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It's Not Arthritis?

Friday, June 26, 2015

So I have been having severe ankle/foot pain for months now. I tried everything before going to the doctor, as I didn't have insurance when the pain started. I tried over the counter pain killers, arthritis rubs/creams, an ankle brace, new shoes, Dr. Scholl inserts in my shoes, ice packs, heating pads, soaking my foot, using the massage spray with hot water from my shower head. At night the pain would often keep me up for hours. My husband has been massaging that foot every night, sometimes 2-4 times a night, until I can fall asleep. The massages and ice packs help, temporarily. The ankle brace helps a little, so I can work. With the brace, the pain doesn't keep me from walking. But, after working all day, it is severe at night. On the weekends, there is very little pain as I am VERY lazy on the weekends and get about a third of the steps as I do on a normal work day.

So, I finally went to the orthopedist a few weeks ago and had an X-Ray and exam. He suspected arthritis and sent me for a CAT scan, to confirm. He prescribed pain pills and anti inflammatories. The pain pills did NOTHING so after a phone call, he prescribed something else. They help, some what, if I double up; though I have still had a couple of rough nights. We went over the results today and it is not arthritis. He isn't sure what it is. He says I seem to have some joint and ligament damage/ injury so he gave me a cortisone shot to see if that helps. He also noticed that I have lost mobility in that foot and gave me some exercises to do at home and put in an order for me to start some physical therapy.

I sure hope the shot works. I had one in my knee a few years ago and it did not work. The doctor said that it doesn't mean it won't work in any of my joints. I am willing to try just about anything to be pain free for a day or 2 or hopefully weeks emoticon Let's hope it works.

It's pretty frustrating though to not have a real diagnosis with an actual cure.
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    That really sucks. Hoping the Cortisone helps. PT can works wonders (I see it on a daily basis) so keep up the good thoughts. And make sure you do exactly what your therapist tells you to! emoticon
    1983 days ago
    Oh my...so sorry they aren't coming up with anything too helpful...yet. Perhaps the PT, and the cortisone, will improve things.... Here's hoping!! A good Doctor is worth their weight in gold---sounds like yours is responsive to you, and trying to help you rather than being dismissive...!

    I can relate to some extent because I've had foot issues for several years. Better now (post bunion, hammertoe and neuroma surgeries) but still present. On a "way out there" note, have you been checked for gout? It *usually* hits the big toe---*but* not* always*!! My ankles used to hurt often, and what I thought was some of the bunion pain was actually gout--(confirmed during the bunion surgery!) My ankle pain is gone now that my gout is being treated with ongoing meds.... (Still have some tendon/nerve issues too..but at least I'm better than I was...!!)
    Take care,
    1983 days ago
    1983 days ago
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