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Day 6 Day 6 and going for broke! Anyone have a TMS story about broken foot bones?

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Jackhammer, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. Jackhammer

    Jackhammer New Member

    Hey out there!
    So, my story....right foot broke in 4 different places at different times within a year, small fractures. The breaks happened while walking. I felt a snapping on the first one, just thought it was no big deal, but it became painful and did not go away. It was weeks before I went to get an X-ray, it was just getting too painful to walk around. It occurred while I was walking normally, no previous problems. I was in a boot most of that year, I would take it off after 6 to 8 weeks, and then it broke again and again and again, in different toes.
    Finally, I had a few month period of no breaking.
    Yeah! But then, getting out of the car and walking toward work, my left foot snapped with a VERY serious break. I fell down, crawled back in my car, and called work to say I was out for a while, crying the drive home in pain and fear.
    My podiatrist had no idea what was happening with the small fractures, and when the big one happened I went to the best medical group in my town, San Diego.
    I was passed from head of department to the next head of department starting with a Head Podiatrist, to an Endocrinologist, to a Rhumotologist, to a Nephrologist, and then an Orthopedic Surgen. No one could come up with a reason for my breaks.
    The last break would not heal and months later I was given a bone growth stimulater. The bone healed after a few weeks and I continued to use it long after until the machine was done, putting both feet into it every day for 9 months.
    In a year or so after that, I developed a pain running down my right leg so bad that I took off of work days at a time, it was what I called an "evil pain", searing and burning.
    I was given an MRI of the hip and spine and diagnosed with Spinal Spinous, plus.
    My Orthopedic guy said I would have to have a lamandetomy and spinal fusion, but I should try to put it off with physical therapy and/ or chiropractic care for as long as I could.
    The shots he gave me did not give any relief.
    Chiropractic therapy seems to work, but after 2 years I am worse than I started out.
    Can't walk without crutches, sometimes a cane will do.
    I am a very fit and healthy 60 year old!
    I went back to my Orthopedic guy, he did some X-rays and said it was time for surgery.
    I went to another surgeon in a different group who said I could do a different surgery not as drastic as the other guy.
    I went on a spinal stenosis forum to see what people were saying and came upon Dr. John Sarnos and the TMS theory.......and here I am!
    Day 7 is tomorrow, I am hobbling around with out crutches but carry a folding cane if I have to wander too far from the car.
    I stopped the exercises I have done for years to help my back, and am off the ibuprofen for my back ( I still have one or two at the most for my painful feet.)
    Thanks for reading!
    It has been great to see my story in writing for the first time.
  2. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, jackhammer. I'm sorry you have gone through so much with foot fractures. You've done all the necessary with doctors, and are wise in following their advice. I can only suggest that you keep up the SEProgram and do more journaling about you emotions. Try to stay away from strong medication that contain opiads. New medical research says they won't relieve pain and can cause more. Ibuprofen is okay to use to relieve pain, but be sure to take it after a meal and even with milk because otherwise it can cause kidney problems. Also, try top avoid surgery. It rarely solves the problem .
  3. Jackhammer

    Jackhammer New Member

    Thanks Walt! I liked my day 7 lesson, that was take the day off, and it was a great day. I never took any opioids ( not that the Doctors didn't prescribe them!), that type of drug makes me sick to my stomach, and I never can take them for more than a day or two.
    I am planning on continuing my SEP program and live a few hours from Dr. Schechter if I feel I need a TMS diagnosis down the road.
    My question to you and this forum is, "anyone have information on TMS type symptoms related to bones breaking from oxygen deprivation?"
    I still don't know why my toes kept breaking and then suddenly stopped, and neither do any of the specialists I saw.
    Have a great day!
  4. Cara

    Cara Peer Supporter

    Hmm. Not quite the same, but I had sesamoiditis, which I now think was TMS. It deals with the sesamoid bone in the foot. I had surgery on it and then didn't feel better. I had PT and then didn't feel better. Then I broke another bone in my foot from putting a pad in my shoe to take pressure off the sesamoid bone. The pain didn't get better until my back pain amped up. I now attribute the irrational levels of pain to TMS, but I had not considered that the breaks themselves could have been symptoms. Interesting idea. It might be worth asking a TMS doctor about!!
  5. Jackhammer

    Jackhammer New Member

    Thanks for sharing Cara!
    Your story is the first I have heard that is anywhere near my experience.
    I do agree that it is a question for a TMS doctor, that is if I ever need to see one.
    Already the pain and numbness in my leg and feet are moving around like a kaleidoscope and I am on to it!!

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