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PF/Spur Excision Update

Posted by Pam B on 4/23/02 at 13:23 (080834)

Hi all, just posting a progress report since I just got back from the pods office......well as most of you know, my surgery was on 2/6 for the PF and Partial Spur Excision.......the doc and I agree that the surgery was a success......my heel in itself feels better than it has in two years and I could not be happier about it.....however, he is not happy with the ankle problems.....as I posted I have Posterior Tibal Tendonitis and Achilles Tendonitis.....they were both diagnosed prior to surgery but both specialists felt that the down time and the cast would promote healing after surgery for the above conditions......but so far, it would appear that it is not better and maybe even worse than before......in addition to the tendonitis, he suspects Tarsal Tunnel.....he set up an appt for me to see the ankle specialist again on Monday so I will know more then about where we will go from here......although it is not exactly what I would have wanted to happen today, I am extremely happy about my heel surgery......it is such a relief to be able to walk with my foot flat on the floor like normal people.....I will never be sorry for having this surgery performed.....for me it was the answer to a prayer......nothing is worse than putting your foot on the floor and it bringing tears to your eyes......and I know that many of you here know what I am talking about......as for the other conditions, I will just have to wait and see what the specialist says......I pray I wont need more surgery but if I do, there is nothing I can do but accept it and keep a good attitude......I will keep you posted when I know more......I would also like to thank all of you for your continued support......you are all great :)

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

michelec on 4/24/02 at 08:44 (080928)

Glad to hear your surgery was a success Pam! We need all the good news on this board that we can get! Good luck at your appointment with the specialist. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, friend.

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Crystal S on 4/24/02 at 10:04 (080937)

Pam,
So glad to hear about your success with the heel surgery.I hope you don't have to have more surgery too but if you do then you deal with what you are dealt.I am here for you my friend.Always,anytime!!

Love ya,
Crystal

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

john h on 4/24/02 at 14:37 (080973)

I would not be looking at further surgery until you are completely healed from your current surgery and that means about 1 year. TTS can be treated conservatively and I would go that route until your surgery is totally healed.

Re: I agree with the post you made John

Tammie on 4/24/02 at 17:01 (080992)

I agree with John on this one ! Please be careful and allow the healing before you have another surgery! Please think about this for a while, I did that u know , not that others dont have sucess as I know there are always sucess and failures, but please dont be in to of a hurry I would hate to see you do what i did and end up where I am . I have learned also since the foot troubles started, and one was NEVER think that surgery is a promise of a cure even if the DR. says 90% sure it will cure it. You could be in the 10% that it doesnt cure and makes worse. I have never been a gambler and why I chose this time of my life to try it I will never know but Now I would find some other ways first and surgery last! But if you do choose to do the surgery thing please be careful and take your time with the healing ok? I want to hear you keep posting all of your sucess, as it is great to hear positive! So bring it on!

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Jean M on 4/24/02 at 17:20 (080998)

Pam, I am now in my sixth week after having the surgery on my post tib tendon. I actually had scar tissue removed from this tendon as well as the FDL tendon and there was some work done on a nerve as well it was aught up i some scar tissue. Before resorting to this surgery I spent six weeks in a hard cast and another six in a cam boot. While it is really soon to tell I feel that the pain I am experiencing now is more from the surgery than from the tendon. I do have to say the healing process is slow slow slow. I am now going to therapy and have found that most of my forefoot is frozen from all of the immobilization I have had. It is going to take a long time to get the mobility back according to my pt. I am still in an aircast boot and will be for at least three to six more weeks with time to wean into a new orthotic I was just molded for. I can say that I understand your distress in not seeing improvement while you were resting from your previous surgery but you may want to let it really heal before you let anyone start again. After having this surgery I would think long and hard before letting someone operate again so soon. I would want to make sure that I had given this procedure every opportunity to heal and to heal it takes time. I do have to say that while I was casted the symptoms subsided, it just took me awhile to realize and admit that for optimum healing I had to have the surgery. Just give your first surgery every chance to heal first.

