At this time, my situation has degenerated to the point that I feel like my right ankle is in a vice, with foot sometimes feeling numb, and with "pins and needles" shooting sparks traveling down my right leg and into my foot. Also both my legs tend to ache and cramp. I also tend to get spasms in my foot arches, such as if I turn my feet in a downward direction (I've been told by various podiatrists that i have tarsal tunnel syndrome, CRPS, and possible plantar fasciitis, and possible tendinitis. The vascular guy was concerned when I said support hose make me feel worse, so due to that, he didn't want to risk vein-stripping followed by support hose.
In fact, directly prior to seeing him, a podiatrist (whom I visited about my feet NOT ankle), had insisted on putting an Ace bandage around my ankle. That Ace bandage was the DIRECT cause of my ankle swelling up, and ankle issues developing. Prior to that visit, I didn't have ankle issues or such a bad right foot.
Is there any type of doctor in the entire system who can actually HELP with nomore runarounds? Its no exaggeration that I've seen many, many doctors, none of whom helped, rather just talked. My [then] primary doctor didn't even correctly refer me to vascular, but rather to a lab where they tortured me for 1/2 hour, then claimed I'm OK, which was not true! (As later proven by the 5-min. computerized vascular test.) That incorrect assessment caused me to visit a string of podiatrists, finally getting a specialized scan. Which was then sent by certified-mail to a surgeon who told the secretary "tell her to see a vascular guy".
The latter long-winded scenario is so very typical of the runaround which patients are put through by the system.
Female | 59 years old
Complaint duration: Years
Medications: Gabapentin, rizatriptan
Conditions: FMS, CRPS, varicose veins, neuropathy, migraines
The Swelling 'caused directly by your bandage applied by the Podiatrist' was, in fact, caused by your Venous Insufficiency, and NOT by the bandage. The bandage just stopped the swelling from extending past its proximal margin.
Very few doctors specialize in, or treat CRPS. You will need to go to UCLA where there is an expert in CRPS and other nerve related pain.
If CRPS is even mentioned, you should NEVER, EVER have surgery on the affected limb.
Any smart or well-educated/well-trained physician would not touch you or do more than talk; you are full of blame toward everyone and your doctors. It is not the physicians who have betrayed you, but your own body and medical issues.
I would say you need to find the correct neurologist. I don't think any other physician can even attempt to help your situation. So you can stop your running around, and seek out the appropriate specialist in Neurology to help you, and I would suggest not being blameful of anyone.
Dr. Mark Warren