Posted by Jackquan L. Caine
on March 28, 2000 at 19:44:14:
In Reply to: Re: foot-neuromas posted by Sue Goben on September 25, 1999 at 11:08:38:
I have had 5 surgeries. Three on the right foot and two on the left foot. Four nerve tumors between my toes were removed varying from the size of a man's thumb from the first joint up, down to the size of a pencil lead and symmetrical on both feet. I had Rheumatoid Nodules in each heal on the bottom, the size of a golf ball on the left and 1/3 the size of a golf ball on the right. They were all removed. The Neuromas came back (starting again where nerve was cut) as did the nodules. On both feet the metatarsal bones were cut and all joints removed replacing both big toe joints with a metal one. I now have all four neuromas back, the nodules in my heals which are very large, plus the scar tissue and trauma from the surgeries. The doctors now say no more surgery and I am left hobbled. I walk with a cane outside my home to keep my balance and must use a wheel chair if I have to be on my feet more than a few minutes. I have 23 years at my job and now must apply for disability. I only had 7 years to go and I could have retired very comfortably. I feel robbed! I am only 47!
I have been to 15 doctors and taken around 35 different medications including steroid shots which were given before the first surgery. I have chronic pain and suffer with other joints affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis. If anyone knows of an answer for me please let me know.