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Old 01-13-2013, 08:04 PM   #16
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

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Dr #1 sounds like a class act. Like anyone would make this stuff up. Jerk. When I told my local ortho that I was going to Myerson (I had already been to 2 others including a doc at Duke) he said "Great! He wrote the book on this stuff". You'll be in good hands.
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Yes he was a HUGE jerk.... so glad when I switched. I was a nervous wreck though - afraid this second doc would be the same way. He hasn't been thankfully. I am relived that he is man enough to admit he doesn't know all the answers and to send me to Mercy Hospital instead. That says alot to me about my doctor - that he wants to do things right and make sure everything is up to "snuff"

Thanks so much for the encouragement Ginger - I really have felt crazy or that I was overreacting or something. It is a relief to be encouraged and to know I'm not alone and I'm NOT crazy....

I just wrote a list of all the issues I'm still having with my ankle - to bring with me on Tuesday (so I don't forget)

Thanks again everyone - my mental state is much bbetter than it has been in a while!

 
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:11 PM   #17
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

I'm doing well I think. It's hard to tell this early. I'm slower to weight bear this time around, and I've had more pain. But it was a more invasive surgery I think... Merging two tendons. But today I did 4 hours of housework (happily and yes, some sitting) mostly on one crutch and a little FWB and I'm ok! I was wicked swollen but I'm not really hurting more than usual. I am going to take it easy (if I can while teaching!) tomorrow so I don't push it. I'm more hopeful today than I was last week. I was really down since I couldn't weight bear much. Thanks for asking!
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:14 PM   #18
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

Well that's good that you were able to get some housework done - and some with FWB - just don't over "do" it too soon/too quickly. I don't know how you are able to teach with all of this stuff going on. I have a desk job - as an insurance underwriter - and some days I can hardly make it through the day because of the pain, etc.... I cannot imagine teaching all day. Kudos to you! It is nice to catch up with you again.....I just wish it was under better circumstances for both of us! I hope tomorrow goes well for you at school...

 
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

When I got there for my consult I canvassed the waiting room just to see what everyone had to say. I knew I had to have this surgery and saved my money for 3 years since I knew I would be off work with no pay for up to 6 months. I was not going to hand myself over to someone just because they were closer to home. It was an inconvenience to travel that far(I flew in for the day just to have the consultation) but after meeting with them I would never have gone anywhere else. I did a ton of research and like I said, this was my one shot to get it done, so it had to be right. I made up my mind immediately, they made me that comfortable. I so, so hope this works out for you. What time is your appointment? (so I can have my fingers crossed for you!).
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:26 PM   #20
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

Wow, how did you find him? I have heard that the doctors at the Ankle Center at Mercy are some of the best in the state of MD. My appointment is at 1040am - they were supposed to send me paperwork to fill out - but I never received it. So I'm thinking we should get there around 10am. It would be wonderful if I could get the surgery scheduled - but because of workers comp, I''m not sure how realistic it is....but I am hoping/praying for the best. I took the day off on Tuesday, so hopefully I can touch base after the appointment and let everyone know

 
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

I found them on this board! There was another poster who lived in Raleigh and had also been to Duke. She had her surgery done at Mercy instead. I'm sure the Dr. at Duke is great but his attitude didn't jive with me if you know what I mean. I was there for 4 hours filling out tons of paperwork (some of it very personal survey type stuff. I guess because they are a teaching hospital but it made me very uncomfortable). I had to wait 3 months just to get the appt. w/Myerson, but once I got in there it was a cakewalk. I had to wait til after summer for the surgery anyway (had been in an Arizona brace for 2 years at that point). Good luck! Please let me know how it goes!
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

Will do! Thanks again for all the encouragement - I don't feel crazy or that I'm overreacting anymore

 
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

Wow Joy, sorry you've had such an awful time with doc #1. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you can get some answers soon. Look forward to hearing from you,,,,good luck!!

 
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

Hi Joy, glad you left that first dr!! When you schedule your surgery after your appt, be sure to put yourself on the list for cancellations. My surgery was scheduled 4 months out, but it turns out I am having surgery on Friday (2 months early) because of a cancellation. Good luck, let us know how it goes!

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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist ....

That is good to know. I'm not sure it would work as my case is workers comp. It took them over 2 months to approve the first surgery - I cannot imagine how long they will drag this one out. I have a lawyer, so if I do have
to have surgery - maybe he can make workers comp actually "work" a little faster.
Foot is pounding/throbbing/aching today. Some of it is the weather and some of it is becuase it's still so painful to drive!

 
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist...

Joy, you are going to the best doctors in the world! Dr. Myerson did a very complex surgery on me in October on one foot and we just did the other foot last week. I went to many doctors and even had surgery on both feet last year by another doctor who thought he knew what he was doing, he didn't. Dr. Myerson took out everything the previous doctor put in & started from scratch.
After 4 years, I finally feel like someone understands and actually knows how to fix it.
They will take you seriously and they will do everything humanly possible to fix it. I scheduled surgery during my first visit with Dr. Myerson. He did want a new MRI, but not before surgery was scheduled.
I had surgery on the 8th & I'm on zero weight bearing for at least 8 weeks.
Best of luck to you!!

 
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist...

Oh it is so good to hear all these things! I have been struggling for this
past year - since my surgery - and felt like nothing could be done to get me out of this pain, etc. You guys have given me hope again and reassured me that the pain is real and "not in my head" - thank you for that.

I am eager to see Dr. Jeng tomorrow, although I know I will be in a significant amount of pain when I leave - but it will be worth it - if he can figure out what is going on and take the next step.

My concern is workers comp. When I had surgery back in Feburary - I wasn't allowed to schedule a surgery date until they got the approval from workers comp. Then the doctor's office called me to set up a surgery date. I saw the doctor on the 12th of December - and wasn't able to schedule surgery until 2/22/12. So I am anxious about workers comp giving me a hard time about all of this......we shall see and I will hope that Dr. Jeng can give me some answers and help me through all this!

My foot/ankle has been pounding/throbbing all day, even with it elevated in a chair. It still KILLS me to drive long distances.... thankfully I have a friend, Judy, who is taking me to the appointment tomorrow. She took care of me after surgery last year and has "adopted" me as her daughter....so we'll see what happens tomorrow!
Thanks again for the reassurance and encouragement!

 
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist...

It's kind of odd that they didn't let you go to Mercy in the first place since you are right there in Baltimore. Could have done it right the first time, saved you a lot of pain and themselves a lot of money.
Stupid Feet, I'm glad you are of the same opinion about Dr. Myerson. I swear, after 5 minutes with him I was ready to sign up. You can just tell he knows what he's doing and is very confident (but not smug or condescending about it).Good luck with your new feet! They won't be "stupid" much longer.
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Re: 10 months after brostrum - seeing an ankle specialist...

Hey Ginger - I am actually 2 hours south of Baltimore. I live in "southern" Maryland - basically I live in the sticks. The first doctor I went to is in Annapolis - where I work. I didn't trust the doctors down in my neck of the woods, etc. So I went to Annapolis - thinking I would have a better doctor - boy was I wrong. I wish I had gone to Mercy first - but didn't know anything about hospitals in Baltimore, etc.

 
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Yeah, from Annapolis and seeing OS in Baltimore. Hearing your story, I am even happier with my choice. BTW, my son goes to college down your way -- SMCM. He loves it there!

 
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