Foot Surgery, Pain, and Diabetes (A Terrible Combination!)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-29 23:16:19 -0600
Started 2011-01-15 12:57:12 -0600

The trio of surgery, diabetes, and pain should never be allowed to hang out together with one another.

On January 13, 2011, I had surgery performed on my left foot to repair the damage done to my foot from a slightly dislocated toe that eventually began to cause a deformity in the bone structure that resulted in pain whenever I walked.

Call me what you will, but I must state this, when the surgery was done and over with, it hurt like _ _ _ _! … (Please feel free to fill in the blanks!)

Surgical rods were inserted, some will be removed in eight (8) weeks, others will remain there for the remainder of my life, bones were shaved down, some were fused together and I haven’t seen the results of the work that was performed due to the bandages.

Here is an interesting book for those diabetics who may have foot problems, or are just simply curious about them; it’s very informative, as well as very graphical with hundreds of photographs:

Needless to say, my blood glucose levels are erratic, I’m irritable, the pain medication that I was prescribed (Percocet) isn’t working, I’ll be on crutches and in therapy for months, and now on the east coast, we have more snow coming!

But, I am happy and focused on managing my diabetes, stay on top of yours, please do whatever it is that you must do, do not let one complication branch off into many other problems, the pain involved just isn’t worth it!


41 replies

squog master
squog master 2011-01-29 23:16:19 -0600 Report

It's been a couple weeks. How are you doing now? I hope the pain has lessened.
Had about 15" of snow here in South Jersey this time around. Do you have pain when a storm is coming. My arthitis get bad. I'm like a human barometer.

birch21 2011-01-27 22:52:34 -0600 Report

Hey Mays, continued prayers for healing and recovery are sent your way. Take care and hope that everything is going better for you. Trying to outstubborn our bodies is something all of us do. You know sometimes I feel like I live at Dr.'s offices does anyone else feel the same. Just a thought. Take care Mays and hope you are doing well.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-29 22:51:28 -0600 Report

I did. Seemed like I had two or three Drs. I was living with last year. So far this year only 1 little reminder to come back and visit with one of them…so far.

jjhnpa 2011-01-27 19:02:28 -0600 Report

mays i can relate to what you are going through, i had both of my toe nails removed last month and i am still in pain, taking it a day at a time. but what you went through yes i agree it must hurt like _ _ _ _ you will be in my prayers,

MewElla 2011-01-27 18:02:33 -0600 Report

Just wanted to pop in and let you know I was thinking about you. Hope today was better than yesterday and tomorrow will be even better for you. Good Luck and take care.

CaliKo 2011-01-27 10:32:33 -0600 Report

Hope you are feeling better, Mays, and keeping warm. Best wishes for continued healing — Hugs.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-22 22:45:02 -0600 Report

Hope you are in less pain and not as irritable by now. I agree pain is not worth it.

MAYS 2011-01-23 07:30:18 -0600 Report

I guess that my anger, and irritability was directed more at myself because I made the injury worse than it should have been by neglecting it for as long as I did, yet I'm thankful that it isn't as bad as it could have been based on the same neglect!

My advice to everyone, please do not neglect any injuries of any sort!

CaliKo 2011-01-18 12:28:35 -0600 Report

Hello, Mays, I'm so sorry to hear about your surgery, and pain. I had a simple (compared to yours!) foot surgery a few years back, and I think that was one of the most painful of all my surgeries. I take my foot health for granted until something happens, and then, oh my goodness, it just takes over everything. I hope you get through the healing quickly and the results are what you want. (((((((Hugs)))))))

MAYS 2011-01-18 12:45:51 -0600 Report

Thank you for the comment!
Foot injuries, and surgeries can, and are very, very painful!
The hug, and the support that I have received from you has made dealing with this a bit easier.
Here is a tight ((((Hug)))), to store away for future use, and support if you ever need it, you are right, foot pain demands of you, your immediate attention!

