Saturday, June 18, 2011

The fun just never ends around here...

I went to bed Thursday night as per my normal routine, which is watch the news and head to bed about 10:20, right after the weather. I didn't even get out of bed all night (as in, my bladder behaved and I got to sleep all  night).

I got up Friday morning and could barely walk. My right big toe had swollen up over night and it hurt to put weight on it or try to walk in a normal fashion. It was so odd. I thought at first that I'd gotten bitten by a spider (since I've seen so many of them around here). I checked all over my foot and didn't find any puncture wounds. I decided that maybe I'd just bumped it somehow and that was why it was swollen and hurting. I figured it would get better during the day after I'd worked the kinks out of it.

I went to my ear doctor appointment and then took Ron to our family doctor's office to have his blood drawn for his kidney appointment. Didn't even think that while I was THERE I should maybe go ahead and see if the doctor could take a look at my foot. I was just thinking about getting him done, getting breakfast (neither of us had eaten yet), and getting to work. With my work situation, I'm trying to be absent as little as possible so they don't have more ammunition when it comes to review time.

Got Ron all taken care of and met my step-daughter at my work so she could take Ron home for me (that saved me nearly two hours of driving time and it was all her idea! woo-hoo!). I got into work and decided that my foot was really hurting. I tried to walk as little as possible and keep my foot up on the CPU. By the time I got home my foot was throbbing something seriously. I got in the door and started icing it and looking up on the Internet what could possibly be causing this pain. I followed a "does your foot hurt here" flow chart and ended up with three choices - turf toe, cellulitis, or gout. I didn't think I'd done anything to warrant Turf Toe but I didn't have the other symptoms for cellulitis or gout.

By this morning, I was in serious misery. So, back to the doctor's office we go... My doctor was not on call and the one that was - although nice - didn't really do too much to check my foot out. No x-rays, no immobilization device, etc. But, he did have the lab draw blood to see if I had gout. I got the blood work results sent to me in email this afternoon and everything (so far - they may be running some more tests) was within normal limits. So, no elevated white blood cells, red blood cells, etc.

Turf toe... that was his thought. With the moving, picking up boxes, bending up and down, etc. over the last few weeks he thinks that I could have irritated and/or sprained the ligaments of the joint of my big toe. It usually happens to athletes on artificial grass, hence the "turf" moniker. Doctor said that it could take 2-3 weeks for the pain to go away and to keep it iced and elevated. Yeah, that'll happen... NOT. I'll ice it as much as I can and elevate it as much as I can but following those exact instructions just aren't going to happen.

Another thing the Internet (WebMD) said was that the toe should be immobilized. Not sure I can do that although I think that it would be better for my foot if I could. If I'm not better in a couple of days then I'll be calling the doctor back to see what she thinks.

Until then... Can I say "Ow!"

8 comments:

SkippyMom said...

Just one thing after another - as you said, "no rest for the wicked" - at least your step daughter was there to help out, what a gift. That is wonderful.

Try and relax and heal up. Leave the house alone for the time being.

Pat said...

If you can, take some anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and see if that helps. I've been suffering from toe pain for over a year now. Doctor checked me for gout (negative), had an x-ray to see if it was broken (negative), but it did show some arthritis in the joint. It progressively got worse so I went to an orthopedic doctor last summer, who gave me a cortisone shot in the big toe joint. Talk about PAIN. OMG. It did seem to help for a few months, but now the pain is there more than ever; I can't walk too far without a lot of pain. NOW WHAT? I guess another visit to the ortho. Great!

Thisisme. said...

Oh Teresa, I'm so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain with your toe. How strange that it just came on so suddenly like that. Do hope that it will be easier for you very soon, but I think you are right to go and see the Dr if the pain continues. Sending healing thoughts your way.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Good grief! Is there any body part that can function normally for you? My goodness, honey! I want to wrap you in bubble wrap and keep you SAFE!

Jo-Anne Rambling said...

I agree with Pat take something like ibuprofen to help with the pain and I think I would be getting a second opinion. I do hate it when you are told to rest the foot it is not easy to rest a foot you need it to get around, not like most us can just sit around with our feet up for x amount of time while it gets better........

caterpillar said...

Sorry to hear that....I hope you'll feel better real soon....and until then, I hope you'll be able to do what the doctor said as much as possible...*hugs*

Kristen said...

That is what I like to call: Kah Ka. Pure Kah Ka. Sorry.

Nancy said...

We've a had a week of really weird ailments as well. Sometimes life is so random!