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Finally going to the doctor.

Posted by Zandersmama on 5/28/01 at 22:54 (049175)

I am ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that I have a heel spur, or something along those lines. I have been in agony for about 3 months now & putting off the inevitable. I am finally going to the doctor Wednesday & I am scared to death. Can anyone please tell me what I can expect? I mean, what are the chain of events? Will I get an X-ray? I have an HMO so I have to go to my PCP first & then I imagine he will send me to a specialist. I have a 10 month old baby & I don't know how I will be able to chase him around if I have to have surgery. ACK!

Thanks so much for ANY input you all may be able to provide!

Love, Brandie

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Laurie R on 5/28/01 at 23:21 (049181)

Brandie,
Frist off don't be scared. Look at it this way ,you are finally going to find out what you have. Your doctor is probably going to asked you all kinds of questions , like where the pain is , does your foot feel better when youa re off of it. Maybe give you some anti - imflams to take . Maybe set you up with PT .... Maybe even an x-ray ... I think it is wonderful you are going to get this checked out after all this time of being in pain. If you don't mind me asking ,why have you waited so long ?? You said three years?? When I hurt my foot at work almost two years ago ,I waited two days than I had to go. I could hardly walk.... Everyone is different when it comes to pain.... I wish you the best ..Please let us know what your doctor said... Laurie R

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

BrianG on 5/29/01 at 08:41 (049197)

Hi Brandie,

If your HMO is anything like mine was, you don't have to worry about surgery just yet. It took mine 3 years to come to that point, and then they decided I was not a candidate. I think once you are referred to the Pod, you'll get an x-ray, he'll tape your foot, and prescribe an anti inflamatory. At some point he may want to give you a cortisone shot. They don't seem to help the majority of people, so it's best to ask around. There is a new procedure called ESWT that should be tried before surgery, if you can afford it. Most insurance companies won't pay, yet. From what I'm reading, the best ESWT results come when it's used between 6 - 12 months of 1st getting the pain. Anything after a year will be harder and harder to cure. Do your best to get it taken care of NOW! I'm not a doc, I'm a 7 year sufferer. Be agressive, push your doc for the newest treatments. Good luck

BCG

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

MARY S. on 5/29/01 at 13:23 (049236)

WITH MY SPURS I WENT THROUGH THE USUAL THINGS MENTIONS BY LAURIE AND BRIAN. THE SHOTS DID HELP ALOT WITH SOME OF MY SPURS. IT IS A PAINFUL SHOT BUT I FIGURED A FEW SECONDS OF THE SHOT PAIN WOULD BE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE CONSTANT SPUR PAIN. THE SHOT GAVE IMMEDIATE RELIEF AND AFTER TWO MORE, ONE OF MY SPURS SEEMED TO GO AWAY. MY SURGERY WAS FOR MY ACHILLES TENDON WHICH HAD CALCIFIED. FIND A GOOD ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR WHO DEALS MAINLY WITH FEET. IT WILL PAY OFF FOR YOU. WISHING YOU LUCK AND PAIN FREE FEET.

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Andrea R. on 5/29/01 at 13:58 (049243)

The first step is usually just evaluation, maybe an x-ray, and possibly anti-inflammatories. If your doctor suggests a cortizone shot right away, refuse it. I'm two weeks post op on my left heel after a year of trying every conservative method. About two months ago my right heel started to hurt. My orthopedist told my to do stretching, take Alleve, and wear a night splint. None of these cause any pain and my right foot is improving even though I'm putting all my weight on it.

I had two cortizone shots early on and regretted it. The first one didn't do anything but make my foot hurt for a day. The second one worked for a few days and then I had more pain.

Massaging and stretching (use a towel and pull you toes toward you) before you get out of bed each morning helps reduce the awful pain first thing in the morning.

Good Luck and keep us up to date.

Andrea

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Zandersmama on 5/30/01 at 00:22 (049298)

Everyone:

Thank you so much for all of your words of wisdom & support. I look forward to my appointment tomorrow. Still nervous, but anything they can do has to be better than the constant throbbing and I have been limping around long enough. I guess just knowing exactly what's wrong with me will make me feel better too.

Thanks again! Brandie

P.S. Laurie R...its only been 3 MONTHS & I guess the reason I waited so long is that I am a big time procrastinator! I think I was just waiting for it to go away & I am just so scared that they are going to tell me that I HAVE to have surgery that I have been putting it off. Thank you for your caring words.

