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    I Have Been Ingrown Free For 1 Year Now!!!!

    WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Approximately one year ago, I went into the doctor's office to have my ingrown toenail removed and the root killed. I know, it doesn't sound all exciting, but if you had my ingrown toenail, you would have been excited too. I had the ingrown nail for about 9 months before finally getting it removed and the root killed. It first started to go ingrown while I was hiking Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico. Apparently, my boots were too tight. I first started to notice pain 4 days into an 11 day backpacking trip. By day 7, an infection had set in and by the end of the trek, I could barely walk. My toe was the size of a golf ball and filled with puss. My socks would reek of rotting flesh and would be soaked with puss.

    At this point, I thought I just had an infection and I could take care of it when I got home. Well, I got home and started a rigorous routine of soaking my toe in a hot bath with epson salt and applying an antiseptic. Well, after a month of my toe continuing to worsen, my mom took me to out doctor who started me on a strong prescription anti-infection drug. Well, it worked a little, so the doc put me on another dosage and told me to come back in 2 weeks.

    Well, I did the full regiment of the anti-infection drug and the toe continued to worsen. My mom took me back to our doc who found out that my toe was, in fact, ingrown and would have to require minor surgery to remove. So a week later, I came back to have the ingrown portion of the toe surgically removed. He gave me 7 shots, in the toe, of a local anesthetic. It hurt. A lot. and then he proceeded to cut down my nail from the edge all the way back to the root and remove the ingrown part of the nail piece by piece as he worked his way down. Again: it hurt. a lot. as in, it was all I could do to stop from screaming my guts out.

    Well, after that very painful experience, I thought my toe problems were over. WRONG! The toe was fine for about a month. The swelling had gone down, the skin returned to a healthy, non rotting state and I was out of pain. But then, for some reason, my toe went ingrown. AGAIN!!! Apparently, the doc did the procedure the wrong way. He was supposed to have taken out the whole ingrown part at once, not piece by piece, as he had done. Well, the swelling and infection return (this is about November for any of you keeping track of time) and we go back to the doc. He takes a large hunk of the ingrown part out, this time, without any anesthetic. But he fortunately did not take it all the way back to the root. The toenail grows back the way it was supposed to be, and I was ingrown free. For about a week. And then the most terrible thing happened.

    THE ******* OTHER SIDE WENT INGROWN!!! I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY LUCK!!!! I had just gotten rid of one ingrown when the other side of the same nail (this is on my left foot big toe) GOES INGROWN!!! And then to add injury to injury, THE OTHER SIDE (the original ingrown side) goes ingrown. So now I had 2 ingrown sides on the same toe. It hurt to walk like no other and I screamed bloody murder when my US History teacher accidentally stepped on it one day.

    So my mom dragged me off to see a foot specialists (this is in late December). He trims the corners off the give some relief, although the pain when he did it was excruciating. He tells me to come back in a month and see how the toe is doing. Well, a month later, it's back to its very painful state of both sides ingrown. So he takes the corners off again and tells me to come back in late March, when he has a opening, for surgery to remove the ingrown sections and kill the root.

    So about a week before the surgery was scheduled, the doc had me come in to work out the details of the surgery. He offered me a full anesthetic or a local. He strongly recommended that I take the full anesthetic. (the toe was that bad), but I knew I would have to be at a play performance for my school (I was the sound director) and a full anesthetic would mean I could not be thereto run the sound. So I chose the local. Plus, it was cheaper than the full.

    So the day of the surgery arrives. I got out of school early (YAY!) after informing my track coach that I would be out of commission for quite a while. So I get to the doc's office a little early (doesn't hurt to get there ahead of time) and after waiting a while, I got to go in. So I hop up on the chair and pull my stinking shoe and sock off (the flesh was badly infected again) and waited for the doc to come in. So he comes in in full surgical garb and commences to scrub up while his assistant begins to unpackage the torture tools.....I mean surgical equipment.

    After the doc is done scrubbing, he commences to give my entire foot a strong and rather violent scrub. OOWW and then commences to violently dry it. Again: OOWW!!!. And then came the real pain. He proceeded to give me the local. 11 shots in the toe with the largest needle he could find. And a shot constituted a complete insertion and removal of the needle. He would shove the needle all the way in, put a shot of local in, draw it out partway, put another shot in, and then twist it around, UNDER MY SKIN!!! OW. I swear my fingernail prints are still embedded in his chair.

    Well, after about 10 minutes of this hell, He stopped to give the anesthetic time to work in. Then the real fun began. He proceeded to take what appeared to be wire cutters and began to cut my left side of the nail all the way down to the root. Then, he took a pair of pliers and ripped that whole massive hunk of nail out. He showed me piece and then took a ruler to it. The piece measure 1/4" across. So it was dug into my skin about 1/5". Which may not seem like much, but for an ingrown, that's a lot. Next, he took a Q-tip and soaked it in some chemical (that would kill the root) and then jammed it into the hole that was left by the nail. I think I should mention that they anesthetic was not working too well.....

