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Some good stories - Encouragement

Posted by Monte on 5/13/02 at 20:13 (083752)

I have recently learned that a few people that I know very well have had bad PF and are better! (1) A girl friend of mine got it out of the blue and it cripple her in both feet for about 18 months. She was ready to quit her job and cried most of the day. She is in great shape. She claims to have gotten better with Rolfing massages, rest and time. Now 100% better. (2) Another girl friend (very overweight and flat foot) had it for 2 years in both feet to the point of being bed ridden for days at a time. She wanted her feet cut off. She wound up getting 99% better with time. (3) A guy friend had it in one foot for 9 months (what a walk in the park that must be) and he got 100% better with stretches and rest.
(4)Found out my own sister couldn't put both of her feet on the floor for a year and she recovered 100%. She never told me she was battling that. This is all encouraging news. These were just PF cases. No other conditions present at the time. These people never came to HS.com to post about their problem so we never would know about their success stories. But it does happen! This made me feel better and hope it lends some hope to everyone reading this. Good things will come to us. It will be at different times and to different degrees, but it will come.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Carole C in NOLA on 5/13/02 at 20:45 (083759)

It is nice to hear such encouraging stories! I was also very surprised and encouraged when one of the doctors here told me that just about all of his PF patients recover 100%.

I always felt sure that I'd get at least somewhat better eventually (weeks? months? years?), and in fact I'm almost completely recovered now, but it didn't seem possible that actually I'd have a chance of getting all the way to 100%. Apparently it is quite possible and even probable that we will completely heal!

Carole C

Re: Thanks for the postive stories...Yey!

Ellen J. on 5/14/02 at 10:22 (083823)

Hi,
I feel better today after reading the post on the people who all recovered. It made me less fearful that I may never hike or bike again. I did decide to give up on the idea of running again, as it wouldn't be worth getting P.F. again (assuming I do recover).
Thank you for the stories with the happy endings!
Ellen

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Sharon W on 5/14/02 at 11:03 (083827)

Monte,

I, too, have had several people tell me they got PF at one point and are now 100%(or nearly 100%) better. My sister, her daughter-in-law, one of the physical therapists where I was getting treatment...

I think I just never noticed these things before because I paid little serious attention to feet or to foot problems, and those who HAVE problems with their feet rarely ever talk about it to people who wouldn't understand. I know that I usually avoid talking about it at all to my neighbors, old acquaintances, etc. because I don't want them to think I'm just 'whining and carrying on' about sore feet! And I figure I'm probably not the ONLY one who feels that way...

Anyway, I agree, It's GREAT to hear some positive, success stories now and then. I especially appreciate those who have posted on heelspurs in the past and (even though their lives have gotten back to normal and they really have no need to do this anymore) they take the time to write an occasional post, to help others like me realize that our future prospects are not as bleak as they may sometimes seem! I especially appreciate those who have had successful foot SURGERY and take the time to do this every couple of months, just so the surgery failures are not the ONLY ones we ever hear about. We do need to hear encouraging stories OF ALL KINDS about treatments that have been successful, and people who have gotten better in the end!

OOps, guess I got really long-winded there. Anyway, Monte and Carole, thanks for sharing these tales of success!

-- Sharon

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Mahatmelissama on 5/14/02 at 11:08 (083828)

Just wanted to say that I did NOT have very much foot pain when I got of bed this morning. For me, that is a BIG THING!
I am breaking in new adjustment and still have soreness standing.

I need these stories...keep them coming. They make my day! Thx

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

monte on 5/14/02 at 11:22 (083833)

I too do not discuss my condition with everyone. It is too much to explain. But word gets out here and there and people begin to understand. As long as we remember that many do recover...then we have something to strive for.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Carole C in NOLA on 5/14/02 at 14:31 (083850)

Yay, Melissa!

