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Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Posted by Valerie S on 5/28/01 at 22:03 (049169)

Hi.

I am seeing my doc again on Wednesday, and am trying to organize my thoughts and questions. I am near the end of my FMLA and don't know what comes next, as far as my job is concerned. I think I am supposed to let them (my employer) get rid of me, as opposed to my quitting. I can't go back there now, or maybe ever. I don't know what my future holds, as far as the job goes... my insurance policy will be either converted to long-term disability or it will expire, pending the investigation being done by the insurance company rep.

I have been trying so hard to get better, but feel like I am slipping backwards again. I am fine when I am riding my new bike, but as soon as I get off, my foot is killing me. I sit for 10 minutes, and I get the knives in my heels, and the burning pain up the back of my heel. When I stand, both feet feel like I am standing on broken glass, and it HURTS SO BAD I don't even want to walk. I wish I could bike everywhere, including around the house... isn't that silly? Could this bike riding really be hurting me? I don't overextend, or pedal with my heels, I use the balls of my feet. Maybe it's the increased blood flow that is increasing the pain.

I do know that I am at the end of my wits today. I can't wait to see what the doc says, but I dread seeing him at the same time. I'm so lucky to have friends here, because I just feel so all alone right now. I'm sorry to be so down. I am feeling a little lost and scared about what is going to happen next. I have been taking this one step at a time (literally), and now I have to think about the long-term future.

I'm not planning to go back to working on my feet; I know that now. As far as my treatment goes... I only have a couple of options left, and can only hope that something can help me out of this.

Please forgive me for whining. It's been a bad day for my feet, and I am sick of crying about it. Thanks for listening, and thanks for caring. I will let you know what he says.

Take it easy, everyone... Val.

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Paula A on 5/28/01 at 22:38 (049173)

Oh Val, you aren't whining. You are sharing your feelings
with us as we all need to do when we are hurting and troubled.

At least you have found one pleasure in all of this foot nightmare
and that is your bike. Your joy in that really raised my spirits the
other day and I don't blame you for wanting to ride instead of
walk. And then the pain comes to meet you when you get off
the bike..It sounds much like the pain when getting up
after sitting or sleeping... So very frustrating.

I hope your Doctor gives you some answers that will help
ease your worry and pain..Best of luck deciding on your
job future and dealing with the insurance.

My Dr appt is tomorrow morning. The cam walker makes
my foot swell, like the taping he did on my first visit. So I
hope he comes up with something that won't continue the
swelling..

Anytime you need a shoulder email me..

Wishing you the very best..
Paula A

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?To Val and Paula

Laurie R on 5/28/01 at 23:08 (049177)

Hi Ladies,
Val I think we are at the same place tonight. When I read your post it was like I wrote it. I'm so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. That is the thing with PF , you start to feel better and then your back to where you started. My foot hurts eveyday ,but some are better then others. Today was one of the worse days I have had in a while. PLEASE let us know what your doctor says on Wednesday.

Tomorrow I have to call my Pod to see what he thinks about what the specialist said to me last week. My Pod has been on vacation so I have not got to talk to him. I'm just like you , I'm trying to put my words together on what I'm going to say to him. I just don't want him to think that I'm being hard....

I bet when we all first got PF we never thought that it would be like this... Next month makes 2 years since I got PF...

I wish I could say something to you Val to make you feel better. All I have to offer you is my friendship and ear... E-mail me Val.

Dear Paula, I hope you are not in bad pain tonight too. Please let us know how your appointment goes tomorrow... You said that your waking cast makes your foot swell?? Mine does too sometimes. They are not that comfortable .My foot slids in it. For all that is wrong with my foot the walking cast is better then a shoe. I tried to wear a shoe last week only for a few hours and boy did the pain go up.

My very best to both of you ....Laurie R

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Julie on 5/29/01 at 03:25 (049188)

Hi Val

Might it be worth backing off the biking for a bit to see if it makes any difference? That doesn't mean you couldn't choose to return to it as it gives you so much pleasure, freedom and independence, just that you'd know for sure if it was making you worse instead of speculating and wishing it weren't so. Then you could assess all the variables - saddle height, handlebar adjustment, pedalling technique - for any changes that might help.

Julie

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Steve P on 5/29/01 at 08:46 (049198)

Val -- Don't ever worry about speaking your mind! That's why we're here, for heaven's sake!

As I recall, you were once looking into ESWT in your area. Are you still thinking about it?

