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Gave up the night splints

Posted by Lysa on 2/08/99 at 00:00 (004655)

Went to the podiatrist this morning. The night splints only relieved that intnse first thing in the morning pain that goes away after hot shoer and stretching anyways so I can't see the point of wearing them and not being able to sleep all night. I stopped getting muscle cramps after the first 2 weeks but the thing that I had a problem with was falling asleep on my back and waking up every 2 hours when I tried to roll onto my stomach while I was asleep. It's hard to sleep on your stomach comfortably with your feet (both of them) in the splints.
Thanks to all the messages here I have decided on a plan. Bought a pair of Saucony Grids this morning, the Dr put extra arch support in them and am trying heel cups. I'm going to start looking for a job at tleast part time that I can enjoy again. Will cont ice,heat, massage, stretching routine and learn to deal with the pain. I need to be in a job that I enjoy.Can't take desk job full time. I'll probably keep working there some to supplement part time other job, I need full time income. Have to work on getting out of this depression.
At first I found this site very depressing, I think because it made me realize there was not going to be a quick answer.( After 3 years, I was hoping for an end to this) Then it helped me to realize I need to take control and not let this detemine my whole life attitude. I'm going to start working on the weight thing too but one thing at a time.
A great big thanks to all of you who share here. It has been great hearing from all of you. I'll keep ya updated on progress.

Re: Gave up the night splints

Bobbie on 2/08/99 at 00:00 (004657)

Hi Lysa! I know what you mean about the job and trying to get control of your life. I too feel I must change things at work. I went in and talked to my supervisor again today to see if I could work part time or change to something with less walking. Unfortunatley, there isn't much else available to me at my present job. I may have to start looking for something else. This is very difficult as I have been at this job for 13 years. Hard to make changes. I have some good days and then, like today, a bad day. I have to really fight the depression that goes with the pain; most of the time I win but sometimes, the depression and pain take over. Good luck to you and your plan. I think this is war against our pain and we have to attack it head on.

Re: Gave up the night splints

Bea on 2/09/99 at 00:00 (004672)

I am a fussy sleeper so night splint at nite was not for me however I wear it when I am reading, watching TV or wrking on the computer andj it has helped me to some extent. Who knows if I keep doing things that help a little I may wind up being helped a lot.