Stress Fracture vs Arthritis

I make a horrible patient.

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Reader’s Digest Version: My talus and calcaneous are fused bilaterally causing HUGE amounts of CHRONIC pain in the vicinity of my right cuboid. After a gastrocnemius release (lengthening of the calf muscle) 18 months ago, I had high hopes the almost constant pain would be resolved. Not so much. In fact, it is worse. The next question became stress fracture or arthritis.

In other words: I have mutant feet and the right one hurts like hell quite often.

Saw the orthopod the day before leaving for Hawaii. Back in my CAM walker for 4 weeks, with a bone scan to be done upon my return. Upon boot application there were 2 weeks until my first day as a flight nurse.

Saw the bone scan moments after it was done. Read the radiologist report three days ago. Started calling the office. CORNERED said orthopod in the OR.

No fracture.

Arthritis.

Hurts like hell and the only cure is wear orthodics, have a cortisone injection every three to four months and become sedentary.

Yeah, fuckin’ right.

My fat ass needs to forget my foot hurts to the point of tears, lose some weight and keep forgetting my foot hurts.

I am a flight nurse, goddamn it.

  1. Thanks Anna. I am definately getting to my wits end with this. I am WAY too young to have my foot reconstructed. I am also too young to feel this shitty. Believe me when I say I understand my patients who live with chronic pain and the stigma that goes with it. I have stayed away from the narcotics, but know full well why they use them.

  2. Thanks Anna. I am definately getting to my wits end with this. I am WAY too young to have my foot reconstructed. I am also too young to feel this shitty. Believe me when I say I understand my patients who live with chronic pain and the stigma that goes with it. I have stayed away from the narcotics, but know full well why they use them.

  3. Living with chronic pain just totally sucks. I have fibromyalgia and plantar fascitis in my right foot. I haven’t gotten injections yet but will have to do something about it eventually. I also don’t use pain meds unless I’m just crying. I hope you feel better soon… ROCK ON!

  4. Living with chronic pain just totally sucks. I have fibromyalgia and plantar fascitis in my right foot. I haven’t gotten injections yet but will have to do something about it eventually. I also don’t use pain meds unless I’m just crying. I hope you feel better soon… ROCK ON!

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