Posted by Doug Zizzi
on July 28, 2000 at 07:41:04:
In Reply to: Re: Neuroma and 4% alcohol injection posted by Lydia on April 23, 2000 at 18:38:00:
: : I have had a number of neuromas and cortizone injections (did not work for me) and surgeries (which haven't completely worked either. I am currently taking Neurontin 300MG, and the pain has subsided but not ceased. I would like to know how your injections go, since I have had two surgeries on my left foot already, on the top and then on the bottom of my foot. I really have been in pain for a while and would appreciate any help you could offer. Please email me at Lydiastoy@aol.com.
I too have suffered from multiple neuromas for 10 yrs and went the gammit of every nerve conduction test, Bone scan, MRI's and Cortisone shots, etc. No Luck. I could not find in depth studiy results other then on the " Journal Of Foot and Ankle Surgery Web-site. I scheduled an appointment to get these injections done for Aug 9th, 2000. I spoke w/ the Dr in Sarasota, FL who stated that he has performed these over 100 times and never did he make the situation worse. He stated that he has had excellent reults (85%), although it seems that % of success is quoted for all surgeries/treatments and I'm the guy that must gravitate toward the 15% failure rate!. ANyhow, He sounded very confident about this being low risk. It is a " Caustic Chemical". I asked 2 Questions:
1- Why aren't more Doctors doing this?. He said that many doctors are hesitant because of the subtance being used, but if an experienced Dr. does it, they can keep the nerve destruction in the area needed (and not destroy surrounding tissue.
2- What if this stuff get's into your blood stream? Response: If you hit a vein, it would be a problem, but, once again, an experienced person would know how to avoid that (like they do with all other injections not meant to go into the blood stream.
I'm going for it! I'm 39 Male, just married, and can't cary my own weight without being in constant pain. Stand by for results.