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Has anyone had a neurectomy?

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FeetStreet Thu 25-Jul-13 22:13:59

Hi, I'm booked in for a foot neurectomy and have been told it will be very painful... I'd be really grateful to hear anyone else's experiences as it's come along quickly and I'm nervous!

Footle Mon 19-Aug-13 21:14:17

More walking today, quite a lot more, and it's quite sore at the mo. And most of the time an achy numb pins and needles feeling, which I expected as the nerves , or what's left of them, settle down. Just hope it will go away in time. I had to carry an 18 month old friend for a short distance today, awkward with a walking stick in the other hand.

FeetSt , my anti DVT stocking is a fetching navy blue - perhaps because I had the op in a private hospital ? I've taken the damn thing off now and am relying on movement and low-dose aspirin. You can have it if you want... You haven't had one on each leg have you ?

FeetStreet Mon 19-Aug-13 09:43:44

Yes, of course Footle. Oh that sounds tough, jchoc. I hope the nausea improves as four weeks of it is unpleasant. But the naproxen could fix your foot for good?

jchocchip Mon 19-Aug-13 00:14:12

Gp did say they might make me sick and he could give anti nausea if req. I'll see how it goes tomorrow.

jchocchip Mon 19-Aug-13 00:12:13

grin at the fashion statement! I'm only taking naproxen for 4 weeks and gp was emphatic about not taking them on empty stomach. I'm half way now. Hoping that they will do the trick but if not will get a referral from gp.

Footle Sun 18-Aug-13 23:22:34

FeetSt, can I PM you ?

FeetStreet Sun 18-Aug-13 21:29:07

grin to your new fashion statement footle! As if the white compression stockings aren't enough! (Everyone has to wear those, right?). Those activities sound like the right level of excitement to me. I've been taking little walks along our road and back just to get my heart going, which has been exhilarating.

Sorry your medicine seems to be making you sick and dizzy, even if they're stopping the pain, jchoc. Are they for taking long-term?

Footle Sun 18-Aug-13 13:51:47

jchoc, isn't naproxen one where you need to take a stomach-protecting drug as well ? Have a look at the leaflet if you feel ill. Good that it's working.

FeetSt , my activities .. well, first I have a quick sprint up Blencathra, then come down for a game of netball.. Actually I can only describe it as pottering. A bit of cooking, emptying dishwasher, reading, knitting, computer, and yesterday got a lift to a cafe and met a friend. It was pouring down when it was time for my lift home, so I had to ask for a carrier bag to tie on over my bandage and velcro shoe. I want to try a bit of a walk outside today but it's raining again and I'm not sure I want to repeat that particular fashion statement.

I am making sure to wander around the house as much as possible - stairs are fine if I take them slowly. Sounds as if you're making good use of your ten minutes !

jchocchip Sat 17-Aug-13 23:57:30

Glad the pain is better today feetstreet. I've been pottering about today and a trip out to big tesco. Just realised that my foot is not hurting! Hope this carries on tomorrow. Have felt sick and dizzy though which may be a side effect...

FeetStreet Sat 17-Aug-13 22:51:35

Sorry I'm going to break to record for number of posts in a row (killing time before going to bed). Realised I didn't answer your other question: today I've kept mine above heart level,
on top of four cushions, but not at night asleep.

FeetStreet Sat 17-Aug-13 22:29:06

What sorts of activities are you managing to do, out of interest?

FeetStreet Sat 17-Aug-13 22:27:09

Forgot to answer the question: I'm realising that the ten minutes really amounts to a loo trip, getting a drink for children, tidying something quickly in every hour, considering how long it takes to do everything now, so I don't think I've gained as much activity time as I'd imagined!

FeetStreet Sat 17-Aug-13 22:23:31

Sorry you're lacking energy today, footle. It's still not been long since your op, so I'm sure it's natural. Will you be able to rest tomorrow?

The days are going quite slowly over here, and whenever I think of what day it is I'm a couple of days ahead of myself...

The pain is much better today, thanks. I think I must have overdone it yesterday as it felt swollen inside, so I made a concerted effort again to keep it raised. I've played more games of 'Guess Who?' while lying down with ds today than I care to remember! It's a bit limiting.

Footle Sat 17-Aug-13 21:27:02

No energy today, and foot demands to be elevated. Are you keeping your above heart-level or just bed-level ?
Sorry you're having such pain and other nasty sensations. Is the 10 mins out of bed helping or hindering ?

FeetStreet Fri 16-Aug-13 23:01:26

Oh dear re. the wait for stitches out footle. You'll know better than I do what kind of a difference that will make, but it feels to me like a countdown every day, so having that extended would be frustrating.

I had my bandage changed today and my foot feels worse than it has done for many days. Like my toes joints are being squished together and they're rubbing inside and one of them is trying to pop up to get out of the crush. I can't quite bear it. Is it normal?

Yes I'm doing exercises whilst keeping leg raised - sit ups, leg raises etc., trying not to get too sedentary, although with this pain it's harder. I've been told I can be up for 10 minutes in every hour this week, which will be better at least!

Have a lovely weekend!

Footle Thu 15-Aug-13 18:08:02

Just heard that because of the bank holiday I have to wait an extra week to have the dressing off and stitches removed - 3 weeks altogether. I hope the stitches won't be very hard to remove by then.