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Pam B on 4/24/02 at 20:26 (081009)

Thanks to all of you for your kind words :) since yesterday and time to think about all of this, I am feeling very defeated right now...after eight years of suffering bilaterally with ongoing bouts of one thing or the other my frustration is rising again...I want to assure everyone that I wont rush into anything and I guess my track record shows that since I have suffered for so many years...but I have to tell ya, this is the longest period of time I have been down and out...I even had to quit my job this time...I have spent almost seven months going from one treatment to another in either a cast or a boot unable to even drive my car :( I WANT MY LIFE BACK...my docs are very conservative and will try everything before they get invasive with this stuff...so I guess I am upset cause I know I am not even out of this round and am about to face yet another round of all the same stuff again in an effort to have this crap heal on its own...only to know it will come back when it feels like it :( I am thankful to have this board to come to and vent my frustration in addition to the anger with my feet for hurting all the time...I know you all know how I feel so I came here tonite to vent yet again...I thought I was handling this ok, but I guess it has me more frustrated than I thought yesterday...I hate feeling like this but I am thankful for all of you :)

OK, I am done...at least for now anyway,
Thanks, Pam :)

Re: Pam, if you can't work.....

BrianG on 4/24/02 at 21:23 (081019)

Hi Pam,

I can't remember if you have signed up for SSD, or not. If your PF is so bad that you can't work, it's something to think about. You don't have to be totally disabled for the rest of your life to apply, just unable to work for the next 12 months. Also, if you wait to long, your benifits could go down considerably. The main thing you'll need is a doctor that will go to bat for you. And a good lawyer helps too. Good luck

BrianG

Re: I agree with the post you made John

john h on 4/25/02 at 10:13 (081077)

When I had my PF/TTS surgery some years ago I had never heard of ESWT. The OssaTron had not yet cleared FDA. I do not think I had discovered Heelspurs.Com at the time or even if it was in existence. Being an addicted runner PF really screwed my life up in many ways and I had zero patience. I visited approximately 5 doctors including 2 Podiatrist and 3 Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons. One of the Orthopedic Surgeons informed me she would under no circumstance do a PF release for anyone and she was the major foot specialist at our largest teaching hospital. One other Orthopedic Surgeon said he would not do surgery until I had the problem for at least a year and tried all the conservative measures. The day one year past I scheduled surgery. Fortunately, I had a type of surgery that did not release much fascia and I was not made worse nor was I cured or made much better. If I knew then what I know now I would have waited much longer before surgery and tried a lot of things I had not tried. given their was no ESWT available, that I was aware of, (I had not heard about Canada). I have no regrets about having surgery because I was not willing to accept my condition as it was. Fortunately I did a lot of research on surgery and selected to type of procedure I thought was least likely to harm me. Same with my Doc. I researched his credentials and talked to a lot of other Doctors about who might be the best and most experienced in my area. Surgery is an option but in my opinion only after you have tried ESWT and the many other conservative measures. Choose your surgeon wisely and beware the guy who wants to perform surgery after only one or two visits.

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Jean M on 4/25/02 at 14:26 (081105)

I do hope that my post didn't upset you. I understand your frustration about not having your life. I am just beginning to get mine back after over a year and it is slow going. From reading your posts it sounds like your going to make the best decision for you and thats what is most important. I do hope that after your appointment you get good news and maybe can find a way to promote the tendon healing without surgery. I have read many of your posts and you have been so supportive of others, hang in there through this and I am sure the many hearts you have touched with a kind word will be here for you to do the same. God Bless......

