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Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

Posted by Crystal S on 3/23/02 at 21:34 (077352)

Hi Everyone,
Well I have going to the PT and unfortunately it is not helping at all on the surgery foot.I think the other is getting some benefit from it though. One day my therapist was massaging my surgery foot and I was reduced to tears the pain was so awful.It also sends pins and needles sensations throughout my whole foot and sometimes causes it to go completely numb.Even my therapist thinks my foot is a mess.I really do not want to continue with this because the pain is to bad.I called my new docs office and they got me an appointment to come in on the 28th.I am sure we will be discussing a repeat surgery.I am so scared at this prospect but it is my last resort.This time we have tried everything unlike the last time.If it is an entrapped nerve,excessive scar tissue and lord knows what else I guess it won't get any better unless they go fix it anyway right?

I have also contacted the attorneys at footlaw.com and I sent them my medical records and they have accepted my case.They have already contacted an attorney in my city and I have given them my records to review also.I will meet with them probably week after next as one of the attorneys is going out of town.I picked up my records from my old doc who did the surgery and I was shocked at the discrepancies and down right lies in my records.Plus they didn't even give me all of them.All of my post op records were missing,the ones where I was having so much trouble.They apparantly mysteriously dissapeared.The only post op record was the very last time that I saw him and it had at the top 'feeling better' like that is what I had told them.Yeah right,I never said that at all because I haven't felt better yet.He also said in the pre surgery records that I requested the surgery and that all risks,complications,chance of failure,etc were discussed and that I understood it all.That really pissed me off. He never told me anything at all.So I will go from here and see what happens.I will say this for a fact though if it is within my power and the power of my attorneys he will pay for what he has done.This guy gives a decent podiatrist a bad name.He has been sued before and screwed up other peoples feet.I have actually talked to a lady that sued him and he is not a nice person.He tried to get her to drop her case and tried to get her to write him a letter saying how much money she wanted so he could get her for blackmail and many other things.If I can help it he won't get away with this again though.

So on to advice part (yes I actually had some).....my advice to anyone who is considering surgery is:

1.Check out your doc!
2.Know his technique..for ex. where he does his incision,how long he has you non weight bearing,etc.
3.Get a 2nd opinion
4.Get a 3rd opinion
5.Exhaust ALL resources before having surgery and find out on your own that you have,don't necessarily believe the doc when he says that you have.
6.Ask questions...as many as you can think of!
7.And last but certainly not least check out heel spurs and ask questions and read as much as you can about the condition and all possible options.
8.Then if all of this doesn't work...then go ahead and have surgery because I know that it can and does have sucessful outcomes.

All of this I have learned the hard way.I didn't know anything at all about PF and heel spurs and didn't know heelspurs.com was even out there. I trusted a doc who said that he couldn't do anything else to help me and that we had exhausted all resources,so surgery was all that was left. I now know that it was NOT true and there were many other things that we could have tried.So please anyone who reads this...learn from my experience and be informed,educated and prepared and when you think you are prepared...well prepare some more. Take care all! I will let you know how this goes.

Blessings,
Crystal

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

Pauline on 3/23/02 at 22:01 (077355)

Crystal,
I'm certainly sorry to hear your story and there are probably lots more just like yours. I hope the advice you put in print will be taken seriously by all those considering surgery. You certainly have been through a lot and still no light at the end of the tunnel.

I hope you will be able to find someone to provide pain relief and a total cure in the very near future. At least for now you've found someone that will listen and that means a lot. Wishing you the very best.

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

John k on 3/24/02 at 08:20 (077382)

Crystal
What you learned the hard way I hope I can benefit from in my times of weakness when I just want to let someone cut to save my job. I did not let them cut and lost job anyway. If it does not sound right don't let them treat you.

Re: Pain management ideas

BrianG on 3/24/02 at 11:49 (077395)

Hi Crystal,

I'm sorry to hear the way your surgery is playing out. I hope the guys at Footlaw will take care of you. Are you seeing anyone for your pain? There are many of us seeing pain management specialists, or working with our own doctors to relieve our pain. With the right combination of meds, you will probably be able to hold off on any additional surgery, until you are sure you have the right man to do the job. If you have some time, take a look at this web site: http://www.pain.com

Near the bottom of the home page, you will find a link to pain management clinics in your area. Just like all professions, there are good, and not so good, people in this field. Help is out there, believe me. Sometimes you just need a little luck finding the right person who will listen to you, and have compassion at the the same time. I wish you the best with everythng coming up.

