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HELP!!!!! Major Misdiagnosis!!!

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  • Posted By: One Girl Interupted
  • January 3, 2007
  • 01:12 AM

I was diagnosed with RSD(Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) after I broke my Rt. foot. RSD is a serious, chronic, no cure, nerve disorder.

My foot was broke in April 06. I seeked an orthopedic doctor. I had one X-ray per month for 6 mos. I was never casted, told to walk on my foot, and my foot was not healing. It was constantly burning, swollen, and my foot sometimes looked "dead". He just looked at it and said I have RSD.

He referred me up the street to a Pain Management doctor. They ran no tests (i.e. bone scans, CT Scans, MRI). These tests were to be performed before diagnosis (I just found this out 1 week ago). I proceeded to go through 22 surgeries (Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks) in 4 mos to treat my RSD. These surgeries are where they inject marcaine, lidocaine, or steroids, into your spine. Nothing was working, so they were going to put a spinal stimulator in my back, which could have left me paralized.

I got engaged, moved from CA to Las Vegas. I seeked a new pain doctor that ordered the tests that should have been done in the first place. The tests determined that I do not have RSD, and I still have a completely broken foot.

I have been on severe narcotics for 8mos (i.e. Oxycontin, Percocet, Lorcet, Colonopin, etc.) I am severely addicted to these
meds. I have been in the ER room, by ambulance, twice in the last week. I had severe tremors (seizure like), severe burning in both feet, and pain in my whole body.

I can't see my doctor till the 8th. I just want to know what I should do.

BTW: They refused to put screw in my broken foot, due to making the RSD worse. I am 26 years old, had a $40,000/year job (had to be terminated by company because of law) and had to be put on long term disability.

Please Help with advice!


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