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Pam B on 4/25/02 at 21:36 (081140)

Oh no Jean, your post didnt upset.....I just wanted everyone to know that I will not rush into anything.......I didnt want anyone to forget that I have put up with this for eight years already and that I have no intention of rushing to another surgery, but I guess my frustration wrote the post.......also, my docs are very conservative and I know they wont either......I believe I see physical therapy in my future :) I am not sure what else may help but I will try it if I have too....the pod mentioned injections but I am not keen on that since I have had the four since fall for the PF.....as far as the TTS, I pray I dont have that.....I guess I am just so tired of hurting and waiting for the hurt to stop and I know there are others out there worse off than me, but I guess I was just in a pity me mood yesterday :( I am better today though.....sometimes my anxiety gets the best of me......I have other health issues and I guess that is what happened yesterday, they all came together at once......I hate when that happens :):):) but, I am fine and I am glad I have all of you to come to when I need a reality check.....thank you for your response and thank you for caring enough to respond again.....it is the compassion such as yours that makes me glad I have heelspurs.com......there are so many good people here and they all understand.....I know you know, this place is a god sent :) Thank you again and you are in my prayers

Re: I agree with the post you made John

Pam B on 4/25/02 at 21:47 (081142)

ESWT is not an option with my insurance....nor can I afford it......so I have to do what is within my reach when the time comes to make that decision........I wont rush, but I wont put up with this pain forever either.....eight years is a long time an even as much as I dont want to do surgery again, I will if I have too.......today was a new day and I have decided not to let this get me down till I have seen the specialist.....I have every confidence in my pod and he knows how I feel about surgery.....I think he is more concerned that the tendonitis has not responded to the rest and the casting the way they had hoped so he wants me to be treated now that the heel is pretty much pain free.....I thank you for the insight from your experience and appreciate all of you more than words can say.........from the bottom of my heart, thank you :)

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

michelec on 4/26/02 at 11:09 (081187)

Pam, Dear Friend, I hope you are feeling better today. Don't give up. The frustration gets to all of us at one time or another. That's the wonderful thing about this board. You can come here, vent, and nobody takes it personally. We all have been there, or most of us. Keep your spirits up.

Re: Pam I am worried about you,

Tammie on 4/26/02 at 16:19 (081219)

I really understand what you are saying and feeling I honestly do ! I was there and the situation was simialar, tho not as long as you . * yrs is a very long time I agree but forever is much longer!I also had confidence in my pod and believed every word he said including the % of sucess. I am obviously in the other %. I am not against the surgery really as I did it and i would maybe do it again knowing what I know now but there are a couple of things I would do differently. Please excuse my spelling I am awful and typos!

First I would find a pain management Dr. to help me with the pain and the not sleeping issues, which in fact can slow your recovery.I then would reveal to my Dr. that I feel depressed as it has been a long haul and it is understandable that one would have feelings , as chronic long term pain is very difficult to deal with. The ups and downs are very stressful not to mention the changes one has in there lives. After I addressed those issues and I got some much needed pain free days and SLEEP lol I would be ready to discuss and research and try any conservative thing I could. After that I would discuss the surgery and research it very good. Be equipped with knowledge and then get a couple other opioions then I would compare wht was said and the person I believe and have the most confidence I would bare my heart and soul to him telling him what worries me asking all the things I wished I had done and wrote them down so I would not forget! I also would ask if I might read my records as they can be very revealing, also at that time i can see just how much he heard of what I told him. I have found in my own records I wish I had requested them much sooner, but who thinks of that .

After all of that I would decide at that time and then know in my heart and soul that this was the last step to try and not get overly worried about things and prepare myself to the long recover that it seems to take. Then I would feel that all the best things had been tryed and know that I had to take the care to make this healing the best possible! I am glad and encouraged that your heel feels better, but i must say cautiously that mine did to but it is almost a year later and guess what I can not walk on my heel at all I walk on my toes and even with that it is difficult to walk at all,If you like read back on some of my posts. It may be my fault I couldnt tell you , and I did have the tts surgery about 4 months after the heel, whether or not that was the difference or if there are other troubles also I could not honestly say as I am not a Dr.

