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Old 10-23-2007, 02:44 PM   #1
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Hi all.

Okay, here is what I am dealing with. A foot that at times is so painful I can't stand to have a blanket laid over it. Intense pain when walking. Causes me to limp as I try to keep weight off it. Excruciating to take off my shoe...to the point of tears. Hurts more when weight is coming off foot (i.e. when starting to lift foot up) then when weight is first put on foot.

Problem is the pain comes and goes. When it comes it lasts a good day or two. Then will be gone for a day or so (although there is lingering pain to a degree.) Then it's right back as intense as ever.

I am just at my wits end. X-ray showed very mild beginning arthritis but no stress fracture. Tests were negative for gout. I am scheduled for a MRI on the 29th to check again for stress fracture.

I am on my feet most of my 8 hour work day. I am overweight also.

Any clues at all to what this could be??? I think I am losing it!!

Thanks for any advice.
lynn40

 
Old 10-23-2007, 07:06 PM   #2
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Wow! That sounds frustrating an painful. My only thought might be nerve damage of some sort but that's just conjecture. Hope the MRI comes up with something for you.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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Misfish-

Thanks for the input. I, too, am hoping for some good info from the MRI.

lynn40

 
Old 10-24-2007, 04:47 AM   #4
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Is the pain in any particular area of the foot?

 
Old 10-24-2007, 08:28 PM   #5
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CTMom-

Most definitely! The pain is on the top of the foot---dead center. I have never, ever had foot pain even being overweight. I can not wait to have the MRI of my foot on the 29th. Then I am scheduled to see a foot specialist on Nov. 1.

I wish I could find SOMETHING, ANYTHING about this. I am at a total loss.

Any ideas???

Thanks, lynn

 
Old 10-26-2007, 12:50 PM   #6
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hi did you find out what the problem was,i have a similar problem pain and i walk with a limp thanks teresa

 
Old 10-26-2007, 07:20 PM   #7
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Teresa-

No, still don't know what's going on. I have my MRI this Monday and then I meet with a foot specialist on Thursday. I just want to find out what the heck is goin on.

How long have you been having your pain? Have you seen anyone for it?

I'll update the board when I find out more.

Take care,
Lynn

 
Old 11-04-2007, 09:14 AM   #8
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Lynn40
I do not know if you have been sorted out yet, but I am currently having possibly what I believe to sound exactly the same problem you are currently having,( my shin pain first developed about 8 yrs ago) but with me it was at first my right shin, any weight clothing ( trousers leg , the quilt on my bed or if it was windy the wind would hurt my shin and any vibrations or loud noise ( tv, music)and I also found walking or being on my feet for short periods also very painfull I am also unable to bear my wife's legs bumping against mine whilst in bed at night on my bad days.The only way I can describe the pain is that it is simmular to being kicked continuosly and hard in my shin,as time has gone by I have the same problem in my left shin and I have recently developed hot ,stinging sharp stabbing pains in the back of both legs, at the present time my doctor has informed me the problem I have problem is called Neuropathic pain ( I do recieve M R I scans and I seem to have one every year for the past few years) which is caused by certain diseases such as having had shingles at some time in the past or diabetes and other conditions which causes damage to nerve endings I had recieved Cortisone injections but they never have any effect, although the do I believe they do work for certain conditions.
I was prescribed Gabapentin tablets about 4 yrs ago which I found to be very effective when a certain dose level was reached, (at the moment I also have muscle weakness problems which appeared long before the problems with my legs which is currently being investigated due to the fact that a M R I scan I recieved for the neck a month ago showed futher disc degeneration discs and some damage to part of the spinal cord and a problem with some sort of vessel ( I cannot remember it's name ) but which is the reason that I am having hearing problems, I have recieved a appointment for the Neurologyst as it affects both legs and arms ,I should point out that my doctor believes that the problems are not connected) I do also have other diagnosed health conditions which do not help ( I have also just been prescribed Durogesic patches which I also use while taking other prescribed medication for other conditions I have, I have a lot of days when I am unable to walk around my home due to the severe pain and muscle weakness .Some days I either do not move around my home or feel the need to use my wheelchair
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I do hope that your problem get's sorted or identified soon or at least recieve a effective treatment ,as I know how annoying it can be when you are in a lot of pain ,and no-one seems to be able pin-point what the problem is
Best wishes

