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Posted by BarryL on 3/13/04 at 22:20 (146905)

I have been dealing with PF for over 2 years. I suspect it was from years of jogging. I tried stretching and special shoes, it actually eliminated pain from my right foot but not the left. I taped and used a gel insert and sucked down two alleves just to get through a day of work. A friend of mine recommend Vioxx which he took for shoulder pain. After one tablet the pain was gone, absolutely gone, no pain in the morning or anytime. It has been 3 days now since I have been taking it and I amazed that the pain is gone. I will update after I have taken Vioxx longer.

Barry

Re: Vioxx

JudyB on 3/13/04 at 22:48 (146908)

Do you having burning pain too?

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BarryL on 3/13/04 at 23:35 (146910)

I can't say a burning feeling. I would say a 'rather cut my foot off' feeling. I can only call it pain.

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Ed Davis, DPM on 3/14/04 at 18:07 (146986)

Barry:
I like Vioxx. Be a bit careful as oral agents can sometimes mask pain and allow things to get worse, sometimes not. Need to see if pain stays away when off Vioxx.
Ed

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BarryL on 3/14/04 at 20:37 (147015)

Ed,

I agree with you. My next option was surgery but I see on this message board that it hasn't helped people either. I would be concerned if I was masking a break or a tear. I have been to specialists and I can't get rid of the pain so I would rather not feel it. My wife (the hypochondriac) had Vioxx laying everywhere and didn't know what it was for, I looked it up on the internet and took one, the pain was all gone by the morning. I went two days without taking it and all of the pain is back. I am on my feet all day at work and this have been a welcome relief. If anyone has had bad experiences with Vioxx I would like to know.

Barry

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john h on 3/15/04 at 08:48 (147031)

Barry: Vioxx is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. Mostly for arthritis as arthritis patients take it only once a day and unlike aspirin it rarely effects the stomach and cause ulcers. Ther was a recent flap about vioxx and celebrex its brother causing some sort of problem but I do not remember what it was. I tried both vioxx and celebrex and neither helped me. As you know both are anti inflamatory type drugs and have been on the market long enough for problems to surface, You are very very lucky if you have found relief from vioxx as most of us have had no success with anti inflamatories. I have tried virtually every anti inflamatory in the book with no success (8 years and counting). If this drug is helping then by all means do not over and let the drug do its work for several months and hopefully you can cure this devil.

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john h on 3/15/04 at 08:51 (147032)

When I first developed PF I described my pain as 'burning'. As time went on it became more of an aching type pain or like standing on a marble. Pain has always been very much in a confined area about the size of a quarter or half dollar on the instep where the fasia ties into the heel.I can usually reproduce the pain by pressing on the spot rather hard with my thumb.

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Ed Davis, DPM on 3/15/04 at 09:02 (147035)

Barry:
That is very expensive stuff your wife has 'laying everywhere.' You may have a great insurance plan if it is picking up the bulk of th cost. Yes, surgery is a last resort as ESWT (see the board dedicated to this and Scott's Heel Pain Book) has replaced most such surgeries.
Ed

Re: Vioxx

Sher A on 3/15/04 at 19:01 (147078)

Barry,

Re Vioxx, please check out this article:

http://my.webmd.com/content/article/83/97855.htm

There seems to be a risk of heart attack, if you are also taking blood pressure medication. I had read somewhere where this only applied to Vioxx, and not Celebrex. Personally, neither of them helped me. I'd give anything to mask the pain even if for a couple of hours, but the doctors around here don't believe in helping with the pain aspect of it.

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BarryL on 3/15/04 at 19:47 (147082)

This is the first day I worked after taking Vioxx and so far so good. I am on my feet probably about 7 hours out of a 9 and a half hour work day. I could start to feel it at the end of the day but not all day like before. I used to have it in both feet but now only my left foot. I wish I could figure that out.

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Ed Davis, DPM on 3/18/04 at 23:34 (147277)

Sher:
The so-called Vioxx - heart attack link exists only because Vioxx was studied in that light and Celebrex was not. Here is the issue: classical anti-inflammatories (eg. Motrin) act as blood 'thinners' as well. As such, when comparing two groups of people with heart disease, one group on Motrin and one on Vioxx, the Vioxx group will look worse because they are not getting the blood thinning effect which is helpful in preventing heart attacks. Say, for example, that the same study was performed, only this time, those who are on Vioxx take one baby aspirin (81 mg.) per day along with the Vioxx -- now the outcomes may look very different.
Ed