I've been taken out to a low-key social event and coped OK with the excitement and the small amount of walking involved. Got my new Limbo, so tomorrow's shower won't involve parcel-tape .. Foot is not comfortable but it's mostly not painful either, so I'm very relieved.

FeetStreet I should think the bed-rest will make stumbling more likely as your muscles and balance get out of practice. Are you doing any ankle exercises in bed ? Take it easy as you eventually get back to normal. So hard to know what's too much and what's too little. And hard not being able to go out with , or even feed, the children.

orangeflutie, glad you had a good day out. Thanks for the info about how this went for you - your instructions seem to have been neatly in between FtSt's and mine.

FeetStreet Thu 15-Aug-13 11:51:52

Yes that's exactly what happened orangeflutie, caught off-balance and instinctively put my foot down. It feels ok, thanks jchoc, not as good as before, probably back to how it felt 2-3 days after the op. I'm frustrated at myself! Bandage being changed tmw so I hope they'll give an indication of how it's doing.

It's so hard not being able to drive with the children, isn't it?! A friend's very kindly taken my ds to the zoo with her children today, and I wish I could go and check up on him!

I'm sure the steroid injections I mentioned must do some good in the majority of cases, jchoc, but I was wondering if you were having them as from what I've read on here they've worsened things.

Hope you're doing well footle?

orangeflutie Thu 15-Aug-13 09:53:51

FeetStreet I think it was the weekend at the end of the first week once the big bandage was off. DH was away and I needed to get out with the dds.

Try not to worry about pulling the scar, it's a horrible feeling though and I'm sure I did something similar. I lost my balance and it's automatic to put your foot down to save yourself.

Footle It's so easy to do a bit too much. Hope the pain settles down today.

Jochocchip Hope you have some relief from pain today too.

jchocchip Thu 15-Aug-13 07:19:07

I'm on naproxen, a nsaid. Never heard of them before. Haven't had any injections. How is the foot today feetstreet?

FeetStreet Wed 14-Aug-13 23:10:22

Ooh orangeflutie I also wanted to ask, when you say you think you might have driven too early, how early was that?

FeetStreet Wed 14-Aug-13 22:22:09

I feel so annoyed at myself as I'd been so careful, and in the last ten minutes I lost concentration, tripped and fell onto the front of my foot angry It hurts a lot more and feels like I've pulled the scar open. I'm so angry at myself. Sorry I needed to vent that.

Interesting that yours is to do with bursitis jchoc. Sorry if you've said before, but do you have steroid injections and if so, do they work? Walking on the beach is just the worst, isn't it?

I hope the painkillers are helping and that the swelling goes down quickly footle. It sounds like you're doing really well to be able to be up and about without too much discomfort in the moment. In the first few days I could feel the pressure building every minute it took to get a shower and would be desperate to get out and put my foot up asap.

Hope you had a lovely time at Thorpe Park, orange. Mmm, days out {fantasises}

Footle Wed 14-Aug-13 20:55:22

Beach, you say. Just as I went under anaesthetic the dr said " so how long have you been walking on pebbles?"

Your plan sounds sensible, if you are able to rest enough to make a difference. Diclofenac ?

I've overdone it today , just tootling about, foot feels huge. Lying down till morning. Also, don't use a 5 yr old Limbo cover - mine leaked a bit during shower. Have ordered another which should arrive tomorrow , they are a brilliant company but product can't last forever. I've needed ibuprofen plus paracetamol a couple of times today , low dose of each.

jchocchip Wed 14-Aug-13 20:40:36

Been on the beach today and my foot is agony sad

jchocchip Wed 14-Aug-13 20:38:40

Just clocked this thread in active convos. Well done on having the ops feetstreet and footle. Hope you are recovering well. Interesting what you said about the bursas feetstreet.
I have four weeks of anti inflamatories and rest for my bursitis and have to contact gp for referral if doesn't improve.

orangeflutie Wed 14-Aug-13 20:18:01

Hello again sorry it's taken me a while to get back to this thread. Have been on a family outing to Thorpe Park today.

Footle It's really good that your op went so well. How are you today?

FeetStreet I hope you're still recovering well.

Very interesting reading about the differing post op advice for both of you. I think if I remember rightly I was told to do minimum walking for the first week and when I did I was told to walk on my heel wearing the support shoe. At the end of the week the big bandage was removed, my foot was cleaned and I was left with a support bandage. I was then told I could start weight bearing so long as I was wearing the support shoe or trainers.
I'm not sure what advice is best in each case; I suspect I drove a bit too early which may have prolonged my recovery slightly. But who knows?

FeetStreet Tue 13-Aug-13 21:54:54

Wow, that's fantastic footle! Sounds like it couldn't have gone better. I'm mystified as to why we'd get such conflicting advice re. keeping the leg up. I was told verbally and in the discharge leaflet that it's important only to be vertical for trips to the loo, not even allowed to prepare own meals. It was explained to me that not allowing it to swell up is an investment in the healing overall, and that the first two weeks will dictate how it will heal longer-term. I would love to be up and about! I'm back in the family home with the children but feel really useless and frustrated at not being able to do everything with them. What were you told, orangeflutie?

I'm glad it went well and you're already feeling better smile

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