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Miracle of miracles (not)

Posted by Pat M. on 6/21/00 at 22:56 (022198)

Hello everyone,
I went to see my pod today. 3rd visit. 3rd dissapointment. I explained about the heightened pain in my heel with each step, pain shooting through my ankle and the fatigue in my lower leg. I quote 'Don't worry so much about the worsened pain. It can just get worse for a while and then one day you will wake up and it will be gone.' Anybody had a miracle like that one happen?

He actually told me he had done everything that he could do. I know better than that, because you guys have educated me. (A shot and night splint) whoopee!!!! I'll be calling my PCP tomorrow to beg for more help.

I know that everyone here has experienced something like this and so you understand. I cried (real tears) all the way home. It is so frustrating. Oh! He also said to try not to be frustrated by this. I suspect that he has never had this problem himself.

Oh well, I know everything could be worse. But right now, I just want my foot back. Thanks for listening. AGAIN.
Hope everyone has a speedy recovery.
Pat M.


Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Bob G. on 6/22/00 at 00:21 (022200)

Hello Pat,

I feel like I am fading from this board because I am 16 weeks pain free. Well, if you want to cure this condition I would suggest resting the foot until the pain is gone and then a gradual gentle stretch routine.

I know how everyone wants an immediate cure. Well, that's life. Pat, you can probably cure this condition yourself with rest, nightsplint, and a lot of patience.

You will not wake up oneday and find $1 million in your checking account. You will not wake up oneday and pain is gone unless you rest your foot and (for me) wear your nightsplint. It takes patience. Many don't have it.

It is taking me extra rest as my kness are blown, but I plan on getting bact to jogging and dancing very soon. (whatever you do, don't grow old)

Good luck! BG


Re: Re:Pat, Hang in there! We care about you.

Beverly on 6/22/00 at 01:57 (022201)

Pat,

I didn't plan on logging on this late... time to get some shut eye, but for some reason I felt led to take 'one last peak.' I'm glad I did, because I can hear your pain in your post.. not just physical pain but emotional pain.

First, I want to say I am so sorry your pod had nothing more to offer you. I get all of us mixed up sometime; so I can't remember if you have been to an orthopedic specialist yet, but if not, that's another possible step. If it were me, I'd push hard to get into to see an orthopedic specialist... especially one of the lower body or one who specializes in sports medicine. (I have just such an appointment in July.)

Pat, am I right that you are a teacher? If so, this means you have at least six more weeks before school starts. REST, REST, REST. I agree with Bob, that REST, REST, REST is essential. I myself continue to be curious about stretching. It seems so highly debated. I'm still holding off for the moment... waiting to see what the ortho guy says.

Last night Nancy told me to take a deep breath and try to relax. That was probably good advice. I would wager that many of us who get PF are 'over achievers' and 'control freaks,' if you will. I freely admitt to being both of them. This makes it so much worse for us. Obviously from my posts, I do a better job some days than others controlling my own panic/depression level, but what I am focusing on at the moment is this: I ask myself, what can I control? What am I at the moment 'powerless over' and need to let go of? For me, I have come to the conclusion that although I don't have control over my body right now, I can control my attitude and outlook. (easier said than done.) I am searching for ways to do that. I'm a bookworm, but I'm sure you have your own favorite 'take your mind off of everything' soothing thing to do.

I'm going to pray that you don't loose hope. Sometimes hope is all we've got. Hope is very powerful medicine. Hang in there.

Bob, I'm glad you are doing so well. That's encouraging for the rest of us. How bad were you at your worst and how long did it take you to get to this point?

Hang in there Pat,
Beverly



Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Pat M. on 6/22/00 at 08:13 (022205)

Hi Bob,

Oh Yes. I have figured that one out. You know, the problem with the rest at first was that I was trying to be a good little girl and do what the doc said. He said that I should continue with everything and keep going. Rest was clearly not essential to him.

I learned from all of you that the opposite is definitely true. I am going to try to see another doctor, but have pretty much decided that , yes, it is up to me. I know that it won't just go away one morning (the idea of a million dollars sounds good though.), but when I'm doing (I think) all the right things I don't think that I should feel worse. Could be wrong, though.Oh and since I have an eight year old, I have years before I am allowed to be old.:)

Thanks and I hope you continue to get even better.
Pat M.


