Well, I saw a new doc a couple days ago and he put me on prednisone for my severely inflamed feet. He confirmed that he believed it is a bad case of plantar fasciitis (10 year duration) that has worked it’s way from the heels all the way through the soles of my feet, into the metatarsal area, and into my toe joints. I have been in an extreme flare up, hobbling for over 2 weeks, using a cane, barely unable to put weight on the feet to walk and so far no improvement. Until I started the prednisone he prescribed me.
Within 24 hours I saw improvement. Today is day 3 and I can walk without the cane, and even though I am still having pain, it is much less. This stuff is nothing short of a miracle. I want a lifetime supply. I want buckets of it. I want to never run out. Except for one thing…..he only gave me enough for 6 days.
Now I don’t know if this guy understands how bad my feet have been for the past 10 years. My own ignorance got me to this place, I admit it. I continued to push myself beyond all the pain signals I was receiving from my feet over the years, and I was on them a lot….but sincerely, after I got my fibromyalgia diagnosis 30+ years ago, somehow my brain just figured all my pain was fibro-related and so I just didn’t worry about it, didn’t consider I might be doing actual damage to my feet. I had always been told, fibro hurts but it won’t do any damage to your body. Don’t worry, it won’t cause any degeneration or deterioration. So, in my head, after that being drilled into me over and over, I just assumed my foot pain was just fibro…..and I assumed wrong.
Anyway…..about that prednisone. Wow. This stuff is amazing. Ninja anti-inflammatory. Makes naproxen look like a skittle. No comparison. It really, really works. But like I said, only 6 day supply. It’s like giving a starving person one bite of a sandwich. Like giving a dehydrated person one sip of water. I don’t know if it will be enough to kick this inflammation down after only 6 days. So I guess I will just have to take it, then run out and if my pain comes back I will call him again. And beg.
So anyway…..for all those out there who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Let this be a lesson. NOT ALL PAIN IS NECESSARILY FIBROMYALGIA RELATED. If you start having pain in your feet and you are a very active person, please have it checked out. You don’t want to take any chances with your feet. You need your feet. If your feet start to hurt bad, listen to your body and don’t keep pushing. If I had realized what was happening when this first started, I would not be having this issue right now. It has become chronic and extremely severe. When it first started it was acute. It could have been rectified by me just taking it easy for a few weeks. Now I am nearly disabled and have totally trashed my feet. I have nerve damage and can only walk short distances before I have to use a wheelchair or a scooter. Some days are better than others. I can sometimes walk for longer distances upon occasion. But for the most part, my time up on my feet is extremely limited.
So remember the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain can become chronic if you don’t take care of it. Always Always Always… if you have new pain, especially foot pain, get it checked out by your doctor. Have ice packs on hand in your freezer. Slow down and rest your body when you need to.
It’s a lesson I am still trying to learn because I am a Type A personality. Type A’s don’t like to sit and rest. They like to work, and go, and do. They find it extremely hard to slow down and put their feet up and relax. There is always something to do, somewhere to go. But when you get slammed down by pain, if you continue pushing and find yourself completely disabled by severe pain, you will have lost your choice. And that is a truly horrendous place to find yourself. If you think taking a few days off and resting is hard, try every single day for the rest of your life. Being a Type A, and being disabled is an absolute hellish existence. So do yourself a favor….when you feel the pain, listen. Stop. Rest. Do it. Or you will face consequences down the road, I promise.