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Not such a good day..

Posted by Paula G. on 4/16/01 at 11:48 (044714)

I hope it is okay if I post again. I wish I could post with some good news. It is just not a good day. It seems no day is a good day anymore. Has anyone been casted for immobility of the foot? I know that it is just not possible for me to rest and stay off my feet. I have children and a home to take care of. I cry most days anymore because I cannot stand to get up and move. I hate the thoughts when I wake up that I will have to stand up and walk.
I have been thinking maybe shoes...but it just seems something works for a little while then I am back where I was again. I cannot shop with my husband because I cannot walk. Tired of griping and complaining and being grouchy because of the non-stop constant pain. I know so many of you can understand....
What is there to do if the only thing that feels better is just not being on your foot? But, that is not possible??

Re: It can be better

BrianG on 4/16/01 at 12:38 (044720)

Hi Paula G,

I know exactlly how you feel, I've been there, and I may be there again. Right now I take pain meds daily. Have you talked to you doctor about this type of treatment? Is it something you would be comfertable with? Not all doctors are willing to prescribe pain meds, you may have to see a pain management specialist. It's not a cure, but sometimes when the pain gets so severe, it's the only treatment that will give you a break from the pain. Do you think this might be something you might be interested in? I hope to see you feeling better soon.

BCG

PS I used a walking cast for over a year. It helped, but I finally had to give it up, as it was effecting my back, hips, other leg, etc.

Re: It can be better

Clara on 4/16/01 at 13:13 (044726)

Hi Paula g,
I feel just like you do. Sometimes I get so angry and sad of this PF that it really getting me down... it so boring...!
I just wanted you to know that I am (and many of us!) in the same situation, it may not help you, but it maybe feels better.

TAKE CARE!

Clara

Re: It can be better

Paula G. on 4/16/01 at 13:19 (044728)

Thank you. Yes, I have taken a few different medications that do absolutely nothing. I have taken Vioxx, I have taken Celebrex and even prescription Ibuprofen.
Yes, sad for you, but I feel better knowing there are others who really understand me. We have hardwood floors in our home and I know that makes it worse....We have rugs down but it is not carpeting with padding.
Thank you for supporting me. Sometimes I just feel crazy...

Re: It can be better/Something different might help!

Donna M. on 4/16/01 at 14:49 (044735)

Hi Paula G.,
I know how you feel, as the majority of us do sadly enough!!
I see where you said you took the various things for pain/inflamation. I have also tried several things, but I am on celebrex also for my arthritis. I always have the pain from the PF, but I also can tell it is much worse if I miss my celebrex. The Dr. has me taking 2 a day, one morning and one in the evening. Although it doesn't stop the pain, like I said earlier, it definitely lessens it some!
I have been trying something new, that I found in a little catalog I got! I only got it Saturday, so I can't give you a long term evidence that it will continue to work.
I got a little catalog with all kinds of stuff in it. The catalog is called Harriet Carter. The web site is the same http://www.harrietcarter.com and you can see and order it on there. It is an arch brace that can be worn under or over socks or stockings. The description says it is a cushioned brace that supports and lifts the plantar fascia. It also says it gives direct relief from fallen arches and heel spurs. It wraps around your foot and has velcro straps that are adjustable to your foot size.
I mainly got it to sleep in so when I got up to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom, I wouldn't have to fumble around trying to find shoes!!! It seems to really help for that and I also am wearing it in the daytime and have taken most of the arch and heel supports out of my shoes! I did leave one heel cup for padding.
I don't know if these will help you or not or if you may even be interested, but I thought I would let you know. I guess most of us are all alike , willing to try about anything for relief!
I have thought if ESWT works for most people, a few got smacks with a baseball bat to the bottom of the ol' foot might do a pretty good job also!! :-)
Hope you get to feeling better!

Donna M.

Re: Not such a good day..

Amy A. on 4/16/01 at 15:27 (044739)

Hi Paula..so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. I sure do understand. Do you have a good supportive shoe that you can slip on the minute your feet hit the floor? One thing I have learned is to not walk barefoot. I have found that Birkenstock clogs work the best for me but not for everyone. I wear them all the time... even keep a pair beside my bed to slip on if I have to get up in the night.

Re: Not such a good day..

Beverly on 4/16/01 at 16:45 (044747)

Paula,

I wish I could give you a great big hug, because my heart just breaks for you. I've been where you are way too many times.

