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Well I have a story and a half which I feel I have to share as my family and friends are fed up of hearing it!! Please feel free to give me feedback or join in my hatred of the NHS!!!
I started to get Heel Pain July 2007, literally as I graduated. I decided to have a year off working in a shop to save up for a master's the following year. I think this is what was the cause of the initial pain, a job where I stood for 8 hours of the day (when as a student lets face it, I sat in the Sport Science labs running tests on blood lactate all day!!!)
I first went to my GP in September 2007, where she thought I may be PF in my left foot. She told me to get heel supports and better shoes. This did not help so I went back. She prescribed me NSAID's and told me to do certain exercises and stop playing rugby.
After no joy from a third trip to the GP I sought help from a Chiropodist who gave me custom supports (no help) and gave me near identical exercises. After 3 visits I conceded defeat and went back to my GP but saw a different doctor. She was brilliant and gave me my first injection (November 2007) which led to 3 pain free and blissful weeks.
On Boxing Day 2007 I developed the same, yet worse PF also in my right foot (hooray!). By January after numerous sick days and a disciplinary hearing at work I quit to get some rest and further treatment. I went back to my GP in despair where she said she wouldn't give me any further corticosteroid injections so would therefore refer me to a specialist.
I got an appt in February 2008 with an Orthopaedic Dr. He was brilliant at first, gave me a second injection in the same foot and sent me for a blood test to make sure I didn't have Rheumatoid Arthritis. 2 blood tests and 10 weeks later the NHS finally found my blood test results. By this time I had returned to work (temping in offices) as rest was not easing the pain and I gained a lot of weight from being so inactive.
By the end of April 2008 I had my third and final injection which didn't even give me pain relief this time which really got me down. During all of this I was also seeing a chiropractor to try and re-align my now out of alignment pelvis. With the pelvis being out of alignment and me limping on both feet I had now started to regularly use crutches. My specialist then said he would refer me to a physiotherapist.
My condition really hit home when in May my boyfriend took me to Florida and I couldn't even walk around the theme parks. I had to use a wheelchair for the whole two weeks which was pretty embarrassing as I just looked like a lazy overweight kid not wanting to walk. On the plus side I hardly queued for anything!
Whilst in Florida my housemate called me overjoyed because she had received news from the hospital that I had been placed on the waiting list for surgery. Although surgery is risky the success rate is good I am told and anything by this point to ease the pain as I start a trainee teacher course this September. By the end of June 2008 there was no letter from the Hospital or GP to inform me about the surgery which surprised me so I started to make some calls to the NHS and my specialist.
So, finally make some headway with the NHS where they inform me I am now an outpatient and not on a waiting list as my specialist has deemed me to have had satisfactory treatment and made a good recovery; what a joke!! So, I have had to go back to my GP to get another referral to my specialist. This appointment is in 13 days and I cannot wait for it so I can give my specialist A) what for and B) maybe a couple of right hooks!!!!
Fingers crossed I will get some physio or something as I follow all the exercise, I wear good supportive shoes, I have custom orthotics (all £40's worth!) and I regularly ice and heat my feet. I am really at the end of my tether. I am at Weight Watchers losing weight steadily and I swim twice weekly. I just don't see what more I can do to help myself! Surely it is for the NHS now to provide me with some bloody decent care and treatment?!
Watch this Space!!!!
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