Now hang in there!

U. Steve

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Cynthia D on 5/29/01 at 09:06 (049206)

Val, I was putting myself in your shoes for a minute. Can the bike riding shorten your calf muscles as you knee is bent while bike riding? Maybe instantly when you get off, sit down and stretch? Just like getting up first thing in the morning. And do you ice afterwards? Best wishes, I hope you can still enjoy your freedom. My driveway is so steep, I can't get on my bike 'cause I can't get it up and down the driveway! :(

Re: one thought on the biking

karenc on 5/29/01 at 09:33 (049210)

just one thought on the biking - it's supposed to be great but using toe clips or those little brackets is not supposed to be great, I heard. It doesn't sound like you have that, but I think using the foot more 'flat-footed' as opposed to pushing off w/ the balls of your feet may help. I think the pushing off w/ the ball of the feet is similar to the pushing off of running or even walking, whereas the biking is good b/c your leg can move, w/o moving the feet (like those elliptical trainers). I hope that helps some. good luck.

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

JudyS on 5/29/01 at 11:50 (049226)

Oh my gosh, Val - you call that whining? That, my friend, is nothing! If you want to hear real whining, come on over to my house!
Seriously though, don't forget that one of the most effective functions this board fills is to provide a place to vent all angst so don't worry about it, OK?
I was thinking the other day about your new bike and happened to have a fleeting thought about the possibility of your overdoing it at first because you were so happy with it. Don't forget, even though the bike is tons better than running, etc., it's still using your feet and, until you're conditioned to it, you're probably going to have some aches and pains because of it. Maybe back off a bit for a few days, take some ibuprofen and then go back to it every other day for awhile. What do you think?

Re: Been thinking about the bike riding

Valerie S on 5/29/01 at 13:02 (049233)

Thanks for all your advice and thoughts about the bike. I reread parts of Scott's book too, and it says to use your heels when you pedal. Reading it, I was also reminded that sudden increase in activity can cause PF, and even though it's not running or jumping or anything like that... I think you're right... I might be overdoing it. I rode 17 miles total yesterday, and now realize that this might have been a little much... hee hee.

So, today I will take a break from the bike, even though it's a beautiful sunny day. I will ask the doc what he thinks of it tomorrow too.

And I will try adjusting the seat and the position of my feet on the pedals, and start out slowly again. Darn it. Just when I was starting to build up endurance. Oh well, nothing is worth sending my feet into orbit again.

Thanks again for your support and understanding.
Val.

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Valerie S on 5/29/01 at 13:04 (049234)

Hi Steve.

Yes, that's one of the things we will be talking about tomorrow. I have heard through the grapevine that there are a couple of doctors in town that are using ESWT now. I will let you know what my doc says tomorrow.

Val.

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

DeniseA on 5/30/01 at 20:41 (049408)

Hey, hang in there. Try to keep your chin up and don't spend a lot of time worrying about things that you can't control. You will know soon enough what will happen and then you can make plans to deal with it.

It isn't whining to talk about things and ask friends for support.

Denise

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Paula A on 5/28/01 at 22:38 (049173)

Oh Val, you aren't whining. You are sharing your feelings
with us as we all need to do when we are hurting and troubled.

At least you have found one pleasure in all of this foot nightmare
and that is your bike. Your joy in that really raised my spirits the
other day and I don't blame you for wanting to ride instead of
walk. And then the pain comes to meet you when you get off
the bike..It sounds much like the pain when getting up
after sitting or sleeping... So very frustrating.

I hope your Doctor gives you some answers that will help
ease your worry and pain..Best of luck deciding on your
job future and dealing with the insurance.

My Dr appt is tomorrow morning. The cam walker makes
my foot swell, like the taping he did on my first visit. So I
hope he comes up with something that won't continue the
swelling..

Anytime you need a shoulder email me..

Wishing you the very best..
Paula A

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?To Val and Paula

Laurie R on 5/28/01 at 23:08 (049177)

Hi Ladies,
Val I think we are at the same place tonight. When I read your post it was like I wrote it. I'm so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. That is the thing with PF , you start to feel better and then your back to where you started. My foot hurts eveyday ,but some are better then others. Today was one of the worse days I have had in a while. PLEASE let us know what your doctor says on Wednesday.

Tomorrow I have to call my Pod to see what he thinks about what the specialist said to me last week. My Pod has been on vacation so I have not got to talk to him. I'm just like you , I'm trying to put my words together on what I'm going to say to him. I just don't want him to think that I'm being hard....

