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ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Posted by Molly on 2/04/03 at 14:18 (107954)

Hello PF sufferers! I'm a very frequent reader/lurker of this board and though I've only rarely posted in the last 4 years, I thought I'd post my story of my trip to Toronto for ESWT high intensity treatment with the Ossatron. I've been a sufferer of PF for 4 years, at times the pain was very severe, crawling to bathroom in the morning, the whole drill you are all familiar with. I tried every treatment, cortisone, physical therapy, anti-inflamatories, night splints, taping, stretching, two different kinds of expensive orthodics, you name it, I've done it, no relief from pain.

I finally gave in and decided to try ESWT Ossatron Treatment at the Bayshore Clinic in Toronto, but I had high intensity done, not low intensity. This was a hard decision not knowing which would most benefit me, but I decided on high because I didn't have a week off to stay in Toronto for the multi-low treatments needed. I was very very lucky to have a dear friend that lives in Toronto that allowed me to stay with her for the weekend.

I had my treatment last Thursday, January 30. I wasn't scheduled until 3:30 pm and was told to not drink or eat anything after midnight so this was no picnic. This was the worst part I think! I'm a caffeine addict, so having no caffeine for the day gave me a tremendous headache. Anyway, because I chose high intensity, I was put complete out for the procedure, which was okay I guess, I didn't want to feel any more pain. But my poor friend had to drag me home afterwards in a very groggy state! After a good night's sleep, I awoke the next morning to almost no pain in my foot. It was amazing. Okay, there's still tightness, faint soreness and I still walk gingerly, but that constant nagging, stinging pain that was there even while resting is almost GONE! I didn't quite know how to react, it's been so many years.

I just thought I'd write my story because there really wasn't many 'high intensity' stories on this board. When I was doing research trying to decide, all the postings were for low intensity. If anyone has any questions about my procedure, please let me know, I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

Molly R.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Dr Z on 2/04/03 at 14:43 (107963)

Glad you are on your way to healing. We have used high energy for chronic insertional plantar fasciitis. Our patients are very happy with this type of ESWT

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/04/03 at 20:39 (108012)

Molly, glad you're doing so well with your treatment. I've received the ESWT Ossatron Treatment on two occasions - the first treatment was bilaterally on 8/14/02. I had to repeat the treatment with the Ossatron on my left foot on 12/20/02. It's now a good 6 weeks post treatment and I'm still having some pain. My dr. is now having me wear a walking cast. So it's still a bit of a waiting game to see what happens.

Has anyone ever had the ESWT Ossatron treatment more than twice with good results?

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Molly on 2/05/03 at 07:03 (108051)

Lynn: Where did you have the treatment done? In Toronto or the US?

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn on 2/05/03 at 16:56 (108107)

Hello Lynn
I too have had Ossatron twice.
first in August to no relief (worsened )
had a repeat treatment of the Ossatron on Monday 27January
in Shreveport La.
He puts you in a walking boot from the get go
this time he told me just 10days in the boot but do streching of the pf and achilles and calf strech several times a day
Vioxx 50 mg 10 days then cut to 25 mg
I am having less pain in the boot but that is not a realist judgement
come out of the boot tomorrow but have stayed at home off my feet most of the time.
I get around in the house and walk to the door to let the dog out but that has been about it.
I wonder what post op treatment others are doing?
Good luck to you.
Georgette

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/05/03 at 21:47 (108153)

Molly, I had the Ossatron procedure done in the US - Greeley, CO

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Molly on 2/06/03 at 07:35 (108174)

Wow, the only post-op treatment they gave me was to not take any anti-inflamatories: Advil, Asprin, etc. only Tylenol. And of course no going barefoot, and to take it easy for a few weeks. I got no boot or anything. But I have to say I'm doing great, almost no pain at all. I'm amazed. After four years it's wonderful. I think they do things differently in Canada and I think the machine is a lot stronger from what I understand. Good luck to all the sufferers, this PF is horrible to live with.

Molly

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Bev N on 2/06/03 at 09:20 (108184)

Thankyou for all of the info. Do you mind telling the cost of your ESWT and if insurance paid for any of it? I really, really appreciate all of your input and help on these boards, thankyou everyone!What is the name of your doctor there in Toronto if you are able to say. Do you live in Canada?