Keep doing whatever's helping. Sounds like you are making progress. :)

Carole C

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

john h on 5/14/02 at 16:48 (083877)

Monte: I must remember to stay away from you! You sound like a PF carrier! Facts are 90% of the six million or so who get PF each year are 'cured' with conservative treatment in a short time. The other 10% stumble around like you and me looking for the elusive cure and some of the 10% do in fact find a cure or spontaneously are cured even after some years.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Monte on 5/14/02 at 19:27 (083912)

John...don't worry, i won't rub off on you. Unless I get 100% cured..then you will want me around all the time. How have you been? Just had my first Donier treatment. Fingers are crossed.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

john h on 5/14/02 at 22:00 (083950)

Monte: Compared to many of you I am fine. That does not mean I do not want to be better or even cured. Since this all started 7-8 years ago I am much better and if I have to I can live with the present cards I have. I shall keep on trying to get better. I can walk a few miles a day several times a week, walk the malls, mow the yard, hike up a hill. It hurts sometimes but I do not know if I would have what it takes to make it on crutches, lose my job, or have many of the very terrible things that many of you have to contend with. There are some real heroes on this board.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

monte on 5/15/02 at 09:22 (084004)

I am glad you are better. Do you think time did it for you or was it the other treatments including the ESWT? I just had the Donier and am hoping it speeds my recovery. It seems that in all the cases I wrote about...time was the factor. None of those people knew about this site, night splints or ESWT. Infact some of them never did stretches. Do you ever wake up painfree and remain that way throughout the day? Does it still hurt to stand in once place?

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

yasmin on 5/15/02 at 17:58 (084065)

thanks for the encouraging stories monte. I've has PF for about a year now, and it can get me really down. I have a 2 year old to look after and I am doing a masters course as well! I've had treatment, and its definatley brought the swelling down and most of the pain, but its not 100%. The docter told me I have to live with it!! Theres nothing more he can do. But I am going to be positive and try some stretching exercises and hopefully it will go!

Be positive everyone!

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Monte on 5/15/02 at 19:44 (084080)

Yasmin...It is good that you have gotten some relief and the inflammation has gone down a bit. What kind of a doctor did you go to? Be careful beginning any stretching routine. Go gently and slow. Glad you like the stories...so do I.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

yasmin on 5/16/02 at 11:04 (084147)

monte,

I live in the UK, my docter is a rhemotologist! (I think I spelt that right). He gave me steroid shots (2), although this has taken most of the pain away, there is still some aching and soreness, so its not 100% better, and its still very uncomfortable. When I saw him in private he was sympathic and helpful, hence the shots, but when I saw him on the NHS (British free health care) he didn't seem that bothered and told me i would to deal with it!

I feel paranoid that the pain will strike again at any moment. I am going to see if i can get an appointment with another specialist who runs a foot clinic in London. This is such a drag isn't it? What treatment did you receive? Also I find ice tends to make it worse, have u had this experience?
yasmin

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Carole C in NOLA on 5/13/02 at 20:45 (083759)

It is nice to hear such encouraging stories! I was also very surprised and encouraged when one of the doctors here told me that just about all of his PF patients recover 100%.

I always felt sure that I'd get at least somewhat better eventually (weeks? months? years?), and in fact I'm almost completely recovered now, but it didn't seem possible that actually I'd have a chance of getting all the way to 100%. Apparently it is quite possible and even probable that we will completely heal!

Carole C

Re: Thanks for the postive stories...Yey!

Ellen J. on 5/14/02 at 10:22 (083823)

Hi,
I feel better today after reading the post on the people who all recovered. It made me less fearful that I may never hike or bike again. I did decide to give up on the idea of running again, as it wouldn't be worth getting P.F. again (assuming I do recover).
Thank you for the stories with the happy endings!
Ellen

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Sharon W on 5/14/02 at 11:03 (083827)

Monte,

I, too, have had several people tell me they got PF at one point and are now 100%(or nearly 100%) better. My sister, her daughter-in-law, one of the physical therapists where I was getting treatment...

I think I just never noticed these things before because I paid little serious attention to feet or to foot problems, and those who HAVE problems with their feet rarely ever talk about it to people who wouldn't understand. I know that I usually avoid talking about it at all to my neighbors, old acquaintances, etc. because I don't want them to think I'm just 'whining and carrying on' about sore feet! And I figure I'm probably not the ONLY one who feels that way...

