surgery

reconstruction surgery or bunion surgery

Angela53510 Community Member July 16, 2009
  • I am into my 13th week since I had my right foot reconstructed. The big toe hasn't healed properly - two nodules were showing prominently on the last xray - The pain has been severe - nerve damage, I guess. I talked to a lady who had bunion surgery so she could wear pretty shoes (I just wanted to walk again! My foot was so deformed) and she is still in pain after a year. 

     

    So I just wonder if anyone else has had reconstruction surgery (not replacement - those seem to go well) and had problems with healing and pain. This was suppose to make it better, and although it looks pretty, I have to wonder if the pain will ever end, and the joint will ever heal. Anyone else with anything to share on this issue?

    Angie

     

    Ps I tried to add a pic of my old foot before surgery, but it won't download Sorry!

     

     

     

11 Comments
  • Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    Jul. 19, 2009

    So sorry to hear about the aftereffects of your surgery and that you're still not healed. Unfortunately, I haven't had this kind of surgery and I don't know anyone who has, so I can't really give you any kind of valuable feedback. Your best option might be to have a conversation with your doctor about what you can reasonably expect in terms of pain and long-term...

    RHMLucky777

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    So sorry to hear about the aftereffects of your surgery and that you're still not healed. Unfortunately, I haven't had this kind of surgery and I don't know anyone who has, so I can't really give you any kind of valuable feedback. Your best option might be to have a conversation with your doctor about what you can reasonably expect in terms of pain and long-term effects.  I hope things get better for you soon.

    • Angela53510
      Jul. 20, 2009

      Thanks for your reply and concern. It doesn't seem like anyone knows anything about this, although it is done regularly, from what I understand. I googled it and it said up to a year for healing, and my physio said any nerve damage could take years. Last night I took codeine the pain was so bad, and it did nothing! I finally put the cast back on, and that helped,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks for your reply and concern. It doesn't seem like anyone knows anything about this, although it is done regularly, from what I understand. I googled it and it said up to a year for healing, and my physio said any nerve damage could take years. Last night I took codeine the pain was so bad, and it did nothing! I finally put the cast back on, and that helped, whether because of the position of the foot, or being held tightly, like the nerve damage burn victims get - I know they wear tight bandages, even after healing.  My advice is now - don't get surgery, no matter how ugly or painful your feet get - this is so much worse, and the foot isn't even small enough to wear decent shoes - I will still have to get handmade orthopedic shoes.  I didn't care about having pretty feet, or fashionable shoes, but I did want the pain to stop. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess.

    • Lene  Andersen
      Health Guide
      Jul. 21, 2009

      If you're having nervepain, might something like Lyrica be a more appropriate medication?  It's a nerve pain medication which has just been approved for fibromyalgia and might work for you, too.  Apparently, "regular" pain killers don't work as well for nerve pain so it might be worth trying...

    • Angela53510
      Jul. 21, 2009

      Thanks for the suggestion. My liver is a mess right now, because of the mthx, and everything else I take on top of it, so I will have to find out whether it affects the liver.  I know people have suggested some of the other neurological drugs, and I don't want to take them.  Only 8 years to re-generate the liver.  Then I can take what I want....

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks for the suggestion. My liver is a mess right now, because of the mthx, and everything else I take on top of it, so I will have to find out whether it affects the liver.  I know people have suggested some of the other neurological drugs, and I don't want to take them.  Only 8 years to re-generate the liver.  Then I can take what I want. Until then, I have to tough it out, and pray it gets better. I have had to go off every drug I am on except Synthroid and Kineret, my biologic.  We will see in a week or two whether I prefer quality of life or quanity!

       

      Angie

    • Lene  Andersen
      Health Guide
      Jul. 21, 2009

      I found this page which says that Lyrica is not metabolized in the liver, so "[p]eople with liver disease should be able to use it without trouble."  On the other hand, there are sites where people discuss having liver issues, although who knows if it's due to Lyrica.  I'd suggest speaking to your doctor - you may be able to use it.  In my experience,...

      RHMLucky777

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      I found this page which says that Lyrica is not metabolized in the liver, so "[p]eople with liver disease should be able to use it without trouble."  On the other hand, there are sites where people discuss having liver issues, although who knows if it's due to Lyrica.  I'd suggest speaking to your doctor - you may be able to use it.  In my experience, even a small dose is very effective.

    • Angela53510
      Jul. 21, 2009

      I looked it up in my compendium, but mine is old, and the drug is too new to be there. If it gets worse, I will phone the pharmacy, and find out what the book says, and contact my doctor. Or if it doesn't go away.  Thanks so much for taking the time to look it up. 

