Hello from Cathy J

Hi everyone, mine name is Cathy and had achilles tendon repair, Hagland deformity, and I’m not sure about that part.  I do know that part of the heel bone was taken and a tack was put in to reconnent the tendon.  So right now, Mar 23 I’m on day 6 of 42 of my non weight bearing portion of recovery.  I don’t really know what or how much PT will be and I know its gonna be B___:).  So I’m hear to see others are doing it and how they’re recovering.


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  2. Cathy - Glad to hear that you are on your way to recovery. Time seems to go by faster after the first week, so it looks like you are through the rough part. Keep us posted on your progress and welcome to the club! ;) By the way, how did you rupture your AT?

  3. Dennis,

    I have fibromyalgia which can cause lots of issues. I am subceptalble to injuries and pain. last Jul/Aug it started w/ some tenderness when I walked the dog. I noticed some sharp pains, etc. I had some cortisone injections but in the bursa which was not the right area. Maybe I should have injections in the sheath? Not sure. So then on dec 25 I was going down the steps and was not careful (had started going down sideways because of the pain) and felt a pop and I think that’s when it tore. I had more pain after that. Then the doc ordered an MRI and it showed a partial tear, thickening of the tendon itself. Then surgery was scheduled.

    Thanks for the inquiry,


  4. Cathy - I believe I’ve read that cortisone injections in the area around the Achilles tendon can lead to ruptures. I was just curious if your doctor mentioned this at all. Perhaps cortisone shots are the only way to treat fibromyalgia related pain??

  5. Cathy -
    I’m at day 19 I think since my sugery non-weight bearing. I’ll be getting my cast off this saturday. My surgery was similar in that my tendon was detached, the bone sculpted and it was reattached but with a titanium spider plate and screw.

    Tom is correct about cortisone injections. they can cause achilles tendon rupture. My doctor in fact would only give me one injection per year into my achilles to relieve pain. He said any more would weaken the tendon. But my poor tendon has scar tissue and was already weak from prior surgery.

    I hope that you’re feel better soon and if you have any questions, let me know.

  6. Tom/Lee

    I never had one done in the achilles only in the bursa. I had 2 of those. The first one actually made it better for a while. The 2nd one I got nothing. I’m not sure if its the only way to treat fibro, I’m not sure who else they give them to? Its really hurting today and my foot is burning a lot. I was sent home w/ an ice machine and it helps cool it down.


  7. Oh what a day I had yesterday, I really had a lot of pain where my incision is. Also, my toes stayed hot and red all day I couldn’t get them cooled off for nothing.

    I had a restless night last night as well, the pain woke me up twice.

    Now the incision is starting to hurt this am as well. I called the doctor yesterday and they are supposed to call me today.

    I’m still keeping it elevated and iced. I don’t understand why I’m having so much pain.



  8. Cathy,

    I think the pain with this injury can be quite different from person to person. The entire time, from rupture to 22 days post op, I have taken 1.5 vicodin (.5 for a bad headache). The only limiting factor on the pain medicine is the fact it’s mixed with Tylenol. You can take 1000mg of tylenol every 4 hours, and each of the pills you describe has 325 mg of tylenol. The tylenol doesn’t do much for this pain, but mainly keeps people from taking too much narcotic. You could try adding a 5mg to the 10mg for a short time (it’s what I would do for myslef), but the risk there is that the 10mg will no longer work for you. Now I’m no pain management specialist, (I’m an ER nurse) but I have treated lots of short term pain, and peoples tolerance for pain and meds varies greatly, and as I don’t want to give medical advice, it’s only my opinion. Hope you feel better.

  9. I’m jealous of all of you that have office jobs. I have to be on my feet for 12 hours at a time for work. It’s going to be a difficult transition from riding the couch all day to being up and walking for 12 hours. If I could work from home or at the office time would just go so much faster. Maybe I can get some sort of online degree in the next month. I don’t know, I’m just going kind of koo koo sitting around. I do go to the gym every day and sit by the pool, but that only takes a few hours. Thanks for letting me vent. 2 weeks to go in my cast, and then things will probably look a lot better. It’s strange because sometimes my cast is so perfectly comfortable, and other times it’s like a torture device. Not so much pain as I just want to move my foot.


  10. Hi everyone, I’m not sure if I’m posting in proper place but anyway, Brendan what is your email so I can send updated spreadsheet? I have looked for the last hour but it IS late..12:20 am….



  11. Cathy - I don’t want to post my email directly into a comment as spammers search these sites for email addresses….if you comment on one of my posts…I’ll get your email address and we can coorespond off the blog. Thanks for taking the time to fill it out!

  12. ok, I want to post an update to my blog but I have searched all evening as to how to do this. Posting here looks like I’m replying to previous comments. Am I right? Help me help me. :)

    19 days since surgery

  13. cathyj - on the upper left hand of your page, you’ll see a “login” button. Click it, and it’ll redirect you to a login page.

    There, just enter your username/password. It’ll then direct you to your blog’s administration panel.

    Then, click on the “write” tab. Then you can start posting!

    By the way: “Write Page” tab is for pages, which can be used for not time dependent things.. like if you had a howto or a faq.

    For your progress updates, “Write Post” is the thing to use.

    let us know if you have any other questions.
    Btw, direct login for your blog is: http://achillesblog.com/cathyj/wp-login.php

  14. cathyj - Also, if you are already logged in, your admin console link is: http://achillesblog.com/cathyj/wp-admin/

  15. Dennis, thanks so much. I did write an update!


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