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Old 11-04-2007, 12:07 PM   #9
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Hi there everyone. So sorry I hadn't read this thread in a while. Thought I had subscribed to it but I hadn't. Bummer.

Anyway, I did a new post called "So here's what I found out" but I will recap here for you all.

I had an MRI this past Monday. Saw a podiatrist on Thursday. Didn't care much for the doc..absolutely no bedside manner at all, but at least he did seem to know his medicine.

Anyway, he felt my foot in all areas, squeezing and pushing...rotated foot around and flexed it back and forth. When he touch the sore are on top right of foot I flinched every time. So he pulled up the MRI and showed me the area on there it had a lot of fluid. He said that means it is inflammed.
Said he couldn't tell me exactly why it got inflammed.

He did say my "cuboid" and "navicular" bones are joined together by a bony structure. Said this is not normal but that I was born with it. He said something has triggered the inflammation of that bone and that's why it hurts.

Gave me a cortisone shot that hurt like crazy!!! But after foot felt so good. I could actually hop on it where before I couldn't walk on it. He told me to wear these orthotics I already had and see how that does along with the cort. shot. If pain returns he said they'd mold me some orthotics using my own feet...if still pain he will have to surgically remove the bone. Really hoping against this.

I don't know which felt better when I left that office....having the relief in my foot or finally finding out it wasn't all in my head and to get a real diagnosis! So happy to know what is going on.

I can tell the shot helped a lot cause I took my 16 year old to the mall and as we were walking in he said, "Wow, Mom your foot MUST feel a lot better. You're walking normal." Guess I didn't realize it was so bad.

Well, thanks again everyone for all your input, advice, and stories. I hope any of you who don't know what's going on yet will see either a pod. or a orthopedic dr. Don't give up. Hang in there.

Take care,
Lynn

 
Old 11-04-2007, 12:18 PM   #10
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p.s.

I forgot to mention I think the technical name of what I have is "tarsal coaliton." You search the term online to find some good info if it sounds like something you have.

Lynn

 
Old 11-04-2007, 02:59 PM   #11
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Lynn,

Glad you got some relief - and from your pod! Hope the conservative route works and you don't need surgery.

After your post about the bedside manner of your pod, I saw a thread here about OS vs Pod and there seems to be both sides. Think it all depends on the pod and, at the very least, he needs to be board certified to do surgery. I did have an OS here who specialized in foot/ankle so I chose him. I don't think it's a one vs. the other; I think it depends on their qualifications, if you're comfortable with them, etc.

Funny I just an ad in the newspaper from my pod who is touting "don't be afraid of bunion surgyery...new process means less recovery time" or something like that. Not sure what it's all about but in checking his web site didn't see it mentioned. You never know.

Good luck!

Mary

 
Old 11-05-2007, 03:48 PM   #12
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Yea, I think there are great pod out there as well as great ortho. The guy I had just had the bedside manner of an icecube...ha ha!

Well, I was saying how great I feel and today I felt just a twinge of the old pain in my foot. I wish I didn't have a job where I stand, walk, and lift most of the day. I love my job but it is quite punishing on the feet. Being overweight doesn't help much either.

I couldn't find the old orthotics I had so I bought some at the store. I don't think the arches are firm enough so I am going to have hubby buy me some better ones tomorrow. If the pain does come back I will definitely go in and have either the pod or ortho make me some specially designed for my feet.

For now I am staying positive. The cort felt so great the first day and I know it is too early for it to be wearing off. So I will just watch and see.

Lynn

 
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