, they know they cannot discriminate if you are capable of doing the job with "reasonable accomodation"

You could rent a wheelchair if you think that would help. Using a wheelchair can be quite tiring for your arms at first so it is a last resort.

I am not an attorney so this is only a suggestion. Here is one website that discusses accomodation. This is not a recommendation of the website,it is just one of many I found doing a search at WWW.GOOGLE.COM
http://www.lawguru.com/cgi/bbs/user/search.cgi?cmd=search&c=4&l=all&keywords=&bool=&p=30

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Message Number 153489

Re: Computer Mousepads make softshoe inserts View Thread
Posted by Suzanne D. on 6/19/04 at 09:30

What a neat idea, Paula! I am going to have to try that.

I've always recycled a lot (out of necessity!), and it also makes you feel good to be able to find good uses for things you might not need any longer.

Suzanne :)

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Message Number 153450

Computer Mousepads make softshoe inserts View Thread
Posted by ~Paula~ on 6/18/04 at 19:41

I tried experimenting with making soft heel insoles with old computer mousepads. All you need are sissors and use your present heel insole for a pattern. The cloth covered mousepads are best.

If you have orthotics or inserts that are too hard you can put a heel shaped piece of mousepad foam on top.

The density of the foam is better than most inserts you buy or find in tennis shoes. Great when your heels are feeling tender. Have fun recycling!

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Message Number 153355

Re: Cured after years of painful feet - plantar fasciitis View Thread
Posted by Marty in SLC on 6/17/04 at 22:32

thanks Paula, I think i remember you..... so glad your better and have sured with us.

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Message Number 153307

Re: Cured after years of painful feet - plantar fasciitis View Thread
Posted by ~Paula~ on 6/17/04 at 14:07

In reply to Marty, I had been wearing the same arch supporting insoles for over two years and I was still having severe problems. Even standing in a check out line was torture.

I did raise the arch supports with the felt cushion slightly at about the same time I started the bouncing warm up routine in the mornings. So that could be a part of my recovery. But I could always tell later in the day if I hadn't done the bouncing.

To answer the earlier question about bouncing technique -I just put the ball of my foot on the floor while sitting on the side of the bed and bounce the heel up and down gently for a few minutes. Then maybe a brief massage. That's it.

I have been doing the morning routine for a year now and my feet don't bother me unless I really do a lot of standing. In fact I wore sandals (SAS) today with no support. Hard to believe.

But until my feet were back to normal I always always wore my arch support insoles. I even wore them in my house slippers. Also sit down to put on your slacks,you don't want to put all your weight on one foot so early in the morning.

I am 54 and not in the best of shape because of my being off my feet for so long. I did swim when I couldn't walk but now I can take walks and don't even think about my feet. All I can say is that it worked for me

>>Posted by Marty in SLC on 6/17/04 at 12:41 >Wow hard to believe bounching did it. Do you think that maybe the orthodics hard more to do with it than is evident?<<

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Message Number 153284

Re: Cured after years of painful feet - plantar fasciitis View Thread
Posted by Carlos N. on 6/17/04 at 11:13

Paula,

My feet are much better now. However, in the morning I feel achy and sore in my knees, shins, and feet. Some days I'm really fatigued. Do you think bouncing my feet and massaging the fascia will help? Do you do any foot exercises to strengthen and condition your feet?

I now have more flexibility in my calves and hamstrings but my feet feel very weak and tired. I have an office job but at times I feel as though I've been on my feet all day long.

Thanks,
Carlos

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Message Number 153241

Re: Congratulations to the Pistons - and to Dorothy! View Thread
Posted by Paula on 6/17/04 at 08:57

Do

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Message Number 153240

Re: Congratulations to the Pistons - and to Dorothy! View Thread
Posted by Paula on 6/17/04 at 08:57

Do

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Message Number 153234

Cured after years of painful feet - plantar fasciitis View Thread
Posted by ~Paula~ on 6/17/04 at 07:35

This worked for me! I just bounce my feet by the side of the bed before getting up in the morning. Don't take one step or put weight on your feet before gently stretching those arches.

At first you will need to bounce your feet every time you stand up. A little foot massage won't hurt either, whatever gently warms up your muscles and ligaments.

The podiatrists (I had seen two) had told me to stretch but they didn't tell me when to stretch! If you wait until later in the day when your feet are really hurting it won't help much.

Ice didn't help, months of prescribed double dose anti inflammatory pills (ibuprofen) didn't help much. Cortisone shots helped but only temporarily. Arch supports help but weren't a cure.

The off the shelf arch supports the podiatrist sold me didn't have a high enough arch. They were still a great improvement. As the second podiatrist pointed out there was still a small gap between my arch and the insole. I added a small piece of thick felt cut in a half circle shape underneath the insole.

I still use arch supports, love them . I have very high arches plus small pieces of bone have pulled away from the larger bone. Even my x rays look painful. I have never been able to wear even a two inch high heel.

After suffering every day for years this has been a cure and it only took two weeks for major relief. The micro tear theory of damage may be the correct one. I was reinjuring my feet every morning!

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Message Number 152225

Re: Light Thearpy View Thread
Posted by john h on 6/07/04 at 11:05

Your Pistons looked tough last night. Hope they can down the evil empire known as the Lakers (i do like Paula Abdul the old Laker Cheer leader).

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Message Number 151337

BC/BS no longer covering eswt View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/26/04 at 18:19

I'm really upset. I was informed that as of July 17th HighMark Blue Cross and Capital Blue Cross in PA. will no longer pay for ESWT. I had a Bilateral treatment and also a retreat which is at this time 100% successful. I'm worried about the future if this PF should come back. I've already voiced my objections to my insurance co. but they are following Medicare. Is there anything else I can do!!!

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Message Number 148961

Re: Five weeks and one day after surgery View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/15/04 at 11:25

Elaine hugs and prayers to you. I hope you start feeling much better

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Message Number 148959

7 days post op doctors visit View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/15/04 at 11:24

Went to see my doctor today, took the bandages off, only have minimal swelling, rebandaged the foot, had both tts sugery and plantar fasciitis. Still walking with crutches. My pain now is tolerable, dont need any percocet right now. I feel much better after this sugery then I did after my first surgery for tts in 2000. Starting next week, just minimal weight bearing, eventually my doctor wants me to start physical therapy. I really feel this time the surgery will work, it just has to.

Result number: 112

Message Number 148700

Re: 2 days post op View Thread
Posted by Matt on 4/11/04 at 15:47

Thats great to hear Paula. I stopped taking the Percocet yesterday cause the
sides affects were working me pretty good. I have my first post- op visit
tommorrow and I can't wait to get this 100 lbs worth of bandage off my foot!
Hang in there and keep us posted.

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Message Number 148696

2 days post op View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/11/04 at 13:58

I am feeling much better than expected, I was afraid I would feel as bad as my first tts surgery. I am on antibotics and percocet. The doctor said everything went well. I also had plantar fasciits surgery. NO Weight Bearing for at least one week until my office visit. I sure hope and pray the surgery works this time. I would just like to lead a normal life. I want to thank everyone for their advice and for just being there for me. I wish I had know about this site the first time around.

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Message Number 148695

Re: 2nd surgery tomorrow View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/11/04 at 13:43

thanks marie

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Message Number 148694

Re: 2nd surgery tomorrow View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/11/04 at 13:43

Christine, I had my first tts surgery on my right foot 4/2000 within one year the pain was worse than ever, I tried medication again cortisone shots, physical therapy, pain managment, nothing worked. So on friday I ad my 2nd sugery for tts plus plantar fasciitis. The doctor said everything went really well he cleaned up my scar tissue from my first surgery and to tell you the truth I feel better this time around than after my 1st surgery. I guess only time will tell. I need to have surgery done on my left foot but I will wait it out and see how I feel. What has your doctor told you have not improved that much. Hope to hear from you

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Message Number 148693

Re: 2nd surgery tomorrow View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/11/04 at 13:42

Christine, I had my first tts surgery on my right foot 4/2000 within one year the pain was worse than ever, I tried medication again cortisone shots, physical therapy, pain managment, nothing worked. So on friday I ad my 2nd sugery for tts plus plantar fasciitis. The doctor said everything went really well he cleaned up my scar tissue from my first surgery and to tell you the truth I feel better this time around than after my 1st surgery. I guess only time will tell. I need to have surgery done on my left foot but I will wait it out and see how I feel. What has your doctor told you have not improved that much. Hope to hear from you

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Message Number 148601

2nd surgery tomorrow View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/08/04 at 19:52

Tomorrow is surgery day. I am having my second operation on my right foot for TTS and now plantar fasciitis. I am praying it works this time.