You are a sweet lady and I promise i am not trying to discourage you at all as I know there are alot of sucess cases out there. I really do . I jsut want you to learn and here all tho. So that if YOU choose to do this you will know the real chances and know that you could be in the % it does not help. I would not wish that on you or any one else. But I want to know that you are aware of it.I am very confident that you will do the best for you and your body as we all try to do the best. So when and if you decide surgery is the way you choose to go , I will and I know that every one here will be behind you 100%!!!!!! It is always a choice as it is your body and you know it better then anyone else. So you go girl and find your answers and I sure hope you are the new one on the board who says guess what, ( my feet are feeling great) It would give me the best smile that You ever could imagine as i so want my friends to find happiness in there feet, which also effects there life! A huge hug to you and Keep posting . Please dont take my post the wrong way. I feel like I keep fearing that someone like me might jump before looking just to get the chance of getting back there former feet and life ! Take care

Re: Thank you Tammie

Pam B on 4/26/02 at 21:15 (081249)

Your words have been taken to heart :) I am going to be very careful.....the first thing I am doing is saying extra prayers for the appt on Monday......I hope that I am lucky and that conservative treatment will work for me......I have not misunderstood your words and your post was heartfelt.....it is nice to know I have so many friends that understand my feelings both physical and mental......in addition to the foot stuff I am also being treated for anxiety and high blood pressure so the meds kinda clash with each other and some days I dont know if I should feel good or be depressed :) but I am a survivor and I will hang tuff......thank you again for you concern and your prayers......I will keep you posted.....I will be here when I come from the specialist on Monday......:) thanks again, it was sweet of you to take the time to share with me

Re: You guys are all great :)

Pam B on 4/26/02 at 21:21 (081250)

Thanks to each and every one of you for your concern and advice......it is so nice to have a place to come where we can just let loose......I am feeling better today and partly because of the support I get from coming here....it is a support system that cannot be replaced......only we can truely understand what this feels like and how it affects our emotions and our lives......the angels have brought us all together to help each other and I am thankful because it is no small miracle :) thanks guys :):):) your kindness is very comforting

Re: You guys are all great :)

Laurie R on 4/27/02 at 00:30 (081273)

Here is an extra special hug for my friend Pam....Plus extra prayers going your way for Monday's appointment , I will be waiting to here how it goes .
Much love to you always , Laurie R

((((((((((((((((((((PAM))))))))))))))))))))

Re: You guys are all great :)

Pam B on 4/27/02 at 08:34 (081296)

Thank you mama :) I felt that one :):)

Back at ya {{{{{{{{Laurie}}}}}}}}}

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

michelec on 4/24/02 at 08:44 (080928)

Glad to hear your surgery was a success Pam! We need all the good news on this board that we can get! Good luck at your appointment with the specialist. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, friend.

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Crystal S on 4/24/02 at 10:04 (080937)

Pam,
So glad to hear about your success with the heel surgery.I hope you don't have to have more surgery too but if you do then you deal with what you are dealt.I am here for you my friend.Always,anytime!!

Love ya,
Crystal

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

john h on 4/24/02 at 14:37 (080973)

I would not be looking at further surgery until you are completely healed from your current surgery and that means about 1 year. TTS can be treated conservatively and I would go that route until your surgery is totally healed.

Re: I agree with the post you made John

Tammie on 4/24/02 at 17:01 (080992)

I agree with John on this one ! Please be careful and allow the healing before you have another surgery! Please think about this for a while, I did that u know , not that others dont have sucess as I know there are always sucess and failures, but please dont be in to of a hurry I would hate to see you do what i did and end up where I am . I have learned also since the foot troubles started, and one was NEVER think that surgery is a promise of a cure even if the DR. says 90% sure it will cure it. You could be in the 10% that it doesnt cure and makes worse. I have never been a gambler and why I chose this time of my life to try it I will never know but Now I would find some other ways first and surgery last! But if you do choose to do the surgery thing please be careful and take your time with the healing ok? I want to hear you keep posting all of your sucess, as it is great to hear positive! So bring it on!

