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12 days post-op

Posted by Samantha K on 9/11/01 at 07:36 (059839)

Hey everyone
I haven't posted much, actually only one other time before this one. I had talked about that I was diagnosed with bi-lateral TTS, and I wasn't sure what to do. Well the tables turned a little bit.
After my first dr. diagnosed me with bi-lat TTS, he sent me to a specialist (his partner, who just happened to know more about TTS than he did). I went through MRI's, and many other tests just because everything didn't match up!
After many restless nights (the dr. and me of course), he called and said that he wanted to do a test by injecting novacaine (lanacaine) onto the nerve, and allow me to test it, and it would tell me if i had TTS. I'm an athlete, I'm 20 years old, attending college where I'm a pitcher on the softball team. So off I went to pitch and run and see how it felt. The numbing of my soreness was wonderful, it felt like i had a normal foot again! So he signed me up for surgery that next week for the right side only.
It's now 12 days post op, the stitches come out on friday, and the cast too, time for the boot! I haven't had much pain at all, I'm now totally off pain pills, putting weight on my foot (i know i'm not supposed to do that, but if you're gonna fall, you seem to catch yourself) sends electricity throughout my foot. But, my foot does not go numb, no more jumpy nerves, etc, i'm feeling pretty good.
My dr. said that my problem, (my impingement of the nerve) was caused by an overgrown muscle. He said that my muscle in the ankle area is too big, and when i run or pitch, it swells, and causes some massive pain (you all know what i'm talking about!) So hopefully he fixed it up.
It's been hard for me being on crutches, my campus is not very handicapped friendly, i have to crawl on my butt up the stairs to my apartment, my sister is my chauffeur, and it just sucks being on crutches, not able to do things on my own, i even have to take a shower sitting down on a chair (becuase i have a bad left knee, and my muscles seem to cramp in the shower).
so my right side is done, time for recooperation and rehab, well when i can. It's hard sitting on the sidelines and watching my team at practices and games, but i know that this will make me stronger for the spring season.
I know that all of you are not as happy so far with your TTS release, but i have to say that i can't complain right now, except for the whole crutches part, but i know that it's worth it.
I will keep you all updated on how everything is going.
Samantha K

Re: 12 days post-op

Tammie on 9/11/01 at 08:01 (059842)

Hi Samantha,
I think we may have had our surgeries around the same time Aug 30 ? I am excited for you and the prospects of your healing but am a bit worried about u! I get my stitches out tomorrow and I have had a boot type cast from start and crutches, tho my doc kinda cautioned about bearing to much wieght to fast and not elevating and overdoing it could cause swelling and scar tissue and more trouble then I started with . So when u tell me that u are not supposed to bear total weight and that if u fall u fall it worries me as I am not sure that is the real reason the dr. does not want u to bear weight (for fear of u falling) I wonder if he is not also worried about the swelling and scar tissue and somehow he explained but I am a bit slow I must admit, that the more u elevate it the blood supply is better and that the healing is better, now I may be off on the medical stuff as I am not the best and describing things so I hope someone here who is better with this helps with some advice .I am much older then u but it seems interesting that we had done at or around same time. I am glad u arent getting the same types of pains , did the doc tell u that some of the pains u might get are normal healing? Just curious, I still have the jumpy nerve feelings still and the burning god I hate that feeling it seems to be in heel and arch area , I have noticed my toes are not so bad and upper part of foot and no more calf pains,the ankle is kinda tender and tingling a bit but some good some not yet so am hopeful! Yes the crutches are a pain and I ditch them most often I have a walking boot air cast and he told me I can work up to ditching crutches and tomorrow he will see about trying a shoe on me my normal running shoe, I am excited but nervous as I wonder how it will ever work. I to have tried things shouldnt proably I tryed my shoe yea right no way it was not getting on at all, and I tryed standing without the boot only for a second just to see how it would feel, I couldnt noway yet it scared me as there were to many feelings and so the dr. will have to see tomorrow I tried this morning . I have tried to do some things but have found the pain keeps me limited, interesting that u dont seem to say if u are having, I know everyone is different and there most likly are different ways to do the surgery but still interested . Did u have stitiches under your foot to? I have , and then below the ankle I am not sure why under foot he never said of course I did not ask as more thoughts on the healing end. Not a pf release as I had that in april so just wondering if u had it and if they told u why? Sounds as tho u sound hopeful and good so am happy for u as I am trying to remain hopeful also!!!!!! I cant imagine crutches at college lol my son is like on the 10 floor in his dorm they have elevator but still sometimes is to busy and they use stairs. You take care and keep the poitive thoughts going and I will say a prayer for your quick and compleat healing so that u may get back to your fun and sports! Hugs to u and lots of luck, and try to rest that foot some so u dont have any lingering problems with healing!

