Rheumatoid arthritis of the foot.

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It's been 4 months since I had ankle surgery gone wrong. At one point in October, I had an accident at home, the x-rays done showed a mess in my foot, totally unrelated to the surgery.

Now I can barely walk I'm in agony. I have diffuse osteopena(SP), and rheumatoid arthritis. The arthritis diagnosis will be confirmed when I see a rheumatologist in February.

They say walking is good for arthritis, but walking makes it worse.

Any pain relief ideas besides medications?

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    Honesty my friend I don’t think here is a good place to ask this important question, & I also think you should not wait till February. I suggest you to go and talk with the surgeon which has done surgery to your ankle about this.

    "They say walking is good for arthritis" is for them, and if "walking makes it worse", so there may be something which you should take care of that much more seriously...

    How old are you? Do you; yourself have any idea for "pain relief ideas besides medications"?

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      Considering that he botched my surgery and is about to be sued, why should I go back to him?

      Wait times for specialists can be up to 4 months, so this is not too bad of a wait time.

      I'm 37, too young for all the other issues I suffer from.

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      It would be better to talk to your surgeon, because unfortunately he/she is the only one on earth that knows what he/she had done to your ankle...

      Majority of people here are young...

      When you say "Surgery went wrong there", how do you know that? What was the first sign that makes you believe this way? Its 4 month, some doctors usually say it will take 3-6 months for checking the result. I want to know what signs makes you know that this had been a fail. What your surgeon is telling to you? How you checked about “diffuse osteopena”? Anyway I think unfortunately the pervious surgeon is the one which “should” help you in this case, I wonder to know how he/she reacts to your questions and problems.

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      Having images of previously opened foot is a very hard thing to do, so meanwhile till February, It’s a suggestion to see the pervious Doctor. I don’t know, but I would say maybe saving time here would be important...

      Actually it’s all I can suggest; I know it’s a very difficult situation...

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      I knew right away that something was wrong because 2 of my toes were not sitting where they were supposed to be.

      After the cast came off, I was able to confirm, 4 of my toes were not moving. They still don't, and my family dr confirms this is permanent damage.

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      I don't want to, but for the element of surprise with the lawsuit, I may need to, just one more time. As long as he continues to brush off my concerns and insist there's nothing wrong, I'll have more to use against him when I slap the lawsuit on him.

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      Alright, so toes are related... I wonder maybe it’s because of a bad cast, when NWB just maybe. But again I think if the surgeon instead of "brushing off your concerns and insist there's nothing wrong" try to help you sooner, maybe there would be less problems... that so sad they act like this...

      "toes were not moving" & " toes were not sitting where they were supposed to be" so there are two different problems, " toes not moving" may not be solved soon, but "toes not sitting where they were supposed to be" maybe can be solved if that crazy surgeon really try to help you, then you may go for a cure for "toes not moving" in future and long term...

      I would suggest you to try to walk, (even with crutches) to see if there are any other problems or not...

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    Hi Kristina,

    I have had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since I was 11 years old. 54 years I have successfully battled this damnable disease.

    Are you able to further explain the ankle surgery you had.

    Are you taking any medication for the rheumatoid?

    It is difficult to help you with pain without understanding the surgery.

    Generally speaking...elevate your ankle above your head...keep a frozen gel pack on the ankle while it is elevated. You can purchase four small rectangular ones from Amazon or a pharmacy. Two on your ankle and two freezing.

    You can take acetaminophen 500 mg every six hours.

    You are going to meet many inspiring people here. Nice to have you joun us.

    hugs

    judith

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      I'm 37, and my body is riddled with degenerative bone disease.

      I had ligament reconstruction, open procedure, and an arthroscopic exploration of cartilage. Surgery went wrong there.

      As for the RA, my first appointment with the rheumatologist is in February. In the meantime, I treat the pain with hydromorphone, and that doesn't even help.

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    Oh I feel for you. Rheumatoid is a whole other ball game. I have osteo arthritis so do OK on over the counter. Have you seen a Rheumatologist? I would go that route because there are many new meds out there. That arthritis is an auto ammune disease. Take care and do not over do! Let us know how you are.
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    oh Kristina

    I hear your pain...RA loves heat, consider a heating pad, and cinsider one of those elecyric mattress pads...just put it beneath a topper and keep it turned on so that you can slip between warmth. This will help reduce the morning stiffness.

    And hand wash dishes (not scrub) because hot water is theraphy for your hands. Soak in hot bubble bath, especially when it is damp and cold outside.

    Be kind to yourself. Pain takes a lot out of us. Pain is tiring. Pain is mentally exhausting. Extended, nonstop pain makes us iritable.

    Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis both are dreadful. And I know first hand about ligament surgery.

    Have you worked with palliative care...they are highly trained to treat physiological pain, not to be confused with pain management.

    I am here for you

    hugs

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