Veteran With 40 Years of Achilles Tendon injury and resulting downsides
I hurt my ankles in basic training in 1975. I was hospitalized for 2 days and released with a diagnose of torn achilles.
I finish basic training in severe pain. Long story short I was let out a few months early due to my not being able to pull my weight on the flight line with all the men.
I was given honorable discharge without a medical discharge.
I was told by my civilian doctors that the damage is done.
I limped much of my life and fell many times due to the numbness in my ankles. My legs suffered and back also. I couldn't any longer hold a job. Years of pain and disconfort. I never needed anyone until I couldnt help myself.
I have dead bone large lumps on back of ankle where the tear was and a floating piece of bone.
I now knew I needed help from the Va. They can't understand why my ankles can cause all my other problems. I had 2 knee replacment and my back is pinched by a nerve goig down my leg.
I fell so many times causing a tear in my knee.
Years of this I can't understand why the veterans department can't see the cause of all my problems... Can you tell me that I am right about the ankles causing me all these problems.
People limp but this was my way of walking for all these years. I was not treated at the time of injury.
How do I get a doctor to help me and write me a letter detailing my injuries.. I am an independent woman. I never needed anyone's help.
I had a great job and insurance. In 2005 I couldnt do it anymore. I got fired more than 10 times due to my inabilities to stand and forgetfull due to pain med...My orthopetic said I was between a rock and a hard place. I'm still having a hard time rehabilitating my knees due to my hurting ankles. If I get an operation on my ankles my knees need to be completely mobile. I need your help.
My ankles are always swollen and painfull to move.
I cant sleep or bend.
I need anwers can you help.
I'll certainly try to help you. I could tell you that you are right, but the opinion of a massage therapist holds no weight in western medicine.
I'll help as I can.
A. It sounds like you had a SIGNIFICANT injury back in 1975. Has that loose bone chunk been loose this whole time?
You've had Process of Inflammation
and a Pain Causing Dynamic
in place since 1975.
That's a long time to be under attack from negative factors.
B. In short, you had a siginficant injury, this stressed your body and
used up a lot of nutrients, and you've had decades of nutritional deficiency along with a body unable to 'heal'.
C. Good luck with western medicine in this scenario. It doesn't sound like they did you right back in the 70's, I don't know how I can help you have them treat you right, now.
You've been limping for 40 years?!? If that doesn't sway your doctors, and if they can't see any connection between limping for 40 years and getting knee and back pain from it....
You had an Achilles tear significant enough to pull bone off? The military treated you poorly from the very beginning.
D. I'll give you suggestions as I would regardless of the VA.
1. Get this free ebook from my Kerri. Free Chronic Pain Relief ebook
Follow what she outlines there.
You are absolutely deficient in Vitamin D, Magnesium, and almost certainly one or both of Vitamin B6 and B12. You might also be Gluten Intolerant now, that happens with long term nutrient deficency, and makes it slowly worse and worse.
Bone loss/low density and cartiledge loss = Vitamin D deficiency.
Can't sleep = either pain, and/or magnesium deficiency.
2. Get these two books for your back pain.
The first is '7 Steps To A Pain Free Life' by Dr. John McKenzie. I don't like the name, but it got me up off 2 months of being on the floor with ruptured disc/sciatica, in two days.
The second is 'Healing Back Pain', by Dr. John Sarno. Also for the back pain and keeping it away.
3. Start Ice Dipping your feet/lower legs in a 5 gallon bucket as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation
You have a huge process of inflammation chronically in place. Countering that will help with the pain.
Let's start with that. Get necessary nutrition into your body, Ice Dip your feet/lower legs, and start the simple exercises in the Mckenzie book.
That will go A LONG way to helping you feel better, so you can better deal with the VA, as well as get through your days with better quality of life.----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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