Re: You had both PF and TTS surgeries?

Jana on 9/12/01 at 16:01 (059995)

You had a PF release in April then TTS release in August? Did you do both of these on the same foot? Why did you choose to do them as to separate procedures and not in the same one? I have a similar predicament and can't decide what to do. I have the same symptoms in both feet. I do not have classic TTS symptoms. No numbness, no tingling, no burning. I have deep throbbing pain in the bottom of my foot just in front of the heel (about an inch and half towards my toes) and I have throbbing pain along the inside ankle area (just below the ankle).

I was diagnosed originally with PF. When I did not improve, we did a nerve conduction study and that came back positive. One doctor says to the PF release and not tarsal tunnel release (because it is so risky). Another doctor says to TTS release and not PF release. Did you have a full PF release or partial?

What were the recovery times for each? I am trying to figure out if I will need to be on short-term disability or not. I worked at a computer and I can work from home. I am just expecting that I will be in so much pain that I will not be able to concentrate or I will be half asleep from pain pills. Hard to know how productive I will be. Any advice?

Re: You had both PF and TTS surgeries?

Tammie on 9/12/01 at 16:59 (060010)

Hi Jana,
I had the pf release and the spur taken care of in april at that time he also had said that I had some nerve stuff going on similar to a carpa tunnel is how he explained it to me. He felt that the pf spur area was the bigger issue and felt that the other was in the area of conservitive measures and thought it was a risk that he would not want to do if not needed, He was not thrilled about any surgery but we were out of ideas and the pain was to much . Little did I ever imagaine another surgery. The first surgery was the min incision on side of foot with a small scar, the healing for me but remember I had this other stuff going on and could not tell what was happining as could not rid my foot and ankle of pain, so continued thru but most likely I did know at about 12 weeks that some was better I could stand on heel and that was not done before the sugery. Things continued with me getting cortisone shots and pt with several different anti inflams with no progress in fact seemed to esculate the pain factors or maybe it was me just tired of fighting.In any case I had the tts release on aug 30 I had stitiches out today and well I cant say it is all healed as no it is not at this point,but hopeful still. My doc says figure 8 to 12 weeks for healing, I had my tennis shoe on today for a bit he put on at office but lots of pain I had to call him by the time I got home so he said to stay in air boot and each day try a little bit to wean foot to my shoe and starting tomorrow after ankle calms down after todays fiasco to try wearing orthodic in my air boot some to so am to work with it and get into shoes but cautioned and said discomfort is normal pain is not . To listen to body. I dont know if I am any help to u I hope so but if I were to do again and remember this is just me and my thoughts I would say do it all and get it over with I would not want 2 surgeries the second was a bit harder on me I think but then another thought would be like I had thought who wants to get a surgery they dont maybe need. In any case it is done for me and it is up to u and your dr. on your case. I think if I could have worked at home on putor I could have done quickly or if I was at a desk at work I could do it at this point for a period of time but not sure so hate to say something I dont know about. I have been told over and over by the dr. the basic healing is in any wheres between 6 to 12 weeks and the rest of the healing can take as long as 6 mnths to a year. Make sure u understand that each is different and that some bounce back quickly and others linger and takes longer to heal and some never heal totaly and some have worse effects. I wish you well with your search and your decision as it truly is very hard to decide what is best for u and have a open mind about it when you are in pain. I wish you luck in your search and hope that you will keep us posted on your condition and what u choose! Please take care and hugssssss to u!

