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Posted by sandy on 10/12/01 at 10:35 (062835)

This anti-inflam celebrex takes swelling down of course but I'm not sure how much of it to take. I'm doing two a day for a couple of weeks and it does help but how long can you take it for without getting a reaction in your stomach and is it better just to take 1 a day for a longer period. Shame the cherry's don't work as that would be good! I also rub voltaren emulgel into the PF but seems just like a massage lubricant really...any horrible side effects from doing that too much? I've been doing that daily for weeks.

Re: Call your doctor

Carmen on 10/12/01 at 12:08 (062850)

You should be in contact with your doctor concerning any meds that aren't over the counter. Call the doc that prescribed it for you or read the script that you should have gotten when you were diagnosed.
I don't recommend using your own or anyone elses judgement on any medication and the dose that's best for you.

Re: celebrex

wendyn on 10/12/01 at 22:11 (062897)

I have to second that. By the comment that you don't know how much to take - I'm guessing that it wasn't prescribed for you. There are certain people who SHOULD NOT take any Celebrex at all. If this has not been prescribed for you - I would not take any. If it has been - call your doctor or pharmacy to find out how many to take.

Re: celebrex

Dr. Zuckerman on 10/13/01 at 00:03 (062904)

NSAID such as celebrex are excellent medications for pain,and any of the conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis, and of course. plantar fasciitis.

Taking them in the improper amount and for the improper time frame is very dangerous to your health. Contact either your doctor or your pharmacist immediately. These drugs can cause kidney damage and fluid retention as well as Gastrointestional ulceration. Great when used correctly very dangerous when not. So give the doctor a call

Re: celebrex (and weight loss)

Carole C on 10/16/01 at 22:57 (063116)

My doctor has had me on Celebrex for a year and a half for osteoarthritis, and it works very well for me. Some people don't respond to it as well as I did, but it's really given me back my life. I have had no side effects whatsoever, except possible a little water retention but not much. While taking Celebrex I've lost 76 pounds, down to 269 now and still losing.

My heel pain only started about a month ago. I don't have the slightest idea of the cause of it yet, but I suspect it is due to the change in my body's balance after losing so much weight. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

I sure hope the heel pain stops because the increased mobility I've attained with Celebrex is very dear to me and it has helped me in my weight loss efforts quite a lot.

Re: celebrex (and weight loss)

nancy s. on 10/17/01 at 03:09 (063123)

hi carole,
your weight loss is fantastic -- congratulations to you!
i never thought about a resulting shift in balance causing heel pain, but no doubt it's possible.
have you seen a doctor about your heel and gotten diagnosed? if not, you should and i hope you will. what kind of shoes do you wear? very important to have the right support for recovery. many of us here have benefited greatly from Birkenstock have you tried them? they're expensive, but well worth it.
be sure to read scott's PF Book at this site (click on it at top of page) -- there is a wealth of info in it, and it will educate you on the many ways to take care of your foot. and please do take care of it, because this thing can become a bear to get over if you don't.
best of luck to you, and please stick around if we can help.
nancy

Re: Thanks!!!!!

Carole C on 10/20/01 at 20:15 (063360)

Nancy,

Thanks for the great response! I didn't expect one so soon.

I am wearing S.A.S. shoes that I bought some years ago, but which just won't wear out. They are pretty good, and comfortable, but it couldn't do any harm to try some Birkenstock (besides, I'm going to need new shoes eventually! LOL). Price is not a problem, especially if the shoes help my heel to feel better. I do feel that 'the ideal shoe' would help a lot even though the shoes I have are pretty good.

I haven't seen a doctor and gotten diagnosed, because it's only been between 1-2 months since it started hurting and I was hoping it would just go away. I have a regular appointment with my rheumatologist soon, and I plan to ask him about it.

In the beginning both heels hurt a lot, but now it seems to be just one heel. Sometimes it hurts so much, and other times not as much. I'm not in as difficult a situation as most of you here, because I can go to work and do a lot of things. But it does seem to discourage me from going to the mall, or to large stores and I have been limping due to my heel. I have started gentle stretches of my ankle and foot in various directions, because after reading some things here I thought that might help.

Since most of the weight that I lost happened to be from my tummy area the balance of my body has shifted considerably.... there's a lot less hanging out in front. To compensate for that, I am trying to bend my knees more when I walk and to let my weight fall more on the ball of my foot.

Thanks for the info about the book; I hadn't noticed it and I will read it when I finish writing.

