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Ready to give up walking without pain!

Posted by Pam M on 5/31/01 at hrmin (049471)

Over the past 18 months I've been seen by 3 poditrists and 1 ortho specialist.
Poditrist # (seen for 5 months)1 did arch supports, oral cortizone (twice), cortizone injections (4) and ultrasounds --- no relief.

Poditrist #2 saw me ONE time and after being told what the other doctor had already tried (6 months had passed since seeing the first doctor) said surgery! Surgery was scheduled for 1 week later. Did endoscopic plantar fasciotomy and avulsion of nail...excision of bone right hallux. 'You'll be back at work and better than ever in two weeks' BULL!!!
Was out of work due to swelling of the toe and inability to wear a shoe for 6 weeks. 'Fired' this doctor after the post op visit when he failed to even look at the surgical sites and said that I could return to work (on my feet 8 hours a day in a busy deli) only 7 days after surgery. He's obviously an idiot!!

Poditrist #3 was a referal from my wonderful insurance company. Was traveling almost 100 miles one way to see this one!
A partner to the one that operated. Geeee!!! After seeing him for 3 months I gave up. The pain in my heel is worse than before the surgery. He's had me on vioxx 25 mg, lodine 400mg, and wants to start over with cortizone injections. Which I flat refused. His latest thought on this is.. physical therapy. Why? Its something we haven't tried yet!!! Well gee, theres a comforting thought. Feeling like a guinea pig here, lets see what this does.

My primary care physican refered me to an orthopedic specialist. Saw him today and he just shook his head, said this problem is out of his 'scope' and refered me to another poditrist!!! Here we go again. But this one is even better than the others...this guy refered me to someone in CT! I live in Florida!!!! Talk about a road trip to see a doctor!!!

I'm sitting here, back at square 1, with more pain than I started with...unable to work full time, not released by the 3rd doctor for more than 25 hours a week, with a referal for physical therapy that will run me $60 a week on less than half a paycheck. I honestly think I would have been better off never having that surgery, at least I could manage to work my 40 hours, get home and be unable to walk again till the next day. My employer is threatening to pull my full time status, which will cause me to lose my benefits..including my medical insurance........ I was up for promotion at work.....lost that........
looking for ANY answers, or for someone to finally say..> GIVE UP LADY! At least I'd feel like I got an honest answer for once.

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Laurie R on 5/31/01 at 13:10 (049477)

Hi Pam, WOW !!!! Your story brought me to tears.MY heart really goes out to you.I don't pitty you ,I know that is not what you are looking for .I do feel for you though. Can't any of the doctors take your pain seriously?? I think not all Pod know all their is to know about PF and everything that goes with it. And then when they get a hard case like most of us they have no clue what to do .... I have no answers for you Pam ,but I am here for you anytime you need a friend.... My very best to you.Laurie R

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Christy D on 5/31/01 at 14:16 (049485)

Hi Pam...I am really sorry! I completely understand what you are going through as I have heel spurs in both heels and am dealing with the same thing. Spending lots of money trying to solve the problem. I hope your find your answer as well as me! I wish you the very best. Good luck and keep us posted. Now that I've found this site...It's nice to know that we are not alone in this battle. xoxo take care and good luck!

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

DR. Biehler on 5/31/01 at 14:33 (049487)

Did the original cortisone shots help at all ? If not, there is always the possibility that the pain you are feeling in your heel might be originating from else where. If they did help and if the surgery wasn't successful, you can still try the ESWT. There is a site that offers it in Florida. Dr. B.

