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Too Many Questions

Posted by barbara m on 11/27/00 at 18:00 (033660)

I need help. I have been suffering from severe pain (between 7 and 10) for the past four months. My doctor has been lovely, treating me cautiously and conservatively, but the thought of continued pain of this intensity with no end in sight is ... Well, I'm becoming somewhat depressed. Previous to the extreme pain, I had moderate pain first thing in the mornings and just laughed it off as part of the aging process. Should I encourage my doctor to consider surgery? Or should I continue with the walking cast, massages (agony!), ice and ibuprofen which do nothing? I mean, if I continue being a good girl and do as I should, is there an end in sight? I feel as though I've lost 3/4 of my life. I now sit at my desk all day and then go home and climb into bed. My life before this was full of hiking, backpacking, laughing and walking. What's happened to me????

Re: Too Many Questions

KarenS on 11/27/00 at 23:59 (033694)

I was exactly where you are now a year ago. It is very depressing to say the least. I had gone through so much conservative treatment with no relief from the pain. I finally agreed to surgery where I had a large heel spur removed and an open release done at the end of June this year.

I was in a cast for 6 weeks afterwards, then went through another 3 1/2 mths. of physio just to be put in another cast for another 6 weeks. I hate to say it, but after everything I'm still in major pain, still off work, and now I'm in a damn cast for the holidays. It doesn't come off now til Jan. 4th.

If there is a miracle answer out there, I would really love to hear it.

Re: Too Many Questions

Dr. Zuckerman on 11/28/00 at 02:11 (033698)

How about an MRI to see if you have a stress fracture, Posterior tibial Tendonits. You could be a very good candidate for ESWT. You can continue with this much pain !!!. Get an mri and see what the foot and ankle are doing

Re: Too Many Questions

Dr. Bieher on 11/28/00 at 08:28 (033716)

If the treatment plan you are following is not working and also causing you more pain, I think it is time to revisit your diagnosis and the reason for the treatments you are getting. Dr. B.

Re: Thank you for getting back to me.

barbara m on 11/28/00 at 14:04 (033736)

I am visiting with my doctor this afternoon, and I will ask him to take a more aggressive approach. We have done x-rays, and there are no fractures.
I want to thank you for sponsoring this web site. Before I found this, I had convinced myself that I had lost my mind and over reacting to the pain. I have never really been one to complain, but my feet hurt so badly they are about all I can think about any more. Until I knew there were other people out there like me, i was convinced I was some sort of freak. So, thank you.

Re: Too Many Questions

Marie on 11/30/00 at 16:05 (033887)

Barbara,

I know exactly what you are going through. I had surgery on one foot in August and the other in September for Plantar Fascitis. It has been 3 months now since my first foot which was the worse and I am in worse shape now than ever.

I went and got a second opinion and was told that my foot is not healing properly due to the stress it has been under. He placed me in a cast for 4 weeks and he is certain that my real problem is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and not Plantar Fascitis. He was very discouraged to hear what the other doctor had put me through. He can't do anymore surgery until my foot settles down some.

A word of advice, be careful of who you go to. Make sure that they are a Foot and Ankle Specialist. The first guy was an Orthopedic Specialist who should have just quit school and become a 'Butcher'.

Laughter does help the depression. Hang in there and good luck to you!

Re: Too Many Questions

Kay S on 11/30/00 at 19:50 (033909)

Marie--PLEASE don't rush into any more surgery!!! Tarsal tunnel surgery has a very low success rate for relieving pain. I had it Sept 6th and it didn't do a thing for me except make me lose six weeks of work and give me more pain than when I started. If you have lots of nerve-type pain and numbness, tingling, burning, etc. then maybe it would help, but for other kinds of pain it is not that successful. I would not have it again if I could go back.

Re: Too Many Questions

KarenS on 11/27/00 at 23:59 (033694)

I was exactly where you are now a year ago. It is very depressing to say the least. I had gone through so much conservative treatment with no relief from the pain. I finally agreed to surgery where I had a large heel spur removed and an open release done at the end of June this year.

I was in a cast for 6 weeks afterwards, then went through another 3 1/2 mths. of physio just to be put in another cast for another 6 weeks. I hate to say it, but after everything I'm still in major pain, still off work, and now I'm in a damn cast for the holidays. It doesn't come off now til Jan. 4th.

If there is a miracle answer out there, I would really love to hear it.

Re: Too Many Questions

Dr. Zuckerman on 11/28/00 at 02:11 (033698)

How about an MRI to see if you have a stress fracture, Posterior tibial Tendonits. You could be a very good candidate for ESWT. You can continue with this much pain !!!. Get an mri and see what the foot and ankle are doing

Re: Too Many Questions

Dr. Bieher on 11/28/00 at 08:28 (033716)

If the treatment plan you are following is not working and also causing you more pain, I think it is time to revisit your diagnosis and the reason for the treatments you are getting. Dr. B.

Re: Thank you for getting back to me.

barbara m on 11/28/00 at 14:04 (033736)

I am visiting with my doctor this afternoon, and I will ask him to take a more aggressive approach. We have done x-rays, and there are no fractures.
I want to thank you for sponsoring this web site. Before I found this, I had convinced myself that I had lost my mind and over reacting to the pain. I have never really been one to complain, but my feet hurt so badly they are about all I can think about any more. Until I knew there were other people out there like me, i was convinced I was some sort of freak. So, thank you.

Re: Too Many Questions

Marie on 11/30/00 at 16:05 (033887)

Barbara,

I know exactly what you are going through. I had surgery on one foot in August and the other in September for Plantar Fascitis. It has been 3 months now since my first foot which was the worse and I am in worse shape now than ever.

I went and got a second opinion and was told that my foot is not healing properly due to the stress it has been under. He placed me in a cast for 4 weeks and he is certain that my real problem is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and not Plantar Fascitis. He was very discouraged to hear what the other doctor had put me through. He can't do anymore surgery until my foot settles down some.

A word of advice, be careful of who you go to. Make sure that they are a Foot and Ankle Specialist. The first guy was an Orthopedic Specialist who should have just quit school and become a 'Butcher'.

Laughter does help the depression. Hang in there and good luck to you!

Re: Too Many Questions

Kay S on 11/30/00 at 19:50 (033909)

Marie--PLEASE don't rush into any more surgery!!! Tarsal tunnel surgery has a very low success rate for relieving pain. I had it Sept 6th and it didn't do a thing for me except make me lose six weeks of work and give me more pain than when I started. If you have lots of nerve-type pain and numbness, tingling, burning, etc. then maybe it would help, but for other kinds of pain it is not that successful. I would not have it again if I could go back.