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Molly on 2/06/03 at 09:27 (108185)

My insurance (Cigna-PPO) did not cover it at all. I don't think many US insurance will, but it's worth looking into. I paid $1,700 US Dollars in Cananda for the procedure. They requested I bring ultrasound results with me and since I was having trouble having anyone do it here in Tampa without a 'reason' other than 'going to Canada', I had it done up there for an additional $114 US.

I do not live in Canada, I live in Tampa, Florida, but am VERY lucky to have my best friend living up in Toronto so I was able to stay with her. But the clinic will put you up in a hotel that is right across the street and will give you a discount I believe. Dr. Gordon is the doctor there and it's through Bayshore Pain Clinic, the link of which is on this site. My contact there was Cori Liuzzi, her email is (email removed) and she's very good about replying.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Ed T. on 2/06/03 at 10:28 (108201)

Lynn:
Who did it? I'm in Denver trying to find some recommendations. Thanks.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Teresa L on 2/06/03 at 18:45 (108271)

Hello, I am scheduled for extra corpal shock wave therapy on Feb 17, and the cost I am told is 3000 per foot, and I just got approval from my insurance that I can do it, not sure how much they are gonna pay yet, but I do have two insurances, my doctor told me that its being done in Texas, and Ohio, but it will be on a mobile van and it will drive to Beckley, West Virginia, I have heel spurs on both feet, I work 10 1/2 hrs a day on my feet, I have been getting cortazone shots now for 4 years, some every 6 months and some as soon as 6 weeks. I also take 200 to400 Mg of celebrex a day, but I am off of it 3 weeks prior to treatment. I will keep you posted to the results. Teresa IN West Virginia

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

nancy s. on 2/06/03 at 18:52 (108272)

teresa, i wish you all the luck in the world with your upcoming eswt!

the number of cortisone shots you've been having rang big warning bells in my head. it sounds like too much -- at the level possibly considered dangerous. i hope you'll not allow that to continue. please read the heel pain book here for more info. we have a poster on the board right now whose fascia ruptured spontaneously, most likely due to steroid injections. they're an invasive treatment, not to be taken lightly.

believe me, you don't want that to happen.

eswt is a great choice, and i hope you have very successful results from it.

nancy
.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/06/03 at 20:24 (108283)

Bev, my insurance did cover the cost of the treatment. I had it done in the US - Greeley, CO The original cost was going to be approximately $9,000 for both feet (all costs included). My insurance negotiated the fee to $4800 and Ossatron accepted it. The 2nd treatment on my left foot only did not cost me anything - this was included in the original fee.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Sunny Jacob, Bayshore on 2/06/03 at 20:56 (108287)

Molly,
Thank you for providing information about your ESWT treatment at Bayshore in Toronto in your own words.
For the readers, let me clarify our fee structure. According to the patient's condition and time availability we recommend either low intensity or high intensity ESWT. For the majority of patients we recommend low intensity. Our fee for low intensity ESWT (3 sessions) is USD 1,050.--. For high intensity ESWT (1 session) the total fee is USD 1,700.--. This includes the anesthesist's fee and the orthopedic surgeon's fee. Both treatments can be booked through (email removed)

Re: To Sunny:

Molly on 2/07/03 at 07:34 (108312)

Sunny: I never really understood the reason for recommending lower intensity over higher, other than the price. Is lower actually better? Better results? I had a hard time deciding between the two but chose higher because I didn't have the time to spend up in Toronto needed for the low intensity.

Re: To Sunny:

Sunny Jacob, Bayshore on 2/07/03 at 08:26 (108322)

Molly,
In addition to the price advantage and the fact that anesthesia is not required, we do recommend low energy ESWT for most tendonitis cases. To date, for the last 6 to 7 years, including Europe, Australia and Canada, most of the research and experience in treating tendonitis was by low energy.
The first equipment manufacturer who applied for FDA in USA applied for a high energy equipment and therefore in USA for example PF treatment has since been performed mostly with high energy equipment. As you know, high energy also requires the service of an anesthesist and, in our case, also an orthopedic surgeon.
For treating tendonitis in very specific cases, for example treating a site which has formation of scar tissue from surgery, our specialist may recommend high energy ESWT
In either case if proper treatment protocol is followed the result may be the same. If the patient insists on a one day treatment with high energy, we will provide it.
At Bayshore we treat various tendonitis and also non-union of fracture with ESWT. For non-union of fracture, only high energy ESWT can be used for a successful outcome.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

BrianG on 2/07/03 at 20:52 (108416)

Hi Teresa,

I'd be careful going back to your old job, after the treatment. If you don't give it enough rest, you could end up right back wher you started. Like they say, 'listen to your feet', they will tell you when your ready to go back to work. Not a doctor, not an insurance company!!

