I've been turning down these shots since last fall, something just told me it wasn't the thing to do, plus the fact it was going to cost me over $200 for each shot and they often gave more than one (we have to pay 20%, insurance pays 80). Plus it wasn't guaranteed to end pain and could cause more in some rare instances. So glad I didn't do it. I was worried something would go wrong although they were assuring me that was extremely rare and everyone got these shots all the time.View Thread
I've had plantar fasciitis in both feet, at different times and it was fixed by having the plantar tendon cut which is a simple little snip through a 1/4" slit in the bottom of your foot, then you stay off it for awhile so it heals right. The pain is in the heel and you can't put weight on your heel, mine hurt whenever I walked, I had to walk on my toes, heel off the ground and it was worse upon arising in the morning or any sitting. That didn't cause burning and stinging in itself, but one foot also had a nerve problem in the inside ankle that was stinging and zaps of pain and he fixed that at the same time he fixed my plantar fasciitis, he cleaned out around the nerves, that was carpal tunnel but in the ankle was not called carpal but something else tunnel, dorsal comes to mind. You need to see a foot doctor though to find out if you have these things, they try other options before surgery but for me nothing worked and the surgery was pretty simple and worked forever, it's been over 5 and 10 years for both foot surgeries and no heel pain since then. I have overall chronic pain and the only thing that never hurts are my heels, lol, seriously.View Thread
I don't know, maybe so. My primary tried me on many drugs used for fibro and I can't take them, all sorts of strange and terrible side effects, that are sometimes worse than the pain. Actually none of them helped the pain go away, but some I didn't stay on long, like the Cymbalta, one pill and I'll never try that again. Too scarey! So with the others, I had no pain relief and other wierd symptoms on top of the pain, I sure didn't need that. The narcotics are great for me. I had 2 minor surgeries, plantar fasciotomy, well, both feet at different times (very successful for that problem) and a breast lump removed a couple of years after that. They gave me narcotics to help with pain from the surgeries. That's how I learned how much better I felt all over with narcotics, better than I had in years! The pain from the surgeries was nothing compared to what I live with everyday. Yet you get pain meds for surgery and it's hard to find someone who will prescribe narcotic pain relief for chronic all the time miserable pain. I love the doc I have now, he's very understanding and is taking care of me. I always have a fear though that one day I'll go there and he's going to say he won't let me have any more, I've told him that, he says that won't happen since I take them right and for what they are for. He's upped the dose when the pain doesn't lessen as much as it used to, I don't have to ask, he volunteers that if I tell him it isn't working. Between him and my neck doc, I feel pretty well taken care of now and can live a more active, productive life, as in doing some enjoyable things and being able to do work to earn money. The narcotics don't make me feel drugged at all, whereas the fibro drugs certainly did. I have tried some narcotics that were awful too, we weeded them out.View Thread
I wish I had answers for you. The reason I feel compelled to reply is that your symptoms of pain sound so much like mine. I've never posted here before, but I joined hoping to find someone with similar symptoms and maybe I'd learn something about what's going on with me. So far, I have learned a lot about pain meds but no one has seemed to have what I have. So I've kept quiet, I could write a book but I'll try to put it in a nutshell, how I feel and what they're doing for me. I'm older than you, just turned 64. I've had undiagnosed neck pain since my late 30's, they couldn't find out why with numerous tests, so I just lived with it. No other pain, I was active and worked on my feet, kept busy but in my late 40's I did put on some weight I never had before, up to 170~180 pounds. When I was 52 other pains started, first in my legs and feet and it's spread year by year until it's all over my body, hurts one place more than others one month or two or just a day or two, then changes places, the one that was worst goes away for awhile and another place hurts worse, meanwhile all over everything hurts, just not as bad as the worse places. I've had tons of tests, got way in debt even though we have insurance, it doesn't cover all until certain amount is reached so we're on a budget plan to pay the larger bills and pay anything less than $100 all at once. At this point I don't want any more tests, nothing ever shows up, I'm in debt over my head with medical bills and I'm thinking now, if something would miraculously show up, could they even fix it? And if they can't, why spend any more money to find out what it is? A year and a half ago, they found one thing. I have cervical spine stenosis (spinal cord being pinched in my neck) and that may require surgery someday, right now I see a specialist every 6 months to monitor that, he said I'll know when it's time for surgery, right now I'm not ready for that. My primary sent me to a good pain management place about 2 years ago and I'm on narcotic pain medication which gives my life back. I still have pain, some days much worse than others, but the pain is lessened enough that I can function, bend over, walk, go up steps, do some gardening, grocery shop, hold a book better, it's helped so much, without pain meds I just sit and even that hurts, I'm miserable. I can't sleep because of pain, same as you, being in one position hurts so bad it wakes me up, getting up after sleep is the worse part of my day, I could cry sometimes until I take my pills and wait an hour. I feel young in my head, but my body has turned on me. There's so many things I want to do and can't. My fingers hurt, elbows, hip, knees, NECK, back and it isn't all joint pain, it feels like muscles and nerve pain too. The muscles in my arms and legs ache, I get sharp tingly pain just out of nowhere in any place in body, like a zap, I feel things that aren't there, like someone is touching me somewhere and noone is there. I think my cat has touched my ankle with her nose but she isn't there. It isn't fibromyalgia, I don't have fatigue at all, actually I sleep little, and dread it as waking up is so terrible. I've tried some of the fibro drugs, they were bad for me, all different reasons, grouchiness in one, lethargy in another, one Cymbalta almost drove me crazy, I thought my eyes should burn holes in the wall, I didn't sleep for 2 days. Just now I had a sharp pain in my thigh, made me jump and rub my leg, now it's gone and my knees are acting up again the last 2 weeks, they've been fine for months. It comes and goes and is always everywhere. My neck doc says as long as the pain meds are working, I can choose to live that way, he isn't pushing to do my neck. I see him again next week, the pain doc once a month, this week. The pain doc has given my life back to me, sure beats sitting in pain wanting to cry, that depresses me and I dont feel I have depression at all. I want to LIVE! Does any of this sound like you?View Thread
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