Cari Lee
Cari Lee 2011-01-17 13:58:09 -0600 Report

Hi Mays,
My prayers r sure with u. I wasn't aware that u had surgery until today when i r
read this article. A very speedy recovery to u. Surgeries and Diabetes r the PITS!!!
Hang in there!!!! Better days r coming.

MAYS 2011-01-17 15:05:01 -0600 Report

Your prayers, and well wishes are greatly appreciated, and accepted!
Diabetes and surgery are terrible companions for anyone, maybe my experiences with this can be of some help to others in the future,thank you for both the support, and the concern!

PetiePal 2011-01-17 13:02:29 -0600 Report

Hang in there Mays! You have a BIG following on DC and we all want you to have a speedy recovery! Look at it this way…every day this winter is one closer to spring!

MAYS 2011-01-17 14:56:45 -0600 Report

Thank you for the very kind words of support!
A speedy recovery would be a blessing, and spring will always be welcome in my backyard, although I'm not complaining about winter.
I am the biggest follower, fan, and supporter of every family member here at Diabetic Connect, and I would like encourage every member to do the same!

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-01-17 12:18:53 -0600 Report

Prayers on the way Mays. Hope you feel better soon. Pain and diabetes sucks!!!!!

MAYS 2011-01-17 14:37:23 -0600 Report

Thank you very much!
Knowing that the support of this amazing family is forthcoming makes the pain an after thought to the joy that I am receiving!
Pain and diabetes does suck, something else for me to learn from!

alanbossman 2011-01-16 15:21:39 -0600 Report

I know how you feel and you are in my prayers,I had surgery on my right knee back in oct 2010 lots of pain but the pain meds did work for me. BS was not a problem stayed normal during that time. I was in physical therapy for 3 months ,all better now.

MAYS 2011-01-17 12:07:09 -0600 Report

Glad to know that you recovered from your surgery with no complications.
Thank you for the well wishes.

tabby9146 2011-01-16 11:21:48 -0600 Report

sorry you've been through this. It's been a lng time since I've been on here! At least you can look forward to no more pain from this in your future. Seems you have a good attitude about it. You are offering advice to help others at the end of your post, that doesn't surprise me. I will keep you in my prayers and try to visit here regularly like I used to.

MAYS 2011-01-17 12:13:44 -0600 Report

Thank you, prayers would be very helpful, and appreciated!
We are all in this together, don't be a stranger to this site, or to the many family members that are here, we miss you, Welcome back!

birch21 2011-01-15 22:14:46 -0600 Report

Hello Mays, Just letting you know you are in my thoughts and prayers and to also let you know that I will be going to my Orthopedic doctor the 24th of this month as I have been dealing with a messed up left foot since the beginning of July. I know the feeling you are describing as I have had 3 surgeries on my feet since April of 2005. I have had partial tears of my achilles tendon in both feet and the left foot had to have a redo surgery on it. Also along with having partial tears of the Achilles tendon I also had an extra bone on both heels known as a Haglunds deformity which was part of the partial tears to my achilles. I may even now be facing another surgery on my left foot because all of the conservative treatments have not worked in releiving my pain. I am not trying to make you feel worse by telling you my feet ailments but stating this to let you know that I understand the pain you are dealing with. After the 2nd surgery while in recovery they had to give me morphine because of the pain I was in just trying to wake up. They maxed me out on pain meds and then sent me home which for me is a little over 2hrs away. Needless to say that I slept all the way home and then once in the house and into my bedroom where I lived for 2 solid weeks went right back to sleep. I don't know if you are having to keep your foot propped up above your heart or not but I had to do that for those 2 wks I lived in my bedroom. I still have the big blue pillow and will most likely be using it agian before long. Again Mays hang in there and just know that I am praying for you daily.

MAYS 2011-01-17 13:12:35 -0600 Report

Thank you for the prayers, and the information.
Take very good care of yourself, and your feet, try not to get discouraged by your surgeries, please keep us informed concerning the results of your visit to your Orthopedic doctor, every bit of information can be helpful to someone!
(The most annoying pains are the sudden ones that awaken me at night!)

