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Exogen and TCM Are Working

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My Exogen Bone Stimulator and TCM are working - just four more weeks!

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You may have read my post from a few weeks ago when I first received my Exogen 4000 Bone Growth Stimulator. It's been four weeks, and yesterday I visited with the podiatrist to review new x-rays.

One of the problems with broken bones is that you cannot see the signs of healing. My toe is still swollen, still gets red at the end of a few hours on my feet, and my toenail is just gross. So whether I still had (as the doctor called it) "mush" for a distal phalange or knitting bone, I still saw and felt the same big toe.

So we sit down, and he pulls up an x-ray that looks horrible - still lots of pieces. We were disheartened until the doc says, "This was your LAST x-ray." Breathe huge sigh of relief. Then he opens the new x-ray.

What a difference! Only a few big pieces instead of many small ones, and those big pieces are knitting!

No pain on squeezing my toe, or on plantar/dorsal flexion. Still pain on weight bearing with flexion.

So, just four more weeks of twice daily Exogen and the boot (which I just had resoled).

I was told to bring stiff soled shoes (including left) to next visit on 9/27. So happy!

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My Exogen 4000 Bone Stimulator

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ExogenBoneStimulator

I have my new Exogen 4000 bone growth stimulator.

When I saw the podiatrist and received the bad news that my crushed toe was not knitting back together, I was really depressed. After all, I make my living and get some of my sanity from pilates and exercise, neither of which are fully available for me in this condition.

After relegating me to 5 more boot weeks (now only 3 as of tomorrow!), he prescribed an Exogen Bone Growth Stimulator device for me to use daily for 20 minutes.

His office had the Exogen rep contact me after talking to my insurance company. The cash rate was less than my co-pay plus deductible on Durable Medical Equipment, and is billable with no interest.

Basically, this device delivers a specific frequency of ultrasound waves that offers enough 'impact' to the bone pieces to stimulate healing and knitting. While using the device doesn't hurt at all, my toe is hurting more since I started with the Exogen last Friday. Not bone pain, but nerve stuff, which makes me think something is happening there!

This device has helped many people avoid surgery and get on with their lives. I can't wait until my next x-ray 8/30. And I seriously can't wait to move my ankle! Foot cramps. Can't move foot. Need I say more?

My next post will discuss the chinese medicine herbal formula that I have added on the advice of my awesome acupuncturist Craig.

Have you had any broken bones? Have you used the Exogen 4000 or another bone stimulator? What was your experience? Leave a comment and let me know!