11 May

Update on pain in shin which had an effect on my foot

Actually (referring to the earlier post)  Katherine kicked a slipper under the bed and in the process hit her shin.  Since then it has been painful but is probably a bruise (that hasn’t shown itself) or a small chip/crack in the shin.  Whatever it is – it has affected the foot too and it is still difficult to do a complete Aqua-Aerobics class or walk more than say, a mile as various movements become a little painful.  If she presses an area just below the knee she receives a sharp pain.

However, during the last 10 days or so it is gradually becoming better.  Phew!  We imagine that within the next week it should be (fingers crossed!) back to’ normal’.  It’s still miles better than what it was a year ago when walking in any way was almost impossible.

07 May

Re: hitting my foot and pain + relief from rheumatism

Hmmmm…  hit my right leg on the bottom of the bed a week ago and it (or something?) has caused pain in the lower leg and foot.  Could be shinsplints or something related… that also has caused related pain in the hyprocure area. Have taken Ibuprofen occasionally  to relieve the pain.  Had some physiotherapy (my kind specialist neighbour!) which immediately improved the feel and some of the pain.  Gradually improving.

btw – I have had a sharp pain in my wrist apparently caused possibly by rheumatism.  I had heard that taking cider vinegar (small quantities) every day would relieve the pain.  I purchased cider vinegar with Manuka honey from Holland & Barrett.  It’s suitable for vegetarians but doesn’t say it is organic.  I had brilliant relief within two (2) days!  Incredible as I wasn’t expecting such rapid action.  It may not work for everyone (and you may not need it at the moment) but fingers crossed for you and maybe make a note in your recipe book or somewhere you will find it in a few years – should you ever need it.

One tablespoon twice daily is recommended.  Tablespoons are different I believe in Canada and some other countries.  It’s probably not an exact science anyway but I shouldn’t be drinking pints lol!  Manuka honey seems to be so good for many different things – however, cider vinegar was not our first thought for relieving pain in rheumatism.

Update on above 11th May 

Actually Katherine kicked a slipper under the bed and in the process hit her shin.  Since then it has been painful but is probably a bruise (that hasn’t shown itself) or a small chip/crack in the shin.  Whatever it is – it has affected the foot too and it is still difficult to do a complete Aqua-Aerobics class or walk more than say, a mile as various movements become a little painful.

However, during the last 10 days or so it is gradually becoming better.  Phew!  We imagine that within the next week it should be (fingers crossed!) back to’ normal’.  It’s still miles better than what it was a year ago when walking in any way was almost impossible.

07 Apr

Message from suffering husband… lol!

We were also  concerned that any other operation might not go as well and then the extra use and pressure on the right foot (naturally caused by not being able to use the left foot) would put too much strain on the stent/healed area which was now feeling ‘OK to Good’ (I’d say she is at a 11 out of 15 mark.  This was not so bad in February and March this year – probably what you might expect (time is often a great healer right?).  Despite warnings about the problems associated with any surgery whatever it is – surgeons do want to practice their skills and also make some added revenue.  Third party advice is always useful – particularly if they are completely unbiased (who is?). Our decision seemed heavily weighted in the ‘let’s wait a while longer and see if the condition becomes better or worse’ camp.  So far this decision has been a good one.

Katherine has increasingly become a walker – walks to the shops in Tunbridge Wells (often on-line too!) – walks with me on escapes to restaurants including Pizza Express but quite often to Carluccio’s, Cöte, Jamies italian, Juliets, Basil’s – even Bill’s and ocassionally something a little better!  At the moment she’s meeting me in Nero’s where I’m upstairs astride a leather sofa with a computer (hence this blog) my notes, iPhone, a list of projects (some in progress just as this blog was) – in fact I’m in heaven as it’s a wonderful place to think and work.

Before the right foot was operated on – the walking periods had gradually diminished until it became impossible.  A few months earlier we were walking/almost climbing around the perimeter of the historic Knowle Deer Park in Sevenoaks – a distance of approximately 4 miles depending on short-cuts taken!

