I Broke a Toe?

Hello all,

Well, so much has gone on since I hurt my foot.

So, my parents visited me after the 4th of July. I kind of made somewhat light of my foot situation, as I couldnt walk or stand on it without pain.  My foot is swollen, changes colors, majorly sensitive to touch and I have shooting, pressing, squeezing pain. I am actually shocked that I worked for two whole months in this condition!

While my parents were still in town I had another visit with my doctor. He had said he would plan to give me cortizon shots in a week to hopefully relieve the pain during my vacation in August.

A week later came by I went back to the doctor and my foot had not improved. It  had  been almost TWO MONTHS of living with this nonsense. The doctor than decided  I was not better I should get an MRI to confirm the bone in the toe was broken and probably do surgery, which meant also that I was not getting the cortizon shots as planned, I was really looking forward to having a break from feeling pain!

Meanwhile my parents found this big shot foot surgeon in NY who said I am a candidate to look at, so he squeezed me in, which meant I had to leave Miami  asap.

Crazy my life is, the doctor in NY was able to see me as soon as Monday the 6th of August. I had to leave Miami and work. I had to tell my manager on the wednesday that I had to leave and fly out on Sunday August 5th.

On Monday I went to the NY doctor, had an MRI.  I was surprised to hear that my toe was not in fact broken! I have a torn ligament and it has caused this nerve condition known as RSD. RSD is an incurable condition where my Sympathetic nerve thinks that my foot is broken. The tear in my ligament has made my nerve go on overdrive and created this incredible pain!

So with those results I am being treated by an expert Pain Management doctor. I am learning about this condition as I go as I really don’t want to read about it. But what I have found out so far is that RSD is real and that no one truly understands it until they have it. Also, since RSD is incurable but it can be controlled, I can get it again and again. It can happen after something as small as stubbing my toe.

I am truly lucky actually, from what I have heard it could take a lot of doctors visits before diagnosing RSD, which if not caught early on it can mean deteriorating of the joints. In my case, it only took two doctors.

RSD is very personal has very wishy-washy ways of treatment meaning there is no straight answer for treatment and the timeframe of how long one can suffer with this is unpredictable. For my treatment my doctor, my parents, and I decided to try Nerve Block procedures. These procedures are incredibly painful and required my being on an operating table while I’m awake.-I got FOUR of them. I will spare the details of the feelings I experienced during the procedures but very painful- and afterwards I was in pain for days and never really had the chance to recover in between each procedure. However the nerve blocks did definitely do some good as I had slightly less pain in my foot when I try to walk or stand.

So my parents being amazing have been researching a lot my mom found this therapist who happens to have RSD herself. The therapist referred us to a physical therapist who she uses personally.

After my fourth Nerve block a little over a week ago, my pain management doctor allowed me to start physical therapy! Everyone is located in NY so I currently spend my weeks in NY and the weekends at my parents in Connecticut.

Anyway, so for something I thought was as simple as a random broken toe I actually have something pretty serious-go figure! I still, believe it or not find myself to be lucky. I know I will be ok.

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