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Message Number 148580

1 day After Surgery View Thread
Posted by Matt on 4/08/04 at 07:19

Good morning all,
My surgery went pretty well. My Doc said I had more swelling than he thought.. He used the word "Atrophy".. I guess the compressing was that bad it had begun to shrink my muscle in my foot. He also said that it was
worse than my other foot.. (I had same operation 4 years ago on)
But I am so glad its over and its off to the wonderful world of recovery!
But he's a great Doc and I would recommend him to anyone. I told my wife I wish I could go to him if I had the flu or something too! he's a good man.
I'm taking a medication called "percocet" for my pain. I'm having some pretty brutal side affects like "hot flashes" and nausea but it only last a few moments. But they help the pain.. And I'm gonna do everything the Doc said and I should be fine.
Hey Paula, Thank you for the thoughts and good luck tommorrow.. You'll do fine!

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Message Number 148565

Re: Surgery tommorow View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 4/07/04 at 20:34

Good Luck Matt,my surgery is on friday.

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Message Number 147826

Re: sugery date View Thread
Posted by Elaine T on 3/26/04 at 10:55

Oh, Paula, many prayers coming your way.

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Message Number 147823

sugery date View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/26/04 at 10:48

Today my Doctor gave me the date for my sugery April 9th. Lets pray the outcome is an excellent one.

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Message Number 147772

Re: Re(vision) View Thread
Posted by elliott on 3/25/04 at 13:59


Paula P, what I'm trying to say is, even if you for sure have TTS, revision TTS surgery is still a big decision. It may pay to get another opinion from a doc or two who have had experience observing loads of initial failures. They may have a different perspective as to whether they view you as a good candidate for surgery and if so what that would entail. Any chance you'll try those Bastad clogs?

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Message Number 147750

Re: Re(vision) View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/25/04 at 11:08

Elliott thanks alot for the advice. Since my sugery 4 years ago I have had NCV test, mri and a bone scan. All seem to point to having the TTS surgery again. I have changed my shoes I now wear birkenstock clogs which do seem to help, I have also worn orthotics, pain management and all sorts of medication. I am going to show these articles to my doctor, I should be having surgery again in about 4 weeks, I have TTS in both feet, but only having surgery on one foot now.

Paula

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Message Number 147685

WOW!!! Elliott, thank you!!! View Thread
Posted by Pam S. on 3/24/04 at 15:35

Elliott:
I am copying your post as fast as I can. I am getting ready to go out of town so I do not have time to respond. More importantly, I hope Paula can continue posting with you since her surgery is so close.

This is just wonderful information and I REALLY appreciate the time it took you to post this. I think I am glad my appt. WAS cancelled today. I can go back in armed with this info. and dazzle everyone!!!! I will stay tuned to everything you all post. Thx, Pam

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Message Number 147682

Re: Re(vision) View Thread
Posted by elliott on 3/24/04 at 14:31


Paula P (and Pam S too):

Sorry about your recurring TTS symptoms. In reading over the thread, I get the impression you are viewing a second release as another try that hopefully will work this time around. I don't blame you for hoping, and I wish you well. But I think you should know it's not just another try. For revisions, the odds of success however defined go down and the odds of potential complications go up (BTW, I don't think this depends on whether an obstruction was found initially). For example, check out this link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12760582

(It may be a good idea to obtain that article before surgery, e.g., by sneaking into a medical library or asking a medical friend to do it for you, or else by paying exorbitant article retrieval fees.)

Before a second surgery, I think it is important to ask yourself what went wrong with the first one. Did you originally get more or less complete relief and only then it came back? Was there perhaps an inadequate release (e.g., due to technique, or else along one of the smaller branches that initally was left untouched)? Or what? It seems that if there was an adequate release the first time around, a standard second release is far less likely to work; see

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=7951970

This conclusion may even follow from common sense reasoning: your flexor retinaculum (laciniate ligament) has been cut away and the nerve freed; what are they going to release if you're already released? Scar tissue? Well, scar tissue increases with each surgery. (I believe it was the above study that led one of the authors to include other options such as a vein wrap as a barrier against scar tissue forming against the nerve and, if that fails, nerve implantation devices. It is my understanding that the vein wrap procedure has a median of around 75%, meaning that 50% of the patients get at least 75% better. Do those odds sound reassuring or deflating?)

Paula, in your case, there are other complications too, e.g., the PF and the bilateral symptoms. PF often goes away with time and conservative measures as talked about on these boards, so it may pay to take it slow with regard to surgery for that. Believe me, I know what TTS pain is like and the desire to just do something. But you have to try and reason out your best course of action, whether that means waiting and trying other things, or perhaps having a different surgery, surgeon, or opinion than the one you anticipate. Regarding not considering seeing an out-of-town doctor, the immediate inconvenience and increased cost will pale in comparison to what you could end up facing for the rest of your life if that surgery doesn't go well. That's not to say you *have* to go out of town, only that you should keep it open as a possibility if the circumstances warrant it. Florida? There is a big TTS name in Birmingham, Alabama--JS Gould, who has written extensively on PF, TTS, and even their interaction:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=11934063

So, what can you do short of surgery? If I read you right, you seemed to have an adequate release and then had a recurrence. That suggests either scar tissue (more likely in the first year or so), or else biomechanical causes that haven't been corrected. I presume you've tried one or two pairs of orthotics to no avail.

I do have one easy suggestion: change your footwear immediately to something rather different (even if in a category that according to the rules is not meant for your kind of foot) and see if you have any luck with that. When I was in terrible TTS pain and couldn't wear shoes, I discovered some hand-made wooden Swedish clogs. Despite their having a very high heel I thought would never work for my flat feet, they helped me get through some tough times. The open back is great for TTS, the wood is believe it or not soothing while supportive, and I believe the high heel takes some pressure off the PF too. Do a search here on "Bastad clogs" and you'll dig up my comments. If interested, do a web search on them and you'll dig up several mail-order places that carry them. All you're risking is some shipping charges. Good luck.

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Message Number 147666

Re: tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by Pam S. on 3/24/04 at 10:49

Paula:
I will have nothing to report to you today because my appt. was not on the books for some reason and who knows when I will be able to get back in there. BOO HOO.. Sorry pam I will be on vacation next week so more later on. Take care, Pam

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Message Number 147652

Re: tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by Pam S. on 3/23/04 at 23:21

Paula:
I am truly going to PRAY for you that this works for you this time. I am going to pick my surgeons brain for as long as I can (which will not be long). BUT I CAN walk, not for fitness as I swim now, but I can run errands and cook etc. but by the late afternoon I am on ice. Some days it is worse than others. Sometimes I think wearing a shoe rubbing that area makes it worse???? It sounds like you are desparate and not really functioning at all if you cannot walk. I think this is just awful. I really do not understand WHY this cannot be fixed.

My feeling is that it is problematic when there is no defined mass to remove. I wonder if you wear othodics...I did for a good amt of time (because every dr. tells you that is what you should do especially if you have PF) until I realized they made my nerve pain ten times worse. Mine is bilateral also but once I gave up the orthodics the left foot got better over the course of two years. Stay in touch. I do not think I have posted with anyone who has had TTS come back....???that i can remember. pam

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Message Number 147651

Re: tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/23/04 at 22:07

thanks terri I am praying the surgery works this time.

