I haven't tried the gel inserts...but I just got orthotics that are so comfortable and new Tennis shoes that have a solid sole. I feel like I am walking with my shoulders up instead of slooped for the 1st time since my surgery. Total for Inserts and shoes was $300, I HAD to get them, I have been falling more frequently and my PMD told me he thought this would help. I do feel more stable! He gave me a prescription so I could write this off on my taxes.
It hasn't helped the nerve pain or the leg dragging, not sure if it will! If it keeps me upright though and prevents the unwanted trips, I'll be very happy!
Keep us posted!
Hey thanks for the thoughts and yes, I meant inserts, whew it was late when I typed that one lol.
Patti, my young niece began having severe lower back pain in her early 20's. She ran the gambit as most know of trying to find out what was wrong. She had some minimal findings on her MRI but was told this was not the source of her pain. She had found a new dr and guess what, he gave her a script for the orthotics you are speaking of and for the first time in years the kid was pain free. Her ins would not cover the expense. She paid $300 for them but she said at that point she did not care because of the relief she finally got. I think the dr said on x-rays it showed her pelvis was some what not in allignment and it had everything thrown off. She was so glad she found this new dr, but said it really hacked her to think of the money spent on specialists and not getting any relief for so many years.
I have found I do much better with a good pair of lace up tennis shoes comfort wise. What I do is prop my foot up on either a step here in the house or on my little step stool and I can bend enough to get a sport sock and shoe on.
Its to WallyWorld tomorrow in search of gel insoles. Susie
PaLady, thank you so much on your offer. I think I will try the gel insole first, If that is not much help then I will let you know about th others. Thanks for responding. I do want to know if you have gotten the results of your scope and endo yet> Hope its all good news.
Modelmaker-yes, you described my posture to the letter lol. And yes, before I know it the neck and shoulders are slumped forward and the pain begins. This situation has really gotten to me. Oh yes, the pain is something when trying to upright my body, I know what you are saying. I literally stop dead in my tracks and try and get myself straightened back up. I love to walk and even tho its painful I refuse to give in on this ome. Walking is about the only form of exercise I get because of the pain pump it limits different motions with the body. I have done alot of water therapy in the past and I have begun again at home because of having a pool. I still remember the exercises so I am back at that.
We had a client that was fused as you were. He had many redo surgeries without success and then finally his ortho said here is what we can try and beyond this we are out of options. It literally made hs back a broom stick, but would you believe he had a great result. His pain level dropped to a minimal amount and you could see in his eyes how much better he felt afterwards. He said it was the best thing that ever happened to him. He was a fairly tall thin man as I remember and his dr said structure wise he was a great candidate.
Well, I am going to try and go nod off for a bit, thanks aain both of you...Susie