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Jean M on 4/24/02 at 17:20 (080998)

Pam, I am now in my sixth week after having the surgery on my post tib tendon. I actually had scar tissue removed from this tendon as well as the FDL tendon and there was some work done on a nerve as well it was aught up i some scar tissue. Before resorting to this surgery I spent six weeks in a hard cast and another six in a cam boot. While it is really soon to tell I feel that the pain I am experiencing now is more from the surgery than from the tendon. I do have to say the healing process is slow slow slow. I am now going to therapy and have found that most of my forefoot is frozen from all of the immobilization I have had. It is going to take a long time to get the mobility back according to my pt. I am still in an aircast boot and will be for at least three to six more weeks with time to wean into a new orthotic I was just molded for. I can say that I understand your distress in not seeing improvement while you were resting from your previous surgery but you may want to let it really heal before you let anyone start again. After having this surgery I would think long and hard before letting someone operate again so soon. I would want to make sure that I had given this procedure every opportunity to heal and to heal it takes time. I do have to say that while I was casted the symptoms subsided, it just took me awhile to realize and admit that for optimum healing I had to have the surgery. Just give your first surgery every chance to heal first.

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Pam B on 4/24/02 at 20:26 (081009)

Thanks to all of you for your kind words :) since yesterday and time to think about all of this, I am feeling very defeated right now...after eight years of suffering bilaterally with ongoing bouts of one thing or the other my frustration is rising again...I want to assure everyone that I wont rush into anything and I guess my track record shows that since I have suffered for so many years...but I have to tell ya, this is the longest period of time I have been down and out...I even had to quit my job this time...I have spent almost seven months going from one treatment to another in either a cast or a boot unable to even drive my car :( I WANT MY LIFE BACK...my docs are very conservative and will try everything before they get invasive with this stuff...so I guess I am upset cause I know I am not even out of this round and am about to face yet another round of all the same stuff again in an effort to have this crap heal on its own...only to know it will come back when it feels like it :( I am thankful to have this board to come to and vent my frustration in addition to the anger with my feet for hurting all the time...I know you all know how I feel so I came here tonite to vent yet again...I thought I was handling this ok, but I guess it has me more frustrated than I thought yesterday...I hate feeling like this but I am thankful for all of you :)

OK, I am done...at least for now anyway,
Thanks, Pam :)

Re: Pam, if you can't work.....

BrianG on 4/24/02 at 21:23 (081019)

Hi Pam,

I can't remember if you have signed up for SSD, or not. If your PF is so bad that you can't work, it's something to think about. You don't have to be totally disabled for the rest of your life to apply, just unable to work for the next 12 months. Also, if you wait to long, your benifits could go down considerably. The main thing you'll need is a doctor that will go to bat for you. And a good lawyer helps too. Good luck

BrianG

Re: I agree with the post you made John

john h on 4/25/02 at 10:13 (081077)

When I had my PF/TTS surgery some years ago I had never heard of ESWT. The OssaTron had not yet cleared FDA. I do not think I had discovered Heelspurs.Com at the time or even if it was in existence. Being an addicted runner PF really screwed my life up in many ways and I had zero patience. I visited approximately 5 doctors including 2 Podiatrist and 3 Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons. One of the Orthopedic Surgeons informed me she would under no circumstance do a PF release for anyone and she was the major foot specialist at our largest teaching hospital. One other Orthopedic Surgeon said he would not do surgery until I had the problem for at least a year and tried all the conservative measures. The day one year past I scheduled surgery. Fortunately, I had a type of surgery that did not release much fascia and I was not made worse nor was I cured or made much better. If I knew then what I know now I would have waited much longer before surgery and tried a lot of things I had not tried. given their was no ESWT available, that I was aware of, (I had not heard about Canada). I have no regrets about having surgery because I was not willing to accept my condition as it was. Fortunately I did a lot of research on surgery and selected to type of procedure I thought was least likely to harm me. Same with my Doc. I researched his credentials and talked to a lot of other Doctors about who might be the best and most experienced in my area. Surgery is an option but in my opinion only after you have tried ESWT and the many other conservative measures. Choose your surgeon wisely and beware the guy who wants to perform surgery after only one or two visits.