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Message Number 147650

Re: question for Paula View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/23/04 at 22:06

Pam
I did not have a mass or varicose veins, it was just releasing of the nerves. No I have not considered speaking with L. Dellon as I live in Florida. This is a new surgeon, my original surgery was done in Pa. He said there were no guarantees that this it would work this time, but I have no choice as I need to walk, plus he will be also trying to correct pf. I felt relief for about one year. I had my surgery in 2/2000 and now I have to have it again. I also have tts in my left foot. Pam I am just praying it works this time. I have tts since 1998. I should be having surgery in about 4 weeks.

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Message Number 147619

question for Paula View Thread
Posted by Pam S. on 3/23/04 at 13:20

Paula:
I have a few more questions for you:
l. What were the findings from your first surgery ie. was there a mass, a varicose vein?
2. Have you considered consulting with this L. Dellon who is often spoken about on this board. He is in Baltimore so I do not know how close that is to you?
3. What did your surgeon say about the chances of this working a second time around?
4. Did you get any relief from the first surgery. one year, one month?

I will e-mail you back after my appt. tomorrow. pam
ps I have PF too and that can cause burning pain also. have you had pt for your PF? sounds like you have really tried everything. I FEEL your pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Message Number 147601

Re: Just back from the surgeon, and I am walking!!!! View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/23/04 at 10:05

Elaine, I am glad to hear you are walking and there is no pain. I hope you stay pain free forever. Please keep me posted on you progress

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Message Number 147599

Re: ATTN:has anyone had tts to come back after surgery???? View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/23/04 at 10:01

Pam my surgeon specialzied in foot and ankle surgery plus I asked him if he had ever done tts sugery. He did not give me any guarantees but at that point in my life I just could not take the pain anymore so I opted for the surgery. My tts was diagnosed NCV and MRI. Before the surgery I was taking cortisone shots, pain management which basically is a drug management to help alleviate the pain, it did not work. I now have no choice but to try this again, I have too much difficulty in walking and now have plantar fasciitis which is also very painful, so now I will be having surgery to correct both problems on my right foot. I am praying this time the surgery will fix it, but the doctor cant give me any guarantees. Eventually I will also have to have my left foot done.
Let me know what your doctor tells you after you visit him.

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Message Number 147564

Re: tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by Pam S. on 3/22/04 at 22:11

Paula:
I hope I did not distract from your post!!!! How selfish of me to horn in with my issues!!! I really meant my post to be an addendum to yours. I am really sorry you are having problems again. I hope we hear from some other people. Hopefully we can help each other. Terri, I hope you do not have re-peat pain either!!!! Take care, pam

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Message Number 147559

Re: tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by Terri on 3/22/04 at 20:10

Hi Paula. Yes, my dr did tell me right up front that some people do need to have this done again, it doesn't always work for whatever reason. I'm only hoping I don't have to go thru it again myself down the road. Good luck to you and I hope you have wonderful results this time around.

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Message Number 147515

ATTN:has anyone had tts to come back after surgery???? View Thread
Posted by Pam S. on 3/22/04 at 13:02

Paula:
I have so wondered about this question myself. Has anyone had to repeat the TTS surgery several years down the road. PLEASE all of you who have just had this surgery done do not panic. I am not sure why this happens but mine is coming back also. I am way too chicken to have the surgery done again. I almost feel like the surgery and recovery were so difficult for ME that I will put up with the pain.

Paula, what is your situation? What type of Dr. did your surgery and was there an obstruction. How was your TTS diagnosed - NCV, MRI? Have you tried conservative treatments for the current pain.

I am truly sympathetic to you. You make the decision to have the surgery and expect that you are FIXED. What a baffling disorder this is?????

WE would welcome any of you out there to please respond if you have had TTS to come back and if so what did you do about it. Thanks for posting this Paula!!!! Pam

ps I am seeing my original surgeon this week so ask him these questions and I will report back to you.

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Message Number 147511

Re: tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/22/04 at 12:28

sorry I meant tts again

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Message Number 147506

tss surgery again View Thread
Posted by Paula P on 3/22/04 at 11:17

Hi everyone,
I first had tss in 2000, on my right foot. I am now going to have surgery again on my right foot next month, I also have plantar fasciitis. I am really praying the surgery works this time. I have tarsal tunnel in both feet, will need surgery on the other foot also, but I am waiting awhile before I do the other foot. I just want to be able to walk again and not feel any pain. Has anyone had the sugery more than once.

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Message Number 146796

Re: ESWT PROCEDURE :(( View Thread
Posted by KATHY H. on 3/12/04 at 14:06

PAULA,I CHECKED MY CALENDAR MY DOCTOR AND I WERE BOTH WRONG I'M ONLY AT THE END OF MY 10TH WEEK,IT SEEMS SO MUCH LONGER.THE PAIN IS UNBEARABLE. I WENT OUT TO BY SOME NEW "NEW BALANCE" SHOES HOPING THAT WOULD HELP BUT IT DOESN'T.I FOUND SOME OF MY RECORDS I DID HAVE THE BILATERAL ESWT OSSATRON PROCEDURE DONE. I COULDN'T REMEMBER BEFORE WHICH IT WAS.WHAT IS THE NSAIDS YOU MENTION? THE PAIN THAT I AM EXPERIENCING NEVER STOPS, EVEN IF I'M OFF MY FEET. THE ONLY TIME I DONT FEEL PAIN IS WHEN I'M ASLEEP.I SEEMS IT'S GETTING WORSE. I HAVE TO BE ON MY FEET AT LEAST 10 HOURS AT WORK, SOMETIMES MORE,SOMETIMES LESS.I HAVE A HOUSE TO TEND TO,DOGS,AND AUTISTIC CHILD WITH HER SPECIAL OLYMPIC AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITES. I JUST BOUGHT A FOOT SPA YESTERDAY. WHAT KIND OF STRETCHES DO YOU DO? MAYBE I'M NOT DOING THE RIGHT KIND,OR NOT ENOUGH. I WALK CONSTANTLY AT WORK I WOULD THINK THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH STRETCHING, MAYBE NOT THE RIGHT KIND? GOTTA GO IT'S TIME TO GO CRY.I'M SO UPSET WITH LIVING IN PAIN. I WENT TO THE FOOT DOCTOR MONDAY,I GO BACK IN 2 WEEKS,HE SAID WE WILL START THE CORTISONE INJECTIONS THEN.I'M OFF THE STRAPPING FOR TWO WEEKS AT MY REQUEST,I THOUGHT THEY WERE MAKING MY FEET WORSE. I DON'T KNOW .THEY ARE JUST VERY SORE. DO YOU THINK I WILL COME OUT OF THIS OR DOES IT SOUND LIKE I WILL HAVE TO HAVE IT DONE AGAIN? "DEPRESSED IN MISSOURI"

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Message Number 146372

Re: To the board View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 3/07/04 at 13:50

Pala ( Paula correct)
I am shaking my head over this. I believe Ed Davis is Jewish but that is not an excuse. This is just plain wrong period !!

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Message Number 145117

Re: ESWT PROCEDURE View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 2/23/04 at 17:30

Kathy,

You may or you may not have had a setback. Only time at this point will tell. I had bilateral ESWT(ossatron)done. I initialy experiences some relief and was estatic but then around the 6-8 week my pain came back and was progressively getting worse. I was seriously contemplating EPF surgery.
I was so tired dealing with the pain and I couldn't bear the thoughts of any more cortisone injections, physical therapy,ionophoresis, icing, stretches and orthotics you name it I'ved had it done.At around 7 months my orthopod suggested having a second treatment. I figured what could I loose.I had a second treatment but this time it was a Donier Epos. I initially experienced about 25% relief but then my progress stallled but then around week 12-14 I had another 45% inprovement now 7 months later I am 95% better and so thankful that I had a second treatment. As before I avoided NSAIDS and continued with orthotic and stretching and I live in my saucony's. Dr. Davis's advice is sound and appropriate. I will forever take care of my feet but my work requires long hours of standing. I'm thankful that there is ESWT

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Message Number 137386

Re: NO CURE WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT View Thread
Posted by Paula G on 11/13/03 at 12:09

Yes, Julie, I didn't mean it the way it sounded.....Sometimes in cyberspace things look different in written word than what you mean to say.