We have been away two or three times, Canada (family), Cyprus (sunshine & warmth) and Bath (Spa and massage!).  Katherine is not keen on manipulation near the feet area – thus I was the sole beneficiary in the treatment rooms of the Thermae Bath Spa!

I did the same in Cyprus – just to compare you understand. However, the exercise in exploring new environments and pool exercise seems to be working it’s magic.  Katherine also does Pool aerobics in the week which does not impact on her feet too much.  I’m keen for her to join me in ‘Deep Water Jogging’ where there is no impact – it’s exhausting but I love it and I think she will too!

Why the deviations into vacations and life-style?  All activities affect the length of time healing may or may not take to complete.

More about Katherine.  She is wonderful and keeps us all in check, it’s amazing what she actually does but I’m not going to tell you about all that here.  What I wanted to tell you is that she is a greyhound when walking across level terrain and loves going up hill. However, she complains and sometimes winces when going downhill and really does not like uneven surfaces (up, down, level or any which way).  This may be the case for you too – although every case is mostly likely different in some ways at least – depending on a variety of factors including your core health, physical structure, genes and life-style – maybe your diet too (vegan, vegetarian – meat eater…). Pictures to follow!

About the walking –  it’s difficult as we live in a pot-holed lane (a very lovely lane and terrific neighbours – we are so lucky!) – not only this Tunbridge Wells has areas of historical alleys and pavements.  Some are cobbled (lovely – but not for Katherine), brick paved (so picturesque but oh! – look-out Katherine they are not all seated very well!) and of course we have the ubiquitous patches in the road that kill cars as well as bicycles and sometimes cannot avoid ourselves (pavements may be being dug up or so skinny that we have to take to the road)  –  and we are on hilly areas too.  Tunbridge Wells is a great place to live though but if you have a bicycle – Horsham seems a nice place too (much flatter in the central area!).

I’d like to point out that we don’t actually live in a pot-hole but we have to avoid them. That’s the problem after an operation (or ordinarily) one false move could result in returning to stage one!  In fact – it’s worse than stage one as the damage may contribute towards a more difficult repair and lengthen the whole process…  Also – riding a bicycle can hurt the foot by placing pressure where it is uncomfortable – so be cautious doing this if your feet are not completely healed.

Ooops! – Katherine has just arrived (she looks like a normal person and you wouldn’t guess she had any pain in the right foot.  In fact she hasn’t!  It’s the left foot that gives her more pain but even that is insignificant to what it was before.  Not having the operation has given more good time with her natural foot as she could wish.  There are still stabbing pains occasionally but nothing too serious or de-habilitating.  It was not so before she had the right foot sorted out though (despite the length of time it required to ‘settle’).

Her mood is better too but she is an insomniac so anything above reasonable is ‘better’ lol!  I now think I’m in trouble when she reads this!

I hope the above has been useful.  I expect Katherine or I will add a blog/when we/Katherine has the next op’ (probably inevitable) – or an accident occurs that changes the stent position etc. (hoping this never happens).

Long weekends away somewhere warm helps too – weeks away are sometimes good.  Have you noticed?  I have to get online to Chapter Travel (went bust but we still have a voucher!) or Riveira Travel!  Have you tried them – they can get you walking too…

 

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11 Jan

January 11th 2016 update (1st entry in 2016)

 

continuing from Cortisone injection and giving the foot more time to heal and adjust…

January 11th 2016

I haven’t posted any updates for sometime and recognise that for some of you this could be useful.  Apologies but I receive quite a bit of spam as well as some genuine interest.

So far the surgery has been good and the original pain is much reduced and sometimes not noticeable at all –  but I still have a little pain which is surprisingly ‘different’ to the original pain.  This may be for several reasons:

1.  The operation has not yet settled (read into this what you wish)

2.  There may be some other nerve being ‘pressed’ upon due to the displacement caused by the operation and/or implant

3.  It may be perfectly normal as there could have been ‘two’ sets of pain in the first place – one remedied and the other still hanging around.

