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Agony Lead to Appointment with Doctor

Posted by Sweetfeet on 7/11/00 at 10:32 (023139)

Okay, so today I am going to the doctor and TELLING him the following: I want my orthotics readjusted, I want a prescription for physical therapy, I want a pain medication etc. The last conversation I had with him, he mentioned surgery. Little does he know that I have a better education due to this message board regarding my ailment. Oh, yeah, I am also going to ask him about the ossatron treatment. I wonder if he will have the machine if it is approved...

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/11/00 at 14:32 (023145)

So, I went to see him. He suggested 3 cortisone shots over a period of time. I said 'won't this hurt foot tissue?' His response NO! Can you believe it!! I said so everyone on this message board is wrong? I said so you would feel comfortable with me posting your name on this board saying there are NO side effects from cortisone. He said fine. He said none of his patients have ever had any damage...Anyhow, I am now taking voltaren. There is so much fluid and inflammation that I suppose it couldn't hurt. He said if this doesn't work, then he would cast my foot. Oh, God, will this ever end. He read my chart to me from 96 saying that I in fact had a cortisone short then and everything was fine. I told him thanks for sharing such a wonderful story, what the hell happened?

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

wendyn on 7/11/00 at 22:54 (023181)

Sweetfeet, I cannot count the number of times that I've gone to the doctors thinking that I would say this, and I'd tell him that...and then when I walk out I wonder just what the heck happened. I am normally a very assertive person (my boss and husband would say that's an understatement) but I'm pretty sure that doctors take courses on how to direct the conversation the way they want it to go. It is especially difficult to communicate and assert yourself if you're in a lot of pain (I believe this is a bigger problem for women in general).

So you got the voltaren, what about the PT? I can't remember your exact story - is this a pod you're going to (it sounds like it). Pehaps a change in specialists is a good idea (unless you've already run through a bunch of them already). Did he agree to adjust your orthotics? What if you asked him to put it in writing that there are no side effects to cortisone shots and absolutely no risk of complications what so ever? Would he be willing to do this before he administered the shot? If he's refusing to discuss risks with you, then he should be willing to back it up with a money back written guarantee. Then, at least if he's wrong you can sue the pants off him and afford a little scooter to drive around in.


Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/12/00 at 09:19 (023194)

No, he would not adjust the orthotics. He said PT would not help me. He said pain killers would just 'mask' the problem. He really wanted to give me the shot. He did say that this problem is totally unpredictable. He is a podiatrist with a bit of an attitude. I guess there really is nothing that can be done except rest, but even this doesn't always help.

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

JudyS on 7/12/00 at 09:44 (023199)

Wow SF - WHO IS this doctor? Sounds like he's not willing to work WITH you! Does he have a thing about control/power? How long have you been going to him? You have evidence, from this Board at least, that PT CAN be effective and that cortisone shots CAN be highly painful, not always effective, and sometimes damaging. Do you have an option to go to another Doc?

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/12/00 at 12:28 (023209)

Yes, I have gone to him since 1995. I did have cortisone before and it seemed to work. This time he gave me an oral inflammatory. I am going to switch doctors. Btw, he gave me samples for my 2 week dose and said 'I am giving your $75 worth of medication for free because I like you'. I have a prescription card with my good insurance. What was his point?

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Nancy S. on 7/12/00 at 13:58 (023217)

Sweetfeet, your dr. sounds lacking in imagination and some other qualities too.
My ex-pod, when I asked him about physical therapy 3 months into PF, said, 'Might make it worse,' end of discussion. Eleven months later, I'm scheduled for PT starting Friday, after developing achilles tendonitis on top of PF (or, as I think, as a result of PF).
The general practitioner who prescribed PT for me said I should have had it months ago, long before the AT even had a chance to develop.
I'll see how it goes, but it seems to me that a pod who would put you in a cast before having you try PT has a few loose screws.
--Nancy

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Susan S on 7/12/00 at 14:00 (023218)

Geez SF! Imagine how he treats the patients that he do NOT like??

