Hi, i am a 24 year old female and i have been dealing with a constant right foot pain for over a year now. I have been to at least ten different doctors and they have no idea. I am hoping someone can help. Here is the series of events that got me where i am.
7-19-2007 Had surgery on both pinkie toes. I was getting very bad calluses and the doctor said shaving off excess bone on both toes will help get rid of the problem.
10-18-2007 Right pinkie toes ended up healing to the side. Doctor preformed procedure in his office. He cut a piece of skin off and flapped over the remainder of the skin to try and straighten the toe out again.
11-2007 About two weeks after this procedure i started to have this uncomfortable cracking feeling in my foot. It wasn't really painful, i just felt like my bones in that foot needed to be cracked. Kinda like the stiff strange feeling you get when you need to crack your knuckles.
12-2-2007 By this time i told my doctor about the cracking feeling and he brushed it off saying it was nothing to worry about. I believed him until this day when the uncomfortablness turned into pain. I was trying to decorate our christmas tree when i told my husband that i have to go lay down because i was in pain and i told him to be prepared to take me to hospital if it got any worse.
12-3-2007 I woke up SCREAMING in pain. It was horrible. My husband rushed me to the emergency room. I told the doctor about my recent surgery and he said it wouldn't have anything to do with it. He sent me home saying i had a sprained ankle and gave me pain killers.
12-7-2007 My foot started to swell at an alarming rate and the pain intensified as it swelled. I couldn't eat,sleep,drink,walk, or even talk because the pain was all i could think about. Pain killers did nothing to help the pain. I spent all day screaming and crying until my mom came over and said she was taking me to the hospital. We went and my mom told them about the surgery and once again they told us it wouldn't have anything to do with it. He had my blood tested and told me that my uric acid level was just a little high and that it was gout. He sent me home with crutches and some gout meds and said i should notice a change in the pain within three days.
12-11-2007 Well three days came and went and the horrific pain would not let up. It swelled even more and turned red and started burning. It was getting to the point where i was seriously considering cutting my foot off. The pain was so unbearable. There were times i could almost feel something goes through the bones of my foot and ankle almost like eating it away. Once that started i couldn't take it anymore. I was screaming so bad i had my sisters and mom crying and screaming too. They all grabbed me and threw me in the car and rushed me to a different emergency room. Once again we told about the surgery and the doctor said it would have nothng to do with it. He took x rays and saw nothing and then sent me home saying i had cellulitis. he gave me a prescription and sent me on my way.
12-11-2007-later that night- I got home and the horrific pain didn't let up. The doctor had given me Toradol,a pain reliever, which also did NOTHING for the pain. Finally when i had asked my sister to cut off my foot she decided enough was enough and took me back to the er. She got into a arguement with doctors and i was finally admitted. Over the next two days i was pumped with antibiotics and a mixture of some type of pain reliever and steroids. The swelling went down and the redness and burning went away. All the pain did not disappear though. I was released and refered to a rhumatologist.
12/2007-06/2008- I went to the rhumatologist and had and mri which came back fine. Over the next six months i was put on the most effective and dangerous arthritis medicine out there. It made me so sick but I kept taking it. I still had constant pain and even though it was manageable it still changed my whole life. The medicine didnt work and i was told there is nothing else she could do for me.
6/2008-Present Since i stopped seeing her i have been to numerous doctors and undergone numerous tests. I recently had another mri,x rays and nuclear bone scan which came back finding nothing. I dont know what to do anymore. This constant pain has completely changed my life. I can only stand for ten minutes before i have to sit because the pain intensifies if i dont. I cannot wear a sock or closed toed shoes because my foot starts to swell with any type of pressure on it. I cannot take walks with my husband and dogs. I cant walk in a store without having to sit every few minutes or i have to be pushed in a wheel chair. This has changed my life forever. My husband wants to start having kids and I cant even imagine doing that. I can barely stand the pain i have bearing my own weight, let alone carry a child and gain more.
If someone has went through anything similar please let me know. Maybe you got diagnosed and could let me know what my doctors are missing. At one point they thought it was a bone infection(osteomyelitis) but they said it would have shown up on the bone scan and mri. So, please, if anyone can help let me know. I dont have anyone else to turn to. All my doctors have given up. I cant deal with this pain anymore and i want to go back to leading a normal life. I really think it had something to do with the surgery. I just want to get rid of this pain and go back to my life.
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