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Message Number 137344

Re: NO CURE WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT View Thread
Posted by Julie on 11/13/03 at 02:25


That's true, Aly and Nancy, and encouraging for anyone to hear. 'There is no cure' must have sounded ominous and I'm sure Paula didn't mean it that way. I'd like to add, though, and not solely for Michael's benefit, that (in my opinion) it is probably better not to think of oneself as 'cured' even after PF does go away, even completely.

If there are biomechanical factors involved, which in most cases there are, these don't change. PF can and does recur. So if we've been lucky and managed to get orthotics that work, we need to keep wearing them. If we've found shoes that support our feet properly, we need to stick with them. And if we've learned generally to take care of your feet, we need to keep taking care of them. My PF was straightforward and resolved to 95% improvement in five months. By the end of the first year I was completely all right, with no limitation on walking or anything else. That was two years ago, but I'm still careful and watchful. I know that many people would rather leave it all behind them once it's over, but vigilance makes sense to me.

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Message Number 137276

Re: NO CURE WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT View Thread
Posted by Aly on 11/12/03 at 16:46

Hi Michael,

Might I jump in and say that I believe Paula meant that there's no overnight cure and no particular cure that will work for everyone across the board. In otherwords, each person must experiment with a variety of treatment options to discover what will work for their particular feet. Fear not, most people ARE able to overcome PF, it just takes a lot of trial and error, and a lot of patience & time.

Good luck!

Aly

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Message Number 137247

Re: DESCRIBE YOUR PAIN AND INTENSITY View Thread
Posted by Paula G. on 11/12/03 at 13:23

Hi Michael. Yes, the pain is there at night. I have a very hard time finding a good position to sleep because my heels cannot touch the mattress....the pressure is very painful. I wish I knew how to tell you to live with the pain. I find if I keep moving it is better than if I stand still, ie, doing dishes...Do you remember earth shoes? I have a pair if sandals I swear by. They are like earth shoes where the heel seems lower than rest of foot. They are so comfortable for me.
Other than that you have to give up style for comfort.....
I get so tired of complaining about my feet all the time. I try not to.
I have lived with this for about 4 years now. Back when I was first a nurse, I began having heel pain but ignored it....I have been through all the treatments. Medications, orthotics, night splints (although they did help when I had to get up at night) Always have shoes on your feet when you are up. Even to go to the bathroom at night. Never go barefooted again.
I have taken the meds and I am taking Mobic right now and it has been just great. I had surgery two years ago. They found nerve entrapment so surgery was the right choice and it does seem better than it was....
There is no cure. You just must find the treatment that works for you

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Message Number 137023

Re: Shoes other than birks?? Hi Nancy View Thread
Posted by Paula G. on 11/11/03 at 06:16

Yes, I remember you, Nancy. Yes, I used to post here a lot. I did not quit posting because the pain was gone though. I think from the reading, I am going to run to Sam's club shopping! Thanks

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Message Number 137022

Re: Shoes other than birks?? View Thread
Posted by Paula G. on 11/11/03 at 06:14

Okay, I will try that. Do you all mean Sam's as in Sam's Club??? I go to sam's club all the time. I will have to look when I am there. Thank you all for your input so much.

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Message Number 137006

Re: Shoes other than birks?? View Thread
Posted by Suzanne D. on 11/10/03 at 21:42

Paula, here is the German website for ordering Birkenstocks. You have to wait for a few weeks or pay more in shipping, but the cost is still considerably lower than buying them in the U.S.

http://www.gobuyeurope.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?

I just thought I'd let you know about the site.

Best wishes!
Suzanne :)

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Message Number 136975

Re: Shoes other than birks?? View Thread
Posted by nancy s. on 11/10/03 at 15:58

hi paula: i think i remember you from way back when!

other people here will no doubt have suggestions for shoes other than birks. (for most of the day, my feet can tolerate only birks.) i wanted to pass this along to you, though, in case it might help: i too live in snow country, and last year kathy g. told me about l.l. bean's "Snow Walkers." they're officially boots, but kind of shoelike really, good for indoors and out. i wear them only outdoors in the snow, since as you know that's no place for birks, and they're comfortable for me for an hour or so.

i doubt they'd be a substitute for a shoe to wear all day but thought i'd pass this along in case you need a walker for getting around in the snow.

nancy
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Message Number 136972

Re: Bextra and ibuprofen combination View Thread
Posted by Paula G. on 11/10/03 at 15:46

Kathy, try going to drugdigest.com That is where I check on all my drugs plus it tells you what interacts with what. Bextra never helped me

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Message Number 136971

Re: Orthopedist vs Pod? View Thread
Posted by Paula G. on 11/10/03 at 15:45

Personally, I went to an ortho doctor. Can you believe I had a podiatrist tell me there was nothing wrong and he could not help me?????? Not only did I have x-ray's proving I had heel spurs, but the pain proved PF.
I know there are good podiatrists out there, but I had better luck with orthopedist.
This problem takes a very long time and many treatments before help comes sometimes. I went through the night splints, the orthotics, several different pain medications and about everything including cortizone injections.
Have you tried MOBIC? That pain medication has really helped me and nothing else worked including vioxx and celebrex. Didn't touch the pain.
I finally had surgery and the doctor found nerve entrapment. I felt like really gloating and saying "now do you believe me??????"

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Message Number 136968

Re: PAIN ALL THE TIME View Thread
Posted by Paula G. on 11/10/03 at 15:27

Michael, I know the doctor's didn't really seem convinced of my constant pain. I tried everything, from night splints to orthotics. When I finally had surgery, the doctor found nerve entrapment too! I cannot say I am sorry I had surgery. My feet are still in pain most of the time, but better than before surgery.
I have tried many medications and have been taking Mobic now and it really has helped me. Surgery is a last resort and I don't tell people to have that but after suffering 3 years I was so depressed..

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Message Number 136966

Shoes other than birks?? View Thread
Posted by Paula G. on 11/10/03 at 15:25

I have not posted here in a very long time. I knew this would be the place to come for all of your expert opinions...
I have been pricing birkinstock's shoes and cannot afford 150.00 to 200.00
Their sandals are cheaper, but I live in area with winter climates.
Has anyone had any luck with anything other than birks? If so what kind are similar?
Thanks for your help.

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Message Number 136174

Re: A debate without end in sight View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 11/01/03 at 22:27

Hi Paula ,

Glad you are doing very well. I have always felt and practiced that no matter what result with the first ESWT treatment, a second treatment can do alot so long as the correct diagnosis called insertional plantar fascitis is correct.
I don't understand why your doctor was so hesitate to do a second treatment

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Message Number 136163

Re: A debate without end in sight View Thread
Posted by Paula A. on 11/01/03 at 21:05

You can debate the technical differences between the different companies and the different machines all you want and yes cost is also big factor. All I can tell you is I hope my experience can help someone decide not to give up on ESWT and opt for surgery. I had Healthtronics Ossatron ESWT for my first treatment with little success. It was because of this message board that I persuaded my reluctant orthopod to let me have a second treatment but this time with a Donier epos. 3 months out of my second treatment I can happily say I doing very well. The improvement was slow at the beginning but around weeks 9 & 10 I noticed my most improvement occured. I'm not a 100% but I'm so happy to be 80% better. So whoever is reading this message board don't be hesitant to have a retreatment. I've had both machines often describe on this board the Donier epos helped me the most.