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

lenore r on 5/31/01 at 15:52 (049492)

where in florida are you? i have a few names of good drs in south florida

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Paula G. on 6/01/01 at 18:58 (049634)

I wish I could say your story is unique, but unfortunately it is all too normal. I have been through three doctors. The last one told me he could be of NO further assistance to me.
I feel so bad for you. I thank God that I am a stay at home mom, but it is still very depressing not being 'normal'. The last doctor I saw I even interviewed THEM over the phone. Never, never, never give up. Believe me, that was what I wanted to do when the last doctor told me basically that there was nothing wrong with me...Hello...
All I can tell you is to never go without shoes. I have mine by my bedside now. I hate tennis shoes. I wish I could take them out and burn the darned things. I want to wear heels and sandals.....No one but the people who post here have any idea what you are going through. It is a crippling thing.
As far as not walking...I use the little electric carts now at stores that have them. Heck with modesty and pride. I need to feel GOOD. I also know mind set has a lot to do with outlook. I feel so bad for you. But others were here for me when I wanted to give up.

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Pam M on 6/02/01 at 11:46 (049672)

Nothing has helped. The cortizone only made me sick. I've used ice and stretching excersises as well. NADA

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Pam M on 6/02/01 at 11:56 (049674)

Nothing has helped. The cortizone only made me sick. I've used ice and stretching excersises as well. NADA!!

I live in East Central Florida and my wonderful insurance will cover select few doctors. Not at all impressed thus far with the ones they DO cover.

At least it is comforting to know I'm not totally alone. My employer makes me feel like a whinny fool for complaining about something as trivial as 'foot pain' and REFUSES to acknowledge my doctors orders of only 5 hours a day. Thus I am once again scheduled for 40 hours this week. I haven't managed to work 40 hours yet..... and they get pretty ticked off when I tell them I need to go home after 5-6 hours.

I'm still seeing another doctor for my knee that was twisted back in December in a fall at work. Left knee, right foot....
The treatment for the knee?? Why vioxx25 mg and wanting to do ... CORITZONE injections!!

UNCLE!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Don't give up...Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Christy D on 6/04/01 at hrmin (049848)

I'm sorry Pam, but don't give up! Their will be life after the pain from hell. I am still in search of it, but I refuse to let it rule my life. Every night sometimes before I go to bed, I just want somebody shooting me or the chain saw starts sounding good. Hee hee. But life realy is too precious. We will be back on our feet again and that's what you need to concentrate on! I am amazed at how many people are clueless to this problem. I get people looking at me like i'm crazy too and they have never heard of heel spurs or PF. But, I not a baby to pain, so I am lucky enough to have the support. I have been doing lots of research on that new procedure ESWT. It sounds like you have an HMO insurance, which is really joyful. I have had to deal with many stupid people myself. I was going to see different doctors too, but reading up on this problem, they all seem to say the same thing. Try all the other options, cortizone, ice, orthotics, etc, etc, etc. If none of those work, then it's surgery or live with it! It is very frustrating and just remember you are not alone. We will always be here for support.

If all else fails...do your own research on the ESWT. I might go for it, cause I want my life back! My insurance might not pay for it, but at this point, surgery does not sound promising to me and my feet are my life! I would rather starve to death and not eat then continue with this pain! Stay positive, that's the best medicine in the world!!!! No matter how much I want to scream, I try and think of the good things in my life and that is what gets me through this nightmare ..xoxoxoox

Best of luck to you!!!!

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Laurie R on 5/31/01 at 13:10 (049477)

Hi Pam, WOW !!!! Your story brought me to tears.MY heart really goes out to you.I don't pitty you ,I know that is not what you are looking for .I do feel for you though. Can't any of the doctors take your pain seriously?? I think not all Pod know all their is to know about PF and everything that goes with it. And then when they get a hard case like most of us they have no clue what to do .... I have no answers for you Pam ,but I am here for you anytime you need a friend.... My very best to you.Laurie R

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Christy D on 5/31/01 at 14:16 (049485)

Hi Pam...I am really sorry! I completely understand what you are going through as I have heel spurs in both heels and am dealing with the same thing. Spending lots of money trying to solve the problem. I hope your find your answer as well as me! I wish you the very best. Good luck and keep us posted. Now that I've found this site...It's nice to know that we are not alone in this battle. xoxo take care and good luck!