Re: 12 days post-op

Samantha K on 9/13/01 at 07:36 (060094)

Thanks for replying Tammie, I hope that everything is going great with you. My stitches and cast come off tomorrow! Woohoo! I only fell once, and i was VERY sore the rest of the day and the next day. I have started with some burning feeling in my arch and my heel, but like you said, the dr said it was normal. He has told me that i should expect that kind of stuff. But it's just human instinct to catch yourself if you're going up stairs (especially on crutches), on anything possible, and all i had was my bad foot. I haven't noticed anything different since i did fall on it, but it was a big scare.
Ever since i wrote on here, my nerve has been slightly jumpy once in awhile, i guess i should keep my big mouth shut! LOL.
I haven't seen the scar or the stitches yet, I've been a good girl and kept my cast one, no sneak peeks whatsoever. I've been in this cast for awhile just becuase I live 1.5 hours away from home and my doctor, and I don't have classes on friday so all my appointments have to be on friday's.
so....i'm still in this damn cast and I want it off so bad, I can't wait!
Fall softball started yesterday, and it was so hard to sit at the field and watch my teammates having fun, and running around, and doing all the stuff that i love, but i know that this is the best for me, and i think that this surgery actually did some good for me, it'll make me stronger and work harder when the time comes.
I elevate everyday as much as possible, I've been good about that (even when i'm sleeping). in between classes i go into the training room and elevate if i have a break.
thanks for writing and caring, wish me luck tomorrow, i'll keep you posted.
samantha

Re: 12 days post-op

Tammie on 9/11/01 at 08:01 (059842)

Hi Samantha,
I think we may have had our surgeries around the same time Aug 30 ? I am excited for you and the prospects of your healing but am a bit worried about u! I get my stitches out tomorrow and I have had a boot type cast from start and crutches, tho my doc kinda cautioned about bearing to much wieght to fast and not elevating and overdoing it could cause swelling and scar tissue and more trouble then I started with . So when u tell me that u are not supposed to bear total weight and that if u fall u fall it worries me as I am not sure that is the real reason the dr. does not want u to bear weight (for fear of u falling) I wonder if he is not also worried about the swelling and scar tissue and somehow he explained but I am a bit slow I must admit, that the more u elevate it the blood supply is better and that the healing is better, now I may be off on the medical stuff as I am not the best and describing things so I hope someone here who is better with this helps with some advice .I am much older then u but it seems interesting that we had done at or around same time. I am glad u arent getting the same types of pains , did the doc tell u that some of the pains u might get are normal healing? Just curious, I still have the jumpy nerve feelings still and the burning god I hate that feeling it seems to be in heel and arch area , I have noticed my toes are not so bad and upper part of foot and no more calf pains,the ankle is kinda tender and tingling a bit but some good some not yet so am hopeful! Yes the crutches are a pain and I ditch them most often I have a walking boot air cast and he told me I can work up to ditching crutches and tomorrow he will see about trying a shoe on me my normal running shoe, I am excited but nervous as I wonder how it will ever work. I to have tried things shouldnt proably I tryed my shoe yea right no way it was not getting on at all, and I tryed standing without the boot only for a second just to see how it would feel, I couldnt noway yet it scared me as there were to many feelings and so the dr. will have to see tomorrow I tried this morning . I have tried to do some things but have found the pain keeps me limited, interesting that u dont seem to say if u are having, I know everyone is different and there most likly are different ways to do the surgery but still interested . Did u have stitiches under your foot to? I have , and then below the ankle I am not sure why under foot he never said of course I did not ask as more thoughts on the healing end. Not a pf release as I had that in april so just wondering if u had it and if they told u why? Sounds as tho u sound hopeful and good so am happy for u as I am trying to remain hopeful also!!!!!! I cant imagine crutches at college lol my son is like on the 10 floor in his dorm they have elevator but still sometimes is to busy and they use stairs. You take care and keep the poitive thoughts going and I will say a prayer for your quick and compleat healing so that u may get back to your fun and sports! Hugs to u and lots of luck, and try to rest that foot some so u dont have any lingering problems with healing!

Re: You had both PF and TTS surgeries?

Jana on 9/12/01 at 16:01 (059995)

You had a PF release in April then TTS release in August? Did you do both of these on the same foot? Why did you choose to do them as to separate procedures and not in the same one? I have a similar predicament and can't decide what to do. I have the same symptoms in both feet. I do not have classic TTS symptoms. No numbness, no tingling, no burning. I have deep throbbing pain in the bottom of my foot just in front of the heel (about an inch and half towards my toes) and I have throbbing pain along the inside ankle area (just below the ankle).