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Message Number 130405

Re: Another view from Britain: View Thread
Posted by BGCPed on 9/17/03 at 23:15

Hey John dont knock him. Saddam and Uday had their special places to go when they wanted commit assault on a woman. Will they have the Paula Jones, Jaunita Brodderick and a lady to be named later wing in that library?

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Message Number 128853

Re: To Paula who is: Searching for physician View Thread
Posted by Will B on 9/05/03 at 10:19

Yes, me too. I find the best way to do this is to email the Docs privately and ask, find out what mahine they use, how many they have done, and what care comes with the pricing package. Also, call arounf locally. I find out that some local medical centers do this. It's becoming more popular. But...I would rather do it under the care of a good Pod that can also offer overall foot care for years to come. A good foot doc can be highly beneficial. 3 of the runners I used to run with now go to a local Pod I went to instead of the athaletic center they went to - the Pod offered them better overall care. Dr's like the ones here are extremely important.

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Message Number 128719

Re: To Paula who is: Searching for physician View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 9/03/03 at 17:52

Pauline,
Thanks for the thought but not interested in prices insurance will cover. Mainly interested in experience and reasanable distance.

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Message Number 128616

Re: To Paula who is: Searching for physician View Thread
Posted by dr ben pearl on 9/02/03 at 20:06

I'll go out on a limb and say that most of us are not interested in making this site priceline.com but nice try Pauline!

DRBP

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Message Number 128578

Re: To Paula who is: Searching for physician View Thread
Posted by Pauline on 9/02/03 at 15:07

Paula,
With all the offers, why not consider putting your ESWT treatment out for bids. This way you can compare all offers equally, based on your requirements, and pick the one that meets your needs with a price you consider fair. Your money, lots of offers. Why not use what little competition there is to your advantage and negotiate your best deal?:*)

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Message Number 128443

Searching for physician View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 8/30/03 at 17:17

Can anyone help? Searching for physician that does eswt {donier epos}
in or around the Hershey Pa. area.

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Message Number 124498

Re: DR ED, Fetch some tissues before you read this View Thread
Posted by john h on 7/15/03 at 16:58

BG: Miss Hillary was in Little Rock at Sam's doing a book signing last week. I think her book sales has passed the 1 million mark so that is a quick $5mil at least for her. Bill is getting $100,000 per speech and is writing his book so I think they can make it. You will not believe the Clinton Library they are building here (they changed the name of one of our main streets to President Clinton Avenue). It will be the most expensive presenditial library ever built. As part of it there will be a very large lake home in Hot Springs, Ar. which is about 60 miles down the road. The library will also have a luxury apartment. There is a railroad bridge that crosses the Arkansas River where the library is being built and it is being reworked to become a very fancy walkway across the river leading to the main facility. Little Rock Board of Directors (under a very large local protest) is making the land available to the library foundation. The money will come out of our Parks and Recreation Budget which is funded by taxpayers. I think they already have enough donations to about cover the cost of this complex. President Bill wonders into town from time to time but last week was the first time Hillary has been back in a very long time. I do not think she likes it here very much. I was having coffee recently in the local coffee house and in strolls Paula Jones. She has had surgery on her nose and actually looks good but you know it is Paula the minute she opens her mouth. She lives just north of Little Rock. Billy Bob Thorton just completed a movie near hear. He also made Sling Blade nearby and is of course from Arkansas. How did he ever get Angelena Joule??? Maybe you can come to the grand opening of the Library. I will get you tickets if you will come and I can show you all the bars Prez Bill once frequented. As you know we have the former Commander of NATO from Little Rcok thinking about running for President as a Democrat. He is also a Rhodes Scholar like Bill. I cannot ever see another President from Arkansas in this century I do not care what his credentials are.

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Message Number 121590

FDA 1 year study View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 6/11/03 at 18:09

It was mentioned somewhere on this message board that the FDA had a one year follw up study on the effectivness of the Ossatron and the Dornier Epos. Can anyone help me find the website that I could review these results? I went to the FDA website but I couldn't find it.

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Message Number 120074

Re: Methadone and Neurontin View Thread
Posted by Terri on 5/27/03 at 20:26

Hi Paula,
I really don't think that I have RSD. I didn't have any test for this. I am not even sure why the doctor thought this. The skin color changes with the change of temperature or if it is hanging down. Other than that it doesn't change. It is not super sensitive to touch. My foot does burn but I feel it is a burning from the inside not the outside. I really feel that I just have Tarsal Tunnel. I was told that the methadone helps with nerve pain. That is why I am trying it. I am on a very low dose. The neurontin did not agree with me, but I went down on the dose and am trying it again at a lower dose. Terri

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Message Number 119979

Re: Methadone and Neurontin View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/26/03 at 20:10

Terri,

Carmen gave you very good advice the greater the success with RSD depend how early you get started on the treatments. Did you have a triple phase bone scan to confirm RSD? Does your foot have hypersentivity to hot or cold. Does your foot skin color change? Burny sensation to you skin? Neurontin is appropriate for RSD although I've not heard of the methadone. There is also a physical therapy treatment with a STD machine that has been very successful. You need to rule out or confirm that you do have RSD soon. Also, taking neurontin is a very gradual process until you accumulate to its side effects eventialy they disappear.

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Message Number 119975

Re: What is ESWT role in treating P.F? View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/26/03 at 19:39

Elliot,

ESI(epidural steroid injection)in conjunction with physical therapy and oral medication often can produce enough relief to make life tollerable
again . As I said before the above treatment is not a cure. Usually it not one treatment that is the cure but a combination. I glad to here that your Doc is not surgery happy. Patients with a history of post lami pain syndrone are more difficult to help although not impossible. Unfortunately
Elliot you will be dealing with your back forever so find a modality that works for you to produce enough relief. It will be a long tern relationship
between you and your pain clinic. Always keep inquiring into other forms of treatments for back pain to ward off the need for back surgery. Wish you well.

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Message Number 119603

PS View Thread
Posted by elliott on 5/22/03 at 08:16


Paula, what is ESI? I hope not another crime drama. :-)

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Message Number 119602

Re: What is ESWT role in treating P.F? View Thread
Posted by elliott on 5/22/03 at 08:14


Paula, the distinction between an endoscope and a fluoroscope, if there is one, has never been made clear to me, but I think it was a fluoroscope. The procedure I had is called an epiduroscopy. I can try and dig up the paperwork if it's important. There is something like a half-inch incision or even smaller to get the scope in. The 48-72 hours description sounds familiar. I went to work a day or two later. Based on his findings and my initial improvement, the back doc initially decided I didn't need a second procedure right away. It's now a year later.

I did not have back surgery other than the scope procedure and am tring to avoid it at all costs, especially in light of difficulties with my foot surgeries. Back doc is not a neuro but a pain mgmt back doc/chiro (listed under Phys Med & Rehab) trained in this procedure who combines a program of the shot with PT/chiro through other docs he refers you to. In retrospect, I can say the other things didn't seem to have any effect. Several people I know personally who went through the same thing with the same set of docs and who got totally better all say they're not sure which of the treatments was the one that really helped--one thought it was the chiro alignments, another traction, but not the epidural. The back doc is very anti-full-fledged back surgery, claiming it's a racket making far too many worse, and he says that in Europe as a rule they just don't operate like they do here unless there are extreme symptoms.

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Message Number 119559

Re: What is ESWT role in treating P.F? View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/21/03 at 18:59

Elliot,

Are you saying you had an epidural injection with the use of an endoscope or and epidural guided by a fluoroscope. An endoscope consist of
half inch incision verses a needle injection to the epidural space . The epidural is a potential space lining the spinal column. This is where the steroids are delivered then in 48 to 72 hours the anti inflamatory properties take effect. I'm confused as to exactly what you had done the first time. The second procedure you mention is a surgical procedure not a treatment. Have you already had back surgery that now you have scar tissue?
Is your Doc.a neurosurgeon? If you have a chance check into ESI's . It's an option worth looking into. Good luck wish you well.