Anyway, I agree, It's GREAT to hear some positive, success stories now and then. I especially appreciate those who have posted on heelspurs in the past and (even though their lives have gotten back to normal and they really have no need to do this anymore) they take the time to write an occasional post, to help others like me realize that our future prospects are not as bleak as they may sometimes seem! I especially appreciate those who have had successful foot SURGERY and take the time to do this every couple of months, just so the surgery failures are not the ONLY ones we ever hear about. We do need to hear encouraging stories OF ALL KINDS about treatments that have been successful, and people who have gotten better in the end!

OOps, guess I got really long-winded there. Anyway, Monte and Carole, thanks for sharing these tales of success!

-- Sharon

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Mahatmelissama on 5/14/02 at 11:08 (083828)

Just wanted to say that I did NOT have very much foot pain when I got of bed this morning. For me, that is a BIG THING!
I am breaking in new adjustment and still have soreness standing.

I need these stories...keep them coming. They make my day! Thx

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

monte on 5/14/02 at 11:22 (083833)

I too do not discuss my condition with everyone. It is too much to explain. But word gets out here and there and people begin to understand. As long as we remember that many do recover...then we have something to strive for.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Carole C in NOLA on 5/14/02 at 14:31 (083850)

Yay, Melissa!

Keep doing whatever's helping. Sounds like you are making progress. :)

Carole C

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

john h on 5/14/02 at 16:48 (083877)

Monte: I must remember to stay away from you! You sound like a PF carrier! Facts are 90% of the six million or so who get PF each year are 'cured' with conservative treatment in a short time. The other 10% stumble around like you and me looking for the elusive cure and some of the 10% do in fact find a cure or spontaneously are cured even after some years.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Monte on 5/14/02 at 19:27 (083912)

John...don't worry, i won't rub off on you. Unless I get 100% cured..then you will want me around all the time. How have you been? Just had my first Donier treatment. Fingers are crossed.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

john h on 5/14/02 at 22:00 (083950)

Monte: Compared to many of you I am fine. That does not mean I do not want to be better or even cured. Since this all started 7-8 years ago I am much better and if I have to I can live with the present cards I have. I shall keep on trying to get better. I can walk a few miles a day several times a week, walk the malls, mow the yard, hike up a hill. It hurts sometimes but I do not know if I would have what it takes to make it on crutches, lose my job, or have many of the very terrible things that many of you have to contend with. There are some real heroes on this board.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

monte on 5/15/02 at 09:22 (084004)

I am glad you are better. Do you think time did it for you or was it the other treatments including the ESWT? I just had the Donier and am hoping it speeds my recovery. It seems that in all the cases I wrote about...time was the factor. None of those people knew about this site, night splints or ESWT. Infact some of them never did stretches. Do you ever wake up painfree and remain that way throughout the day? Does it still hurt to stand in once place?

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

yasmin on 5/15/02 at 17:58 (084065)

thanks for the encouraging stories monte. I've has PF for about a year now, and it can get me really down. I have a 2 year old to look after and I am doing a masters course as well! I've had treatment, and its definatley brought the swelling down and most of the pain, but its not 100%. The docter told me I have to live with it!! Theres nothing more he can do. But I am going to be positive and try some stretching exercises and hopefully it will go!

Be positive everyone!

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

Monte on 5/15/02 at 19:44 (084080)

Yasmin...It is good that you have gotten some relief and the inflammation has gone down a bit. What kind of a doctor did you go to? Be careful beginning any stretching routine. Go gently and slow. Glad you like the stories...so do I.

Re: Some good stories - Encouragement

yasmin on 5/16/02 at 11:04 (084147)

monte,

I live in the UK, my docter is a rhemotologist! (I think I spelt that right). He gave me steroid shots (2), although this has taken most of the pain away, there is still some aching and soreness, so its not 100% better, and its still very uncomfortable. When I saw him in private he was sympathic and helpful, hence the shots, but when I saw him on the NHS (British free health care) he didn't seem that bothered and told me i would to deal with it!

I feel paranoid that the pain will strike again at any moment. I am going to see if i can get an appointment with another specialist who runs a foot clinic in London. This is such a drag isn't it? What treatment did you receive? Also I find ice tends to make it worse, have u had this experience?
yasmin