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An Update...and a question

Posted by Michelle M on 11/23/04 at 11:46 (164603)

Hi everyone,

I went to the pain clinic yesterday and they confirmed that I have a mild case of RSD combined with the previous diagnosis of plantar nerve entrapment. As a first course of action, the doctor wanted to put me on Neurontin. But he decided to wait on that until after I defend my Ph.D. thesis (which is in 2.5 weeks... I will probably need full cognitive function to get through!!). So he told me to add 2g/day of aspirin to the Celebrex (400mg/day) that I am already taking.

When I asked about nerve blocks as a possible course of action and as a diagnostic to prove the RSD, the doctor told me that I 'didn't need that right now'.

This confuses me since I thought early action was the best way to treat RSD. When I pressed him on it, he just repeated that since I can stand and walk (for only a total of 5 min) I am not 'bad' enough to warrant nerve blocks. I am kind of confused on this. Why wait until I am bad?

Any thoughts would be appreciated

Thanks for everything you all have offered so far!

-- Michelle M

Re: An Update...and a question

Dr. Z on 11/23/04 at 12:51 (164605)

Hi

I would get a 2nd opinion. This is an important call.

Re: An Update...and a question

ed o n on 11/25/04 at 22:35 (164722)

MICHELLE
I HAVE HAD THREE TARSAL TUNNEL SUGERYS WHICH DID HELP.
ALONG WITH MEDICATIONS I WORKED FOR ANOTHER 12 YEARS WITH PAIN.
NOW I CANT STAND TO BE ON MY FEET ABOUT 10 MINITUES A DAY.
I SPEND ABOUT 90 TO 95 PERCENT OF MY TIME FLAT ON MY BACK
WHAT A LIFE AFTER BEING UP AND WALKING ABOUT 15 MILES A DAY.
MY DOCTOR SAYS I HAVE TTS AGAIN AND CPS.BOTH ANKELS SWELL UP ON THE I NSIDE WHERE I HAD TTS SURGERY.FROM MY ANKEL BONE TO THE BOTTOM OF MY
FEET. THEY GO TO SLEEP I HAVE STABBING PAIN IN BOTH. LIKE SOMEONE IS
SHOVEING A KNIFE INTO THE SIDES OF THEM. AND SHOOTING PAIN GOES UP MY LEGS.THE DOTOR SAYS I HAVE ALOT OF NERVE DAMAGE AND SCARE TISSUE IN
THEM. I COULD GO ON WITH MORE EFFECTS THAT IT GIVES ME.
ANYWAY IAM GETTING STYEROID INJECTION ONCE A MONTH IN MY ANKELS AND IT
TAKES THE FIRE OUT OF THEM.BEFORE I HAD THE INJECTIONS IT FELT LIKE
SOMEONE THREW GAS ON THEM AND LIT THEM WITH A MATCH. IT FELT LIKE THEY
WERE ON FIRE IT ABOUT DROVE ME OUT OF MY MIND.SO THE INJECTIONS DO HELP
THAT PART FOR ME.HE ALSO SAYS THAT STYERIODS WILL HELP BRAKE SCARE TISSUE.
I HAVE ALOT OF FAITH IN THIS DOCTOR HE STUDYS TTS AND WRITES ARTICLES ON
TTS.I HAVE SCEAN 20 SOME DOCTORS OVER THE YEAR.I PRAY HE CAN HELP ME
HAVE A SOME WHAT OF A LIFE AGAIN. SO NERVE BLOCKS AND STYEROID INJECTIONS
MIGHT HELP YOU.

.

Re: An Update...and a question

jewel877 on 1/16/05 at 03:33 (167311)

WHERE IS THIS DOC LOCATED? HE SOUNDS VERY GOOD
I AM 2 HRS NORTH OF L.A.
THANKS