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Message Number 119558

Re: What is ESWT role in treating P.F? View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/21/03 at 18:59

Elliot,

Are you saying you had an epidural injection with the use of an endoscope or and epidural guided by a fluoroscope. An endoscope consist of
half inch incision verses a needle injection to the epidural space . The epidural is a potential space lining the spinal column. This is where the steroids are delivered then in 48 to 72 hours the anti inflamatory properties take effect. I'm confused as to exactly what you had done the first time. The second procedure you mention is a surgical procedure not a treatment. Have you already had back surgery that now you have scar tissue?
Is your Doc.a neurosurgeon? If you have a chance check into ESI's . It's an option worth looking into. Good luck wish you well.

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Message Number 119529

Re: What is ESWT role in treating P.F? View Thread
Posted by elliott on 5/21/03 at 14:44


Paula, thanks for responding. According to my back doc's office, BCBS (at least mine, in MD) really won't cover it. The first procedure was covered because it was called a frac frag or something like that, whereas the second one would be coded as #62264, percutaneous lysis of adhesions, and not covered. The doc's office has said they constantly sit in on BCBS meetings and can't get them to change their mind. I asked BCBS about it when I called about something else, and they said that's just a code nota diagnosis, and the doc could submit a request and maybe it will be approved, but the doc's office says it has been through this repeatedly and even recently and they always reject it. Yes, my doc is pain-mgmt certified.

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Message Number 119527

Re: What is ESWT role in treating P.F? View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/21/03 at 14:26

Elliot
I find it hard to believe that BSBS won't cover a lumbar epidural steroid injection unless the HNP was related to work or auto accident.
Where you referred to a physician (preferrably an anesthesiologist) that was board certified in pain managment? Each pain managment clinic differ slightly in their approach but bacically you receive a series of one to three epidural steroid injection either fluoro guided or not.The fact that you got that much relief from the first injection is very encouraging.More than likely you will receive a greater response with a second injection.
Bringing the medicine level up to a more threraputic effect. An ESI wont't
cure your Disc disease but it can help decrease the pain to a tolerable level to improve you quality of life. Don't give up! Challange your insurance co.. See if the pain managment physician would provide documentation to your ins.co. to reverse their decision. It's worth a try

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Message Number 119457

Another celebrity with chronic pain View Thread
Posted by Sharon W on 5/20/03 at 22:53

Carmen,

Another example of a celebrity with chronic pain: I saw on Dateline tonight that Paula Abdul (the ex- pop diva, now American Idol "critic") was forced to stop working for 6 1/2 YEARS because of 3 messed up disks in her back. She had like 10 surgeries -- and it was only this last one, that FINALLY relieved her pain... Watching her talk about it, I really felt for her -- all those years of "invisible" pain.

I had always just assumed Paula Abdul had run out of creative ideas and disappeared from the pop charts, like so many others. I'm glad that hers turned out to be a success story!

As John H (I think?) said recently, back pain is a lot like PF. People who haven't experienced chronic "invisible" pain, don't really understand how bad it can be or what it can do to a person's life.

Sharon
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Message Number 119198

Re: At what point should we call it quits? View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/18/03 at 16:04

Pauline,

You may know how to run a company and you may know how to sell insurance but it is obvlious you need to know more about the healthcare system. There are thousands of insurance companies out there and each has there customary fee for services provided. If the facility, anesthesia,
physician and yes the eswt company are providers under the plan then they must accept the insurances customary fee as payment in full. If a physician charges $2000.00 for services and the customary fee is $125.00
then that's what he gets. And for the most part these customary fee are often based on CMS customary fee. You mentioned the physician charge should be lowered why? These fees for the most part are set. You don't hear of any liability company lowering there premiums quit the contrary.
In Pa. you pay out the wazoo in liability and we are loosing good physicians because of this. It's a large loop and unfortunately the only factor left out of this mess of a loop is the patient.

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Message Number 118762

Re: ultasound View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/14/03 at 18:06

Dr.Z
Ossatron does their own billing to which they in turn pay the facility
a set fee. This is where the hold up is. Reinbursment is better if the company does the billing then the facility. There is a remarkable difference. Once again insurance companies are getting in the way of heathcare.

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Message Number 118616

Re: ultasound View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/13/03 at 19:35

Dr.Z
I had bilat ESWT. My left foot is 100% cured. My right foot 0%
For about 9 days my right foot was decreased in pain level from
7 pre-op to a 3. Then it all returned and then some. Multiple stretches and ice during the day is no longer helping me get through a work day.
Even after morning stretches I still stumble with severe heelpad pain.
I walk with a limp and now have ankle and calf pain. Then to boot I received my insurance statement. My company paid Ossatron @100% per foot.
This doesnot include the facility fee, Anesthesia fee and the orthopod's fee that was already paid. Never the less I feel I need another treatment.
What can I do in the meantine until the facility resolves their reinbursment issues.

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Message Number 118430

Re: ultasound View Thread
Posted by Ed Davis, DPM on 5/12/03 at 14:15

Paula:
One must go to Canada for the Sonocur Plus. The Sonocur Basic, which is one of the machines I use is available tin the US.
Ed

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Message Number 118352

Re: ultasound View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/11/03 at 19:23

Dr.Z

I'm located southeast of Pittsburgh. The surgi-center is the only place on this side of the state that offers eswt treatments. Also what post treatment activity/therapy/pain med/foot exercise do you recommend. Somehow the suggestion it was ok to go back to work the next day wasn't very prudent advice. Maybe that was a contributing factor to my failure.
The next time I have this treatment I want to have as much knowledge as possible to make my outcome a success. I fear the thought of having an EPF.
I find it very interesting that you have done over 500 cases from a mobile
unit. I'm sure you have done outcome studies on these cases. It would be interesting to know the results. Just like to mention this side of the
state is an open market.

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Message Number 118259

Re: ultasound View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 5/10/03 at 18:32

Ed,
In your message you mention the Ossatron, Dornier and the Sonocur Plus.
I had an Ossatron treatment done in Dec. which failed. I was hoping to have a Dornier treatment soon but negotiations about the fee schedule
at my surgi-center has stalled. You mentioned the Sonocur Plus. My administrator has been unable to locate a Seimens Sonocur Plus website and neither have I. I don't even know if it even available in Pa. Could you help? Also, what are you post treatment dischage instructions? My orthopod
basically followed what the tech with the Ossatron advised which was say off the NSAID's and I could go back to work the next day. I stand 8-10
hours a day.

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Message Number 117517

Re: post tib View Thread
Posted by HilaryG on 5/01/03 at 06:44

Hi Paula- I just got UCBL orthotics last week. I'm having a hard time getting used to them and were wondering how they worked out for you. I would love to hear your experiences. Thanks, Hilary

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Message Number 117187

Re: Ossatron treatment View Thread
Posted by Pauline on 4/26/03 at 13:31

Paula,
Hope the Dornier does the trick for you. It's disappointing for us as readers and patients to have our bubbles burst and hope begin to deminish about the ESWT treatments.

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Message Number 117181

Re: Ossatron treatment View Thread
Posted by paula a on 4/26/03 at 10:42

I had bilateral ossatron treatments in December.It was done under IV sedation no local or block. I only had mild heel pad soreness for about three days. Compared to my PF pain the post ossatron pain was minimal.
For 10 days both feet were 100% pain free but then the symptoms returned to my right foot. It was my worse foot. Today I am still dealing with the
severe pain to my right foot. Soon I hope to have a dornier treatment.
The ossatron is a high intensity shock wave where as the dornier ia a variable intensity but ultra sound guided. You have visualization of the
PF with the dornier unlike the blind sweep with the ossatron. I had 2000
shocks per foot with the ossatron from what I've read the average with dornier is 3500. I hope the retreat with my right foot is successful this time. I realy dread having a EPF done. I would like to hear from people
that had EPF's done.