Do you have a foot specialist you like? Someone who makes you feel like he/she is on your side? Someone who does not discount your pain? Willing to keep trying?

The emotional toll this condition has taken on me has been every bit as trying as the physical. Like you, I have given up many, many things I used to do and loved doing. It can feel very isolating.

When I was at my lowest point, I spent several months in weekly therapy with a counselor. It helped me cope with the changes happening in my life. (Others here have been given anti-depressants by their doctors.)

I've worked at trying to find things to do to fill my time and keep me from going bonkers from boredom.

Hang in there. Statistics are on our side. Most people seem to eventually get a handle of PF.
Best wishes,
Beverly

Re: Not such a good day..

Janet C. on 4/16/01 at 17:47 (044759)

Hi Paula,

I have a suggestion for you that may sound absurd, but when there have been times it has become TOO painful to walk just to get around the house, I've used KNEE PADS! (I borrowed my kids'.) You can crawl around the house, it will save your feet, but it's hard on the knees without the knee pads.

Best wishes,

Janet

Re: Thank you so much.

Paula G. on 4/16/01 at 17:55 (044760)

Hi Janet. Yes, it sounds ridiculous...but worth trying!! Get off those feet. Isn't it horrible that we must resort to something like this? I try to wear my night splints as much as I can because at least sitting that helps keep my feet flexed.
You mentioned birks as far as shoes. Where do you get those?
I am not sure what to think of my podiatrist. I liked him at first because he listened to me and seemed to answer questions..But the more I think about it the more he just 'agreed' with me when I asked something.
He only ordered an MRI at my insistence. How do you know if they know what they are doing?
Believe me.. I have done my fair share of crawling around. Does anyone else out there have hardwood floors? That makes it horrid. I agree too about shoes. I have always hated to wear shoes...Now I just wish I could wear stylish cute shoes...Oh, I guess I take things for granted...
So many mentioned Celebrex worked. My podiatrist would NOT give me a prescription for that. He gave me samples to 'try'. They did not help. I had to beg for ibuprofen! I don't like that. I was popping about 5 OTC 200 mg ibuprofens and I know that was not good. But it seemed I just had to take more and more....
Thank you everyone for talking to me. I have worn ace wraps but they just get irritating after awhile on the rest of my foot. I will look into that wrap.

Re: Not such a good day..

Rose L on 4/16/01 at 17:55 (044761)

Hi, Paula,

I read your post and I can totally relate! I'm so tired of endless treatments and waiting. I think that the pain is secondary for me - it's the confined, trapped feeling...not feeling able to move freely and gracefully, not really being a participant in life. I cry a lot, too. I want my life back - the one when I took my feet for granted. God, what I'd give to be able to just move comfortably without feeling I'm re-injuring the feet.

Depression is bad, because I really believe that attitude is important in healing - although I want to scream when people remind me of that. I just reach way down deep inside every day and think, 'I can do this' - when I fear that I can't go on another day, but we don't really have a choice, do we?

I had ESWT 3 weeks ago, so I have a way to go before I give up (whoops - never give up!) Also, I'll risk surgery if that becomes the last option. I've been acute for 16 months. What have you tried? I get everyone's name mixed up on the message board. I really hope you can regain hope and a little optimism. Wishing you all the best, Rose

Re: Another suggestion...

Janet C. on 4/16/01 at 19:27 (044772)

Hi Paula,

Another suggestion for you is if it hurts that bad to go shopping in the store, have you looked to see if the store has any motorized, electric carts? I am fairly young (41) and healthy-looking, so I get some strange looks sometimes when I use them, but it's better than the consequences of pain that I would have to pay by forcing myself to walk.

Take care,

Janet

Re: To Rose

Beverly on 4/16/01 at 22:49 (044780)

Rose,

You have so eloquently stated how I feel more days than I like to admit.
I too feel trapped, confined, and in general like I'm watching life go by.
My one glimmer of hope is that I had a couple of months of doing significantly better. Even then, my problems were not gone but they did show real improvement, and I'm hanging onto that memory... trying to believe I'll get it back, but wondering how long it will take. I'm moving into month 13, and along the way, I developed tendonitis in my ankles.

When I fall too far into a 'pity party,' I usually see someone in far worse shape who is valiantly pursuing life with a happy spirit. I have a friend with MS who is confined to a wheelchair and she has such a good attitude. When I see people like that, it helps remind me that there are far worse things I could be dealing with.

