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Bursitis of the heel -- thread with Kathy continued from the Dr. page

Posted by ellen w on 3/20/01 at 17:10 (041987)

Hi Kathy,

Hope your found your way to this site from the Dr. board.

The oral steroid made me a little nuts too. If I were to do another dose I would start it on a Friday and take Monday off from work. I found myself feeling very wired and, by the 4th day, feeling free to say some really inappropriate things to coworkers (like, 'I think you're an amoral piece of scum AND a boring writer!!' -- things you just can not say in a work situation) ... but it also wore off quickly and day 5 I was pretty much ok.

My doctor never mentioned a cortisone shot as a possibility. I don't know if it was because he didn't think it would work for it, or because he doesn't believe in them. I was feeling a little frustrated with his conservative approach to treatment until I found this board and started reading some of the experiences people had had with doctors who are too quick to give shots or jump into surgery (though some posters have had good luck with both approaches. )

He was about to give up on me when I found the MSM. He said my ongoing symptoms were atypical for the diagnosis and he was going to refer me on to a foot specialist. I saw him in the hallway the other day (I work in the p.r. office of an academic medical center)and told him how much better I was doing and that I hadn't followed up with going to the foot specialist. He said he'd had some other patients who had good things to say about MSM. (Don't know why, then, he hadn't recommended it, although he had recommended glucosamine/chondritin, which didn't seem to help.)

I wonder if you might have Achilles tendonitis? Although it was always my heel that hurt, my calf was very very stiff when I first sought treatment, and AT was in fact my doctor's first diagnosis. He didn't diagnose retrocalcaneal bursitis until after it was clear that something other than tendonitis was going on in my heel, and we took x-rays and an mri. For my tendonitis, deep tissue massage was the most helpful treatment, along with stretches.

You might want to repost on the doctor board and ask Dr. Z. or Dr. B. if getting a cortizone shot into a bursitis sack in the heel is a good idea.

Keep in touch,

Ellen

Re: Bursitis of the heel -- thread with Kathy continued from the Dr. page

Kathy on 3/20/01 at 18:46 (041999)

Thanks for moving this over. There's a couple of other things I'm doing that I failed to mention. One is the night splint which has helped a lot. The first doctor I went to was a podiatrist and he prescribed that, and I've worn it now every night (I even travel with it) for over six months. It comes almost up to my knee and took some getting used to, but now I can't sleep without it. It definitely helps with the morning pain. Also, another person mentioned to me flax seed oil. I've just started to take it (only a few days), but it seems to me that my heel has been feeling a little better. I think it's too soon to attribute it to that, but we'll see. Flax seed oil is supposed to help with inflamation and is good for arthritis and a number of other things. It's very high in omega-3's and is good for the heart, cholestral,etc. There's loads of info on the net about it. I take the liquid (tastes pretty nasty) because it's more potent than the capsules. I may give this another few weeks before I add the MSM, just so I know what's working. It's a shame we have to play doctor with ourselves (you know what I mean ;-), and I do feel a little nervous about popping too many supplements when I'm not sure about the purity, dosages, etc.

My doctor did mention surgery as a last resort and he's very conservative in his treatment. I've been on Vioxx and then Celebrex for months, and just havne't gone back because I was a little hesitant about the cortisone shot. He never mentioned oral steroids---don't know why.

Think I will post the question about the shot to the doctor again and see if he answers.

Thanks for all your help and let me know how you're doing

Kathy

Re: Bursitis of the heel -- thread with Kathy continued from the Dr. page

Kathy on 3/20/01 at 18:46 (041999)

Thanks for moving this over. There's a couple of other things I'm doing that I failed to mention. One is the night splint which has helped a lot. The first doctor I went to was a podiatrist and he prescribed that, and I've worn it now every night (I even travel with it) for over six months. It comes almost up to my knee and took some getting used to, but now I can't sleep without it. It definitely helps with the morning pain. Also, another person mentioned to me flax seed oil. I've just started to take it (only a few days), but it seems to me that my heel has been feeling a little better. I think it's too soon to attribute it to that, but we'll see. Flax seed oil is supposed to help with inflamation and is good for arthritis and a number of other things. It's very high in omega-3's and is good for the heart, cholestral,etc. There's loads of info on the net about it. I take the liquid (tastes pretty nasty) because it's more potent than the capsules. I may give this another few weeks before I add the MSM, just so I know what's working. It's a shame we have to play doctor with ourselves (you know what I mean ;-), and I do feel a little nervous about popping too many supplements when I'm not sure about the purity, dosages, etc.

My doctor did mention surgery as a last resort and he's very conservative in his treatment. I've been on Vioxx and then Celebrex for months, and just havne't gone back because I was a little hesitant about the cortisone shot. He never mentioned oral steroids---don't know why.

Think I will post the question about the shot to the doctor again and see if he answers.

Thanks for all your help and let me know how you're doing

Kathy