The pain is not as acute as it was and quite often-  not there at all depending on several factors (not yet fully analysed).  The weather (warm/cold/damp etc) can affect it.  The distance walked and on what terrain is a factor.

The latest news is that I am waiting for a date for my second foot to have the same procedure.  I have had the pre-op assessment and feel that sometime in February or March 2016 will be a date!  I must have some faith in the procedure.

My left foot has not been as painful or as much of a nuisance as the right foot was.  I was in a little bit of denial before Christmas as the pain was bearable and not continual and I believed that my application to have the operation was perhaps a little premature.  However, when this type of problem exists it will possibly affect both feet at some juncture.

Recently, when I was thinking that I could/might postpone the second operation – the pain has been more intense and I have found I am slower on my feet (and grateful for lifts!).  Previously I have been taking the opportunity for walks and trips to the shops without undue use of a car.  As the time of the operation (when it is announced) draws near I am much happier with the decision to go ahead with the left foot.  It would inevitably become worse with time and I feel justified in keeping any appointment for a stent implant offered.  My only fear is that a nerve may become trapped and a further problem will exist.

Will update this again when I have had the second operation (both on the National Health scheme in the UK).  I am based in Kent.

08 Apr

Week Seven(7)

Although I felt happy after my consultation with Mr Kriss it is only on reflection that I realise that the outcome isn’t great. Mr Kriss is puzzled by my pain. He poked and prodded and and said that the position of my foot is much better. I told him how I have pins and needles in my second toe if I touch the middle of my ankle. He went to the x-ray department with me to make sure the angle was perfect so he could get an accurate view of the screw (all the technicians were flushed with with excitement ‘we never get consultants in here!’). He looked at the x-rays with me and the stent appeared to exactly where it should be. He is sending my x-rays to some mates in the business who do Hyprocures, for their opinions and I have been sent off to do foot exercises and to do my left hand crutch when walking any distance. i am to contact him in ten days time to give him an update and find out what his mates had to say.I am supposed to see him in a month when if the pain is no better he will give me a shot of cortisone.

I suppose the question is how long do I keep bearing the pain (and if the cortisone works is it just a temporary fix and then the pain returns?) When do I say I have had enough? And will my foot really return to the way it was or will this pain remain even if the stent is removed  because something in my foot has been damaged?

08 Apr

Week Six(6)

I have begun to realise that my pain is not subsiding and especially when I read other blogs where people are having their second foot done, I think something is not right. I start the day with absolutely no pain but after five minutes or so it starts. It is a sharp pain mainly in the ankle joint. If  I stand with my weight on my heel there is no pain and it is the same if my weight is on the ball of my foot.  It seems that the pain is triggered by transferring my weight through the middle of my foot. I visit my neighbour who is a physiotherapist. She confirms what I fear –  that the pain I am feeling is not normal for my stage of healing. I email Mr Kriss who agrees and suggests I come in to see him within the week as my next appointment isn’t for over a month.

29 Mar

Week Five(5)

I have gone swimming once (lovely to be in water!) and was able to wander around John Lewis for about half an hour with the help of one crutch. I still have pain and have to stop and put my foot up on a regular basis. I take ibuprofen and have bought curcumin (which is one of the composite parts of turmeric ) which is supposed to help with inflammation.

Please see bottom ofthe page ‘Before & After’ for latest information Jan 11th 2016

29 Mar

Monday Day 28

It has been a month since I had the Hyprocure inserted and I have to say that a month ago I would have expected that I would be almost back to normal by now. I am not. I wander around the house without crutches for awhile but my foot can start to hurt tremendously and I either have to put my foot up or use crutches. I am still on ibuprofen. There is no way that I would leave the house without my crutches and being transported  by car by husband/or friends. I will say that I make progress all the time but do slightly worry that the whole thing has not really gone as well as it should. These testimonials on the Gramedica website where people go to a Zumba class a few days after they have the procedure feel like fantasy – I am not saying they aren’t recovering that fast but are they really having the same thing done to their foot that I did?