I hope you have a better day,
Beverly

Re: To Paula

Cynthia D on 4/17/01 at 05:22 (044787)

Hi Paula, I, too have been there more times that I could admit. I used to sit at my desk and cry almost every day because of the pain, frustration and isolation!! And I have 3 kids, too. I learned to adapt so much, I used to use an office chair to wheel around on those hardwood floors (be careful not to get sore shoulders from all the pulling!) Like someone said earlier, have shoes by your bedside to step right into, don't ever go barefoot, and be sure to 'warm' up your feet by gently stretching, circling and point and flexing before standing up. Maybe you already do all this, but it's so important I said it again. Any what does your pod say? Have you had shots (they don't always work). Ice? Before ESWT, I used to rub a dixie cup ice cube directly on my feet until I couldn't stand it and then the pain would lessen. (Since treatment, ice seems to hurt me.)

Have you considered pain meds like Brian said? I took oral steriods for five days, then during that pain cycle before it worked, I took Vicoden. Get some pain meds into your system just for a couple of days of relief. It will lift your spirits tremendously to get some pain relief! I used to live on Advil, too, but presc. pain meds work so much better. I don't like how they make me feel, especially with kids to drive and take care of but if you can break the pain cycle, it will be worth it! Maybe just a few days will be enough. I only took Vicoden for three days and it was enough. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. And have you considered ESWT? I can't remember if you have or not.

I've been there, and I feel for you. Take care and I hope you get better soon.

Re: Another suggestion...

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 08:04 (044794)

Okay, I am also 41. Yes, I have seriously thought about using those electric chairs. Some stores do not have them, but the ones that do, you are right that is what they are there for...I don't care if people look or not. You are right comfort is worth more than pride.

Re: What about cherries??

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 08:12 (044795)

No I have not considered ESWT yet. I don't know if my insurance will cover it basically. Believe me, I plan to have a nice long chat with my podiatrist when I go in to find out the results of the MRI. The only way I have ever been diagnosed truly is by x-ray. They gave me the PF diagnosis by exam. I will feel much better when I find out what is truly really going on.
I took someone's advice and not ordering it, but self-wrapping my arch area to help the fascia and that is really helping me today...I would have ordered the arch support thing but I have spent so much money already on things that do not work.
I will look into the pain medication. Do you realize how much it would take for how long to become addicted? A lot more than what we would need it for. Thing is maybe doctors think it masks the symptoms and being pain free we could keep re-injuring ourselves who knows. I know when I get a bad cough with a cold the only thing that helps is codeine but doctors don't even want to give you that anymore. Why use what works??
I have a stool in the kitchen and did as you suggested and sit for just about everything. Glad you agree about the hardwood floors. It is murder on the feet...
My mother in law was telling me an article she read in the paper, I need to read it myself, some kind of cherries taken help take away arthritis pain. She is going to try that. Brian H. was telling about a pill he has been taking and I plan to try that too.

Re: Thank you donna

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 08:14 (044796)

I went to that site and have bookmarked it. I used an ace wrap and wrapped my arch area to see if it would work....It helps a lot! I did not want to order something and pay even more money for something that does not work. I tell you, if we all here put in the money that we have spent on things that are useless to us....we could have quite a pot going. I am going to do it to both feet. It helps me finally for awhile at least...walk on my whole foot! Not limping or anything. It hurts some, but not like it has been.

Re: About the pain meds

BrianG on 4/17/01 at 08:50 (044800)

Hi Paula,

One thing to remember about the pain meds. The doc is never going to give you enough to completely take away your pain. It just doesn't work that way. At best, the meds will take the worst of the pain away, giving you back part of your life. You will still know you have PF, and you'll still try to keep from re-injuring it. What will happen is the the worst pain will be gone, allowing a little more sanity into your life. You won't be all consumed with pain. I hope you get what you need, there is no reason on earth to suffer with chronic pain. This is exactlly why the pain meds are available. Some states are more restrictive than others, but all states allow pain meds for chronic pain. Good luck

BCG

Re: Afraid to ask....didn't want to give the simple meds!

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 11:39 (044825)

I know what you mean Brian. I am so afraid to even ask this doctor for medication. He did not want to even give me ibuprofen!!! Pretty sad being afraid to ask isn't it?
Just to get the edge off the pain enough to be able to function somewhat!