I bet when we all first got PF we never thought that it would be like this... Next month makes 2 years since I got PF...

I wish I could say something to you Val to make you feel better. All I have to offer you is my friendship and ear... E-mail me Val.

Dear Paula, I hope you are not in bad pain tonight too. Please let us know how your appointment goes tomorrow... You said that your waking cast makes your foot swell?? Mine does too sometimes. They are not that comfortable .My foot slids in it. For all that is wrong with my foot the walking cast is better then a shoe. I tried to wear a shoe last week only for a few hours and boy did the pain go up.

My very best to both of you ....Laurie R

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Julie on 5/29/01 at 03:25 (049188)

Hi Val

Might it be worth backing off the biking for a bit to see if it makes any difference? That doesn't mean you couldn't choose to return to it as it gives you so much pleasure, freedom and independence, just that you'd know for sure if it was making you worse instead of speculating and wishing it weren't so. Then you could assess all the variables - saddle height, handlebar adjustment, pedalling technique - for any changes that might help.

Julie

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Steve P on 5/29/01 at 08:46 (049198)

Val -- Don't ever worry about speaking your mind! That's why we're here, for heaven's sake!

As I recall, you were once looking into ESWT in your area. Are you still thinking about it?

Now hang in there!

U. Steve

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Cynthia D on 5/29/01 at 09:06 (049206)

Val, I was putting myself in your shoes for a minute. Can the bike riding shorten your calf muscles as you knee is bent while bike riding? Maybe instantly when you get off, sit down and stretch? Just like getting up first thing in the morning. And do you ice afterwards? Best wishes, I hope you can still enjoy your freedom. My driveway is so steep, I can't get on my bike 'cause I can't get it up and down the driveway! :(

Re: one thought on the biking

karenc on 5/29/01 at 09:33 (049210)

just one thought on the biking - it's supposed to be great but using toe clips or those little brackets is not supposed to be great, I heard. It doesn't sound like you have that, but I think using the foot more 'flat-footed' as opposed to pushing off w/ the balls of your feet may help. I think the pushing off w/ the ball of the feet is similar to the pushing off of running or even walking, whereas the biking is good b/c your leg can move, w/o moving the feet (like those elliptical trainers). I hope that helps some. good luck.

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

JudyS on 5/29/01 at 11:50 (049226)

Oh my gosh, Val - you call that whining? That, my friend, is nothing! If you want to hear real whining, come on over to my house!
Seriously though, don't forget that one of the most effective functions this board fills is to provide a place to vent all angst so don't worry about it, OK?
I was thinking the other day about your new bike and happened to have a fleeting thought about the possibility of your overdoing it at first because you were so happy with it. Don't forget, even though the bike is tons better than running, etc., it's still using your feet and, until you're conditioned to it, you're probably going to have some aches and pains because of it. Maybe back off a bit for a few days, take some ibuprofen and then go back to it every other day for awhile. What do you think?

Re: Been thinking about the bike riding

Valerie S on 5/29/01 at 13:02 (049233)

Thanks for all your advice and thoughts about the bike. I reread parts of Scott's book too, and it says to use your heels when you pedal. Reading it, I was also reminded that sudden increase in activity can cause PF, and even though it's not running or jumping or anything like that... I think you're right... I might be overdoing it. I rode 17 miles total yesterday, and now realize that this might have been a little much... hee hee.

So, today I will take a break from the bike, even though it's a beautiful sunny day. I will ask the doc what he thinks of it tomorrow too.

And I will try adjusting the seat and the position of my feet on the pedals, and start out slowly again. Darn it. Just when I was starting to build up endurance. Oh well, nothing is worth sending my feet into orbit again.

Thanks again for your support and understanding.
Val.

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

Valerie S on 5/29/01 at 13:04 (049234)

Hi Steve.

Yes, that's one of the things we will be talking about tomorrow. I have heard through the grapevine that there are a couple of doctors in town that are using ESWT now. I will let you know what my doc says tomorrow.

Val.

Re: Seeing Doc on Wednesday... what now?

DeniseA on 5/30/01 at 20:41 (049408)

Hey, hang in there. Try to keep your chin up and don't spend a lot of time worrying about things that you can't control. You will know soon enough what will happen and then you can make plans to deal with it.

It isn't whining to talk about things and ask friends for support.

Denise