scar is along a crease in my foot and is healing well

scar is along a crease in my foot and is healing well

another 2 weeks and it will be almost unoticeable

another 2 weeks and it will be almost unoticeable

29 Mar

Thursday Day 24 

I continue to ice my foot leaving little wet patches wherever I have been with the ice.  The sharp pain has dissipated and I walk very short distances without my crutches. I am more aware of an ache when I stand or walk for too long below and around my wound. I am keenly aware that Mr Kriss had suggested that I might be able to be walking without crutches by now but that seems a long way away. However the really extreme pain that I was having is only there occasionally. I am trying to take the view that if I improve in the next week at the same rate that I have improved in the last week, I will be in quite good shape.

29 Mar

Monday Day 21

Can it really be three weeks since I had the operation on my foot? I still have faint bruising on the top of my foot and underneath the wound area. The wound itself has separated into three scabs (three stitches?) and I can see that any scarring will be faint.

After taking ibuprofen the sharp pain seems to have subsided but my foot still feels achey after being on it longer than twenty minutes. I can stand on it without any pain after icing. I have noticed that occasionally in the last few days my crutches end up on the other side of the room. As the crutches are unlikely to have moved by themselves I have to assume that I have walked away from them (hanging onto furniture as I go).

wound after 3 weeks

wound after 3 weeks

29 Mar

Sunday Day 20

I have been worrying again about the amount of really excruciating pain I get off and on, and I have slowly discovered that I have a strange tingly sensation around my toes if I touch my ankle joint. I have also noticed when putting on my shoes that my ankle of my Hyprocure foot is swollen. Also my second to last toe is sore. I start reading some American Hyprocure blogs and one thing that hits me is that they all say that they are supposed to be icing their foot several times a day . I figure that it can’t hurt so I start icing too. My foot seems to feel so much better that I suspect that it may well be swollen inside as well. I decide to start taking ibuprofen too, to help with swelling.

29 Mar

Friday Day 18

To be able to bathe and shower feels fabulous and we make more forays into the real world. I am still terrible at this crutch thing though and seem to be regularly tripping up the people around me. Crutches though can be used for many things that I never thought possible. You can draw curtains, push light switches on and  off, use them like chop sticks to pick things up and poke people with them. You can also nearly kill yourself with crutches , if you get  the placement wrong going down stairs. My foot aches when I have been upright for any length of time and am always glad to put it up.

putting feet up

putting feet up

29 Mar

Wednesday Day 16

Today is the day to have my follow up appointment. Mr Kriss removes the stitches puts a plaster on and pronounces the wound healthy. I can’t say how lovely it is not  have a bandage and can hardly wait to have a good scratch! He shows me how the movement of my foot is less when it is moved from side to side. Apparently I had a size seven stent put in – generally a six is used. This is because my joints are so lax and loose I think. He asks me about the pain and I find it hard to explain that sometimes I have a tremendous sharp pain and sometimes nothing. He reminds me it is early days. He doesn’t say it but I feel he would like to remind me that I am probably at the older end of his Hyprocure patient scale. He tells me to keep using the crutches to bear my weight for at least the next week or so and practise gripping the floor with my toes. Mr Kriss says he will see me in six weeks time – and I am sent off for x-rays.

day of stitches removal

day of stitches removal

stitches being removed

stitches being removed

cu of stitch removal

cu of stitch removal

patched - ready to go!

patched – ready to go!

29 Mar

Saturday Day 13

After yesterday’s experience I rest my foot as I find it aches if I don’t keep it up.   I find that I am developing monster callouses on my left hand (oddly not my right as I might have suspected) from using the crutches.

29 Mar

Friday Day 12 

We decide that I have been inside for way too long and decide to go out for lunch. My husband drops me just a little way from Pizza Express while he goes to park the car. I have to negotiate a patch of cobbles, a dipped curb and then (oh My God) two steps into the restaurant. I suddenly feel terribly infirm and exposed on crutches. We have a good lunch but I long for home and when I get back I go to bed and sleep for a couple of hours.