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
Let's hope it works.
It's pretty frustrating though to not have a real diagnosis with an actual cure.