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Feeling Defeated

Posted by Chris on 1/27/99 at 00:00 (003992)

After reading a lot of your messages, I feel like I will be fighting pf forever. I have had it since June and have tried to continue aerobics and my life. (teacher) I have taken Naproxen, had 2 shots, worn the orthodics for 2 months and I feel like it is worse- not better. Yesterday, my podiatrist changed tactics and I will be going for therapy(ultrasound and whirlpool) 2x's week, wear a night splint to bed and change meds (Lodine XL- very expensive). I also have to quit aerobics. Am I doing all of this for naught? Should I just accept and move on?

Re: Feeling Defeated

Robin on 1/27/99 at 00:00 (003994)

PF is a horrible little condition. I have had it about as long as you, and there are days (actually, nights) I just pray that I'll wake up tomorrow and find it was all a bad dream and I can walk around freely again. But, that hasn't happened yet.

The majority of people posting on this board have had to quit or severely modify their exercise programs, me included. I know you probably hated to give up aerobics, but your feet really need you to. I too gave up a vigorous walking program. (I have gained both weight and depression since then.) I have not much besides empathy to offer, but I do know that relief is a very individual issue. Try not to give up hope and do keep trying other things. The Lodine should give you some relief -- it may be expensive, but it's a pretty effective drug. Even if you don't take it for long -- ENJOY it if you get even temporary relief.

Re: Feeling Defeated

Nicole on 1/27/99 at 00:00 (004001)

Robin, I think a big part of pf is acceptance. I don't like to think of it as defeat just acceptance. I am not saying stop trying to relieve your pain, I am just trying to say don't fight what your body has handed you.
I too love to exercise and have had to give up my usual exercise regimen. Luckily I have been able to find new ways to exercise. I think that this whole experience has served as a way for me to try new things that I would never have tried otherwise. I highly suggest yoga. It is very good at stretching your muscles and putting your mind at peace. I wish you luck on your journey

Re: Feeling Defeated

debbie on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004051)

I also felt defeated and had to give up aerobics for a year, but I prayed about it and wouldn't give up. Lodine didn't help me, and neither did anything else until I tried acupucture. I haven't had a treatment in 2 months now and have been back to aerobics and it feels so good. don't give up, keep fighting. Look into acu. Debbie