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Jean M on 4/25/02 at 14:26 (081105)

I do hope that my post didn't upset you. I understand your frustration about not having your life. I am just beginning to get mine back after over a year and it is slow going. From reading your posts it sounds like your going to make the best decision for you and thats what is most important. I do hope that after your appointment you get good news and maybe can find a way to promote the tendon healing without surgery. I have read many of your posts and you have been so supportive of others, hang in there through this and I am sure the many hearts you have touched with a kind word will be here for you to do the same. God Bless......

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

Pam B on 4/25/02 at 21:36 (081140)

Oh no Jean, your post didnt upset.....I just wanted everyone to know that I will not rush into anything.......I didnt want anyone to forget that I have put up with this for eight years already and that I have no intention of rushing to another surgery, but I guess my frustration wrote the post.......also, my docs are very conservative and I know they wont either......I believe I see physical therapy in my future :) I am not sure what else may help but I will try it if I have too....the pod mentioned injections but I am not keen on that since I have had the four since fall for the PF.....as far as the TTS, I pray I dont have that.....I guess I am just so tired of hurting and waiting for the hurt to stop and I know there are others out there worse off than me, but I guess I was just in a pity me mood yesterday :( I am better today though.....sometimes my anxiety gets the best of me......I have other health issues and I guess that is what happened yesterday, they all came together at once......I hate when that happens :):):) but, I am fine and I am glad I have all of you to come to when I need a reality check.....thank you for your response and thank you for caring enough to respond again.....it is the compassion such as yours that makes me glad I have heelspurs.com......there are so many good people here and they all understand.....I know you know, this place is a god sent :) Thank you again and you are in my prayers

Re: I agree with the post you made John

Pam B on 4/25/02 at 21:47 (081142)

ESWT is not an option with my insurance....nor can I afford it......so I have to do what is within my reach when the time comes to make that decision........I wont rush, but I wont put up with this pain forever either.....eight years is a long time an even as much as I dont want to do surgery again, I will if I have too.......today was a new day and I have decided not to let this get me down till I have seen the specialist.....I have every confidence in my pod and he knows how I feel about surgery.....I think he is more concerned that the tendonitis has not responded to the rest and the casting the way they had hoped so he wants me to be treated now that the heel is pretty much pain free.....I thank you for the insight from your experience and appreciate all of you more than words can say.........from the bottom of my heart, thank you :)

Re: PF/Spur Excision Update

michelec on 4/26/02 at 11:09 (081187)

Pam, Dear Friend, I hope you are feeling better today. Don't give up. The frustration gets to all of us at one time or another. That's the wonderful thing about this board. You can come here, vent, and nobody takes it personally. We all have been there, or most of us. Keep your spirits up.

Re: Pam I am worried about you,

Tammie on 4/26/02 at 16:19 (081219)

I really understand what you are saying and feeling I honestly do ! I was there and the situation was simialar, tho not as long as you . * yrs is a very long time I agree but forever is much longer!I also had confidence in my pod and believed every word he said including the % of sucess. I am obviously in the other %. I am not against the surgery really as I did it and i would maybe do it again knowing what I know now but there are a couple of things I would do differently. Please excuse my spelling I am awful and typos!

