Monday, November 9, 2009


I am feeling very discouraged tonight. for the past few weeks I have been having very severe foot pain. My massage therapist had suggested that I may have plantar fasciitis last year, and I have always assumed that that is what it is b/c my mom has been diagnosed with it. Tonight I was trying to get in some cardio b/c I really want to lose weight and get in shape, and by the end of ten minutes I was in so much pain that I had to stop--I was almost in tears! I got on the internet to see if there is anything to do to help it, and in the side bar I saw something that said "fibromyalgia foot pain." It made my heart sink. I know about all the tender points and all that fun stuff, but I didn't realize that this could be a symptom of my fibro. It just made me feel hopeless. I looked at some FM websites and they all described exactly how I feel--severe shooting pain over the entire bottom of the foot, it hurts in the morning, and it is bad even if you haven't been on your feet much, but being on your feet is excruciating. bah. I am still going to make an appt. w/my PCP to talk about getting a referral to a podiatrist--maybe there are at least some "special shoes" or inserts or SOMETHING that will help the pain a little. I already wear tennis shoes most days and have 3 sets of inserts in them! But the reality is that if it's my fibro, there isn't much to do about it.

I guess I had gotten kinda cocky. I have definitely had a decrease in my symptoms and pain levels since starting the hormone replacement therapy, and I just thought this was something unrelated. I thought that I may have some type of flare-up with my symptoms after such a busy weekend, but I didn't expect this. And I am super discouraged about this kind of pain b/c I had just started really getting into exercising again, but how the crap am I supposed to do cardio if it kills me to be on my feet? ARGHHH!!!

Well, sorry for such a bummer post, but I just needed to share. Pray for me as I deal with yet another symptom. It makes me discouraged about the future and worried that I am taking on too much.

I am in bed super early once again and have taken some extra meds, but I just want to feel better!


  1. i am so sorry my friend! i do know one person who has fibro and found water aerobics very helpful (since the water is so therapeutic and there is no impact) and yoga. maybe you will just have to rethink "cardio" for you, but dont feel like its hopeless. i have some yoga dvds if you wanna borrow them and see if they are any better (i mean you will be on your feet some, but not jumping or anything you know?).

    praying for you and your spirit!

  2. I am so sorry to hear about this, Sarah. I can't imagine how frustrating it is to have to battle FM.

    I have been wanting to recommend a book to you for a while: Polishing God's Monuments by Jim Andrews. He's a pastor whose daughter and her husband have CFS, hers to an extreme. They went through some serious trials but the author discusses how to view trials from a theological perspective. It not only is a good story but is very encouraging and Christ-centered. It's pretty cheap on Amazon--you should check it out!

  3. I have had lots of plantar fasciitis in the past, so I know what it's like to have this kind of foot pain. I think a podiatrist is an excellent idea. I hope you get some relief.

  4. I can empathize a little bit. I had this and it hurt but you are in more pain than I was. I got around. Sometimes, I had to stop but I kept my schedule. I don't envy that kind of pain.

    If it helps, I never got it again.

    Please feel better and get the pain to go away. I know there are shots but I don't know if they are recommended.

    Good luck with this.