Friday, September 18, 2009

One More Not-Gout Update

After I blasted out that last post, I got a lot of advice, but no real answers as to what the hell might be wrong with my foot.

For those of you just joining us: Labs and longevity (as of today 4 1/2 weeks) says "not gout," x-ray guy says "not broken."

At this point, I still limp some because my left big toe still hurts, but only when I flex it or bump it, and it's more uncomfortable than seriously painful at this point. Wednesday I was able to deal with regular shoes, but driving with a clutch still aches.

No answers yet? As the pain at the top and side of the joint is subsiding, I'm discovering a new pain in the ball of the foot. Again, we're not talking the stabbing 9/10 pain I was originally experiencing - we're down to 0.5 - 1.0 - but a distinctive ache under the joint.

So, for the record, I'll go an suggest Sesamoiditis (goodness does the Wikipedia entry suck ass on the human version - I'm really not a horse).

And that's where it lies. Or lays. Or lied. I'm a huge grammar guy but that whole track never layed right with me.

So I have fading pain, and that's great. I've implemented some changes in my life that will be wonderful for my body and health - tomorrow on the bike perhaps?

But I'm still left with the mystery of why this happened in the first place. And why did it manifest the way it did?

Thank you for listening to the ramble of real life.

Oh, and I've got an infected eyelash duct! Boo!


distracted by shiny objects said...

Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidus??
That's what Hubby has. Treat symptoms, stiff soled shoes, anti-inflammatories, ice when flares up. Surgery option in future when symptoms intolerable.

Randal Graves said...

Glad the funk is going away, but, given the fact that the medical establishment was at a loss, have you entertained the notion that your illness might have been extraterrestrial in origin?

Ricky Shambles said...

dbso, I did look at that, but it didn't seem to fit all that well. I'll have to take another look.

Randal, I don't limit explanations with any potential. While I'm unsure about this being ET, I did once wake with a postage sized red mark on my thigh that only faded after a week - no explanation there either.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

if you quit wearing those high heeled shoes your pain would disappear completely!(ref wiki link on sesamoiditis)

no seriously, I feel your pain - no,no, I really do I have intermittent left great toe problems, have for years but it was a result of an accident which nearly severed my foot and when they reconnected all the bits (artery, nerves, etc) the big toe has never been the same.

good luck, hope it disappears and stays gone as mysteriously as it appeared

Ricky Shambles said...

Oh, mouse, you dwarf me. "My foot hurts boo-hoo for 5 weeks" to "After my toe was almost severed..."


So now the chainsaw story...

monogramgirl said...

I just had an x ray today for the exact same thing. My right big toe feels like someone is jabbing a knife into it. But not always! It's more sporadic. My dr said not gout...but what about early diabetes? Curious to see what my x ray shows. These ridiculous toes of ours!

Ricky Shambles said...

So glad you found me! Please feel free to check my other gout/notgout posts by clicking on the "gout" tag on this one.

I wish you the best of diagnoses and still wonder why my "great toe" hurts.

If you click on my profile, you can contact me directly through email.

Best to you!