I've often read this forum but never actually posted, it seems it contains a wealth of first-hand knowledge about chronic pain - whatever the exact cause.
Back in 2003 I had a discectomy to relieve the sciatica symptoms caused by DDD in my lumbar spine (I'd suffered for about 15 years before the surgery). All was really good until 2006 when the pain became unbearable again, this time I had a fusion at L5/S1, again, I was lucky that I recovered relatively well and the pain reduced by about 80% most of the time.
Then in 2009 I had what I thought was plantar fasciitis in both feet but it soon developed into something worse, to cut a long story short it is now very debilitating, I can not walk at all without pain and the pain is there 24/7, just slightly better if I don't walk anywhere. I'm obsessed with sitting down! After about 5 mins of walking the pain is about 8/10 and stays that way for hours afterwards. My feet and calf muscles also become very weak.
Like everyone here it affects every waking moment of my life and worse still, it affects my family. It's frustrating for them and also difficult to watch me hobbling around all the time!
My real question is that I don't know if this is a problem in my feet or my back! They cannot find anything wrong with my feet but there is some epidural fibrosis affecting S1 on the left but I would have expected pain all the way down my left leg into my heel, not both heels and calf muscles.
Has anyone experienced chronic heel and foot pain but without the associated leg pains? That said, over the last month or so I a lot of pain has started in my lower back!
I'm off to see my original surgeon next week, if it is the fibrosis causing this does anyone know if there is any treatment available? I'm not sure I can go on forever with this pain as it is getting worse all the time.
Sorry to whine about it but I'm sure you guys understand more than anyone how distressing it is to be in so much pain all the time. In my opinion it's something that is difficult to adjust to, everyday I treat it like I'm in pain for just that day, everyone can cope with one day but when it hits me that this might be permanent it's hard to not become depressed.
Thanks for reading.