I will hang in there, as long as you will, together we can do this!


birch21 2011-01-17 15:03:39 -0600 Report

You got it, I will hang in there and keep on hanging in there. I will keep tying knots in the end of my rope and keep hanging on tight. Next Monday will be here before I know it and things are happeing with my foot now so that is making me think that whatever is going on inside my foot is getting worse. I will keep you posted as well as everyone here. Hanging onto that rope and getting ready to tie another knot in it.

MAYS 2011-01-17 15:43:37 -0600 Report

My next appointment is on the 20th of this month for bandage removal, examination, and rebandaging.
I decided to take my camera for a few photographs of my foot.
I'm just curious, but I would like photos for future reference, and observation.
Does your foot doctor go over your x-rays with you?

birch21 2011-01-17 17:56:22 -0600 Report

Yes he goes over x-rays with me and also MRI's filims that I take when I go. I have taken pictures of the changes going on with my foot since Nov. and wish I had been taking them all along since the pain started way back in july. I wll also be taking a journal with me that I have kept almost daily so that I have a reference as to what was happening with the foot and how much pain I was having as well. Here is something else that I do; now I have a piece of paper that has all of my medical information on it including all of the surgeries I have had, the medications that I take, the medications that I have or have had reactions to and do not need to take, I also have any conditions and my physicians plus the pharmacy I use most often as well as my name, address, phone, number, etc,. It helps in the long run when you are filling out all that paper work if you can just give them the hard copy and I always have a couple of extra's with me if they need to ask any questions about anything on there. Another thing I have on my medical record is where I work and who to contact should there be a need. Oops sorry this has gone on so long just happened to think about adding it as a help to anyone and everyone who happens to read this reply.

birch21 2011-01-18 17:10:41 -0600 Report

Thanks, I need all the prayers and luck I can get. Will have a little over 2hr drive one way to the doctor and will be leaving before 7am and who knows what time we will get home. Thanks again and I will let you know what I find out.

BandonBob 2011-01-15 14:53:49 -0600 Report

I'm including you in my prayers also. It si good to see that you are still focused. Take care!

MAYS 2011-01-17 13:16:35 -0600 Report

Thank you for the prayers!
I always try to remain focused, and convince others to remain focused to their cause of maintaining good health and managing their diabetes!

jayabee52 2011-01-15 14:47:27 -0600 Report

Adding my prayers for you to Ella's

Thank you for being here on DC. The site wouldn't be the same without you!

I remember that you were thinking of leaving when you were first here. I encouraged you to stay and am glad you did.

Blessings to you and yours!


MAYS 2011-01-17 14:25:31 -0600 Report

James,Thank You!
I remember those days well, my sometimes judgemental attitude, as well as my controvesial discussions created a cloud of suspicion on me, and my intentions.
Yet you, and many others continued to extend your hands out in friendship and understanding, for which I am truly appreciative.

I am glad that I stayed, but most importantly, I am glad to have made friends such as you, and all the family members here at Diabetic Connect.
What you bring to this site cannot be measured, but I can assure you that it is priceless to me and others here.

This site wouldn't be the same without your wisdom, and your guidance!

Blessings to you and yours!

MewElla 2011-01-15 13:08:20 -0600 Report

You have really been through a lot, but you have an incredible sense of humor (it shows through!!). I'm sure things aren't easy right now and you have your plate full, but please know I am saying my prayers for your recovery and levels to get back on track. Take care, my friend and God Bless You and yours..

MAYS 2011-01-17 14:06:19 -0600 Report

May Goid Bless You, and Yours also!
I look at life with wide open eyes, and with a desire to succeed.
Your prayers, and well wishes are greatly appreciated and accepted.
I will continue to work on me, and to help others move forward by supporting them in their attempt to manage their diabetes, thank you for the kind words, and prayers!