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Message Number 116017

Re: ESWT View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 4/12/03 at 20:51

KAREN,
WISELY SURGERY IS THE VERY LAST OPTION BUT PLEASE DO SOME RESEARCH INTO THE COMPANY THAT WIL PROVIDE THE TREATMENT. FIND OUT UP FRONT IF YOU WILL HAVE ANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES EVEN IF IT IS 100% COVERED BY YOUR INSURANCE. DO REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL COMPANIES OUT THERE EACH WITH DIFFERENT BILLING PRACTICES.

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Message Number 116014

Re: Regressions during post ESWT recovery period. View Thread
Posted by Paula A on 4/12/03 at 20:27

ROSEMARY,
I HOPE YOUR NOT GOING DOUWN THE SAME PATH THAT I JUST DID. I HAD ESWT
TREATMENT FOR BILATERAL PLANTAR FACIITIS. FOR 10 DAYS BOTH OF MY FEET
WERE 100% CURED. IT WAS THE BEST 10 DAYS IN SUCH A LONG TIME BUT THEN I NOTICED MY RIGHT FOOT STARTED TO HAVE RETURN OF SYMPTOMS. I SPOKE WITH MY
DR. AND THE OSSATRON REP. THEY BOTH REASSURED ME THAT THIS WOULD BE TRANSIENT SYMPTOMS FOR UP TO 12 WEEKS TO REFRAIN FROM NSAIDS AND JUST CONTINUE WITH THE ICE TREATMENTS AND STRETCHES. WHICH I HAD ALREADY BEEN DOING. WELL 16 WEEKS OUT NOW AND MY RIGHT FOOT IS BACK TO WHERE I STARTED
AND WORSE. I JUST HAD A CORTISONE INJECTION AGAIN. BESIDES THE DISSAPOINTMENT OF A FAILED ESWT DEALING WITH OSSATRON/HEALTHTRONICS HAS BEEN A FINANCIAL NIGHTMARE EVENTHOUGH THIS WAS A 100% COVERED BY MY HMO. I MUST SAY MY LEFT FOOT IS FINE BUT IT WAS NOT AS FAR INTO THE DISEASE PROCESS AS MY RIGHT FOOT.

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Message Number 114680

Re: To Paula - sorry, but no. View Thread
Posted by pala on 3/26/03 at 12:57

thank you for clarifying that for me john. it is good to know what moderator's job is.

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Message Number 114668

To Scott View Thread
Posted by Kathy G on 3/26/03 at 11:15


I put a couple of posts on to the Treatment Board that weren't exactly regarding Treatment, Scott. Sorry, but I had decided that any port in a storm would do and the Social Board wasn't social anymore!

I am truly confused about this monitoring/moderating thing. As you are all aware, my being confused is not something new. What are people supposed to be doing? Is it just certain people or can anyone let you know when things get out of hand. It's difficult to know what "out of hand" means. I assume it would have to be something drastic like what we've seen here in the last month or so, where posts have become hurtful and disrespectful. What are the codes?

I am hopeful that the moderators won't have a thing to do. If we can all view this Board the same way we would a social setting and treat each other with the same respect and kindness with which we would treat people we are talking to, face to face, then we'll be in business. I am very optimistic and I thank you, Scott, for taking the time to get everything back on the straight and narrow. And please, Ed and Paula, no more fighting!! Discussion is fine but please no more down-and-dirty posts.

I'd put in smiley faces but it's too much work!

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Message Number 114663

Re: To Paula - sorry, but no. View Thread
Posted by john h on 3/26/03 at 10:50

Our board is much to small to be a represenative sample of all the people. With a membership this small one post or one poster can create a lot of problems. I think it was Sahron who noted that we need a Moderator not a monitor and I must agree with her. Scott sends out reminders to be nice on occasion which is more or less what a moderator will do. A moderator is not one who removes people from the board except for some really bad offense. Actually a moderator does not remove anyone from the board. He can suggest to Scott to look into it. This is Scott's board and he is bound by certain principals. Scott may have removed 1 or 2 people since this board was created and then for people trying to use it as an advertisning medium. In no way can a moderator takes sides on an issue. You cannot get around the right of free speech any way you couch it. You can warn people when in the judgment of the moderator that they shoud tone down their expressions. We in no way should look to a moderator as some sort of board police. Just drop friendly reminders to posters to tone it down or be nice..

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Message Number 114646

Re: Fairness and Ed View Thread
Posted by marie on 3/26/03 at 10:02

Paula,

At the boards I have been to they are not called moniters but moderators. Moderators are folks that welcome new posters, gently warn folks about breaking rules, and are skillful at redirecting folks when a conversation becomes heated.

I would have to question a moderator who fincially supports a board in any way as it is a conflict of interest. I serve on several boards myself and cannot apoint myself to a job even if it's a volunteer position.

I do feel our committee should discuss how they will operate and share it with the folks here. Their guidelines may help keep this board active and healthy. I would like to suggest that the moderaters or moniters change yearly, I think they should consist of long time posters and I have only been here a few months although I lirked for much longer than that.

I am not a saint....and I think a few of the kids I send to the office may argue with you on the warm and fuzzy part. I appreciate your kind words and I hope you stay well because you are a good person. I am glad you and the good Doc called a truce.Thank you both.

I don't know about calling folks hawks but there are a few eagles here. So I will leave you with this

"Let the eagle fly with the dove and if you can't be with the one you love than love the one your with".

You folks can interpret that to suit your own agenda.

later gaters
This is suppose to be the peace smiley but if it doesn't work I'm letting you know ahead of time...just close your eyes and Imagine.

:)>-

marie

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Message Number 114621

Re: To Paula - sorry, but no. View Thread
Posted by Julie on 3/26/03 at 01:57


Paula, I missed the post of yours yesterday to which this is a response, and by now it's so far down the thread that you may not see it, but I do feel you deserve a response, so here goes.

I appreciate the friendliness in your hope that I will return to the board, I really do. I haven't felt much friendliness coming my way here lately. I know, and I've said, that I have to bear my share of the responsibility for what has happened here because I've been, or rather was, a key participant. As I said to Brian yesterday, I hoped when I removed myself a couple of weeks ago, that the bitter argument would cease and the board would heal. That didn't happen.

Paula, everything I said to Brian yesterday was the truth, but it wasn't the entire story. The truth is, I am brokenhearted. By what is happening in the world. By the way my mother country (America) has been deluded by a gang of hard-faced men with an horrific agenda going back to 1991 (see the link Mason posted last night). By the way the Prime Minister and government of my adopted country (Britain) has been deluded. By the way the social board has been hijacked and made miserable. Nothing, except the for real cataclysms in my personal life, has affected me so deeply.

I realised, and the realisation shocked me, how thoroughly disaffected I am when you all began talking yesterday, in such a positive way, about how the board could be brought back to what it once was. I'm by nature an optimistic person, and I usually trust that when people come together with goodwill and try to make things better, they can succeed. And I hope you will. But yesterday's discussion only made me more depressed, because I think that the board has been broken beyond repair. I'm sorry to say this, and I hope I am wrong, because I know it means a lot to you, and to others. It meant a lot to me, too. And I gave it a lot. But it's dead for me.

And now Scott has proposed a committee of monitors to include Ed - and no-one has objected. At first I hoped he was putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop, but I don't think that is the case. Scott is busy, and rarely has time for the board. He probably isn't even aware of what has been going on.

I probably AM wrong about the board being ruined, because it has been through bad times before (though never, I think, as bad as this) and has always recovered. It has always had a life, an energy, of its own, and for the sake of everyone who wants it back, I really hope it will come back. But it will be without me. As I told you yesterday, I popped up out of the woodwork again, against my better judgement, only to give you some support. It worked, you said you agreed with my post, and you let go of the stuff that was bugging you, and I was glad of that. But it hasn't helped me. I feel worse today, having got the responses I got, than I did yesterday. So it's enough.

I'm not doing a Clare Short, threatening to resign and then not resigning. I really don't want to be here any more, in a place that has made me so heartsick, and after I post this I'm not going to read the board any more. So if you want to respond to this one, please do it by email. You know I'll be glad to hear from you.