Re: Re:Pat, Hang in there! We care about you.

Pat M. on 6/22/00 at 08:23 (022206)

Good Morning Beverly,

You know what? I woke up with a new attitude this morning. Even though I know that what the pod said is ridiculous, I am going to forget that he said it. I have got to shrug this mood thing off and get on with it. As I said I am calling my PCP today to see if he can get me some more help. And yes, I am a teacher. If I had to go back right now I couldn't do it. But I WILL be better by then!!!!

My mom just found out that she has (I think) a neuroma in the ball of her foot. I did not know that she was having all the problems that she was. Burning, stinging, sensitive, etc. She uses the same PCP that I do. He is really very sympathetic. He is working with her with medicine and diet. It has been two days and she says she can already see a difference. I think talking to her last night on the phone really helped me to see that I could be worse.
Mom said that it was amazing how your world can revolve around your feet. Don't we know it.

Thanks for the thoughts and I appreciate your prayers, too.
Feel better.
Pat M.


Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Pauline on 6/22/00 at 09:39 (022213)

Pat,
I hope you will not just keep your experience with PF only on this board, but that you will write a letter to help get the FDA to approve the OssaTron here in the U.S. Approval in the US could mean a reduction in your pain or maybe a 100% cure. It would make possible a new treatment option perhaps covered by your insurance.

It about time Doctors and others stop thinking about Plantar Fasciitis as an insignificant problem. It's false and innocent name 'Heel Pain' doesn't begin to describe what we go through. OssaTron approval is within our grasp---come on folks please write those letters.

I ask all of you: Will you be content just to continue to post messages about your PF knowing that your letter might have made possible your cure or at least reduced your pain level?


Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Steve P on 6/22/00 at 14:34 (022231)

Pat -- Yes, your next move should be to see an Orthopedist, preferably one associated with Sports Medicine. Ask him to evaluate you for orthotics & the possibility of physical therapy.
Also, consider asking your PCP for an anti-depressant.
Good luck & keep your chin up!
Steve

Re: Re:Pat, Hang in there! We care about you.

Bob G. on 6/22/00 at 22:27 (022260)

Hi, Beverly! In answer to your question, I came down with PF last July and achieved pain-free this March. I credit REST, the NightSplint, proper shoes, Birkenstock arch supports, ibuprofen at the right time, and finally gentle stretching.

Good luck! BG


Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Bob G. on 6/22/00 at 00:21 (022200)

Hello Pat,

I feel like I am fading from this board because I am 16 weeks pain free. Well, if you want to cure this condition I would suggest resting the foot until the pain is gone and then a gradual gentle stretch routine.

I know how everyone wants an immediate cure. Well, that's life. Pat, you can probably cure this condition yourself with rest, nightsplint, and a lot of patience.

You will not wake up oneday and find $1 million in your checking account. You will not wake up oneday and pain is gone unless you rest your foot and (for me) wear your nightsplint. It takes patience. Many don't have it.

It is taking me extra rest as my kness are blown, but I plan on getting bact to jogging and dancing very soon. (whatever you do, don't grow old)

Good luck! BG


Re: Re:Pat, Hang in there! We care about you.

Beverly on 6/22/00 at 01:57 (022201)

Pat,

I didn't plan on logging on this late... time to get some shut eye, but for some reason I felt led to take 'one last peak.' I'm glad I did, because I can hear your pain in your post.. not just physical pain but emotional pain.

First, I want to say I am so sorry your pod had nothing more to offer you. I get all of us mixed up sometime; so I can't remember if you have been to an orthopedic specialist yet, but if not, that's another possible step. If it were me, I'd push hard to get into to see an orthopedic specialist... especially one of the lower body or one who specializes in sports medicine. (I have just such an appointment in July.)

Pat, am I right that you are a teacher? If so, this means you have at least six more weeks before school starts. REST, REST, REST. I agree with Bob, that REST, REST, REST is essential. I myself continue to be curious about stretching. It seems so highly debated. I'm still holding off for the moment... waiting to see what the ortho guy says.