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Laurie R on 5/30/01 at 01:42 (049305)

Thank's for posting.Please let us know how it goes... I wish all the luck in the world and I am looking forward to your post after your visit. Let us know if we can help in any way.... We are all here to help each other...Laurie R

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Laurie R on 5/28/01 at 23:21 (049181)

Brandie,
Frist off don't be scared. Look at it this way ,you are finally going to find out what you have. Your doctor is probably going to asked you all kinds of questions , like where the pain is , does your foot feel better when youa re off of it. Maybe give you some anti - imflams to take . Maybe set you up with PT .... Maybe even an x-ray ... I think it is wonderful you are going to get this checked out after all this time of being in pain. If you don't mind me asking ,why have you waited so long ?? You said three years?? When I hurt my foot at work almost two years ago ,I waited two days than I had to go. I could hardly walk.... Everyone is different when it comes to pain.... I wish you the best ..Please let us know what your doctor said... Laurie R

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

BrianG on 5/29/01 at 08:41 (049197)

Hi Brandie,

If your HMO is anything like mine was, you don't have to worry about surgery just yet. It took mine 3 years to come to that point, and then they decided I was not a candidate. I think once you are referred to the Pod, you'll get an x-ray, he'll tape your foot, and prescribe an anti inflamatory. At some point he may want to give you a cortisone shot. They don't seem to help the majority of people, so it's best to ask around. There is a new procedure called ESWT that should be tried before surgery, if you can afford it. Most insurance companies won't pay, yet. From what I'm reading, the best ESWT results come when it's used between 6 - 12 months of 1st getting the pain. Anything after a year will be harder and harder to cure. Do your best to get it taken care of NOW! I'm not a doc, I'm a 7 year sufferer. Be agressive, push your doc for the newest treatments. Good luck

BCG

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

MARY S. on 5/29/01 at 13:23 (049236)

WITH MY SPURS I WENT THROUGH THE USUAL THINGS MENTIONS BY LAURIE AND BRIAN. THE SHOTS DID HELP ALOT WITH SOME OF MY SPURS. IT IS A PAINFUL SHOT BUT I FIGURED A FEW SECONDS OF THE SHOT PAIN WOULD BE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE CONSTANT SPUR PAIN. THE SHOT GAVE IMMEDIATE RELIEF AND AFTER TWO MORE, ONE OF MY SPURS SEEMED TO GO AWAY. MY SURGERY WAS FOR MY ACHILLES TENDON WHICH HAD CALCIFIED. FIND A GOOD ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR WHO DEALS MAINLY WITH FEET. IT WILL PAY OFF FOR YOU. WISHING YOU LUCK AND PAIN FREE FEET.

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Andrea R. on 5/29/01 at 13:58 (049243)

The first step is usually just evaluation, maybe an x-ray, and possibly anti-inflammatories. If your doctor suggests a cortizone shot right away, refuse it. I'm two weeks post op on my left heel after a year of trying every conservative method. About two months ago my right heel started to hurt. My orthopedist told my to do stretching, take Alleve, and wear a night splint. None of these cause any pain and my right foot is improving even though I'm putting all my weight on it.

I had two cortizone shots early on and regretted it. The first one didn't do anything but make my foot hurt for a day. The second one worked for a few days and then I had more pain.

Massaging and stretching (use a towel and pull you toes toward you) before you get out of bed each morning helps reduce the awful pain first thing in the morning.

Good Luck and keep us up to date.

Andrea

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Zandersmama on 5/30/01 at 00:22 (049298)

Everyone:

Thank you so much for all of your words of wisdom & support. I look forward to my appointment tomorrow. Still nervous, but anything they can do has to be better than the constant throbbing and I have been limping around long enough. I guess just knowing exactly what's wrong with me will make me feel better too.

Thanks again! Brandie

P.S. Laurie R...its only been 3 MONTHS & I guess the reason I waited so long is that I am a big time procrastinator! I think I was just waiting for it to go away & I am just so scared that they are going to tell me that I HAVE to have surgery that I have been putting it off. Thank you for your caring words.

Re: Finally going to the doctor.

Laurie R on 5/30/01 at 01:42 (049305)

Thank's for posting.Please let us know how it goes... I wish all the luck in the world and I am looking forward to your post after your visit. Let us know if we can help in any way.... We are all here to help each other...Laurie R