Re: It can be better

Paula W. on 4/17/01 at 17:25 (044869)

Hi Paula, what about getting cortisone shots? I did and my feet are so much better. I am also in the process of losing weight and doing stretching, at least every other night after work. I also try to stretch in the am before getting out of bed. Maybe keeping your feet elevated when sitting, that might help too.

Re: It can be better

BrianG on 4/16/01 at 12:38 (044720)

Hi Paula G,

I know exactlly how you feel, I've been there, and I may be there again. Right now I take pain meds daily. Have you talked to you doctor about this type of treatment? Is it something you would be comfertable with? Not all doctors are willing to prescribe pain meds, you may have to see a pain management specialist. It's not a cure, but sometimes when the pain gets so severe, it's the only treatment that will give you a break from the pain. Do you think this might be something you might be interested in? I hope to see you feeling better soon.

BCG

PS I used a walking cast for over a year. It helped, but I finally had to give it up, as it was effecting my back, hips, other leg, etc.

Re: It can be better

Clara on 4/16/01 at 13:13 (044726)

Hi Paula g,
I feel just like you do. Sometimes I get so angry and sad of this PF that it really getting me down... it so boring...!
I just wanted you to know that I am (and many of us!) in the same situation, it may not help you, but it maybe feels better.

TAKE CARE!

Clara

Re: It can be better

Paula G. on 4/16/01 at 13:19 (044728)

Thank you. Yes, I have taken a few different medications that do absolutely nothing. I have taken Vioxx, I have taken Celebrex and even prescription Ibuprofen.
Yes, sad for you, but I feel better knowing there are others who really understand me. We have hardwood floors in our home and I know that makes it worse....We have rugs down but it is not carpeting with padding.
Thank you for supporting me. Sometimes I just feel crazy...

Re: It can be better/Something different might help!

Donna M. on 4/16/01 at 14:49 (044735)

Hi Paula G.,
I know how you feel, as the majority of us do sadly enough!!
I see where you said you took the various things for pain/inflamation. I have also tried several things, but I am on celebrex also for my arthritis. I always have the pain from the PF, but I also can tell it is much worse if I miss my celebrex. The Dr. has me taking 2 a day, one morning and one in the evening. Although it doesn't stop the pain, like I said earlier, it definitely lessens it some!
I have been trying something new, that I found in a little catalog I got! I only got it Saturday, so I can't give you a long term evidence that it will continue to work.
I got a little catalog with all kinds of stuff in it. The catalog is called Harriet Carter. The web site is the same http://www.harrietcarter.com and you can see and order it on there. It is an arch brace that can be worn under or over socks or stockings. The description says it is a cushioned brace that supports and lifts the plantar fascia. It also says it gives direct relief from fallen arches and heel spurs. It wraps around your foot and has velcro straps that are adjustable to your foot size.
I mainly got it to sleep in so when I got up to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom, I wouldn't have to fumble around trying to find shoes!!! It seems to really help for that and I also am wearing it in the daytime and have taken most of the arch and heel supports out of my shoes! I did leave one heel cup for padding.
I don't know if these will help you or not or if you may even be interested, but I thought I would let you know. I guess most of us are all alike , willing to try about anything for relief!
I have thought if ESWT works for most people, a few got smacks with a baseball bat to the bottom of the ol' foot might do a pretty good job also!! :-)
Hope you get to feeling better!

Donna M.

Re: Not such a good day..

Amy A. on 4/16/01 at 15:27 (044739)

Hi Paula..so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. I sure do understand. Do you have a good supportive shoe that you can slip on the minute your feet hit the floor? One thing I have learned is to not walk barefoot. I have found that Birkenstock clogs work the best for me but not for everyone. I wear them all the time... even keep a pair beside my bed to slip on if I have to get up in the night.

Re: Not such a good day..

Beverly on 4/16/01 at 16:45 (044747)

Paula,

I wish I could give you a great big hug, because my heart just breaks for you. I've been where you are way too many times.

Do you have a foot specialist you like? Someone who makes you feel like he/she is on your side? Someone who does not discount your pain? Willing to keep trying?

The emotional toll this condition has taken on me has been every bit as trying as the physical. Like you, I have given up many, many things I used to do and loved doing. It can feel very isolating.

When I was at my lowest point, I spent several months in weekly therapy with a counselor. It helped me cope with the changes happening in my life. (Others here have been given anti-depressants by their doctors.)

