More surgery for me!

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  1. Barefoot TJ

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    Lucky me. Seven months after having traditional surgery to remove the four neuromas from my feet (two in each foot), three of the four have grown back and are larger and more painful than before, on or off the meds. I will be having stump neuroma surgery just after August 28, and will be, possibly, out of touch until the beginning week of September...even then I will be doped up, as you all like the doped-up TJ much better anyway. ;) That doesn't matter much though, since as you may have noticed, I have been becoming ever-increasingly inactive with the BRS anyway due to all the nerve and pain medications I take that rob me of my ability to focus or desire to even give a crap and be more involved.

    This was a difficult decision for me to make. I've weighed different, other, treatment options, and I just don't feel the others would work for me. Dr. XXXX referred me to this doctor who actually trained him. He says he is the absolute best peripheral nerve surgeon around. This doctor is also the one and only who developed the method of implanting the nerve ending, after the stump is removed, into the muscle, so that it doesn't try to grow anymore, AND it is unable to send phantom pain signals (a double-blessing to me), something which more and more foot doctors are starting to implement, but apparently, mine didn't. :mad:

    I need my life back. I can either sit here day after day and do nothing with the neuromas increasing in size and causing more pain, or I can try something else. I choose to try something else! Even if it doesn't work, what have I lost? I can't walk without pain (lots of different types of pain and intensities, but I won't bore you with all that), I have difficulty sleeping, the meds mess with my head, I am not my happy-go-lucky self, okay, well, myself.

    There is a lot more going on behind the scenes too though, and I/we will be sharing with you all very soon what changes are being made. No worries though. The BRS will continue on growing better and stronger each day. With your help, I might add.

    Lots of prayers, please, and wish me lots of luck. I will need it.
     
  2. DNEchris

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    Lots of luck TJ.

    Let's hope that nth time is a charm!
     
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  3. AnneTanne

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    Yes, all the luck you need...
    Strength to you...
     
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  4. NickW

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    Good luck TJ! I hope everything works out for you this time.
     
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  5. Longboard

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    You know you'll be in good hands and the procedure will work!
    We can't wait to have you back in all your variants, including the doped up TJ as well as the just finished a long barefoot run version.
    You can do it!
     

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  6. Jaybird

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    Hugs and Best Wishes TJ!
     
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    Definitely will keep you in my prayers!
     
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    Better to move forward than stand still TJ. I'm so sorry you'll have to endure this again, but if it moves you forward it will be worth it. I'll send all the positive vibes I can kid. Keep us posted when you're up to it.
     
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  9. Sid

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    Hope that you have a successful surgery and a quick recovery!
     
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    Heal well, battle back hard. All the best TJ.
     
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    All the best TJ. I've been thinking about you and your recovery. It sounds like you're linked up with the best. That's excellent.

    Take care and we all look forward to hearing from you relatively soon.

    Jim
     
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    Sending out some African Juju to you. All the best and speedy recovery!
     
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    I wish you nothing but the best TJ. My prayers are with you!
     
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    Hopefully one LAST time. Best of luck.

    We're going to need to see pics of the excised neuromas of course.
     
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    All the best for your new surgery, hope it works once and for all this time. The frustration must be incredible, hopefully it will only be a small part of your whole life and you will be running soon.

    Neil
     
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    Sounds really positive. I'd wish you luck, but I'm kind of hoping a skilled surgeon won't be relying on luck!
     
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    My prayers go out to you, too. You'll be back when you're ready and we will have reason to be glad. Heal well and swiftly, TJ.
     
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  18. Lomad

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    Of all the Juju's, I find African Juju to be the best. It's often imitated, but never duplicated.

    That and I like to say "Juju."
     
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  19. Bare Lee

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    Ha! So true. It's an integral part of social life there. No escaping it, not even on the other side of the planet.
    But 'Juju' is also a nickname for our son. Partly because, as you've noted, it's just fun to say, but mostly because it's funner to say than 'junior.' Another variant is 'Jujus.'
     
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  20. macdiver

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    Best wishes for a full recovery.
     
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