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Misdiagnosed, Plantar Fasciitis, Pain.

I celebrated my 39th (October 7, 2016) birthday with my family in the mountains. My husband and I went to the casino and walked around town. My daughters came up and brought my son, we went to the mine and walked the apple orchard picking apples followed by a hayride with stories of the area. I enjoyed my birthday, to say the least.
The following day I was at work (I am a nurse) upstairs when a code blue was announced. I locked my cart and took off running, deciding to take the stairs because they were closer and faster. I went to turn the corner and fell down the last 2 steps (bumping the back of both heels). I stopped for a minute but continued to the code. I performed CPR for 20 minutes on the floor on the person, when I went to stand I couldn’t feel my legs and needed help to balance. I told everyone around what happened and went on back to my unit. I took some Ibuprofen and iced but kept going.
Being a nurse I do not see the doctor unless the problem is present for 7 days. So when it didn’t get in better I called my PCP. They did x-rays and said I should see my podiatrist, he diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis and gave me an injection in both feet, prednisone taper, braces and a sleep splint, and exercises to do at home. 3 weeks later I wasn’t any better, in fact, I felt worse. I was seen by another doctor in the practice and she diagnosed me with Achilles tendonitis with plantar fasciitis. I had multiple injections, medications, x-rays, and fought for an MRI. I asked with each visit since it’s inflammation could psoriasis make it worse, they assured me it was fine.
My friend Kim suggested I get a second opinion and see her podiatrist, I did and he suggested since its both feet to see a Rheumatologist. I continued to see the Rheumatologist who ran a blood panel per my request, they showed NOTHING. I was becoming frustrated, what was wrong with me, I am a active mom, wife and nurse. I have been reduced to using the wheelchair to buy groceries. I was put on light duty at work. I could not take my son to the beach, zoo or baseball games because of the pain. I did months of PT with little improvement. I am a nurse in a Rehab department with PT/OT every day and no one could figure out what was wrong with me.
I finally agreed to have surgery on my right foot to have a plantar fascia release and remove the very small bone spur. Results, an unstable foot that received a grade 3 sprain with an avulsion fracture. I refused at this point to have my left done and went to a rheumatologist. This rheumatologist had me take off my shoes and socks, asked me how long I have had psoriasis (I was diagnosed at age 9), she did x-rays and blood work. She diagnosed me with PsA November 13, 2017, and prescribed Humira. I am currently losing my job because they can no longer accommodate my restrictions. I still can’t stand or walk for more than 20 minutes at a time. Morning stiffness?….Like all day immobility. I was denied workers comp. I can not hold my son because of the pain. I can not walk on the beach with my husband I can not go shopping with my daughters. I no longer remember how it feels not to have pain. I refuse to take narcotics. I want answers and treatment that works.

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  • mich54
    1 year ago

    The Humira did not help, sounds like ? I had some sort of similar story as you. But my stiffness and soreness is now all in my lower half. But, I had bad heel soreness and no doctor ever came up with any answers for me about it. I would say the stiffness started with my ankles and feet about 30 years ago. Then 10 years ago, I had a heart blockage (probably due to never being diagnosed with PsA) and I started walking on a treadmill after my angioplasty. Then my heels started to get bad once I started that. I went to many doctors and no one could figure it out. Said Plantar Fasciitis and other things — one podiatrist told me I had tiny fractures in the bones on the tops of my feet ???? I had cortisone shots in my heels, but it did nothing. So I just lived with it. What could I do? And as the years have gone by, I have gotten worse and worse all over my lower half. Also, the balls of my feet are very sore all the time. No one could come up with any answers for me. Finally – (I won’t go into the whole story of how) I started Humira about a month ago. I feel no relief from it yet.

  • Grace
    1 year ago

    Gosh, you sound almost like me. I had thyroidectomy 14 months ago (cancer) and developed extensor tendonitis on top of both feet and Achilles tendonitis on left foot pain in my upper back and neck, lower back pain oddly only when I bend over,should stabbing and over past 3 weeks both my knees started to swell up like baseballs and 2 Rheumys and neurologist multiple x-rays and no relief all they tell me I don’t have PSA even though I had psoriasis since I was 5 I’m 48 now and not to severe plague psoriasis currently on Stelara. Only good thing is my Optomologist has seen me for devil eyes referred me to John Hopskins hospital Rheumy dept. Second in command of clinic reviewed me and I have Appt. Hope I get real answers

  • VickiN moderator
    1 year ago

    @jedillard, thank you for taking the time to share with us. You have been through so much. I fully and absolutely understand how plantar fasciitis can take over everything. I’ve been fighting to find effective treatment for the better part of 2 years. I’m glad that you finally got an appropriate diagnosis of PsA, but I’m so sorry that it’s affecting your job and the things you want to do. Has the Humira helped any? It can sometimes take cycling through a few systemics/biologics before hitting on the right treatment, but it is such a frustrating process. You will find many people here who can relate, so please know that you’re not alone. I’m sending soft hugs and love to you today with the hope that there are better days on the near horizon.
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

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