I was diagnosed originally with PF. When I did not improve, we did a nerve conduction study and that came back positive. One doctor says to the PF release and not tarsal tunnel release (because it is so risky). Another doctor says to TTS release and not PF release. Did you have a full PF release or partial?

What were the recovery times for each? I am trying to figure out if I will need to be on short-term disability or not. I worked at a computer and I can work from home. I am just expecting that I will be in so much pain that I will not be able to concentrate or I will be half asleep from pain pills. Hard to know how productive I will be. Any advice?

Re: You had both PF and TTS surgeries?

Tammie on 9/12/01 at 16:59 (060010)

Hi Jana,
I had the pf release and the spur taken care of in april at that time he also had said that I had some nerve stuff going on similar to a carpa tunnel is how he explained it to me. He felt that the pf spur area was the bigger issue and felt that the other was in the area of conservitive measures and thought it was a risk that he would not want to do if not needed, He was not thrilled about any surgery but we were out of ideas and the pain was to much . Little did I ever imagaine another surgery. The first surgery was the min incision on side of foot with a small scar, the healing for me but remember I had this other stuff going on and could not tell what was happining as could not rid my foot and ankle of pain, so continued thru but most likely I did know at about 12 weeks that some was better I could stand on heel and that was not done before the sugery. Things continued with me getting cortisone shots and pt with several different anti inflams with no progress in fact seemed to esculate the pain factors or maybe it was me just tired of fighting.In any case I had the tts release on aug 30 I had stitiches out today and well I cant say it is all healed as no it is not at this point,but hopeful still. My doc says figure 8 to 12 weeks for healing, I had my tennis shoe on today for a bit he put on at office but lots of pain I had to call him by the time I got home so he said to stay in air boot and each day try a little bit to wean foot to my shoe and starting tomorrow after ankle calms down after todays fiasco to try wearing orthodic in my air boot some to so am to work with it and get into shoes but cautioned and said discomfort is normal pain is not . To listen to body. I dont know if I am any help to u I hope so but if I were to do again and remember this is just me and my thoughts I would say do it all and get it over with I would not want 2 surgeries the second was a bit harder on me I think but then another thought would be like I had thought who wants to get a surgery they dont maybe need. In any case it is done for me and it is up to u and your dr. on your case. I think if I could have worked at home on putor I could have done quickly or if I was at a desk at work I could do it at this point for a period of time but not sure so hate to say something I dont know about. I have been told over and over by the dr. the basic healing is in any wheres between 6 to 12 weeks and the rest of the healing can take as long as 6 mnths to a year. Make sure u understand that each is different and that some bounce back quickly and others linger and takes longer to heal and some never heal totaly and some have worse effects. I wish you well with your search and your decision as it truly is very hard to decide what is best for u and have a open mind about it when you are in pain. I wish you luck in your search and hope that you will keep us posted on your condition and what u choose! Please take care and hugssssss to u!

Re: 12 days post-op

Samantha K on 9/13/01 at 07:36 (060094)

Thanks for replying Tammie, I hope that everything is going great with you. My stitches and cast come off tomorrow! Woohoo! I only fell once, and i was VERY sore the rest of the day and the next day. I have started with some burning feeling in my arch and my heel, but like you said, the dr said it was normal. He has told me that i should expect that kind of stuff. But it's just human instinct to catch yourself if you're going up stairs (especially on crutches), on anything possible, and all i had was my bad foot. I haven't noticed anything different since i did fall on it, but it was a big scare.
Ever since i wrote on here, my nerve has been slightly jumpy once in awhile, i guess i should keep my big mouth shut! LOL.
I haven't seen the scar or the stitches yet, I've been a good girl and kept my cast one, no sneak peeks whatsoever. I've been in this cast for awhile just becuase I live 1.5 hours away from home and my doctor, and I don't have classes on friday so all my appointments have to be on friday's.
so....i'm still in this damn cast and I want it off so bad, I can't wait!
Fall softball started yesterday, and it was so hard to sit at the field and watch my teammates having fun, and running around, and doing all the stuff that i love, but i know that this is the best for me, and i think that this surgery actually did some good for me, it'll make me stronger and work harder when the time comes.
I elevate everyday as much as possible, I've been good about that (even when i'm sleeping). in between classes i go into the training room and elevate if i have a break.
thanks for writing and caring, wish me luck tomorrow, i'll keep you posted.
samantha