You know what’s expensive? Going to the chiropractor a lot.
I love Dr. Dave. I think that he has been instrumental in the recent improvements I have seen in my foot and I would not change my experience with him for anything in the world besides maybe just not being injured in the first place. That said, I’ve had to scale back my chiro visits because twice a week at $20/visit is starting to stack up. I just hope I can stay on the path to recovery without seeing him as regularly.
Speaking of doctors, last week I had my monthly follow up appointment with my favorite podiatrist Dr. No-BS, who despite the story I am about to tell you is still my favorite podiatrist. If you don’t feel like clicking that link, he’s the one that gave me the cortisone shot which I also think helped to some degree. I discussed some of my lingering concerns with him…such as when I run it occasionally feels like someone is taking a pair of pliers to my second toe joint. It is exactly as unpleasant as it sounds.
My concern prompted Dr. No-BS to want to try some diagnostic things. There had been so much waffling around by different doctors about which nerve in my foot was causing the problems. Why don’t we do a little test to see if we have the right nerve?
Um seriously…you can do that? Why has no one done that before?
The diagnostic testing consisted of injecting a little bit of a numbing agent to various nerves to see what went numb as a result. Pretty brilliant in it’s simplicity, but still terrible because it meant I got a lot of shots in my foot that day. The icing on the cake was when he injected my peroneal nerve and suddenly he goes “Oops! I hit a blood vessel.” To which I said…
“OH GOD I’M GOING TO DIE.”
I really shouted that and I got laughed at because obviously I wasn’t going to. But this DID happen. Just in time for me to wear running shoes and run 12 miles on Saturday morning.
I cannot tell a lie…this **** is uncomfortable. Also it’s part of the reason I decided to wear my 890s for the race (extra padding in the tongue), but more on those later because I think I may be a New Balance runner for life now.
Anyway, the results of the diagnostic were peroneal nerve damage like everyone thought, but also I may have a smaller affected nerve that runs across my second toe. Either way here are the things I took away from the appointment besides that nasty bruise:
- He does not suggest the nerve release surgery that the other doctor suggested. He feels that it isn’t successful enough of the time for me to go through with it and wouldn’t it suck to sit down for a month and heal and then have it not even make a difference. By the way, the nerve doctor I was referred to still has not contacted me and maybe that’s a good thing.
- My issues may go away entirely or they may not.
- If it is something that annoys me enough there is another surgery that he is sure will work, but it requires more downtime and involves cutting the nerve altogether so I would lose most of the feeling in my first two toes. I know that sounds awful, but I can assure you that not having feeling in my toes would be preferable to how obnoxious the constant pins and needles are. He doesn’t want to talk about any of that with me right now because I have made improvements but I would be lying if I said I was not considering it as a long term fix. I will reevaluate after Dopey.
- And keep running if I want. Thank goodness.
Anyway, just a little update for anyone that might care where things are standing with my foot. (Pun not intended, but I giggled after completing that sentence.)
Now on to happier things like SOMEONE WINNING SOMETHING.
I’m sad to part with it (it’s so pretty!), but excited to put a smile on someone’s face today! And that someone is:
Congratulations, Chelsea! I’ll send you an email to confirm your shipping address.
Thank you so much to everyone that entered! If you are still interested in getting a Sweaty Band for yourself, I am happy to report that I am a new affiliate! (I love them that much!) See that little clicky over there in my side bar? You can get 5% off your next order with the coupon code SWEATYNATION at checkout. Happy shopping! 🙂
Have you ever had to get a shot in an uncomfortable place? Any big, nasty bruises lately?
I hope everyone is having a happy Tuesday (with less rain than what I’m seeing out my window!)