    So after much pain and squirming, he proceeded to do the same to the other side. He took his wire cutters and hacked all the way back to the root and then took his pliers and ripped the huge hunk of nail out of my toe. Same as before, he took a q-tip, soaked in some chemical, and jammed it into the void left by the nail. I saw that I had about a strip of still healthy nail, about 1/2" wide, going up the middle of my toe, like a nail is supposed to be.

    But now the worst part of the procedure is over. THANK GOD!!! The doc proceeds to insert these plastic spacers into the gashes left by the ingrown part of the nail. These were to keep the holes open to allow good drainage. He then wraps my toe in a thick layer of gauze, throws a surgical sock over the foot and then puts a surgical boot over the sock. He helped me up and walked me to the door. I was to come back in 4 days to have those plastic thingies removed and see how the heeling process was doing.

    It has been approximately 1 year since that day and my toe has been pain-free all that time. Of course, I get some interesting questions about why the nail looks the way it does.... but I can tell them my story and make them writhe in pain. Sorry about the long post, but I am really excited about the 1 year anniversary of my ingrown toenail being removed and I wanted to share my experience with everyone....

    Sorry if I creeped anyone out...
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    Oh man I know that that hurt alot. My mother went through it about 30 years ago. The Doc removed ALL of the toenail. She now has a little line across her toe that was her toe nail. Boy howdy she hurt for days over that one. Seems to me she was off work for like 2 weeks over that.
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    HOLY EFFIN POO!!

    Here's the fug word synopsis ...

    toenail removed and the root killed.
    toe was the size of a golf ball and filled with puss
    reek of rotting flesh and would be soaked with puss


    OK, I'm getting a theme here ...

    11 shots in the toe with the largest needle he could find
    hacked all the way back to the root and then took his pliers and ripped


    oh dear dog ... dam dood! I have a couple of minor ingrown portions that I watch and snip and have done the same for the past ... oh probably 30 years but they have never freaking grown and took over my life like YOUR toes!!!

    Seriously ... go get some popcorn, rent out the movie "Happy Feet", watch it a few times - no - get some more popcorn and then watch it a few more times and then look at your cool cured tootsies and rest easily!!!!

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    ^^ Thanks, Tude. I have seen "Happy Feet." good movie. Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that by day 3 after the surgery, the bandage was soaked through with all the fluid that had drained in that short amount of time. And all of this happened on the same toe. Big toe, left foot. Left side nail went ingrown first. Right side hurt the most when removed.
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    I wish there was a webcam set up on my computer so that a pic could have been taken whilst I perused the toey aftermath ...

    Man alive! WTH kinda toey genes do you have workin there???? My left big toe is now talking to me - little throb - probably has a big glowing smiley face on it too.

    May you live toey fungal, non rooty, ingrown free for the rest of your natural life!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, just stay out of those 5" brilliant red peep toe pumps and you should be good, hehe

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    I went through the exact same thing about 9 years ago. Even after 12 shots to the big toe, I could still feel the pain of the Doc cutting the nail down to the root. Doc didn't believe that I could still feel it. I just said find me something to bite down on and get it the hell out of there.
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    That was an AWESOME story!!!! I just wish there was a way to relay the smell of rotting flesh!!!! AAHHhhh....

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    OW OW OW OW OW OW OW
    (coming from someone who has had a similar procedure, though with less pus....)

    Thanks for helping me relive that...

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    DAM IT!

    What is it with me and revisiting fungal pain?

    grrrr, brrrr


    <sprinkles listerine and contemplates a boiling hot shower ....>

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    OW OW OW OW OW OW OW
    (coming from someone who has had a similar procedure, though with less pus....)

    Thanks for helping me relive that...
    your welcome.

    The foot doctor that did the final procedure said that my toe was the worst ingown case he had seen in his 30 years of doing that procedure. I'll post a pic of my now ingrown free toe once I find the camera....

    I think I still have the pieces floating around somewhere too....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    DAM IT!

    What is it with me and revisiting fungal pain?

    grrrr, brrrr


    <sprinkles listerine and contemplates a boiling hot shower ....>
    have you tried using Epson salt in a hot bath for your foot? It helps takes some of the infection and swelling out ( although not enough in my case) Just get one of those plastic shoe boxes, sprinkle a generous ammount of Epson salt in the bottom, fill it with boiling water and then soak your entire foot in it while you watch TV or read a book or do whatever you do sitting down. Wrap a towel around and over the box so the bath stays hotter longer.

    Oh. It's not the genes that started my whole issue. It was going on an 11 day backpacking trip with un- broken in boots.
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    when offered, always take the general, not local anesthetic.

    Maybe I'm a wuss....
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    Great story.