Good luck
BrianG

Re: To Sunny:

john h on 2/08/03 at 10:42 (108458)

My non medical opinion is that people may benefit from either high or low energy. Post on this board seem to bear that out.I have the feeling that where you place that narrow beam is as important as the power. You must get the beam on the pain generator (i think) to have any success. Not an easy job to do. this is perhaps why some people require multiple treatments before they see a major benefit.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Teresa L on 2/08/03 at 10:43 (108459)

Ok, Sounds like good advice. I am hoping that the down time is very minimual, I hope to return two work three days after the treatment but at the most I can take 7 days off. I will keep you posted. Teresa

Re: To Sunny:

Bev N on 2/08/03 at 11:20 (108465)

Molly, How are you doing since your ESWT ? Was that done for PF?
Did you have it in both feet? Thanks, Bev

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Bev N on 2/08/03 at 11:28 (108468)

Lynn, How are things going since yoour ESWT? Any progress toward less pain? Please keep us informed. Thanks, Bev

Re: ESWT just done in US - Greeley, CO- High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/08/03 at 12:01 (108476)

Bev, it's been 7 weeks now since the treatment. I've been wearing the walking boot for one week. I can definitely say that I have less pain this week than last week. Actually, it's very encouraging. I'll keep you posted. Lynn

Re: ESWT just done in US - Greeley, CO- High Intensity

Lynn on 2/08/03 at 18:01 (108501)

how long are you to wear the boot?
is this your first ossatron?
i had my second ossatron Jan 27 and wore the boot 10 days now out of it and doing well
georgette

Re: ESWT just done in US - Greeley, CO- High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/08/03 at 19:01 (108514)

Georgette, this is my 2nd treatment. I'm not sure how long I'll be wearing the boot - but the impression I had from my dr. when he gave me the boot was that I'd wear it for several weeks - especially since I had quite a bit of pain thru week 6 post treatment. Glad you're doing we well!! Lynn

Re: To Bev:

Molly on 2/08/03 at 21:22 (108527)

Hi Bev. Yes, I had High Intesnity ESWT done for PF in my left foot only. I've suffered with PF for 4 years, going on 5 and my life has completely changed because of it. It has been one week since my procedure, and I have to say my foot has improved drastically. It's not 100 percent by any means. But that constanting 'stinging' I had in my foot has decreased. I went to Walmart today and got the motorized cart because I'm still afraid to be on my feet too long. That may take a while for me to adjust to. It still gets sore if I'm on them too long so I'm trying to take it as easy as I can, after all, it was only a week ago I had it done.

Re: To Bev:

Bev N on 2/09/03 at 07:54 (108551)

Molly,Georgette,Lynn, How are you handling your jobs as you receive all of your treatments, and as you have been-a-goin' through all of this? I had to stop nursing 3 months ago due to the severe pain, are you all able to work, what kind of work are you doing that you could still continue with it? Do your employers hold your positions for you? I have only been suffering with this for one year,and all of you had it many years, what took you so long before you decided on ESWT? Thankyou for all of your help in me deciding as to where to go from here and how to handle my PF, I surely do thank all of you for sharing with all of us PF'ers. Thanks, Bev N

Re: To Bev:

Molly on 2/09/03 at 08:22 (108556)

Bev: I am extremely lucky in that for my job I sit all day long. I am a legal secretary and only have to walk to the copier and back a few times a day, and even that, we have a copy company that could and will come to my desk and help me out with a just a phone call. I've often thought what in the world I would have done if I where a nurse or a teacher and had a job that required me to be on my feet all day, there is just no way I could have kept working. Some days it was agony just to walk to the copier or the restroom!

I actually tried ESWT twice before in 2000, but with the 'orabosone' machine in Ft. Myers Florida, which I'm sorry to say was a complete waste of my time and money. It did nothing and I wished I had gone to Tornoto then and not wasted 3 more years of my life.