I've worked at trying to find things to do to fill my time and keep me from going bonkers from boredom.

Hang in there. Statistics are on our side. Most people seem to eventually get a handle of PF.
Best wishes,
Beverly

Re: Not such a good day..

Janet C. on 4/16/01 at 17:47 (044759)

Hi Paula,

I have a suggestion for you that may sound absurd, but when there have been times it has become TOO painful to walk just to get around the house, I've used KNEE PADS! (I borrowed my kids'.) You can crawl around the house, it will save your feet, but it's hard on the knees without the knee pads.

Best wishes,

Janet

Re: Thank you so much.

Paula G. on 4/16/01 at 17:55 (044760)

Hi Janet. Yes, it sounds ridiculous...but worth trying!! Get off those feet. Isn't it horrible that we must resort to something like this? I try to wear my night splints as much as I can because at least sitting that helps keep my feet flexed.
You mentioned birks as far as shoes. Where do you get those?
I am not sure what to think of my podiatrist. I liked him at first because he listened to me and seemed to answer questions..But the more I think about it the more he just 'agreed' with me when I asked something.
He only ordered an MRI at my insistence. How do you know if they know what they are doing?
Believe me.. I have done my fair share of crawling around. Does anyone else out there have hardwood floors? That makes it horrid. I agree too about shoes. I have always hated to wear shoes...Now I just wish I could wear stylish cute shoes...Oh, I guess I take things for granted...
So many mentioned Celebrex worked. My podiatrist would NOT give me a prescription for that. He gave me samples to 'try'. They did not help. I had to beg for ibuprofen! I don't like that. I was popping about 5 OTC 200 mg ibuprofens and I know that was not good. But it seemed I just had to take more and more....
Thank you everyone for talking to me. I have worn ace wraps but they just get irritating after awhile on the rest of my foot. I will look into that wrap.

Re: Not such a good day..

Rose L on 4/16/01 at 17:55 (044761)

Hi, Paula,

I read your post and I can totally relate! I'm so tired of endless treatments and waiting. I think that the pain is secondary for me - it's the confined, trapped feeling...not feeling able to move freely and gracefully, not really being a participant in life. I cry a lot, too. I want my life back - the one when I took my feet for granted. God, what I'd give to be able to just move comfortably without feeling I'm re-injuring the feet.

Depression is bad, because I really believe that attitude is important in healing - although I want to scream when people remind me of that. I just reach way down deep inside every day and think, 'I can do this' - when I fear that I can't go on another day, but we don't really have a choice, do we?

I had ESWT 3 weeks ago, so I have a way to go before I give up (whoops - never give up!) Also, I'll risk surgery if that becomes the last option. I've been acute for 16 months. What have you tried? I get everyone's name mixed up on the message board. I really hope you can regain hope and a little optimism. Wishing you all the best, Rose

Re: Another suggestion...

Janet C. on 4/16/01 at 19:27 (044772)

Hi Paula,

Another suggestion for you is if it hurts that bad to go shopping in the store, have you looked to see if the store has any motorized, electric carts? I am fairly young (41) and healthy-looking, so I get some strange looks sometimes when I use them, but it's better than the consequences of pain that I would have to pay by forcing myself to walk.

Take care,

Janet

Re: To Rose

Beverly on 4/16/01 at 22:49 (044780)

Rose,

You have so eloquently stated how I feel more days than I like to admit.
I too feel trapped, confined, and in general like I'm watching life go by.
My one glimmer of hope is that I had a couple of months of doing significantly better. Even then, my problems were not gone but they did show real improvement, and I'm hanging onto that memory... trying to believe I'll get it back, but wondering how long it will take. I'm moving into month 13, and along the way, I developed tendonitis in my ankles.

When I fall too far into a 'pity party,' I usually see someone in far worse shape who is valiantly pursuing life with a happy spirit. I have a friend with MS who is confined to a wheelchair and she has such a good attitude. When I see people like that, it helps remind me that there are far worse things I could be dealing with.

