I was sent to the Cleveland Clinic in September 2009 for pre-op testing and in early October I underwent a VSG (vertical sleeve gastrectomy). In June 2012 I went to Montreal, QC to have the second portion of the surgery to complete my DS (Duodenal Switch). Presently I am sitting at 265lbs so nearly a third of what I once was. I mention the weight loss surgeries and the weight as initially my doctor believe this could explain my foot pain. I'm dealing with various nutritional deficiencies due to being on a low/fixed disability income and the Ontario government will not cover any high dosage or bariatric vitamins/supplements. Last April I spent two weeks in the hospital being pumped with IV calcium as the ER doctor said my level was the lowest he had ever seen in his career (1.2). However they never addressed the vitamin D deficiency so I suspect my calcium level a year later will be back to where it was (I'll know on the 29th).
Now whether any of my issues stemming from my weight or surgeries have helped in anyway I don't know. Perhaps it was all the additional walk and use of the stairs in my mom's house that caused trauma to my foot and is to blame. At the end of the day it has been painful and frustrating given it took a year and a half to arrive at a diagnosis.
I was referred to a surgeon in Toronto (Dr. Syed), but he focused on the ankle and suggested that I have an ankle fusion done. I'm not keen to do that given that I do not have pain in my ankle. This is why I am going the route of seeing if specialized shoes and braces will be enough to help first.
I was being prescribed various medications for nerve pain purposes (bunch of anti-depressant meds seeing as now seem to be more useful for nerve blocking), but they didn't help at all and cause more problems. Pill popping is prevalent in my family and I was not keen to go that route honestly. I don't drink, smoke or use recreational illicit drugs. Although I am curious to see if medical cannabis would be helpful - but I have pain/medical issues in other areas of my body besides the foot (and a friend of mine in California swears by cannabis for natural medicinal purposes).
To my knowledge I am not aware of anyone else in my family have is DD or LD, which makes this uncharted territory for me. Just from initial online reading I'm not keen on the surgical options available. As for radiotherapy it's another area I'd prefer to refrain from, so I feel as though my options are limited based on personal preferences. I did read a post on a thread elsewhere about someone using essential oils diluted with coconut oil and that it caused their fibroma to disappear and they updated several months later saying it had not returned. That is a lead I was hoping to pursue to see if there is any truth to it. Although I feel I may be in the later stages due to the size of the fibroma (I believe it was roughly 2cm by 2cm off the top of my head), and the fact that the pain is at times noticeable when just sitting.
All that said I kind of apologize for the length of this post. I wanted to give a fair bit of background information that I felt might be prevalent to my ordeal and how I've ended up here. As it stands I don't believe I have any issues in my hands, however I did notice myself rubbing around my palms looking before typing all of this, heh.