Last night Nancy told me to take a deep breath and try to relax. That was probably good advice. I would wager that many of us who get PF are 'over achievers' and 'control freaks,' if you will. I freely admitt to being both of them. This makes it so much worse for us. Obviously from my posts, I do a better job some days than others controlling my own panic/depression level, but what I am focusing on at the moment is this: I ask myself, what can I control? What am I at the moment 'powerless over' and need to let go of? For me, I have come to the conclusion that although I don't have control over my body right now, I can control my attitude and outlook. (easier said than done.) I am searching for ways to do that. I'm a bookworm, but I'm sure you have your own favorite 'take your mind off of everything' soothing thing to do.

I'm going to pray that you don't loose hope. Sometimes hope is all we've got. Hope is very powerful medicine. Hang in there.

Bob, I'm glad you are doing so well. That's encouraging for the rest of us. How bad were you at your worst and how long did it take you to get to this point?

Hang in there Pat,
Beverly



Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Pat M. on 6/22/00 at 08:13 (022205)

Hi Bob,

Oh Yes. I have figured that one out. You know, the problem with the rest at first was that I was trying to be a good little girl and do what the doc said. He said that I should continue with everything and keep going. Rest was clearly not essential to him.

I learned from all of you that the opposite is definitely true. I am going to try to see another doctor, but have pretty much decided that , yes, it is up to me. I know that it won't just go away one morning (the idea of a million dollars sounds good though.), but when I'm doing (I think) all the right things I don't think that I should feel worse. Could be wrong, though.Oh and since I have an eight year old, I have years before I am allowed to be old.:)

Thanks and I hope you continue to get even better.
Pat M.


Re: Re:Pat, Hang in there! We care about you.

Pat M. on 6/22/00 at 08:23 (022206)

Good Morning Beverly,

You know what? I woke up with a new attitude this morning. Even though I know that what the pod said is ridiculous, I am going to forget that he said it. I have got to shrug this mood thing off and get on with it. As I said I am calling my PCP today to see if he can get me some more help. And yes, I am a teacher. If I had to go back right now I couldn't do it. But I WILL be better by then!!!!

My mom just found out that she has (I think) a neuroma in the ball of her foot. I did not know that she was having all the problems that she was. Burning, stinging, sensitive, etc. She uses the same PCP that I do. He is really very sympathetic. He is working with her with medicine and diet. It has been two days and she says she can already see a difference. I think talking to her last night on the phone really helped me to see that I could be worse.
Mom said that it was amazing how your world can revolve around your feet. Don't we know it.

Thanks for the thoughts and I appreciate your prayers, too.
Feel better.
Pat M.


Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Pauline on 6/22/00 at 09:39 (022213)

Pat,
I hope you will not just keep your experience with PF only on this board, but that you will write a letter to help get the FDA to approve the OssaTron here in the U.S. Approval in the US could mean a reduction in your pain or maybe a 100% cure. It would make possible a new treatment option perhaps covered by your insurance.

It about time Doctors and others stop thinking about Plantar Fasciitis as an insignificant problem. It's false and innocent name 'Heel Pain' doesn't begin to describe what we go through. OssaTron approval is within our grasp---come on folks please write those letters.

I ask all of you: Will you be content just to continue to post messages about your PF knowing that your letter might have made possible your cure or at least reduced your pain level?


Re: Miracle of miracles (not)

Steve P on 6/22/00 at 14:34 (022231)

Pat -- Yes, your next move should be to see an Orthopedist, preferably one associated with Sports Medicine. Ask him to evaluate you for orthotics & the possibility of physical therapy.
Also, consider asking your PCP for an anti-depressant.
Good luck & keep your chin up!
Steve

Re: Re:Pat, Hang in there! We care about you.

Bob G. on 6/22/00 at 22:27 (022260)

Hi, Beverly! In answer to your question, I came down with PF last July and achieved pain-free this March. I credit REST, the NightSplint, proper shoes, Birkenstock arch supports, ibuprofen at the right time, and finally gentle stretching.

Good luck! BG