Hi Ells!!!! I am also having a subtalar fusion on the 17th. You can see my post on the chronic pain forum. I had a dirt bike accident where I crushed my heel and now suffer from arthritis, tarsal tunnel, nerve pain and a number of other things. You can actually hear my bones and joints grind on each other. (Nice huh) It has been two years since the injury, I was only casted for 3 months when it happened. Dumb, poor me did not see a foot specialist.....big mistake, but I did not have health insurance at the time. So now I found the shizzzzit of a doctor here in San Antonio & I am so happy with him. He knew exactly what I was talking about the second he started the exam. He is also the asst professor at UT Health Sciences and he is really just great. I can't say enough about him. Anyways, it's a long recovery and its not a fun one from what I have read and heard. There is a site on yahoo groups called "ankle fusion" I can't provide the site but you can email me and I can hook you up with some places I go for education on my foot. you are not alone, although you probably feel like it. It's nice to hear your still active, I wish I could be that way. My ankle has deteriated so bad that it's just nice to wake up and be able to put both feet on the ground and be able to walk that day. Sometimes it just locks up and won't pop back out, sometimes the nerves act up, sometimes it just swells up...so on and so on...my email should be in my profile, if not it is mcstoldal AT yahoo DOT com....anytime!!!!
Thanks for taking notice of the unusual aspect of having foot/ankle fusion. I looked on line for places to talk with others about this and it really took a while. I found HW and that has helped very much. I can tell you that having a good sense of humor has sure help along the way. I rely on it EVERYDAY!! I am getting ready for a serious operation and I am happy about it!! WTH is wrong with me???? I should be scared, well I am, but I just think about the benefits in the end. I will be non weight baring for 10-10 weeks. That sucks. I am buying special equipment just to take a shower and go potty! I'm only 35...Well I gues I could keep that stuff around until I need it again....Oncew again thank you,
Broken heel, tarsal tunnel (08-06) and severe arthritis
Take one day at a time and try to accept your pain as an "old
friend" that you stick with through thick and thin
Had my pro op yesterday....No problem! Infact this is a walk in the park (pun intended) compared to some of the stuff I have read here. It only took 5 hours!!! Just a lot of running back and forth from the lab and hospital. I am having sugery at a teaching hospital so they are not used to patients with insurance lol!!! She was really shocked when I presented the ins card. I asked if I could have the VIP suite with that. It was pretty funny, I do feel and know first hand what it is like to be without ins. Thats how my foot degressed to begin with ..... LACK OF CARE!!! well its now 15 days to F day...I will be checking in here and there!! Take care all,
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