Re: To Bev:

Lynn S on 2/09/03 at 21:33 (108638)

Bev, I'm a rehabilitation counselor - so I have a sedentary job basically. I had been diagnosed with PF for one year before I had the ESWT treatment. Basically, I needed to go thru all the other conservative treatments (stretches, orthotics, etc) before my insurance would approve the ESWT. Sorry to hear you had to stop your nursing job. Is this a temporary change for you? Hope you everything goes well for you! Lynn

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Bev N on 2/10/03 at 12:22 (108684)

Lynn S., How are you doing since your ESWT? Are you still in your walking cast? Bev

Re: To Bev:

Bev N on 2/10/03 at 12:50 (108689)

Molly, Please keep us posted as to your progress. I have read so many posts on here of failure ESWT's that we are hungry to hear of success stories! Yhanks, Bev

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Dr Z on 2/04/03 at 14:43 (107963)

Glad you are on your way to healing. We have used high energy for chronic insertional plantar fasciitis. Our patients are very happy with this type of ESWT

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/04/03 at 20:39 (108012)

Molly, glad you're doing so well with your treatment. I've received the ESWT Ossatron Treatment on two occasions - the first treatment was bilaterally on 8/14/02. I had to repeat the treatment with the Ossatron on my left foot on 12/20/02. It's now a good 6 weeks post treatment and I'm still having some pain. My dr. is now having me wear a walking cast. So it's still a bit of a waiting game to see what happens.

Has anyone ever had the ESWT Ossatron treatment more than twice with good results?

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Molly on 2/05/03 at 07:03 (108051)

Lynn: Where did you have the treatment done? In Toronto or the US?

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn on 2/05/03 at 16:56 (108107)

Hello Lynn
I too have had Ossatron twice.
first in August to no relief (worsened )
had a repeat treatment of the Ossatron on Monday 27January
in Shreveport La.
He puts you in a walking boot from the get go
this time he told me just 10days in the boot but do streching of the pf and achilles and calf strech several times a day
Vioxx 50 mg 10 days then cut to 25 mg
I am having less pain in the boot but that is not a realist judgement
come out of the boot tomorrow but have stayed at home off my feet most of the time.
I get around in the house and walk to the door to let the dog out but that has been about it.
I wonder what post op treatment others are doing?
Good luck to you.
Georgette

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/05/03 at 21:47 (108153)

Molly, I had the Ossatron procedure done in the US - Greeley, CO

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Molly on 2/06/03 at 07:35 (108174)

Wow, the only post-op treatment they gave me was to not take any anti-inflamatories: Advil, Asprin, etc. only Tylenol. And of course no going barefoot, and to take it easy for a few weeks. I got no boot or anything. But I have to say I'm doing great, almost no pain at all. I'm amazed. After four years it's wonderful. I think they do things differently in Canada and I think the machine is a lot stronger from what I understand. Good luck to all the sufferers, this PF is horrible to live with.

Molly

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Bev N on 2/06/03 at 09:20 (108184)

Thankyou for all of the info. Do you mind telling the cost of your ESWT and if insurance paid for any of it? I really, really appreciate all of your input and help on these boards, thankyou everyone!What is the name of your doctor there in Toronto if you are able to say. Do you live in Canada?

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Molly on 2/06/03 at 09:27 (108185)

My insurance (Cigna-PPO) did not cover it at all. I don't think many US insurance will, but it's worth looking into. I paid $1,700 US Dollars in Cananda for the procedure. They requested I bring ultrasound results with me and since I was having trouble having anyone do it here in Tampa without a 'reason' other than 'going to Canada', I had it done up there for an additional $114 US.