Carole

Re: Thanks!!!!!

nancy s. on 10/21/01 at 08:20 (063377)

hi carole,
the shift in balance due to changes in body weight reminds me that scott does mention briefly in the PF Book that shifts in balance due to, for example, pregnancy can indeed be a cause of plantar fasciitis. so what you describe may well have been a contributing factor.
i've read pros and cons on this site about sas shoes -- the main con being, i believe, that they can be too soft for some people. and wearing even the best shoes for many years can weaken them where you need to them to be strong and supportive. so for these reasons, i would definitely have a foot doctor check them for whether they're giving you enough support.
if your rheumatologist doesn't seem to know A LOT about plantar fasciitis and other non-rheumatic-caused foot pain, you should see a good sports med. doc, ortho doc, or podiatrist as soon as possible. only one or two months can fast become several months, and the longer you go without proper treatment, the more of a risk you run of the condition becoming chronic or lasting a lot longer than you want it to. many of us here in effect sing this song: 'IF ONLY i had gotten treatment earlier!' and i was one of them.
i hope the stretches you're doing are all non-weight-bearing for the time being. a foot specialist or physical therapist should be able to give you proper exercises for the stage you're at now in this ailment.
that's great that you can work! i assume that means you have a mostly sit-down job?
from your post, i'm assuming you've read the PF Book by now. feel free to post with any specific questions you have after reading it. the foot specialists who take time to answer queries here, and the many people grappling with this condition or who have struggled in the past and are much better now -- all will do everything they can to help you with questions and advice.
good luck to you.
nancy

Re: to Carole C

Suzanne D on 10/23/01 at 20:25 (063500)

Dear Carole,
Congratulations on your weight loss. I am glad your heel pain is not so bad that it does not hinder you from going to work or doing other things; however, I hope that you can get help soon so that it can get better.
I thought I would tell you my experience with SAS shoes. I LOVED them and wore them constantly for at least 10 years or more - the slip-on 'Softie' or sandals while teaching school and a sling-type dress shoe for church. I had several pairs and did buy new ones along the way, but I wore them for a long time as they kept looking fine, and I did not realize how worn they were getting. After developing PF the first of June and learning from this site, I got out these shoes and really looked at them. The slip-ons, particularly, were really worn on the outer side of the heel on each pair. Also, the insides did not feel as if they had any support left in the arch. Although the outside looked fine, I know now they were not any good for my feet. I think they are good, well-made shoes, but I think I wore them much too long, not realizing that the support was gone and how that contributed to my 'walking on the outside of my heel'. I just wanted to share my experience with you. I bought a pair of Birkenstock shoes after reading reapeatedly about them here, and they have helped me a great deal. You won't believe the difference in the way they feel compared to the SAS after you get used to them.
Good luck to you!

Re: to Carole C

Carole C on 10/30/01 at 22:15 (063856)

Thanks for your post! My SAS shoes are pretty worn too. I bought them in 1993, but hardly ever wore them until 1999 and I have worn them nearly every day for the past two years. I really like them. On Saturday I bought heel pad inserts for my shoes, and they do seem to be helping, especially when I'm sitting (my pain is on the back of my heel, which is the part that touches the floor when I'm sitting). Also, I have been taking off my shoes and putting my feet up on the sofa when I'm at home, and trying not to walk as much (I hate that part but it seems to help too).

I looked at the Birkenstock website for locations near me, and there are two. One is a sporting goods place about 15 minutes away (and I am not sure they would have the styles I could wear to work), and there is one other small store about a half hour drive away, too. I definitely plan to check them out! I hope the arch isn't TOO high, because my feet have always been pretty flat and that has not been a problem for me (but high arches hurt me, sometimes).

Work has been very hectic lately, and having a heel that hurts doesn't exactly inspire me to go shopping. However, new shoes could help and I need new ones this year whether they help or not. Thanks for caring.

Carole

Re: to Carole C

Carole C on 10/30/01 at 22:37 (063858)

I've been thinking and thinking, and trying to remember exactly how my heel pain began. Now I remember.

It started on Saturday, September 22nd, when the man I'm dating took me to the mall and I was wearing a pair of new sandals for the first time. He dragged me clear around that mall, and I was determined to keep up with him. The sandals are NOT my SAS shoes; they are a cheap brand. I wore them every day during my visit to see my Mom in Hawaii, from September 25th-Oct. 2. After that, I decided they just aren't shaped right for my feet so I haven't worn them since.

