Posted 9/25/2012 2:18 PM (GMT -7)
Hi misty12, thank-you for joining us here. I am not familiar with plantar fascitus, but it sounds like a very painful condition. I hope that your doctors are doing something to keep your pain under control. I'm do not know if TENS, or ice, or things of that nature would help, but everyone always encourages those modalities, even the slightest bit of pain relief can make a world of difference, even if only for a minute. Do your doctors have you on any medications to help, such as a nerve pain med, anti inflammatory, or a narcotic pain reliever?
I tried everything I could, after a major back injury at work, but my back was injured even further when an industrial size drill press threw a 40 lb brass wheel at me, and now I'm recovering from the only option that I had left, a lumbar fusion at the most damaged level. There's a couple other issues back there still, but they were peanuts compared to the extent of the damage in the one level, the doctor said he was pulling disc fragments of of my spinal cord sack and surrounding area for over an hour.
Sorry for talking about my own issues too much, I'm just saying that like you, I was left with no other option but surgery, and it was a scary several months building up to it, despite that I've had other major surgeries in the past, it never gets any easier. The anticipation of pain, in my opinion, is just as unnerving as the pain itself. There was nothing that could have prepared me for the pain that I had, immediately waking up from surgery, or for the last several weeks, or the months prior to it. Also, being unable to walk unassisted, didn't make things any better, my laft leg was near paralyzed, and it is barely starting to bear my weight, after over 6 months of total uselessness, and the nerves waking backup is very painful.
I hope that your upcoming surgery will give you some quality of life when it's all over. The only advice I can offer on how to navigate through the forum, first, write down the address, that way you know what page you want to come back to any time you need us, if you know how to put it into your "favorites" on your web browser, that would also help. On the main forum page, where all the conditions are listed, there's a link that says "frequently asked questions" I believe reading through some of that may help you learn a bit more. I'm really not a good verbally instructive teacher, I've had 5 apprentices while working on wind turbines, 19 while driving truck, and 43, while working in my college's welding program as part of a work experience class for my AS degree, I'm really a hands on type of teacher lol.
Hopefully one of the moderators will have some other insight for you. I really hope you get some relief from that horrible sounding condition. Take care, and keep.us posted on how you're doing, and while you're waiting for surgery, feel free to express whatever you need to here, the wonderful family here has gotten me through so much in the past couple months that I've been here, and I would say they are more understanding than anyone else. Good luck to you, and I hope your upcoming surgery has great results.