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Six Years Later, Doctors Still Don't Know

Posted by Bob F on 10/16/03 at 06:54 (134104)

Six years ago I fell in a hole jusst over 30 feet. I was lucky enough to land on my feet, but that's were the lucky ends. I had pain for about two weeks then it seem to get better. Then about a week passed and the pain came back stronger than in the beginning. I have the pain equally in both heels from the start. I have had two PF releases on the left heel, and osatron on the right. I have had the nerve block, cordizone shots, Taping, PT, insoles and everything they normally do. At this point the left heel has the added pain of the scar tissue. The doctors were trying to see if the pain might be somewhat caused by the disk problems in my lower back. The doctors are saying they don't see anything else they can do for me at this point, I should learn to love with it. I live in southern california and would appreciate it if you could help me find a doctor that might help me. I would like also to fined a clinic or pain center that can run tests and evaluate me to try to nail down the cause of this pain. Living with this pain is not much of an option, too much to get done. Thanks Bob (41 years old)

Re: Six Years Later, Doctors Still Don't Know

Dr. David S. Wander on 10/16/03 at 08:19 (134112)

Have you had an MRI or CT scan to rule any fractures of the calcaneus (heel bone). Calcaneal fractures are very common after the injury you describe and so are spine injuries. Calcaneal fractures can be very difficult to see on traditional x-rays and if misdiagnosed can result in chronic pain.

Re: Six Years Later, Doctors Still Don't Know

Dr. Z on 10/16/03 at 20:43 (134205)

Bob,
If there have been mri and or CT scan done and they are normal then a pain management specialist may beable to help you control the pain. What kind of nerve block did you have?

Re: Six Years Later, Doctors Still Don't Know

Bob F on 10/18/03 at 12:43 (134565)

I had a MRI done on the feet and the lower back. The feet were normal, the back has a couple of bulging disks. The block was done a few years ago, don't remember excact name, but was in the lower back. It produced no results. It's getting harder to trust these doctors anymore, there too quick to jump to an opinion. Example being one pain management doctor after talking to me for just a couple of minutes, no examination. Suggested that I let him do a spinal cord stimulation to relieve the pain. He like the rest of them can only speculate what's causing the problem. I think it's better at this point before I let anyone cut into me again, they have an idea what's causing the pain. Before it was I think this is was causing it, so let's try this surgery attatude. Seems when I was a kid doctors could fix anything, Growing up is a reality check.