I still have heel pain. I wonder if SAS shoes are even sold, any more. They sure seemed good for my feet until now (and they definitely are getting a bit shabby). They are black leather tie-ups, with a nice squarish/broad toe (my feet do not do well in pointy toed shoes). I haven't seen any in a while and wouldn't know where to get them. Anybody know if they have a website?

Carole

Re: Call your doctor

Carmen on 10/12/01 at 12:08 (062850)

You should be in contact with your doctor concerning any meds that aren't over the counter. Call the doc that prescribed it for you or read the script that you should have gotten when you were diagnosed.
I don't recommend using your own or anyone elses judgement on any medication and the dose that's best for you.

Re: celebrex

wendyn on 10/12/01 at 22:11 (062897)

I have to second that. By the comment that you don't know how much to take - I'm guessing that it wasn't prescribed for you. There are certain people who SHOULD NOT take any Celebrex at all. If this has not been prescribed for you - I would not take any. If it has been - call your doctor or pharmacy to find out how many to take.

Re: celebrex

Dr. Zuckerman on 10/13/01 at 00:03 (062904)

NSAID such as celebrex are excellent medications for pain,and any of the conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis, and of course. plantar fasciitis.

Taking them in the improper amount and for the improper time frame is very dangerous to your health. Contact either your doctor or your pharmacist immediately. These drugs can cause kidney damage and fluid retention as well as Gastrointestional ulceration. Great when used correctly very dangerous when not. So give the doctor a call

Re: celebrex (and weight loss)

Carole C on 10/16/01 at 22:57 (063116)

My doctor has had me on Celebrex for a year and a half for osteoarthritis, and it works very well for me. Some people don't respond to it as well as I did, but it's really given me back my life. I have had no side effects whatsoever, except possible a little water retention but not much. While taking Celebrex I've lost 76 pounds, down to 269 now and still losing.

My heel pain only started about a month ago. I don't have the slightest idea of the cause of it yet, but I suspect it is due to the change in my body's balance after losing so much weight. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

I sure hope the heel pain stops because the increased mobility I've attained with Celebrex is very dear to me and it has helped me in my weight loss efforts quite a lot.

Re: celebrex (and weight loss)

nancy s. on 10/17/01 at 03:09 (063123)

hi carole,
your weight loss is fantastic -- congratulations to you!
i never thought about a resulting shift in balance causing heel pain, but no doubt it's possible.
have you seen a doctor about your heel and gotten diagnosed? if not, you should and i hope you will. what kind of shoes do you wear? very important to have the right support for recovery. many of us here have benefited greatly from Birkenstock have you tried them? they're expensive, but well worth it.
be sure to read scott's PF Book at this site (click on it at top of page) -- there is a wealth of info in it, and it will educate you on the many ways to take care of your foot. and please do take care of it, because this thing can become a bear to get over if you don't.
best of luck to you, and please stick around if we can help.
nancy

Re: Thanks!!!!!

Carole C on 10/20/01 at 20:15 (063360)

Nancy,

Thanks for the great response! I didn't expect one so soon.

I am wearing S.A.S. shoes that I bought some years ago, but which just won't wear out. They are pretty good, and comfortable, but it couldn't do any harm to try some Birkenstock (besides, I'm going to need new shoes eventually! LOL). Price is not a problem, especially if the shoes help my heel to feel better. I do feel that 'the ideal shoe' would help a lot even though the shoes I have are pretty good.

I haven't seen a doctor and gotten diagnosed, because it's only been between 1-2 months since it started hurting and I was hoping it would just go away. I have a regular appointment with my rheumatologist soon, and I plan to ask him about it.

In the beginning both heels hurt a lot, but now it seems to be just one heel. Sometimes it hurts so much, and other times not as much. I'm not in as difficult a situation as most of you here, because I can go to work and do a lot of things. But it does seem to discourage me from going to the mall, or to large stores and I have been limping due to my heel. I have started gentle stretches of my ankle and foot in various directions, because after reading some things here I thought that might help.

Since most of the weight that I lost happened to be from my tummy area the balance of my body has shifted considerably.... there's a lot less hanging out in front. To compensate for that, I am trying to bend my knees more when I walk and to let my weight fall more on the ball of my foot.

Thanks for the info about the book; I hadn't noticed it and I will read it when I finish writing.

