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Osteochondrosis and Chronic Pain

I had a work injury to my ankle in 2005, after having two surgeries along with nerve blocks, injections, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications all of which did not help I was finally diagnosed with Osteochondrosis and Chronic Pain. I am in constant pain 24/7. I really do believe that weather can affect this medical condtion. Cold is worse than warm. I live in Wisconsin and believe me the winters here get very cold and snowy. I still do take my pain meds but they only take the edge off but never take the pain away.I have been told that this condtion will lead to degenetive joint disease. I am 49 years old and will have to live with this condition for the rest of my life. As my Dr. has told me I have learned to tolerate this condtion rather than my statement of used to this.


  • Did your doc happen to test you for RSD? From what I've read, it seems that Osteochondrosis and RSD do have similar symptoms. The reason I mention that, is because pain from RSD can be treated, even with spinal cord stimulation. Are you still being treated by your doc? What kind of doc are you seeing?

    Since Spine Health is primarily focused on conditions related to the spine your thread has gone unanswered for several weeks now.

    I know there are several others on here who suffer from RSD in their extremities. They may be able to shed some light on their own experiences with it.

    Can you elaborate on your symptoms, what tests were run and what you deal with on a daily basis now?

  • On a daily basis I have a pain level of at least a 10 with numbness stiffness painful to touch continous acheyness swelling and at times immobility and I can not walk with out a limp it hurts to bare full weight. I have had 2 lumbar nerve blocks along with many appts of physical therapy anti inflammatory drugs on top of the surgeries. I do have nerve damage. My doctor is a top orthopedic dr. and ankle specialist. I take tramodahl and neurontin. This will eventually turn into degenitive joint disease. What is RSD?
  • RSD referred to as regional pain syndrome some may term it as CRPS(chronic regional pain syndrome. LIke you I had foot surgery and ended with some horrific pain. A 3d bone scan was order and it was confirmed I had RSD in my foot. While mine it is remission the pain you are describing sounds very familiar to what i went through. For example I couldn't even keep a sock on as every stich in the sock I could feel. Taking a shower was someone shooting nails at me. I as you at a top notch surgeon and when the pain was only getting worse following surgery he ordered the 3d bone scan. It is very clear on that imaging as it lights the bones up like 4th of July. I am remission from it now but am always cautious that I still do my exercises. It took a combination approach of injections to the sympathetic nerve(in the back), physical therapy and medications. Part of the therapy was the therapist using different material on my foot and getting me used to sensations. I would stick a towel in my mouth and scream bloody murder when it was being done, but it had to be done. We also did water therapy so I could learn to walk again. By the time mine was dx I had lost the use of one leg from the knee down. So while it was very painful it is also tearing the bone up. Not walking was not a option to me, so I continued with therapy and eventually it got a little easier. The longer the joint goes not moving the worse it gets. After I went into remission the first time we had to redo the surgery as it tore the bones up. Following the second surgery it returned which the doctors whom were treating it didn't think it was possible, but it did. The treatments were started immediately and once again I am in remission. You can google the condition and read up on it but sure sounds like what you are describing is something along that lines.

    What test has your surgeon ordered to confirm the diagnoses? Has a emg study been ordered on your foot and leg? Just because literature says something can happen doesn't mean it will. If I was in your position I would seek out a pain specialist and see what types of treatments are available and confirm your diagnoses. Typical the surgeon will only treat you so long and then say from a surgical stand point there isn't much more he/she can do. I notice this is a work related injury so more than likely at some point and time you will be released at MMI(maxium medical improvement), meaning they have nothing more to offer.
  • I have had all the injections and seen all the pain doctors and they did rule out CRPS. I have been under medical treatment since my injury in 2005. there is nothing more to do. All the injections, therapy and etc. did not work. What they did fine is Ostochodrosis and Chronic Pain. There is no more that can be done. I am permentaly disabled and receive Social Security. Thank you for replying to my thread.
  • Question: Is it really the cold that is worse or is the barometric changes?

    Ditto what C and Tam said. I have RSD in one foot(along with permanent damage to spinal nerve roots for both legs.) I feel like bugs are crawling on my foot, cold water dripping on it, rug burn sensation, etc...

    IMO-Tramadol is garbage medicine. Just my opinion. Make sure you are not taking any anti-depressants along with Tramadol-can lead to nasty side effects.

    I have a spinal cord stimulator that makes my foot pain bearable for most of the time. It doesn't completely knock it out, just most of the time I can function a bit better.

    I would really try another opinion of a pain specialist. Good luck to you.
  • Thanks for replying.I have had a bone stimulator that I wore for one year and that did not help ither. I can relate to your foot. Good luck to you too.
  • Can anyone relate to the above condtions that I was diagnosed with? Would like any comments or input. Thanks!
  • Many of us deal with chronic permanent painful conditions. Although most of us do deal with spinal conditions, pain does make us a family.

    A spinal cord stimulator is a lot different than a bone stimulator- a spinal cord stimulator is an "end of the road" method of pain control for those who have exhausted other methods. A bone stimulator stimulates bone growth. I had one on my clavicle- it didn't help me either, it's still in 2 pieces ;)

    Have you ever seen a pain management doctor, or just your ortho?

    You might try reading through the posts on the forum. There is a lot of valuable knowledge here.
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