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Message Number 114408

Re: Paula View Thread
Posted by pala on 3/25/03 at 07:41

duh. i just saw that you gave me your e mail. thanks. i wiould love to communicate. i agree with your post. and it is great that this is a space where people can talk. as well. i must say that it is with a sigh of relief that i see you are posting here. the folks who left were the ones i felt closest to. i have really missed y"all. wait, the plural of that is "all y'all" , pronounced all yall

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Message Number 114407

Re: Paula View Thread
Posted by BGCPed on 3/25/03 at 07:33

Just a thought before you go. If you tell Pala she "oughn't care about what Ed thinks" then why are YOU leaving. Maybe you should hear your own advice. I am just making a suggestion.

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Message Number 114406

Re: Paula View Thread
Posted by pala on 3/25/03 at 07:21

julie, you gave me your e mail address once and i lost it. would you give it to me again? i would love to be in communication with you.

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Message Number 114405

Re: Paula View Thread
Posted by pala on 3/25/03 at 07:18

julie, you once gave me your e mail and i mis placed it. would you be willing to give it to me again?

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Message Number 114398

Re: Paula View Thread
Posted by Julie on 3/25/03 at 01:26


Paula, thanks for the nice comments you've been making about me. I appreciate them.

Yes, I've been following the board since Ed and his mates commandeered it because, as I said, I wanted to get more insight into the rightwing fanatic mind, which he insists on terming 'conservative'. I think I've seen enough now, and I won't be coming back. But you're welcome to email me if you'd like to: I think I gave you my address but in case not, it's juliefried @ clara. co. uk (no spaces, of course).

I posted yesterday only because Ed's 'Mein Kampf' remark to you, and his subsequent baiting ones, were inexcusable and made me very angry. I'm sensitive to such things not just because I am Jewish but because my husband lost family in Nazi Germany too, and was himself a refugee, only narrowly escaping to England in 1939, three months before the start of the war.

I don't think Ed is really anti-semitic, and I knew he was Jewish, but the things he said to you were thoughtless and offensive (Mein Kampf isn't a topic for frivoloity in my book) and they got me writing.You deserved more than the grudging half-apology you got, but I hope you can let it go now, for your own peace of mind and healing.

And if it's any comfort to you to know what I think, I know that you're not a self-hating Jew. They do exist, but you're not one of them. If you're going to continue on the board, try not to react so violently to things. You oughtn't to care about what Ed thinks.

I hoped that the rest of my post, relating to the war on Iraq and the motivation behind it, would encourage people here to think about the direction in which our country is being taken. I've seen no evidence of that so far, but you never know.

Julie

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Message Number 114329

Re: this board View Thread
Posted by marie on 3/24/03 at 19:16

OK now your making me laugh. And I mean that in a funny way. Maybe we need a moderator at this board. Scud missiles may be a little extreme. You and Paula definately have your differences. I couldn't even follow either of your posts. To be honest I think it's plain and simple ya'll don't like each other so here's some advice......don't talk to each other.
Sorry I am still not mad at you Ed...still like ya...still like paula. I'm still going to do my best to converse with you both. I try to find the best in people but it's been hard today.

we all need some sunshine. Ahhhh.....nice relaxing sun. birds chirping in the distance. The sound of the trees gently rustling in the cool breeze. Ahhhhhhhhhhh I'm doing my best to send some mello vibes....mello vibes....mello vibes. Yes I can handle this.

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Message Number 114285

Re: To Mason View Thread
Posted by Julie on 3/24/03 at 17:14


Many thanks, Mason, for your post to Ed. I've no intention of responding to his extraordinary slash at me (and Paula) about 'bogus anti-semitic remarks' - it speaks for itself. But it's good you've picked him up on Hitler and the big lie.

It was I who asked, earlier today, that people Think. What I meant was that I hoped people here who are not aware of the real agenda of the rightwing fanatics in the government, should think. I didn't, and don't, expected the rightwing fanatics on this board to think.

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Message Number 114278

Re: The "Big Lie" View Thread
Posted by john h on 3/24/03 at 15:46

Paula: . You see enemies where they do not exist. You read things into post that are not there. You see racist and anti Semites where they do not exist. Take a deep breath and go out and enjoy some sunshine. Vist some friends and get this off your chest. This is just an internet board. You do not have to like or associate with anyone here. For those people you do not like just do not read their post. No one here makes world policy or decides anything in you life. Think of me what you may. I hope you can find happiness.

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Message Number 114249

Re: marie View Thread
Posted by marie on 3/24/03 at 14:33

Paula,

I am a teacher....even if I am laid off. It's not a career it's a passion. I don't get a choice as to who takes my classes. It's public education. I accept all the kids that walk through my door. It doesn't matter to me if they have blue hair or wear a letter jacket. I give them respect and in turn they respect me. When they don't....respect the rights of others I am allover that. You are angry with many here at this board and I understand it. I appreciate the qualities in you that the others are missing. Your a strong person who has been offended. Use your strength and funnel into something positive. Take care of yourself.

How are the rats? That was one of my favorite threads.

Peace to you,
marie

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Message Number 114236

Re: About these boards.... View Thread
Posted by john h on 3/24/03 at 13:27

Paula: America is surely the greatest friend the Israel has ever had and if required would defend them with our military. The same guys fighting in Iraq would be the same guys who without question would defend Israel. We suuport Israel economically, provide them with the latest weapons for defense, and are in fact their best friends. If you are going to take issue with everyone on the board because you have become offended and come to some conclusion we are all anti Semites you are very much mistaken. I do not need to prove this to you or anyone. If you are making veiled accusations that I am some sort of anti Semite you are barking up the wrong tree and I resent it. If Israel needed my help I would gladly come to their aid with my life.. I also support some way to resolve the Palestein situation. Both the Palestein and Israel have radicals and somehow the killing has to be stopped.

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Message Number 114226

Re: About these boards.... View Thread
Posted by john h on 3/24/03 at 12:14

Paula: I do not think it necessry that any of us have to "prove" we are not an anti Semite any more than we should have to prove we are not racist or some other evil thing. I start with the presumption that people are basically good until proven different. This brings to mind an experience I had as a child living in Florida. I am dark skinned and living on the beach day in and day out I was very very dark. I was often asked to leave the beach (1940's) because people thought I was black. I was about 9 years old. My Aunt was married to a Jewish Psychatrist in NYC. My father was dead and my Aunt and Uncle sort of raised me. I lived on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on the grounds of the Brooklyn State Mental Hospital. My cousin attended Erasmus Hall. I never remember any problem at all about my family being Jewish although I was young and may not have noticed. I really never thought about it one way or the other. Anyway, I have serious doubts anyone on this board is a racist or anti Semite and I would not be quick to label them as such. It just leads to unnecessary stress..

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Message Number 114218

Re: About these boards.... View Thread
Posted by john h on 3/24/03 at 11:54

Paula I do not think either right or left represents any anti semitism. Anti Semites comes from all walks of life. One of my internet friends is an Israeli Air Force Officer who is on duty in Israel. I think the way we seem to judge people on this board he is about as far right as you can get in defense of Israel. I think as a military policy and philosopy that Israel will never be over run by the Arab states. It is generally accepted the Jews would destroy the entire Mideast before being run out of their lands. Much of the troubles in the Mideast and in particular the hatred of the Americans stems from our support of Israel. You could make a good case that the war in Iraq is a result of our support of Israel. More recently we are trying to balance our support between Palestein and Israel but in the Arab world we are very much perceived as supporters of Israel. Generally speaking the people of Israel support this war with Iraq according to all polls. Being a Jew, I am supprise at your staunch anti war position. Dr. Zuzkerman does not post here much but I think he very much supports the U.S position. I have many Jewish friends and work for a Jewish family. They all support this war. Perhaps you can inform me from a Jewish perspective why you would not support a war against Saddam. How would leaving Saddam in power advance the Jewish cause in the Mideast?..

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