I do not live in Canada, I live in Tampa, Florida, but am VERY lucky to have my best friend living up in Toronto so I was able to stay with her. But the clinic will put you up in a hotel that is right across the street and will give you a discount I believe. Dr. Gordon is the doctor there and it's through Bayshore Pain Clinic, the link of which is on this site. My contact there was Cori Liuzzi, her email is (email removed) and she's very good about replying.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Ed T. on 2/06/03 at 10:28 (108201)

Lynn:
Who did it? I'm in Denver trying to find some recommendations. Thanks.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Teresa L on 2/06/03 at 18:45 (108271)

Hello, I am scheduled for extra corpal shock wave therapy on Feb 17, and the cost I am told is 3000 per foot, and I just got approval from my insurance that I can do it, not sure how much they are gonna pay yet, but I do have two insurances, my doctor told me that its being done in Texas, and Ohio, but it will be on a mobile van and it will drive to Beckley, West Virginia, I have heel spurs on both feet, I work 10 1/2 hrs a day on my feet, I have been getting cortazone shots now for 4 years, some every 6 months and some as soon as 6 weeks. I also take 200 to400 Mg of celebrex a day, but I am off of it 3 weeks prior to treatment. I will keep you posted to the results. Teresa IN West Virginia

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

nancy s. on 2/06/03 at 18:52 (108272)

teresa, i wish you all the luck in the world with your upcoming eswt!

the number of cortisone shots you've been having rang big warning bells in my head. it sounds like too much -- at the level possibly considered dangerous. i hope you'll not allow that to continue. please read the heel pain book here for more info. we have a poster on the board right now whose fascia ruptured spontaneously, most likely due to steroid injections. they're an invasive treatment, not to be taken lightly.

believe me, you don't want that to happen.

eswt is a great choice, and i hope you have very successful results from it.

nancy
.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/06/03 at 20:24 (108283)

Bev, my insurance did cover the cost of the treatment. I had it done in the US - Greeley, CO The original cost was going to be approximately $9,000 for both feet (all costs included). My insurance negotiated the fee to $4800 and Ossatron accepted it. The 2nd treatment on my left foot only did not cost me anything - this was included in the original fee.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Sunny Jacob, Bayshore on 2/06/03 at 20:56 (108287)

Molly,
Thank you for providing information about your ESWT treatment at Bayshore in Toronto in your own words.
For the readers, let me clarify our fee structure. According to the patient's condition and time availability we recommend either low intensity or high intensity ESWT. For the majority of patients we recommend low intensity. Our fee for low intensity ESWT (3 sessions) is USD 1,050.--. For high intensity ESWT (1 session) the total fee is USD 1,700.--. This includes the anesthesist's fee and the orthopedic surgeon's fee. Both treatments can be booked through (email removed)

Re: To Sunny:

Molly on 2/07/03 at 07:34 (108312)

Sunny: I never really understood the reason for recommending lower intensity over higher, other than the price. Is lower actually better? Better results? I had a hard time deciding between the two but chose higher because I didn't have the time to spend up in Toronto needed for the low intensity.

Re: To Sunny:

Sunny Jacob, Bayshore on 2/07/03 at 08:26 (108322)

Molly,
In addition to the price advantage and the fact that anesthesia is not required, we do recommend low energy ESWT for most tendonitis cases. To date, for the last 6 to 7 years, including Europe, Australia and Canada, most of the research and experience in treating tendonitis was by low energy.
The first equipment manufacturer who applied for FDA in USA applied for a high energy equipment and therefore in USA for example PF treatment has since been performed mostly with high energy equipment. As you know, high energy also requires the service of an anesthesist and, in our case, also an orthopedic surgeon.
For treating tendonitis in very specific cases, for example treating a site which has formation of scar tissue from surgery, our specialist may recommend high energy ESWT
In either case if proper treatment protocol is followed the result may be the same. If the patient insists on a one day treatment with high energy, we will provide it.
At Bayshore we treat various tendonitis and also non-union of fracture with ESWT. For non-union of fracture, only high energy ESWT can be used for a successful outcome.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

BrianG on 2/07/03 at 20:52 (108416)

Hi Teresa,

I'd be careful going back to your old job, after the treatment. If you don't give it enough rest, you could end up right back wher you started. Like they say, 'listen to your feet', they will tell you when your ready to go back to work. Not a doctor, not an insurance company!!

Good luck
BrianG

Re: To Sunny:

john h on 2/08/03 at 10:42 (108458)

My non medical opinion is that people may benefit from either high or low energy. Post on this board seem to bear that out.I have the feeling that where you place that narrow beam is as important as the power. You must get the beam on the pain generator (i think) to have any success. Not an easy job to do. this is perhaps why some people require multiple treatments before they see a major benefit.