I hope you have a better day,
Beverly

Re: To Paula

Cynthia D on 4/17/01 at 05:22 (044787)

Hi Paula, I, too have been there more times that I could admit. I used to sit at my desk and cry almost every day because of the pain, frustration and isolation!! And I have 3 kids, too. I learned to adapt so much, I used to use an office chair to wheel around on those hardwood floors (be careful not to get sore shoulders from all the pulling!) Like someone said earlier, have shoes by your bedside to step right into, don't ever go barefoot, and be sure to 'warm' up your feet by gently stretching, circling and point and flexing before standing up. Maybe you already do all this, but it's so important I said it again. Any what does your pod say? Have you had shots (they don't always work). Ice? Before ESWT, I used to rub a dixie cup ice cube directly on my feet until I couldn't stand it and then the pain would lessen. (Since treatment, ice seems to hurt me.)

Have you considered pain meds like Brian said? I took oral steriods for five days, then during that pain cycle before it worked, I took Vicoden. Get some pain meds into your system just for a couple of days of relief. It will lift your spirits tremendously to get some pain relief! I used to live on Advil, too, but presc. pain meds work so much better. I don't like how they make me feel, especially with kids to drive and take care of but if you can break the pain cycle, it will be worth it! Maybe just a few days will be enough. I only took Vicoden for three days and it was enough. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. And have you considered ESWT? I can't remember if you have or not.

I've been there, and I feel for you. Take care and I hope you get better soon.

Re: Another suggestion...

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 08:04 (044794)

Okay, I am also 41. Yes, I have seriously thought about using those electric chairs. Some stores do not have them, but the ones that do, you are right that is what they are there for...I don't care if people look or not. You are right comfort is worth more than pride.

Re: What about cherries??

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 08:12 (044795)

No I have not considered ESWT yet. I don't know if my insurance will cover it basically. Believe me, I plan to have a nice long chat with my podiatrist when I go in to find out the results of the MRI. The only way I have ever been diagnosed truly is by x-ray. They gave me the PF diagnosis by exam. I will feel much better when I find out what is truly really going on.
I took someone's advice and not ordering it, but self-wrapping my arch area to help the fascia and that is really helping me today...I would have ordered the arch support thing but I have spent so much money already on things that do not work.
I will look into the pain medication. Do you realize how much it would take for how long to become addicted? A lot more than what we would need it for. Thing is maybe doctors think it masks the symptoms and being pain free we could keep re-injuring ourselves who knows. I know when I get a bad cough with a cold the only thing that helps is codeine but doctors don't even want to give you that anymore. Why use what works??
I have a stool in the kitchen and did as you suggested and sit for just about everything. Glad you agree about the hardwood floors. It is murder on the feet...
My mother in law was telling me an article she read in the paper, I need to read it myself, some kind of cherries taken help take away arthritis pain. She is going to try that. Brian H. was telling about a pill he has been taking and I plan to try that too.

Re: Thank you donna

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 08:14 (044796)

I went to that site and have bookmarked it. I used an ace wrap and wrapped my arch area to see if it would work....It helps a lot! I did not want to order something and pay even more money for something that does not work. I tell you, if we all here put in the money that we have spent on things that are useless to us....we could have quite a pot going. I am going to do it to both feet. It helps me finally for awhile at least...walk on my whole foot! Not limping or anything. It hurts some, but not like it has been.

Re: About the pain meds

BrianG on 4/17/01 at 08:50 (044800)

Hi Paula,

One thing to remember about the pain meds. The doc is never going to give you enough to completely take away your pain. It just doesn't work that way. At best, the meds will take the worst of the pain away, giving you back part of your life. You will still know you have PF, and you'll still try to keep from re-injuring it. What will happen is the the worst pain will be gone, allowing a little more sanity into your life. You won't be all consumed with pain. I hope you get what you need, there is no reason on earth to suffer with chronic pain. This is exactlly why the pain meds are available. Some states are more restrictive than others, but all states allow pain meds for chronic pain. Good luck

BCG

Re: Afraid to ask....didn't want to give the simple meds!

Paula G. on 4/17/01 at 11:39 (044825)

I know what you mean Brian. I am so afraid to even ask this doctor for medication. He did not want to even give me ibuprofen!!! Pretty sad being afraid to ask isn't it?
Just to get the edge off the pain enough to be able to function somewhat!

Re: It can be better

Paula W. on 4/17/01 at 17:25 (044869)

Hi Paula, what about getting cortisone shots? I did and my feet are so much better. I am also in the process of losing weight and doing stretching, at least every other night after work. I also try to stretch in the am before getting out of bed. Maybe keeping your feet elevated when sitting, that might help too.