Well, after 8 shots with the alcohol my MN still remains. I started at about an 8 on the pain scale (10 being really bad) and I am around a 4 right now, sometimes it goes to 6.
Strange thing is that on shot #7, when administered, it was NOT painful and I felt relief very quickly. Then 2 weeks later when my podiatrist gave me shot #8, it really hurt when he administered the shot and of course it made my MN hurt more afterwards.
Throughout the course of my alcohol shots, it kinds of was the same way. When he administered the shots, if they hurt during the administration, then my MN hurt for that week. When the shots didn't hurt, my MN improved. He used an ultra-sound during each injection to help guide the needle. My theory on this is that he somehow was getting "too close" to the nerve and injured it during the injection and this caused more nerve damage. Of course this is only my unprofessional theory on it.
At this point I am in a waiting pattern to see what I will do next. I have the foot inserts, met pads, and I wear slippers with met pads while at home which helps a lot with the pain. If I go bare foot, especially on tile, it starts to hurt. I am going to try some cold laser therapy, although I know this is not promising, it's worth a shot. I don't want to do the surgery but living in constant pain every time I walk is no fun either.
Paul (name changed)