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Teresa L on 2/08/03 at 10:43 (108459)

Ok, Sounds like good advice. I am hoping that the down time is very minimual, I hope to return two work three days after the treatment but at the most I can take 7 days off. I will keep you posted. Teresa

Re: To Sunny:

Bev N on 2/08/03 at 11:20 (108465)

Molly, How are you doing since your ESWT ? Was that done for PF?
Did you have it in both feet? Thanks, Bev

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Bev N on 2/08/03 at 11:28 (108468)

Lynn, How are things going since yoour ESWT? Any progress toward less pain? Please keep us informed. Thanks, Bev

Re: ESWT just done in US - Greeley, CO- High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/08/03 at 12:01 (108476)

Bev, it's been 7 weeks now since the treatment. I've been wearing the walking boot for one week. I can definitely say that I have less pain this week than last week. Actually, it's very encouraging. I'll keep you posted. Lynn

Re: ESWT just done in US - Greeley, CO- High Intensity

Lynn on 2/08/03 at 18:01 (108501)

how long are you to wear the boot?
is this your first ossatron?
i had my second ossatron Jan 27 and wore the boot 10 days now out of it and doing well
georgette

Re: ESWT just done in US - Greeley, CO- High Intensity

Lynn S on 2/08/03 at 19:01 (108514)

Georgette, this is my 2nd treatment. I'm not sure how long I'll be wearing the boot - but the impression I had from my dr. when he gave me the boot was that I'd wear it for several weeks - especially since I had quite a bit of pain thru week 6 post treatment. Glad you're doing we well!! Lynn

Re: To Bev:

Molly on 2/08/03 at 21:22 (108527)

Hi Bev. Yes, I had High Intesnity ESWT done for PF in my left foot only. I've suffered with PF for 4 years, going on 5 and my life has completely changed because of it. It has been one week since my procedure, and I have to say my foot has improved drastically. It's not 100 percent by any means. But that constanting 'stinging' I had in my foot has decreased. I went to Walmart today and got the motorized cart because I'm still afraid to be on my feet too long. That may take a while for me to adjust to. It still gets sore if I'm on them too long so I'm trying to take it as easy as I can, after all, it was only a week ago I had it done.

Re: To Bev:

Bev N on 2/09/03 at 07:54 (108551)

Molly,Georgette,Lynn, How are you handling your jobs as you receive all of your treatments, and as you have been-a-goin' through all of this? I had to stop nursing 3 months ago due to the severe pain, are you all able to work, what kind of work are you doing that you could still continue with it? Do your employers hold your positions for you? I have only been suffering with this for one year,and all of you had it many years, what took you so long before you decided on ESWT? Thankyou for all of your help in me deciding as to where to go from here and how to handle my PF, I surely do thank all of you for sharing with all of us PF'ers. Thanks, Bev N

Re: To Bev:

Molly on 2/09/03 at 08:22 (108556)

Bev: I am extremely lucky in that for my job I sit all day long. I am a legal secretary and only have to walk to the copier and back a few times a day, and even that, we have a copy company that could and will come to my desk and help me out with a just a phone call. I've often thought what in the world I would have done if I where a nurse or a teacher and had a job that required me to be on my feet all day, there is just no way I could have kept working. Some days it was agony just to walk to the copier or the restroom!

I actually tried ESWT twice before in 2000, but with the 'orabosone' machine in Ft. Myers Florida, which I'm sorry to say was a complete waste of my time and money. It did nothing and I wished I had gone to Tornoto then and not wasted 3 more years of my life.

Re: To Bev:

Lynn S on 2/09/03 at 21:33 (108638)

Bev, I'm a rehabilitation counselor - so I have a sedentary job basically. I had been diagnosed with PF for one year before I had the ESWT treatment. Basically, I needed to go thru all the other conservative treatments (stretches, orthotics, etc) before my insurance would approve the ESWT. Sorry to hear you had to stop your nursing job. Is this a temporary change for you? Hope you everything goes well for you! Lynn

Re: ESWT just done in Toronto - High Intensity

Bev N on 2/10/03 at 12:22 (108684)

Lynn S., How are you doing since your ESWT? Are you still in your walking cast? Bev

Re: To Bev:

Bev N on 2/10/03 at 12:50 (108689)

Molly, Please keep us posted as to your progress. I have read so many posts on here of failure ESWT's that we are hungry to hear of success stories! Yhanks, Bev