  • Pnutbutterfleye
    Jan. 12, 2014

    I had surgery on both of my feet at the same time.....figured I'd just get it over and done with. Just after the surgery things were far far better then I had ever expected. The surgery was done the morning of Nov 8 2013. This is now Jan 12 2014 and I still cannot wear shoes.....slippers everywhere I go!! It is mid winter in Nova Scotia, so this is just not...

    RHMLucky777

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    I had surgery on both of my feet at the same time.....figured I'd just get it over and done with. Just after the surgery things were far far better then I had ever expected. The surgery was done the morning of Nov 8 2013. This is now Jan 12 2014 and I still cannot wear shoes.....slippers everywhere I go!! It is mid winter in Nova Scotia, so this is just not working out for me. I was wondering actually if there is a "post bunion" shoe :). My right foot is healing nicely I'd say, but the left foot was trouble right from the start. I can't put it flat on the floor, and half of my big toe has no feel and is more crooked then before. Nothing can rub or press my feet where the incision was. It feels like road burn all the time. and like the incision is going to tear open.

    I see my surgeon on Wed and pray he has some positive answers for me :).
  • Anonymous
    Sugi_gurl_420
    Jul. 29, 2013
    I have had the surgery just in may 2013 and still have pain!! I put on my heels just so I can stretch my joint!! You have to work it up n down. Each time a lil bit more!! I'm in my 2 month!! But they broke my toe n cut out a piece of bone n put in a space n 4 screws!! Very painful! Just keep working with it when u watching tv bend ur toes up n down rub the...
    RHMLucky777
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    I have had the surgery just in may 2013 and still have pain!! I put on my heels just so I can stretch my joint!! You have to work it up n down. Each time a lil bit more!! I'm in my 2 month!! But they broke my toe n cut out a piece of bone n put in a space n 4 screws!! Very painful! Just keep working with it when u watching tv bend ur toes up n down rub the joint area!! Persustsnce is the key! U can't baby it cause it will stay stiff!! Good luck!!
    • Tonya Gilbert
      Jan. 12, 2014

      I had my left bunion done January 10,2014 and on the 11th my bday I had the worst pain I ever had. To be honest I have had 3 c sections gastric bypass hysterectomy gallbladder and breast reduction and this bunion surgery worse surgery of all. Dr gave me 7.5 lortab but that wouldnt even touch the pain. Felt like every bone in my foot up into my ankles were broken....

      RHMLucky777

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      I had my left bunion done January 10,2014 and on the 11th my bday I had the worst pain I ever had. To be honest I have had 3 c sections gastric bypass hysterectomy gallbladder and breast reduction and this bunion surgery worse surgery of all. Dr gave me 7.5 lortab but that wouldnt even touch the pain. Felt like every bone in my foot up into my ankles were broken. My foot and toes keep jerking on its own like its my nerves. I actually ended up in the ER to see if somethong was wrong. I couldnt sleep and cried all day. They went ahead and gave me a pain shot and also changed pain meds to aomething stronger.  Now it is the 13th I woke up fweling better but I think I might have over did myself because now it is beginning to hurt again. I go see the dr tomorrow. If a person isnt having pain with them or their dr hasnt stated you will have issues walking later dont do it for cosmetic.  I did it because my feet hurt to where I couldnt wear shoes but flip flops. Then if I did wear for few hours walking after they were taken off was painful. Also my dr gave me less than 10 years and qalking would be a issue.

  • Anonymous
    Sabrina
    Oct. 08, 2010

    I have RA and am also considering the surgery as the pain in my feet is now unbearable. HAve you recovered? Was the surgery worth it?

     

    Thanks!

    Sabrina

    • Angela53510
      Oct. 08, 2010

      The pain before was unbearable. Now it is worse. I am on Gabapentin - a neurological drug.  While the bunion healed after 5 months, the screw worked its way out and sticks out under the skin. I cannot go without a sock even in summer, because the foot needs to be held in.  I also got shingles at 3 months after the surgery, because of the shock of...

      RHMLucky777

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      The pain before was unbearable. Now it is worse. I am on Gabapentin - a neurological drug.  While the bunion healed after 5 months, the screw worked its way out and sticks out under the skin. I cannot go without a sock even in summer, because the foot needs to be held in.  I also got shingles at 3 months after the surgery, because of the shock of the whole trauma. Because it was not diagnosed quickly enough, and the RA meds suppressing my auto-immune system, it took 5 months,with a month of Famvir an anti-viral.  I am now just finishing my third set of shingles.

       

      It was NOT worth it. My other foot is deformed, getting worse, but all things considered - no orthopedic surgeon will ever touch it. I need one foot to walk on. I also met another woman with just a bunion surgery, with RA, also in terrible pain 2 years after surgery, and another woman with 2 bunionectomies, with no RA, who is in constant pain.  So that is my experience. Hope it helps.