    I suffered through three ingrown toe nails my freshmen year of high school, either because of the shoes I wore as part of a uniform or my football shoes. Either way, they were painful. I remember the pain, the puss and the annoyance of it all to well.

    I never had the root killed because the ingrown toe nails were in 3 different spots. The "trimming" wasn't too bad, had a local and quick snip snip and I was pain free. Funny how I'd go from barely able to walk to feeling great within 24 hours.



    Speaking of nails, on my small toe on my left foot, a piece of the nail would splinter off all the time, but not come off. No matter how short I cut it, it stayed splintered, and would always catch on socks, blankets, etc, and not cause any major pain, but enough to be annoying. So I let that sucker grow, grabbed some pliers and yoinked it out. Never saw the root of a nail before but I guess the stuff that was hanging off was part of it. That was a few months ago and its been good so far...
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    I've fought ingrown toenails since I was in my teens. All but the big toe I just deal with myself by cleaning, then cutting straight down and pulling. Can't do that with the big toe though, I don't think I'm strong enough and I think it's got a good enough grip there that I'd do some serious tissue damage. Finally at about 20 I went to a podiatrist that cut the big toe back. It's now 24 years later and the toe has slowly crept back towards ingrown. Sometimes after taekwondo class it's bleeding. I suppose it's about time to go find a doctor to do it again.

    I have never had general for anything, and don't think I would. I hate being numb at all. I've had facial stitches without any anesthetic, and I have stopped getting numbed up for dental work as well. Pain is ignorable, but being numb totally sucks.
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    I had cellulitus in my right big toe a few years ago. After 10 days of antibiotics it went away. Problem was a month later the entire toe nail feel off. And naturally it grew back ingrown. The pain was bad but the shots from the doc in my toe was even worse. So both sides were sliced away and I inquired about getting the acid applied so those sections would not grow back. He said let's wait and see. Bad idea. Few months later pain was back. Change in benefits at job so new doc's office but at least this Podiatrist was skilled at doing the minor surgery. No pain at all from the shots, nail sliced and Phenol acid applied to sizzle away at the nail bed. Yum. I still have some nerve damage in the foot as a result of the original infection. Doc says it might go away in five years, fifteen years or never. The test to check is that horrible long needle injected so I'll deal with the different feeling in the right foot.

    Always trim your nails straight is what every doc has said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by root11 View Post
    when offered, always take the general, not local anesthetic.

    Maybe I'm a wuss....
    I would have taken the full as well, except I had to be back at school at 4:30 that same say for a play performance. If I had taken the full, I would have been so stoned that I would have probably blown the sound system up. So that's why I took the local. What reply sucked was that the sound board was located in the middle of the theater, so everyone sitting behind me could clearly see my foot, in the boot, propped up on the amp rack with a baggie of ice. I probably went through one of those 50 pounds pay of ice in the days following the surgery. And a bottle of Advil. Thank god for ice and pain killers

    And my mom probably would have interrogated me while I was doped....
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    Have done the ingrown-toe operation a few years ago on both feet at the same time and feel your pain entirely...The local anesthetic was the hardest part but also there was a part of my toe that hadn't been properly numbed so I felt loads of pain when he took the knife to the flesh.The doc said I was imagining it but the pain was real enough for me.
    After a few weeks the left toe ingrew again so I had to do it all over.This time the anesthetic either didn't work or I was growing immune to it because it hurt more than before.Worked out fine this time.
    Now both toes are smaller in size(he took a piece of flesh also, I think) but very healthy.It's been at least 5 years since the surgery and didn't have problems since(God forbid).I wish you the same.

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    what compels someone to write something, as long as the OP, about an ingrown toenail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    what compels someone to write something, as long as the OP, about an ingrown toenail?
    BECAUSE IT WAS 1 YEAR OF ME BEING INGROWN FREE AND I WANTED TO LET ALL OF YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF PAIN I WENT THROUGH








    not to mention that I had nothing better to do last night.....
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    Congrats. Sounds like a horrible thing to happen in the middle of a Philmont adventure. Good job for sticking it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lecterman View Post
    Congrats. Sounds like a horrible thing to happen in the middle of a Philmont adventure. Good job for sticking it out.
    The toe wasn't too bad at Philmont: I was able to walk onto the plane, and the memories and friends I took away from that adventure far outweigh the pain and fustration of an ingrown toenail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    BECAUSE IT WAS 1 YEAR OF ME BEING INGROWN FREE AND I WANTED TO LET ALL OF YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF PAIN I WENT THROUGH








    not to mention that I had nothing better to do last night.....
    that explains it.

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    Yay. 2 years ingrown free. This makes me HAPPY!!!!!

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    I thought this was gonna be about shaving legs.
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    what the hell is in the water in america? first pcad gives us a runnin comentary of his toothache, then a toenail sage in 3 installments. i think i might just publish my whole medical records here on BF exclusively

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