First I would find a pain management Dr. to help me with the pain and the not sleeping issues, which in fact can slow your recovery.I then would reveal to my Dr. that I feel depressed as it has been a long haul and it is understandable that one would have feelings , as chronic long term pain is very difficult to deal with. The ups and downs are very stressful not to mention the changes one has in there lives. After I addressed those issues and I got some much needed pain free days and SLEEP lol I would be ready to discuss and research and try any conservative thing I could. After that I would discuss the surgery and research it very good. Be equipped with knowledge and then get a couple other opioions then I would compare wht was said and the person I believe and have the most confidence I would bare my heart and soul to him telling him what worries me asking all the things I wished I had done and wrote them down so I would not forget! I also would ask if I might read my records as they can be very revealing, also at that time i can see just how much he heard of what I told him. I have found in my own records I wish I had requested them much sooner, but who thinks of that .

After all of that I would decide at that time and then know in my heart and soul that this was the last step to try and not get overly worried about things and prepare myself to the long recover that it seems to take. Then I would feel that all the best things had been tryed and know that I had to take the care to make this healing the best possible! I am glad and encouraged that your heel feels better, but i must say cautiously that mine did to but it is almost a year later and guess what I can not walk on my heel at all I walk on my toes and even with that it is difficult to walk at all,If you like read back on some of my posts. It may be my fault I couldnt tell you , and I did have the tts surgery about 4 months after the heel, whether or not that was the difference or if there are other troubles also I could not honestly say as I am not a Dr.

You are a sweet lady and I promise i am not trying to discourage you at all as I know there are alot of sucess cases out there. I really do . I jsut want you to learn and here all tho. So that if YOU choose to do this you will know the real chances and know that you could be in the % it does not help. I would not wish that on you or any one else. But I want to know that you are aware of it.I am very confident that you will do the best for you and your body as we all try to do the best. So when and if you decide surgery is the way you choose to go , I will and I know that every one here will be behind you 100%!!!!!! It is always a choice as it is your body and you know it better then anyone else. So you go girl and find your answers and I sure hope you are the new one on the board who says guess what, ( my feet are feeling great) It would give me the best smile that You ever could imagine as i so want my friends to find happiness in there feet, which also effects there life! A huge hug to you and Keep posting . Please dont take my post the wrong way. I feel like I keep fearing that someone like me might jump before looking just to get the chance of getting back there former feet and life ! Take care

Re: Thank you Tammie

Pam B on 4/26/02 at 21:15 (081249)

Your words have been taken to heart :) I am going to be very careful.....the first thing I am doing is saying extra prayers for the appt on Monday......I hope that I am lucky and that conservative treatment will work for me......I have not misunderstood your words and your post was heartfelt.....it is nice to know I have so many friends that understand my feelings both physical and mental......in addition to the foot stuff I am also being treated for anxiety and high blood pressure so the meds kinda clash with each other and some days I dont know if I should feel good or be depressed :) but I am a survivor and I will hang tuff......thank you again for you concern and your prayers......I will keep you posted.....I will be here when I come from the specialist on Monday......:) thanks again, it was sweet of you to take the time to share with me

Re: You guys are all great :)

Pam B on 4/26/02 at 21:21 (081250)

Thanks to each and every one of you for your concern and advice......it is so nice to have a place to come where we can just let loose......I am feeling better today and partly because of the support I get from coming here....it is a support system that cannot be replaced......only we can truely understand what this feels like and how it affects our emotions and our lives......the angels have brought us all together to help each other and I am thankful because it is no small miracle :) thanks guys :):):) your kindness is very comforting

Re: You guys are all great :)

Laurie R on 4/27/02 at 00:30 (081273)

Here is an extra special hug for my friend Pam....Plus extra prayers going your way for Monday's appointment , I will be waiting to here how it goes .
Much love to you always , Laurie R

((((((((((((((((((((PAM))))))))))))))))))))

Re: You guys are all great :)

Pam B on 4/27/02 at 08:34 (081296)

Thank you mama :) I felt that one :):)

Back at ya {{{{{{{{Laurie}}}}}}}}}