2 month check upPosted by Terri on 3/09/04 at 19:54 (146566)
Things have gone so well that I'm now scheduling the left foot to be done in April. Have asked for the end of the month, we'll see what they've got available. I had told myself if I experienced even a 50% improvement, I'd go for it. I'm definitely at 50% and hoping for 90% by the time I'm completely healed. I figure if I wait one month for surgery, then off my feet for another 3 weeks, that will give the right foot another 2 months of recovery time. Should be in real good shape by that time.
I did tell the dr I don't want him to release the nerve to the heel this time, it really bothers me having that numb area. Not that it's painful, just so strange. He told me he normally does it because he's had so many patients come back with heel pain and ends up doing a minor surgery to release it or trying to deaden it with an alcohol shot. I told him I'd think about it more and let him know for sure the day of the surgery. Meanwhile, I'd like to hear from some of you as to the benefits/drawbacks of releasing the medial (?) nerve if you don't mind. Another thing to keep in mind is that many years ago I had a stress fracture in the left heel and sometimes still have some pain there. Maybe in that case it would be beneficial to release the nerve???
Thanks everyone for your support and advice here. I'm so very glad I found such a good group!
Re: Question for Terriwendyn on 3/09/04 at 20:17 (146568)
Terri, are you the same person that posted that you are still take Neurontin?
Re: Question for TerriTerri on 3/10/04 at 10:31 (146603)
Yes, I do. I know it's helped with the cramping also. My ex-husband has MS and he was on it as well to help with muscle spasms. His dr explained that this is a medication used to treat epilepsy too. Even being on it, pre-surgery, if I was on my feet too long I would still get the spasms. Now I can even point my toes and squat down on my foot with no trouble.
Re: Question for Terriwendyn on 3/10/04 at 20:46 (146641)
Terri, how can you accurately gauge the success of your surgery if you are still on neurontin? I'm not second guessing that you've had relief, just wondering how you are gauging the 50% success if you are still on the medication. If the surgery worked, shouldn't you be able to stop taking it?
Re: Question for TerriAnn L on 3/11/04 at 00:33 (146666)
I'm not sure what Terri's doc has planned for her, but my podiatrist plans to keep me on the high dose of Neurontin I've been on for 4months post-op, then start tapering. That is to lessen the pain while my nerves come back alive. (He's not the surgeon - I was operated on by a orthopedist that is a foot and ankle specialist. He is relying on my pod to manage my medications during my recovery - other than immediately post op)
Re: Question for Terriwendyn on 3/11/04 at 08:39 (146675)
Ann, I guess it makes sense to taper off. I'm just not sure how you can tell if the surgery has done its job until after you've stopped all the medication.
Re: Question for TerriTerri on 3/13/04 at 10:05 (146864)
Sorry I haven't answered anyone lately, was down with the flu. At least I found out one thing, being off the neurontin while I was sick, I didn't notice any worsening in the operated foot. However, the un-operated foot has been giving me fits! I haven't been able to keep anything down, therefore haven't taken any meds for 3 days now. I don't know how long neurontin stays in your system after you quit taking it though.
Re: 2 month check upTerri on 3/13/04 at 10:30 (146866)
Besides the neurontin question, could someone advise me about their results/reasons for the release of the medial nerve please?
Re: Question for Terriwendyn on 3/13/04 at 17:17 (146889)
Terri - I had a similar flu a few weeks ago. You have my sympathy!!