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Painful feet, hard to walk

Posted by Ruthe M on 9/08/02 at 21:21 (094781)

I have been having such pain and stiffness in both of my feet, that I feel like an cripple person. It is so painful when I get up until I go to bed. I went to the doctor and they took xrays, but nothing showed up. They just perscribed Vicaden for me, which only makes me feel sick to my stomach. Would you suggest inserts for my shoes or just keep going to the doctor? I really wonder if it's more than plantar fasiatis? Thank you for your suggestions

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

Mar on 9/09/02 at 13:31 (094830)

I wonder the same thing. My feet are always painful and the more I try to walk the worse they are. If I were to be on them all day as some people with PF are, I would not be able to walk at all. Inserts (custom orthotics) do help somewhat -- they give me a little extra mileage. Good luck. Mar

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

J. King on 9/09/02 at 14:12 (094831)

Watch out for the vicodin. It is addictive and makes you DUI. You need second opinion.

John K

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

Ed Davis, DPM on 9/09/02 at 17:31 (094844)

You need to see a foot specialist. Prescribing pain medicications without attention to the cause of the problem is not adequate treatment.
Ed

Re: This is a new one!

BrianG on 9/09/02 at 22:36 (094868)

J. King,

Could you please explain to me why 'Vicodan makes you DUI'. People in pain take it every day. I've never heard anyone explain it that way.

BrianG, not a doc

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

adrienne on 9/10/02 at 00:43 (094871)

Try wearing Birkenstocks. They saved me alot of pain. I could barely get out of bed,it hurt so bad to even walk.

Re: This is a new one!

J. King on 9/10/02 at 18:56 (094949)

Brian

Vicodin is a narcotic. It makes me impaired when I take it. I don't drive when under the influence of vicodin because if you have a wreck and you are stumbling around because of vicodin the cop may suspect DUI and you may be DUI. You can be DUI from over-the-counter meds. If cops can prove you are impaired you can have big trouble. I am not totally against pain killers but in my own case they caused me problems. Just a word of warning. Pain killers, like vicodin and oxycontin, can be bad news if taken for chronic pain. They combine with other types of drugs to produce enhanced effects. And of course they are habituating. I had to take larger and larger doses. This is just my experience. I went cold turkey at VA hospital. Unpleasent experience!

Re: I believe the positives out weigh the negatives

BrianG on 9/10/02 at 21:45 (094964)

Hi J. King,

I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with Vicodan. You are certainly not the only one. I don't think it's fair to condemn one drug, because you unfortunatly had a problem with it, when it helps many, many people on a daily basis. On the other hand, these pain meds are the only thing that allows some people to continue with life. Without them, I have no doubt that suicide could be a great possibility for untold people in chronc pain. I personally knew one person, in my city, who killed herself because her doctor would not treat her pain, or refer her to a pain specialist. I wonder how he sleeps at night?

I happen to believe that pain meds, when taken properly, and under the guidance of a compassionate and educated doctor, are a necessity for countless individuals. If these pain meds are titrated up, from a small dose, gradually to a larger dose, they will not impare your driving ability. One the other hand, anthing like alcohol or drugs taken to an excess, can lead to poor driving habits. Lets not condemn the medication on this forum, when it could be a patients last hope, when no other treatment has worked. When the pain has become unbearable!

Regards
BrianG, not a doc

Re: I believe the positives out weigh the negatives

J. King on 9/11/02 at 09:28 (095000)

Yes, unbearable pain needs to be treated with whatever works. My point is that it is easy to get into a vicious cycle with pain meds and become addicted and not even know it. Also, these drugs are depressants and you may end up feeling worse. I take them myself but am more careful than I used to be. Somebody with terminal pain does not need to worry about addiction but others might. Whatever works for you!

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

Mar on 9/09/02 at 13:31 (094830)

I wonder the same thing. My feet are always painful and the more I try to walk the worse they are. If I were to be on them all day as some people with PF are, I would not be able to walk at all. Inserts (custom orthotics) do help somewhat -- they give me a little extra mileage. Good luck. Mar

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

J. King on 9/09/02 at 14:12 (094831)

Watch out for the vicodin. It is addictive and makes you DUI. You need second opinion.

John K

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

Ed Davis, DPM on 9/09/02 at 17:31 (094844)

You need to see a foot specialist. Prescribing pain medicications without attention to the cause of the problem is not adequate treatment.
Ed

Re: This is a new one!

BrianG on 9/09/02 at 22:36 (094868)

J. King,

Could you please explain to me why 'Vicodan makes you DUI'. People in pain take it every day. I've never heard anyone explain it that way.

BrianG, not a doc

Re: Painful feet, hard to walk

adrienne on 9/10/02 at 00:43 (094871)

Try wearing Birkenstocks. They saved me alot of pain. I could barely get out of bed,it hurt so bad to even walk.

Re: This is a new one!

J. King on 9/10/02 at 18:56 (094949)

Brian

Vicodin is a narcotic. It makes me impaired when I take it. I don't drive when under the influence of vicodin because if you have a wreck and you are stumbling around because of vicodin the cop may suspect DUI and you may be DUI. You can be DUI from over-the-counter meds. If cops can prove you are impaired you can have big trouble. I am not totally against pain killers but in my own case they caused me problems. Just a word of warning. Pain killers, like vicodin and oxycontin, can be bad news if taken for chronic pain. They combine with other types of drugs to produce enhanced effects. And of course they are habituating. I had to take larger and larger doses. This is just my experience. I went cold turkey at VA hospital. Unpleasent experience!

Re: I believe the positives out weigh the negatives

BrianG on 9/10/02 at 21:45 (094964)

Hi J. King,

I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with Vicodan. You are certainly not the only one. I don't think it's fair to condemn one drug, because you unfortunatly had a problem with it, when it helps many, many people on a daily basis. On the other hand, these pain meds are the only thing that allows some people to continue with life. Without them, I have no doubt that suicide could be a great possibility for untold people in chronc pain. I personally knew one person, in my city, who killed herself because her doctor would not treat her pain, or refer her to a pain specialist. I wonder how he sleeps at night?

I happen to believe that pain meds, when taken properly, and under the guidance of a compassionate and educated doctor, are a necessity for countless individuals. If these pain meds are titrated up, from a small dose, gradually to a larger dose, they will not impare your driving ability. One the other hand, anthing like alcohol or drugs taken to an excess, can lead to poor driving habits. Lets not condemn the medication on this forum, when it could be a patients last hope, when no other treatment has worked. When the pain has become unbearable!

Regards
BrianG, not a doc

Re: I believe the positives out weigh the negatives

J. King on 9/11/02 at 09:28 (095000)

Yes, unbearable pain needs to be treated with whatever works. My point is that it is easy to get into a vicious cycle with pain meds and become addicted and not even know it. Also, these drugs are depressants and you may end up feeling worse. I take them myself but am more careful than I used to be. Somebody with terminal pain does not need to worry about addiction but others might. Whatever works for you!