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Deciding if I should get ESWT

Posted by Theresa B on 5/27/02 at 23:00 (085409)

I was just diagnosed with 2 heel spurs on my right heel. I have been suffering from this pain for about 2 months now. The doctor is letting me decide if I should get the ESWT or not, but I have to talk with my insurance company first. If there are pros and cons to both ESWT and the usual evasive surgery, I would like to know them so I can present them to the insurance company.

Believe me, the thought of being on clutches is a nightmare unto it...I want something that is quite painless and allows me to maintain my lifestyle to where I can go walking again without screaming out in pain.

Theresa

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

Carmen on 5/28/02 at 09:12 (085438)

What have you tried conservatively so far? Two months isn't very long to try ESWT.

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

Theresa B on 5/28/02 at 10:04 (085445)

Mainly the heat/ice treatments with Motrin. I also use gel pads in my shoes, still have lots of pain. I have the beginnings of OA in my back, so if I take the Celebrex for that, I can't take the Motrin at all. Doctor thinks I have fibro, but until I get the referral to the specialist, there is not much I can do about it.

Already, I have gained about 25 lbs due to not being able to walk too often. The family medical history I have is nasty...HBP, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Before the spurs came up, I was walking between 3 to 5 miles every other day in order to lose weight. I cannot even grocery shop now...I have to use those motorized carts.

The doc was able to establish that I do not have PF. The x-rays confirm that there are two spurs and he wishes to use the ESWT because he hates the thought of cutting into my foot. I cannot stand the thought of surgery myself and as for crutches...whenever I get a broken toe or twisted ankle, I am usually tossing those rascals after 2 days because they were more painful than the injury. We want to stop the pain so I can get back to my previous lifestyle (working, caring for the kid, managing the weight due to famly history).

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

Jeremy P on 5/28/02 at 11:58 (085454)

I am also considering ESWT. I am trying to determine if my insurance company covers it. I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis for over two years with no relief from physical therapy sessions or orthodics. I have been receiving acupuncture for a couple of weeks to see if it will help. Pain is still persisitant after four visits so ESWT is probably my last resort.

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

john h on 5/29/02 at 09:27 (085591)

Jeremy: ESWT is a no brainer! The only problem is will your insurance cover it or will you have to foot the bill.

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

Carmen on 5/28/02 at 09:12 (085438)

What have you tried conservatively so far? Two months isn't very long to try ESWT.

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

Theresa B on 5/28/02 at 10:04 (085445)

Mainly the heat/ice treatments with Motrin. I also use gel pads in my shoes, still have lots of pain. I have the beginnings of OA in my back, so if I take the Celebrex for that, I can't take the Motrin at all. Doctor thinks I have fibro, but until I get the referral to the specialist, there is not much I can do about it.

Already, I have gained about 25 lbs due to not being able to walk too often. The family medical history I have is nasty...HBP, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Before the spurs came up, I was walking between 3 to 5 miles every other day in order to lose weight. I cannot even grocery shop now...I have to use those motorized carts.

The doc was able to establish that I do not have PF. The x-rays confirm that there are two spurs and he wishes to use the ESWT because he hates the thought of cutting into my foot. I cannot stand the thought of surgery myself and as for crutches...whenever I get a broken toe or twisted ankle, I am usually tossing those rascals after 2 days because they were more painful than the injury. We want to stop the pain so I can get back to my previous lifestyle (working, caring for the kid, managing the weight due to famly history).

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

Jeremy P on 5/28/02 at 11:58 (085454)

I am also considering ESWT. I am trying to determine if my insurance company covers it. I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis for over two years with no relief from physical therapy sessions or orthodics. I have been receiving acupuncture for a couple of weeks to see if it will help. Pain is still persisitant after four visits so ESWT is probably my last resort.

Re: Deciding if I should get ESWT

john h on 5/29/02 at 09:27 (085591)

Jeremy: ESWT is a no brainer! The only problem is will your insurance cover it or will you have to foot the bill.