Name :   Donia  J.

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Adult:    34 years old

Location:  Fayetteville, NC

Area(s) affected:  Right Foot

Personal History:

I started feeling pain in my right foot under the ankle bone. The pain started the end of 2004. The first time I saw a doctor for my foot, he told me to stay off my foot that there was nothing wrong and take an Ibuprofen for the swelling and pain. I wasn't happy with the the answer so I went to another doctor for a second opinion. The second doctor had me take an x-ray and found that there was definitely something going on. I was referred to the Orthopedics Department on base. I was then told it was a bone lesion and I had surgery in 2005 to remove it. It did relieve the pain for about 2 years. The bone eventually grew back but this time even bigger and caused even more discomfort. I was then referred to UNC Chapel Hill with a diagnosis of an osteoma. After many x-rays, MRI, bone scans, and CT scans I was then diagnosed with Melorheostosis on my calcaneal and cuboid bone with a torn tendon and arthritis. I was told either I can have surgery again but it might not alleviate the pain and it might grow back and be even more painful.

I'm back to square one with even more pain constantly and even more confused on what to do next? I'm unable to stand for long periods of time without feeling a lot of pressure on my ankle. If I step wrong on even a small pebble I get shooting pain. The doctors basically tell me that there is nothing they can do. I don't want to live on pain pills the rest of my life and unable to walk.

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