Sunday, April 4, 2010

Is that a Fungus?

A couple of months ago I finally went and saw a dermatologist for the bizarre rash on my foot, (the same one as the bad Achilles). It appeared last July once I started wearing a boot while I slept. In November I started wearing a sock with the boot thinking that would make it go away, but it didn’t.

Are you wondering why it took me 7 months to go to the doctor? Well it doesn’t itch, it’s not spreading, and it doesn’t bother me. I also really didn’t want to go to another dr. appointment, but obviously it’s being caused by something other than the boot.

The dermatologist I saw is good, however he had no idea what the rash was. He called in reinforcements, (the other dr.), and he too had no idea what it was.

Next step = biopsy. Yes, you read that right. I had to have a biopsy ON MY FOOT! You know there are some things you just aren’t prepared for when you go see a dr. for a rash. I’ll just take some cream thanks, and be on my way. What are you doing with that needle?

Of course the first numbing shot didn’t take deep enough so as he started digging I started feeling the pain.

Shot #2 = awesome! NOT! At least that one worked. He put one stitch in and I had to come back in 2 weeks.Two weeks later…the biopsy didn’t tell him anything and the rash continued to mystify them.

Next step = Blood and urine tests.

Results = I’m healthy as a horse.

Next step = see a rheumatologist. (I personally didn’t think this was necessary, but the rash had stumped him…what else was he to do? He also wanted to prescribe me a steroid cream, but not before I saw the rheumatologist.

Month later = rheumatologist visit where I stump him AND some other dermo that worked in his office. They kept saying how ‘interesting’ the rash was. AKA they had no idea what was causing it.

Next step = MORE blood and urine tests. They took 12 vials of blood. 12!!!!! The dr. said they were going to test me for everything, and I guess that meant they needed a pint.

So now I’m waiting to hear from him. I asked him if he could recommend a good local podiatrist for me, and he said he didn’t think I needed to see one. I disagree, so I’m seeing one this week.

We will see if the rash stumps any more doctors. I finally got the prescription for the steroid cream, however I don't think it is helping.


Jaymiebeth said...

That makes me laugh! When I was pregnant with Reagan ... I had a mysterious rash on my legs. No one could figure it out. My doctor (after it disappeared after pregnancy) saw in some random journal a rash that matched mine. Some rare form of pregnancy rash that didn't match up to the norms. Hang in there! I had to be treated for scabies, topicals ... everything! At least there is not a fungus among us:) heeehee Happy Easter!

Sarah said...

Ok so I googled your symptoms (Just call me Dr. Sarah) and I have a diagnosis. It's Lost Fever. It's a rare affliction that attacks those who are just a little bit too obsessed with Lost. Sorry my friend. You're going to have to cut back on the Lost to lose the rash.

Daniel and Brianne said...

HAHA J/K...that's too funny.

:: CCB's Knit-Knacks :: said...

Got a photo of the rash? :-P Cindy. x

chrrrrrs said...

oh no!! dislike!!

Judy S said...

If I may offer a suggestion: Try using no soap or lotion or cream that has perfume in it. The boot might have caused the rash, but a lotion with perfume can keep it going after the boot is history.