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tarsal tunnel treatment

Posted by nikki on 10/06/02 at 21:39 (096991)

my doctor is trying one last final treatment before discharging me from his care. Lidocaine Pill. I have tarsal tunnel in both heels. I've had every treatment possible. I'm 31 so he won't do a pain pump. The only pain pill that worked was Percocet (I think that's what it was) I took it at the end of the day when the pain was the worst and it did relieve the pain. When I went back to the doc and told him it worked he put me on methadone which he said was the long-acting version of the same drug. But when I took the Methadone I had no pain relief and it about made me crazy! So when I went back to the doc he took me off the Methadone and said there was no way the Methadone couldn't have not worked and the Percocet did because they were the same drug. So I've had no pain relief for a month to get that out of my system so I go back to doc on Tues the 8th. I'm just checking to see if anyone else has tried a lidocaine pill.

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

Sharon W on 10/06/02 at 21:43 (096992)

Nikki,

Have you had tarsal tunnel surgery?

Sharon

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nikki on 10/07/02 at 20:37 (097044)

to Sharon W. from NikkiAnn50701
Yes. two years ago

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Sharon W on 10/08/02 at 15:23 (097087)

Nikki,

I searched for your old posts, because I thought I remembered you from before, and I did. I am so sorry about your pain. The way you have been treated by the medical community you used to be a part of, is a real horror story.

That thing about Percocet and Methadone is really dumb. I just looked up in my Davis' Drug Guide, to be absolutely sure. Percocet is oxycodone combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Methadone is methadone, a different drug. Both are opioid analgesics, but they're certainly not the same!! Any pain management specialist SHOULD know that -- and if he doesn't, he should have looked it up in his PDR! UUuggh!

Sharon

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BrianG on 10/08/02 at 16:30 (097097)

Hi Sharon,

Unfortunatly, all pain management specialists are not created equal!!!! You are correct in your research. Her doctor had access to numerous other pain meds he could have tried, without filling her with asprin, or Tylenol.

BrianG

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Renee F on 10/10/02 at 03:00 (097195)

I had Lidocane patches that I would wear 12 hours on 12 hours off. It took about a week for me to see any relief. They were only partially effective. I ended up having the surgery a second time after being trying nerve blocks (that barely worked) and lots of pain meds and bed rest. They discovered that the nerve branch was about 2 inches higher than were it would normally brank. (This is because of an old injury I had 30 years ago. They did not see the problem because of all the scar tissue and fiboris tissue that I had in the ankle and the TT. It has been 1 week since the second surgery. I feel 110% better than the first go around. The only reason I now feel better is because I and my doctor would not give up. So hang in there and maybe even get another doctor involved. Try a pain management doctor or a physical medicine doctor. Between these two doctors and my podistrist, my problem has been solved.

Renee

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LaDonna S. on 10/10/02 at 22:13 (097296)

Nikky,

I live in Hawaii. The doctors here seem to not be very educated concerning PF, heel spurs, or tunnel syndrome. I am basically trying to figure out what condition I might have. What tests did you do to find out you had tarsal tunnel? I would like to determine what I have? I to am in constant pain. I am sorry to hear about your condition.

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nikki on 10/12/02 at 07:57 (097373)

After ten years of severe pain, lots of useless drugs, every orthotic out there, it took one podiatrist keeping current with new diagnosis's and having done the surgery before and seen it before in other patients. Two years after the surgery I had an EMG done that showed nerve damage in my lower leg and foot. I always knew the other docs were misdiagnosing me. They would say it was plantar fascitis and I knew that wasn't it because my pain came after being on my feet. Plantar fascitis usually has pain first thing when people get up in the morning. Don't always take what the doctors say as gospel. MOst of my docs just wanted to quickly diagnose me, prescribe something and send me on my way. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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Ginger S. on 10/14/02 at 21:15 (097499)

Oh my goodness. I had the same thing. I have been to over five different doctors and all of them said something different. They said 'You have PF, you have bursitis, you have bone spurs, you have flat feet, you're overweight.' I just wanted to cry. I KNOW I have tarsal tunnel, my physical therapist said so, but noone will diagnose it. Does anyone have some suggestions?
I'm in Georgia and I'm just heartbroken. I had to quit my job for something that's not as bad on my feet, and my heart really goes out to all of you.

Can anyone help on what kinds of tests to ask for and how to know if a dr. is a good one? I've had some stinkers.