BrianG

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

Linda on 3/24/02 at 13:25 (077402)

I am so sorry to hear about your bad experience with your PF surgery. I had surgery in December (14) for Fascia release,heelspur removal,and Tarsal Tunnel Release. I have had a very positive outcome. I am about 95% back to normal, but I am having the same surgery on my other foot this friday. I put up with Plantar Fasciitis,and heel spurs since 1994,and the pain just got too much to bear. I hope you find a way to get better. I do agree with a second opinion, plus make sure the doctor tries everything before surgery---my doc used it as a last resort.

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

RileyS on 4/10/02 at 10:56 (079055)

Hi Crystal; Would you mind telling me what state you live in? It sounds like we may have the same doctor, as your story could have been written by me. I am also looking into legal options. Thanks.

Re: Pain management ideas

john h on 4/11/02 at 11:40 (079239)

Brian: Can you share with what pain meds you are using that help your feet?

Re: Pain management ideas

BrianG on 4/11/02 at 22:38 (079375)

John, let's just say that it is a coctail of meds. I have probably tried 15 different meds, from Pods, to Neurologists, to my family doc. It took a few years, but I'm now sort of comfertable. I can't work, but I really think I would be close to bedridden if I didn't take what I'm currantly on. I hate to give out what is working for me, because someone else would most likely need something different. We all feel pain diferently, as well as percieving it diferently. I'm hoping to taper down in the next couple of months. More on that soon!

BrianG

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

Pauline on 3/23/02 at 22:01 (077355)

Crystal,
I'm certainly sorry to hear your story and there are probably lots more just like yours. I hope the advice you put in print will be taken seriously by all those considering surgery. You certainly have been through a lot and still no light at the end of the tunnel.

I hope you will be able to find someone to provide pain relief and a total cure in the very near future. At least for now you've found someone that will listen and that means a lot. Wishing you the very best.

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

John k on 3/24/02 at 08:20 (077382)

Crystal
What you learned the hard way I hope I can benefit from in my times of weakness when I just want to let someone cut to save my job. I did not let them cut and lost job anyway. If it does not sound right don't let them treat you.

Re: Pain management ideas

BrianG on 3/24/02 at 11:49 (077395)

Hi Crystal,

I'm sorry to hear the way your surgery is playing out. I hope the guys at Footlaw will take care of you. Are you seeing anyone for your pain? There are many of us seeing pain management specialists, or working with our own doctors to relieve our pain. With the right combination of meds, you will probably be able to hold off on any additional surgery, until you are sure you have the right man to do the job. If you have some time, take a look at this web site: http://www.pain.com

Near the bottom of the home page, you will find a link to pain management clinics in your area. Just like all professions, there are good, and not so good, people in this field. Help is out there, believe me. Sometimes you just need a little luck finding the right person who will listen to you, and have compassion at the the same time. I wish you the best with everythng coming up.

BrianG

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

Linda on 3/24/02 at 13:25 (077402)

I am so sorry to hear about your bad experience with your PF surgery. I had surgery in December (14) for Fascia release,heelspur removal,and Tarsal Tunnel Release. I have had a very positive outcome. I am about 95% back to normal, but I am having the same surgery on my other foot this friday. I put up with Plantar Fasciitis,and heel spurs since 1994,and the pain just got too much to bear. I hope you find a way to get better. I do agree with a second opinion, plus make sure the doctor tries everything before surgery---my doc used it as a last resort.

Re: Update on me and advice for anyone considering PF surgery...

RileyS on 4/10/02 at 10:56 (079055)

Hi Crystal; Would you mind telling me what state you live in? It sounds like we may have the same doctor, as your story could have been written by me. I am also looking into legal options. Thanks.

Re: Pain management ideas

john h on 4/11/02 at 11:40 (079239)

Brian: Can you share with what pain meds you are using that help your feet?

Re: Pain management ideas

BrianG on 4/11/02 at 22:38 (079375)

John, let's just say that it is a coctail of meds. I have probably tried 15 different meds, from Pods, to Neurologists, to my family doc. It took a few years, but I'm now sort of comfertable. I can't work, but I really think I would be close to bedridden if I didn't take what I'm currantly on. I hate to give out what is working for me, because someone else would most likely need something different. We all feel pain diferently, as well as percieving it diferently. I'm hoping to taper down in the next couple of months. More on that soon!

BrianG