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/12/00 at 14:56 (023225)

Gee, I better run oops I mean crawl to a new doctor immediately.

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/11/00 at 14:32 (023145)

So, I went to see him. He suggested 3 cortisone shots over a period of time. I said 'won't this hurt foot tissue?' His response NO! Can you believe it!! I said so everyone on this message board is wrong? I said so you would feel comfortable with me posting your name on this board saying there are NO side effects from cortisone. He said fine. He said none of his patients have ever had any damage...Anyhow, I am now taking voltaren. There is so much fluid and inflammation that I suppose it couldn't hurt. He said if this doesn't work, then he would cast my foot. Oh, God, will this ever end. He read my chart to me from 96 saying that I in fact had a cortisone short then and everything was fine. I told him thanks for sharing such a wonderful story, what the hell happened?

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

wendyn on 7/11/00 at 22:54 (023181)

Sweetfeet, I cannot count the number of times that I've gone to the doctors thinking that I would say this, and I'd tell him that...and then when I walk out I wonder just what the heck happened. I am normally a very assertive person (my boss and husband would say that's an understatement) but I'm pretty sure that doctors take courses on how to direct the conversation the way they want it to go. It is especially difficult to communicate and assert yourself if you're in a lot of pain (I believe this is a bigger problem for women in general).

So you got the voltaren, what about the PT? I can't remember your exact story - is this a pod you're going to (it sounds like it). Pehaps a change in specialists is a good idea (unless you've already run through a bunch of them already). Did he agree to adjust your orthotics? What if you asked him to put it in writing that there are no side effects to cortisone shots and absolutely no risk of complications what so ever? Would he be willing to do this before he administered the shot? If he's refusing to discuss risks with you, then he should be willing to back it up with a money back written guarantee. Then, at least if he's wrong you can sue the pants off him and afford a little scooter to drive around in.


Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/12/00 at 09:19 (023194)

No, he would not adjust the orthotics. He said PT would not help me. He said pain killers would just 'mask' the problem. He really wanted to give me the shot. He did say that this problem is totally unpredictable. He is a podiatrist with a bit of an attitude. I guess there really is nothing that can be done except rest, but even this doesn't always help.

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

JudyS on 7/12/00 at 09:44 (023199)

Wow SF - WHO IS this doctor? Sounds like he's not willing to work WITH you! Does he have a thing about control/power? How long have you been going to him? You have evidence, from this Board at least, that PT CAN be effective and that cortisone shots CAN be highly painful, not always effective, and sometimes damaging. Do you have an option to go to another Doc?

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/12/00 at 12:28 (023209)

Yes, I have gone to him since 1995. I did have cortisone before and it seemed to work. This time he gave me an oral inflammatory. I am going to switch doctors. Btw, he gave me samples for my 2 week dose and said 'I am giving your $75 worth of medication for free because I like you'. I have a prescription card with my good insurance. What was his point?

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Nancy S. on 7/12/00 at 13:58 (023217)

Sweetfeet, your dr. sounds lacking in imagination and some other qualities too.
My ex-pod, when I asked him about physical therapy 3 months into PF, said, 'Might make it worse,' end of discussion. Eleven months later, I'm scheduled for PT starting Friday, after developing achilles tendonitis on top of PF (or, as I think, as a result of PF).
The general practitioner who prescribed PT for me said I should have had it months ago, long before the AT even had a chance to develop.
I'll see how it goes, but it seems to me that a pod who would put you in a cast before having you try PT has a few loose screws.
--Nancy

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Susan S on 7/12/00 at 14:00 (023218)

Geez SF! Imagine how he treats the patients that he do NOT like??

Re: Heated Words with My Doctor

Sweetfeet on 7/12/00 at 14:56 (023225)

Gee, I better run oops I mean crawl to a new doctor immediately.