Well I had my sugeryPosted by jeffery on 5/25/04 at 06:27 (151175)
Well I had my surgery Wed. I am sorry to disappoint all of you, but my feet couldn't get any worse. I have been suffering for five years with this condition, and tried literally every possible treatment and therapy out there. I want my life back well what is left of it. I know this surgery was risky and there is a chance it could be very painful but I am going for it. I think the worst chance to take in life is to not take a chance at all. This can potentially be a destructive philosophy, but it is all I have left. I have seen four Doctors regarding my TTS they all recommended surgery. The doctors I saw were of diverse background: two are pain management doctors, another a foot and ankle specialist, another an orthopedic surgeon.
There is another side to this coin, what exactly am I expecting from this surgery? Am I expecting to be pain free in a few months, no I want to reduce the severity of my pain. Right now my pain at its worst off the charts, I would like to try and cut my pain in half. I think there is no quick fix for my foot problems. I think what is ultimately going to give me relief is a combination of treatments: physical therapy, stretching, orthodics, footrest, and anti-inflammatory. I would simply like to go from 5 vicodin a day to maybe 1 or 2, and instead of 2 pamalor (anti-depressant also used for chronic pain especially neuropathy) to maybe 1.
It may sound as if I have given up hope, but I just have been let down by so many doctors and treatments. It really crushes me when I get my hopes up and my feet don't get better. There is a chance my feet will be pain free, but I also want to be realistic.
I feel really good although my pain for the last few weeks has been restricted to when I stand for more than about 15 min. When I am on my feet in a regular week I would have constant pain even at rest. My relief is due to the amount of time I have spent resting my feet. I am a real estate agent so I can sort of control the amount of time I spend on my feet. But this lifestyle definitely has an effect on the amount of money I make. I get so frustrated I could be so much more successful.
I have a cast on the foot I had surgery on. The cast goes all the way up to my knee. The cast will be on for three weeks, this to protect the incision and to prevent me from moving my foot. My doctor said one of the biggest problems with this procedure is the growth of scare tissue. There is to be no weight bearing on the foot for at least a month and a half.
Some good news is there were no scare tissue present and no visible signs of damage to my nerve. He did say that the nerve was flattened and he could see were it was being restricted.
I will keep you all posted on my progress, thank you so much for all your help.
Re: Well I had my sugeryKaren C. on 5/25/04 at 08:14 (151180)
Hang in there! As with any surgery, the first few days are usually the worse. You said you feel that you are at the worse pain level possible, just remember that means you can only feel better from here on out. Take it easy and take care of yourself.
Re: Well I had my sugeryClaire on 5/25/04 at 09:57 (151183)
Hi Jeffery. Hang in there, i know exactly how you feel. The recovery is a long slow process, try to stay positive, although i know it is very hard. I had surgery two months ago and have just returned to work. So far i have no relief but it is early days. Be patient and take care.
Re: Well I had my sugerylauriel on 5/25/04 at 10:58 (151190)
jeffrey, wishing a good recovery. I had TTS surgery 12/02. It is a long healing process, It took me months, but now I am battling Plantar fasciatis (sp) you are right about the scar tissue. Make sure you get a PT that has TTS experience. I started about 7 weeks aftert surgery. it was a godsend.
Make sure you talk to the pT about scar tissue. I had started developing it and the one PT wasnt working the incision, he left and the new PT started massaging a certain way to break up what little was there and to keep more from forming. I had a lot of ups and downs, over several months. I still get occasional zingers.
Just think positive and dont try to rush anything.
Re: Well I had my sugeryTerri on 5/26/04 at 06:29 (151265)
Jeffrey, please don't think you were 'disappointing' anyone here. We were just concerned over the speed of the surgery being scheduled and performed. You've explained a bit more here of the steps you've gone through to get to this point and it's very understandable.
The important thing to do now is listen to your dr and don't push your recovery! My surgery was Jan 2nd and I've been up, down and sideways since. I also said if I had even a 50% improvement, I'd be happy. I think I'm definitely there now but it's been a long, strange trip (to paraphrase a popular song)! And I'm still healing. Most of us won't know the extent of success for up to a year after surgery.
Keep us posted with your recovery and remember to ice and elevate. You can put an ice pack behind your knee.