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Posted by JOE on 12/09/02 at 22:23 (102461)

About 13 months ago while I was at work , I fell 20 feet from a utility pole and landed feet first on the concrete below. I was taken to the hospital and stayed for 2 days having a variety of tests, xray, mri, bone scan, cat scan. All test turned up negative for the most part. No one could believe I did not break any bones or show any major trauma. Since then I have been through numerous physical therapy sessions and have seen quite a few different doctors for this terrible pain in my heels. Finally after seeing a foot specialist at Union Memorial hospital in Baltimore, I was diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome. I was very happy that someone finally determined what was wrong with me. I had the surgery almost a month ago and I am still in great deal of pain. I can limp around but it does hurt quite a bit. My foot is still numb and I have about a 7 inch scar. I hope this surgery helps me. I still have to do the other foot as well. I happened to come across this web site, and I found it interesting that a lot of other people are going through this as well. I have been on workers comp since the fall, but I did go back to work for about a month and I could not do it. Most people think that just because I did not break anything, I am ok. I wish that some of my work peers and diffrent non believers could feel my pain, then they would know.

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wendyn on 12/09/02 at 22:35 (102466)

Joe, sorry to hear that your surgery isn't helping yet.

Will you still go through with the surgery if there isn't any improvement on the first foot?

There are a great variety of people here, with all kinds of different foot problems...but we all share the common bond of living with pain.

We've all been through the same problems with friends and family (the lack of understanding). If nothing else, feel free to come here and talk about your pain, and complain. It's a good outlet (even if it doesn't fix the pain itself).

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Sharon W on 12/09/02 at 22:42 (102469)

Joe,

You're in the right place to find other people who know what your pain is like. It is really not that the 'non believers' (I love that one!) are trying to be insensitive, it's that THEY JUST DON'T GET IT!! Even (some) doctors will make you feel that they think you must be exaggerating your pain and other symptoms. (THEY just don't get it, either!) I really would not wish TTS on ANYONE, but sometimes I wish that JUST FOR FIVE MINUTES I could make another person feel what I feel when my foot is hurting. I bet their attitudes would change then!

Sharon

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Kari B on 12/09/02 at 23:53 (102480)

Joe,
I'm glad you found this board! I just found it myself a couple of months ago after finding out I have tts from an on the job injury to my right foot in June. I just had my surgery on the 3rd and doing ok. I'm not real sure if what I am feeling is right or not... my pain level is going back up again even with vicoden and my whole foot is tingling like crazy.... and my toes are tingling. My foot feels swollen, bruised and aches badly. Anyway, I'm sure you will find tons of support here and lots of people who are willing to listen. I am one of them! I hope you start to feel better soon and keep me posted on how you are doing!! Good luck!
Kari

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Julie on 12/10/02 at 01:58 (102487)

Joe, a month is nothing in terms of the length of time it can take tissues to heal from surgery. Skin has been cut, and muscle, other soft tissues and nerves have been moved around. Be patient and be hopeful! And stick around here for information and comradeship.

As a matter of interest, was your spine checked out thoroughly? Landing on your heels on concrete from a height of 20 feet must have jarred it badly! Your feet seem to have borne the brunt of it, but maybe once your foot is feeling happier you might consider having a chiropractor or osteopath look at your back as well.

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sheila on 12/11/02 at 00:42 (102663)

Joe,

You might want to ask your physician about icing your feet. I have tts and often ice my feet for some relief. I, however, would ask about this first.

hth

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wendyn on 12/09/02 at 22:35 (102466)

Joe, sorry to hear that your surgery isn't helping yet.

Will you still go through with the surgery if there isn't any improvement on the first foot?

There are a great variety of people here, with all kinds of different foot problems...but we all share the common bond of living with pain.

We've all been through the same problems with friends and family (the lack of understanding). If nothing else, feel free to come here and talk about your pain, and complain. It's a good outlet (even if it doesn't fix the pain itself).

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Sharon W on 12/09/02 at 22:42 (102469)

Joe,

You're in the right place to find other people who know what your pain is like. It is really not that the 'non believers' (I love that one!) are trying to be insensitive, it's that THEY JUST DON'T GET IT!! Even (some) doctors will make you feel that they think you must be exaggerating your pain and other symptoms. (THEY just don't get it, either!) I really would not wish TTS on ANYONE, but sometimes I wish that JUST FOR FIVE MINUTES I could make another person feel what I feel when my foot is hurting. I bet their attitudes would change then!

Sharon

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Kari B on 12/09/02 at 23:53 (102480)

Joe,
I'm glad you found this board! I just found it myself a couple of months ago after finding out I have tts from an on the job injury to my right foot in June. I just had my surgery on the 3rd and doing ok. I'm not real sure if what I am feeling is right or not... my pain level is going back up again even with vicoden and my whole foot is tingling like crazy.... and my toes are tingling. My foot feels swollen, bruised and aches badly. Anyway, I'm sure you will find tons of support here and lots of people who are willing to listen. I am one of them! I hope you start to feel better soon and keep me posted on how you are doing!! Good luck!
Kari

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Julie on 12/10/02 at 01:58 (102487)

Joe, a month is nothing in terms of the length of time it can take tissues to heal from surgery. Skin has been cut, and muscle, other soft tissues and nerves have been moved around. Be patient and be hopeful! And stick around here for information and comradeship.

As a matter of interest, was your spine checked out thoroughly? Landing on your heels on concrete from a height of 20 feet must have jarred it badly! Your feet seem to have borne the brunt of it, but maybe once your foot is feeling happier you might consider having a chiropractor or osteopath look at your back as well.

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sheila on 12/11/02 at 00:42 (102663)

Joe,

You might want to ask your physician about icing your feet. I have tts and often ice my feet for some relief. I, however, would ask about this first.

hth