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

DR. Biehler on 5/31/01 at 14:33 (049487)

Did the original cortisone shots help at all ? If not, there is always the possibility that the pain you are feeling in your heel might be originating from else where. If they did help and if the surgery wasn't successful, you can still try the ESWT. There is a site that offers it in Florida. Dr. B.

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

lenore r on 5/31/01 at 15:52 (049492)

where in florida are you? i have a few names of good drs in south florida

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Paula G. on 6/01/01 at 18:58 (049634)

I wish I could say your story is unique, but unfortunately it is all too normal. I have been through three doctors. The last one told me he could be of NO further assistance to me.
I feel so bad for you. I thank God that I am a stay at home mom, but it is still very depressing not being 'normal'. The last doctor I saw I even interviewed THEM over the phone. Never, never, never give up. Believe me, that was what I wanted to do when the last doctor told me basically that there was nothing wrong with me...Hello...
All I can tell you is to never go without shoes. I have mine by my bedside now. I hate tennis shoes. I wish I could take them out and burn the darned things. I want to wear heels and sandals.....No one but the people who post here have any idea what you are going through. It is a crippling thing.
As far as not walking...I use the little electric carts now at stores that have them. Heck with modesty and pride. I need to feel GOOD. I also know mind set has a lot to do with outlook. I feel so bad for you. But others were here for me when I wanted to give up.

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Pam M on 6/02/01 at 11:46 (049672)

Nothing has helped. The cortizone only made me sick. I've used ice and stretching excersises as well. NADA

Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Pam M on 6/02/01 at 11:56 (049674)

Nothing has helped. The cortizone only made me sick. I've used ice and stretching excersises as well. NADA!!

I live in East Central Florida and my wonderful insurance will cover select few doctors. Not at all impressed thus far with the ones they DO cover.

At least it is comforting to know I'm not totally alone. My employer makes me feel like a whinny fool for complaining about something as trivial as 'foot pain' and REFUSES to acknowledge my doctors orders of only 5 hours a day. Thus I am once again scheduled for 40 hours this week. I haven't managed to work 40 hours yet..... and they get pretty ticked off when I tell them I need to go home after 5-6 hours.

I'm still seeing another doctor for my knee that was twisted back in December in a fall at work. Left knee, right foot....
The treatment for the knee?? Why vioxx25 mg and wanting to do ... CORITZONE injections!!

UNCLE!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Don't give up...Re: Ready to give up walking without pain!

Christy D on 6/04/01 at hrmin (049848)

I'm sorry Pam, but don't give up! Their will be life after the pain from hell. I am still in search of it, but I refuse to let it rule my life. Every night sometimes before I go to bed, I just want somebody shooting me or the chain saw starts sounding good. Hee hee. But life realy is too precious. We will be back on our feet again and that's what you need to concentrate on! I am amazed at how many people are clueless to this problem. I get people looking at me like i'm crazy too and they have never heard of heel spurs or PF. But, I not a baby to pain, so I am lucky enough to have the support. I have been doing lots of research on that new procedure ESWT. It sounds like you have an HMO insurance, which is really joyful. I have had to deal with many stupid people myself. I was going to see different doctors too, but reading up on this problem, they all seem to say the same thing. Try all the other options, cortizone, ice, orthotics, etc, etc, etc. If none of those work, then it's surgery or live with it! It is very frustrating and just remember you are not alone. We will always be here for support.

If all else fails...do your own research on the ESWT. I might go for it, cause I want my life back! My insurance might not pay for it, but at this point, surgery does not sound promising to me and my feet are my life! I would rather starve to death and not eat then continue with this pain! Stay positive, that's the best medicine in the world!!!! No matter how much I want to scream, I try and think of the good things in my life and that is what gets me through this nightmare ..xoxoxoox

Best of luck to you!!!!