Carole

Re: Thanks!!!!!

nancy s. on 10/21/01 at 08:20 (063377)

hi carole,
the shift in balance due to changes in body weight reminds me that scott does mention briefly in the PF Book that shifts in balance due to, for example, pregnancy can indeed be a cause of plantar fasciitis. so what you describe may well have been a contributing factor.
i've read pros and cons on this site about sas shoes -- the main con being, i believe, that they can be too soft for some people. and wearing even the best shoes for many years can weaken them where you need to them to be strong and supportive. so for these reasons, i would definitely have a foot doctor check them for whether they're giving you enough support.
if your rheumatologist doesn't seem to know A LOT about plantar fasciitis and other non-rheumatic-caused foot pain, you should see a good sports med. doc, ortho doc, or podiatrist as soon as possible. only one or two months can fast become several months, and the longer you go without proper treatment, the more of a risk you run of the condition becoming chronic or lasting a lot longer than you want it to. many of us here in effect sing this song: 'IF ONLY i had gotten treatment earlier!' and i was one of them.
i hope the stretches you're doing are all non-weight-bearing for the time being. a foot specialist or physical therapist should be able to give you proper exercises for the stage you're at now in this ailment.
that's great that you can work! i assume that means you have a mostly sit-down job?
from your post, i'm assuming you've read the PF Book by now. feel free to post with any specific questions you have after reading it. the foot specialists who take time to answer queries here, and the many people grappling with this condition or who have struggled in the past and are much better now -- all will do everything they can to help you with questions and advice.
good luck to you.
nancy

Re: to Carole C

Suzanne D on 10/23/01 at 20:25 (063500)

Dear Carole,
Congratulations on your weight loss. I am glad your heel pain is not so bad that it does not hinder you from going to work or doing other things; however, I hope that you can get help soon so that it can get better.
I thought I would tell you my experience with SAS shoes. I LOVED them and wore them constantly for at least 10 years or more - the slip-on 'Softie' or sandals while teaching school and a sling-type dress shoe for church. I had several pairs and did buy new ones along the way, but I wore them for a long time as they kept looking fine, and I did not realize how worn they were getting. After developing PF the first of June and learning from this site, I got out these shoes and really looked at them. The slip-ons, particularly, were really worn on the outer side of the heel on each pair. Also, the insides did not feel as if they had any support left in the arch. Although the outside looked fine, I know now they were not any good for my feet. I think they are good, well-made shoes, but I think I wore them much too long, not realizing that the support was gone and how that contributed to my 'walking on the outside of my heel'. I just wanted to share my experience with you. I bought a pair of Birkenstock shoes after reading reapeatedly about them here, and they have helped me a great deal. You won't believe the difference in the way they feel compared to the SAS after you get used to them.
Good luck to you!

Re: to Carole C

Carole C on 10/30/01 at 22:15 (063856)

Thanks for your post! My SAS shoes are pretty worn too. I bought them in 1993, but hardly ever wore them until 1999 and I have worn them nearly every day for the past two years. I really like them. On Saturday I bought heel pad inserts for my shoes, and they do seem to be helping, especially when I'm sitting (my pain is on the back of my heel, which is the part that touches the floor when I'm sitting). Also, I have been taking off my shoes and putting my feet up on the sofa when I'm at home, and trying not to walk as much (I hate that part but it seems to help too).

I looked at the Birkenstock website for locations near me, and there are two. One is a sporting goods place about 15 minutes away (and I am not sure they would have the styles I could wear to work), and there is one other small store about a half hour drive away, too. I definitely plan to check them out! I hope the arch isn't TOO high, because my feet have always been pretty flat and that has not been a problem for me (but high arches hurt me, sometimes).

Work has been very hectic lately, and having a heel that hurts doesn't exactly inspire me to go shopping. However, new shoes could help and I need new ones this year whether they help or not. Thanks for caring.

Carole

Re: to Carole C

Carole C on 10/30/01 at 22:37 (063858)

I've been thinking and thinking, and trying to remember exactly how my heel pain began. Now I remember.

It started on Saturday, September 22nd, when the man I'm dating took me to the mall and I was wearing a pair of new sandals for the first time. He dragged me clear around that mall, and I was determined to keep up with him. The sandals are NOT my SAS shoes; they are a cheap brand. I wore them every day during my visit to see my Mom in Hawaii, from September 25th-Oct. 2. After that, I decided they just aren't shaped right for my feet so I haven't worn them since.

I still have heel pain. I wonder if SAS shoes are even sold, any more. They sure seemed good for my feet until now (and they definitely are getting a bit shabby). They are black leather tie-ups, with a nice squarish/broad toe (my feet do not do well in pointy toed shoes). I haven't seen any in a while and wouldn't know where to get them. Anybody know if they have a website?

Carole