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

Christy D. on 10/15/02 at 11:28 (097540)

Hi - I am sorry you are having such a hard time! I completely know and understand what you are going thru because I had this pain for 1 year and no pain relief for 24/7 is awful. You do sometimes feel like you will go crazy! I work for the police, so I refused to take strong medications that will turn me into a bloody addict!!! I asked my doctor what meds I can take that are NON-Addictive...I took Ultracet which helped! It did not completely get rid of the pain, but I could function and it took the edge off the pain.

Wish you the best of luck!

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

Sharon W on 10/06/02 at 21:43 (096992)

Nikki,

Have you had tarsal tunnel surgery?

Sharon

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

nikki on 10/07/02 at 20:37 (097044)

to Sharon W. from NikkiAnn50701
Yes. two years ago

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

Sharon W on 10/08/02 at 15:23 (097087)

Nikki,

I searched for your old posts, because I thought I remembered you from before, and I did. I am so sorry about your pain. The way you have been treated by the medical community you used to be a part of, is a real horror story.

That thing about Percocet and Methadone is really dumb. I just looked up in my Davis' Drug Guide, to be absolutely sure. Percocet is oxycodone combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Methadone is methadone, a different drug. Both are opioid analgesics, but they're certainly not the same!! Any pain management specialist SHOULD know that -- and if he doesn't, he should have looked it up in his PDR! UUuggh!

Sharon

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

BrianG on 10/08/02 at 16:30 (097097)

Hi Sharon,

Unfortunatly, all pain management specialists are not created equal!!!! You are correct in your research. Her doctor had access to numerous other pain meds he could have tried, without filling her with asprin, or Tylenol.

BrianG

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

Renee F on 10/10/02 at 03:00 (097195)

I had Lidocane patches that I would wear 12 hours on 12 hours off. It took about a week for me to see any relief. They were only partially effective. I ended up having the surgery a second time after being trying nerve blocks (that barely worked) and lots of pain meds and bed rest. They discovered that the nerve branch was about 2 inches higher than were it would normally brank. (This is because of an old injury I had 30 years ago. They did not see the problem because of all the scar tissue and fiboris tissue that I had in the ankle and the TT. It has been 1 week since the second surgery. I feel 110% better than the first go around. The only reason I now feel better is because I and my doctor would not give up. So hang in there and maybe even get another doctor involved. Try a pain management doctor or a physical medicine doctor. Between these two doctors and my podistrist, my problem has been solved.

Renee

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

LaDonna S. on 10/10/02 at 22:13 (097296)

Nikky,

I live in Hawaii. The doctors here seem to not be very educated concerning PF, heel spurs, or tunnel syndrome. I am basically trying to figure out what condition I might have. What tests did you do to find out you had tarsal tunnel? I would like to determine what I have? I to am in constant pain. I am sorry to hear about your condition.

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

nikki on 10/12/02 at 07:57 (097373)

After ten years of severe pain, lots of useless drugs, every orthotic out there, it took one podiatrist keeping current with new diagnosis's and having done the surgery before and seen it before in other patients. Two years after the surgery I had an EMG done that showed nerve damage in my lower leg and foot. I always knew the other docs were misdiagnosing me. They would say it was plantar fascitis and I knew that wasn't it because my pain came after being on my feet. Plantar fascitis usually has pain first thing when people get up in the morning. Don't always take what the doctors say as gospel. MOst of my docs just wanted to quickly diagnose me, prescribe something and send me on my way. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

Ginger S. on 10/14/02 at 21:15 (097499)

Oh my goodness. I had the same thing. I have been to over five different doctors and all of them said something different. They said 'You have PF, you have bursitis, you have bone spurs, you have flat feet, you're overweight.' I just wanted to cry. I KNOW I have tarsal tunnel, my physical therapist said so, but noone will diagnose it. Does anyone have some suggestions?
I'm in Georgia and I'm just heartbroken. I had to quit my job for something that's not as bad on my feet, and my heart really goes out to all of you.

Can anyone help on what kinds of tests to ask for and how to know if a dr. is a good one? I've had some stinkers.

Re: tarsal tunnel treatment

Christy D. on 10/15/02 at 11:28 (097540)

Hi - I am sorry you are having such a hard time! I completely know and understand what you are going thru because I had this pain for 1 year and no pain relief for 24/7 is awful. You do sometimes feel like you will go crazy! I work for the police, so I refused to take strong medications that will turn me into a bloody addict!!! I asked my doctor what meds I can take that are NON-Addictive...I took Ultracet which helped! It did not completely get rid of the pain, but I could function and it took the edge off the pain.

Wish you the best of luck!

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sandy g on 1/17/06 at 20:29 (191643)

percocet and methodone are not the same drug!!!