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#1 kelowna52

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 02:43 PM

Hello, I'm sorry again for not being around much. I find it really hard to be on the computer with all of this neck, shoulder, back, etc., pain. I am going in Tuesday to have Bunion surgery and a couple of bone spurs removed. I was wondering if any of you have had this surgery, and how much pain I can expect from this. I am so tired of not being able to wear most of my shoes. So I decided to get it over with. The thing is, I feel so lousy as it is, but if we wait around to feel good that could be a while. I'm having quite a bit of pain in my lower right jaw area and ear. I finder it hard to open my mouth to eat, it's quite painfull. I would appreciate any info that any of you might have regarding this surgery. Thanks again.

Jackie S.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 03:23 PM

Hey Jackie,

Sorry to hear you have to have surgery. Although I have never had bunion surgery myself, I used to work with a Podiatrist in the Seattle area. Be prepared for a fair amount of pain. Feet are one of the most painful recovery areas of the body due to them being distal (below) the body, and the increase of blood flow. They will give you a special wooden type shoe to wear, that will help and will also protect it from getting knocked on something. Keep it elevated as much as possible and be patient. You'll be really glad you had the surgery. We had terrific results and people were always glad they had it done, but were surprised at the discomfort during recovery time.

Good luck!
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 09:08 AM

Jackie,
I was a ballerina so I can relate to bunions. I had bilateral bunionectomies in 1985. I had my right bunion done again in 1999. In 2000 I had left bunion done again with ileac bone graft. I hope to never have it again. Sweet is correct in that the pain is pretty intense but my shoes fit. My first doctor really messed up my feet that is why I had to do it again. I will tell you that the worst pain I have ever experienced post-op was from hand surgery. That make the bunionectomies seem like a breeze. I am sure that you will do well.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 11:55 AM

Thanks so much for your input Nan and Pamela. I have also heard that the pain will be pretty intense, but I have put this off for long enough. The thing I am most worried about is the fact that I hurt so bad now. My neck and shoulders, lower back, plus I'm having pain in my jaw area close to my right ear. I've been having pain, itching, scaly skin and a very weird sensation in my ear. Have either of you experiance this in the ear? This is one of the reasons I have put off this surgery is the fact that I do feel so bad as it is. thank you again for your support.

Jackie S.

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:16 PM

Jackie,
I just started with jaw pain off and on about a month ago. It's not every day though. I am going to ask my rheumatologist about it at my September visit. I am sorry you feel so bad. Eventually your foot will feel better. Take care!
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 02:11 PM

Sounds like you may have otitis externa (outer ear infection). If you grab hold of your ear and tug it outwards does it really hurt??? If so you most likely have it. :( You poor thing! I know you'd much rather be out shopping for shoes!!
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 03:05 PM

Thanks again Nan and Pamela for your input. I tried grabbing my ear Pamela, but it doesn't hurt. I have a very weird sensation inside my ear. It hurts when I open my mouth at times and it hurts to chew. Sometimes it sends sharp pains from my jaw into my ear, it's weird. I'm pretty sure it's not TMJ problems, I used to work as a Dental Assistant. I guess I'll call my Ear, Nose, Throat doctor and see what he has to say. I think it will have to wait until after I get through this surgery. I just hope it doesn't get worse in the mean time. I believe, I read somewhere that Scleroderma can affect our ears. I'll have to do some research. Thanks again take care.

Jackie S.