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Is It Weird That I Come Here to Get Answers to Some Medical Questions?

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Created May 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I just did a bunch of reading here regarding my brand new plantar fasciitis. Self-diagnosed of course. I'm seeing an orthopedic doc in a week or so.

So, close this if you must because it's not a real question, but I had to say it. I get lots of good answers here. Duh!

Thanks cavedudes (inclusive of both genders).

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6709 · June 07, 2013 at 2:53 PM

It is actually MORE DIFFICULT to help someone lose body fat than it is to be a GP. Almost everyone I know walks into the Dr's office already knowing what is wrong with them and they TELL the Dr and often already know exactly what medication they want and I have never, ever, heard of a Dr not prescribing exactly what was asked for. This is 21st Century Medicine? Please

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743 · May 26, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Honestly, the inflammation is a SIGN of the damage, not the cause. Once you get the load off of the fascia, and do the appropriate massaging, stretching, and cold/hot therapy, it'll heal.

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26172 · May 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

@VB. I have only had three doctors in my life. I had one until I was 36, one that I went to twice before telling her I didn't trust her, and the one I have now. My second one I was stuck due to the insurance I had at the time. So I changed my insurance, and interviewed about 10 doctors before I choose the one I have now. He's great. he's not paleo (although he's moving in that direction). But I choose him because he was willing to listen to me and talk to me.

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572 · May 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Yeah, I've checked out many doctors. Of course they aren't all bad, but I'm tired of either acting cheerful and stupid while listening to them or arguing with them. I actually had a pediatrician tell me 30 years ago that my daughter would become FAT because I insisted on giving her whole milk through her babyhood into childhood. Yes, this was 30 years ago and in the middle of the low-fat mania, but even I knew that she needed fat for her brain development. And I am in the drawer, but not always so sharp.

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572 · May 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

@VB - I'm taking aspirin and it doesn't seem to be helping. I just got back from Mexico where I indulged in some bad behaviors and the pain is much worse than before I left! I ate potatoes every day and I do know they always make my knees ache. grumble . . .

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572 · May 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

It hurts. I'm certain you are right @MPie. I'm going to see the orthopedic guy about my bad knee and thought I'd ask about the heel pain as well. Meanwhile I'm heading to the garage to dig up a golf ball for rolling under my foot.

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15400 · May 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I went through ten different doctors in the last two years and became greatly disillusioned. As a results I had to diagnose myself, although I am being treated by a doctor. Please tell me where exactly I can find many, many great doctors? Is there some place such as a promise land?

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15400 · May 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

According to Dr. Cate, plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation. Once the inflammation goes down, you will get rid of it as well.

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15400 · May 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

No, it is not weird. Modern medicine is so .... ed up. I met a person at the store, we started talking and I told her I hated doctors. Well, it just so happened she was a doctor. She told me that they have so many patients and so little time, they cannot afford to tell people about eating right and sometimes they don't even have time to make proper diagnosis. What does it tell you?

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15400 · May 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

No, it is not weird. Modern medicine is so .... ed up. I met a person in a second-hand store, we started talking and I told her that I hate doctors and they are no good. Well, it just so happened she was a doctor. She told me that they have so many patients and so little time, they cannot afford to tell people about eating right and even to make proper diagnosis. What does it tell you?

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743 · May 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM

As long as you come here knowing that almost all of us are not medical professionals, and you're doing this at your own risk.

With that said, modern medicine blows.

I self-diagnosed my plantar fasciitis (and posterior tibialis tendonitis) 3 years ago, as well. I even made my own orthotics, out of cloth and rubber, which gave my plantar fascia and posterior tibialis some relief and time to heal.

The orthopedic's going to give you NSAIDs and possibly refer you to a foot-specialist, who will probably want to make you a $300-pair of orthotics.

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743 · May 26, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Honestly, the inflammation is a SIGN of the damage, not the cause. Once you get the load off of the fascia, and do the appropriate massaging, stretching, and cold/hot therapy, it'll heal.

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572 · May 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

@VB - I'm taking aspirin and it doesn't seem to be helping. I just got back from Mexico where I indulged in some bad behaviors and the pain is much worse than before I left! I ate potatoes every day and I do know they always make my knees ache. grumble . . .

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572 · May 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

It hurts. I'm certain you are right @MPie. I'm going to see the orthopedic guy about my bad knee and thought I'd ask about the heel pain as well. Meanwhile I'm heading to the garage to dig up a golf ball for rolling under my foot.

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15400 · May 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

According to Dr. Cate, plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation. Once the inflammation goes down, you will get rid of it as well.

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6709 · June 07, 2013 at 2:49 PM

"Dr's dont have the time" - then they should find another profession. Soon enough we are going to have health Kiosks and/or robotic Dr's. In fact, we already have the technology to do so. There is no reason that you need to see a person who is overcharging you to diagnose a 'cold' or the 'flu', or 'strep throat', or 1000 other common ailments.

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6709 · June 07, 2013 at 2:53 PM

It is actually MORE DIFFICULT to help someone lose body fat than it is to be a GP. Almost everyone I know walks into the Dr's office already knowing what is wrong with them and they TELL the Dr and often already know exactly what medication they want and I have never, ever, heard of a Dr not prescribing exactly what was asked for. This is 21st Century Medicine? Please

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26172 · May 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

What I find weird is the number of people who feel that they receive sub-standard care an yet just accept it. If you don't trust your doctor -- find one you do. For people in extreme rural areas this might be difficult, but for many it is just that easy. My frien was complaining about his doctor, I referred him to mine -- his response, "that's like 30 minutes away". Ridiculous! There are many many great doctors, find them, interview them don't accept the status quo with your health.

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26172 · May 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

@VB. I have only had three doctors in my life. I had one until I was 36, one that I went to twice before telling her I didn't trust her, and the one I have now. My second one I was stuck due to the insurance I had at the time. So I changed my insurance, and interviewed about 10 doctors before I choose the one I have now. He's great. he's not paleo (although he's moving in that direction). But I choose him because he was willing to listen to me and talk to me.

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572 · May 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Yeah, I've checked out many doctors. Of course they aren't all bad, but I'm tired of either acting cheerful and stupid while listening to them or arguing with them. I actually had a pediatrician tell me 30 years ago that my daughter would become FAT because I insisted on giving her whole milk through her babyhood into childhood. Yes, this was 30 years ago and in the middle of the low-fat mania, but even I knew that she needed fat for her brain development. And I am in the drawer, but not always so sharp.

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15400 · May 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I went through ten different doctors in the last two years and became greatly disillusioned. As a results I had to diagnose myself, although I am being treated by a doctor. Please tell me where exactly I can find many, many great doctors? Is there some place such as a promise land?

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