Hey friends :o) I'm dealing with some confusion and am not sure how to proceed with things. Quick background - I've got PsA pretty bad, but started taking Simponi a couple months ago, and have been feeling much better than before. Unfortunately, I am 33, was just recently diagnosed properly and have been having symptoms since I was about 17, so I'm dealing with some pretty major damage to some of my joints. My right ankle is the worst. My rhu. sent me to an orthopedic surgeon for a 2nd opinion, and 6 weeks ago I was put into an orthotic (arizona boot) which is helping with the pain. BUT I have been having these ridiculous sharp shooting pains in my ankle that are not going away, I have been having these pains since before I started wearing the orthotic.
The ortho. surg. said today that I will have to wear this orthotic for the rest of my life, that he does not want to do surgery because cutting into my ankle would be like "opening up a hornet's nest" I told him I thought the shooting pain might be from the bone spur they found on the MRI a few months back and he said, "some people think they feel pain from a bone spur because they know its there..." and I just wanted to break down. It feels like this doctor is basically saying that he doesn't believe I'm in pain. I am so confused right now about what to do, he said it is "up to me" to have the surgery. Well I sure as hell do not want to open up a hornets next.
I need to get a second opinion, but, I don't know, I just am feeling really defeated right now.