Despite these reassuring results, Gill had to seek more medical support as her condition worsened.
Her GP advised that the pain condition Fibromyalgia she suffered from must be intensifying the sensation.
And when her foot swelled and developed ulcers, the Lancashire-based patient really started worrying.
She had to rely on family, including daughters Natalie, 20, and Chloe, 18, to feed her and take her out for walks.
The mum said: “I was in constant excruciating pain. I could not walk at all.
“I don’t think I slept at all at that time.
“It hurt too much to be laid up in bed.”
“Instead I would sleep on the sofa with my foot propped on a box to keep it in position, any movement I made in the night would wake me.”
After months of being in pain, Gill was diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome in May 2016.
The condition describes an injury that causes a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.
Given this diagnosis, it’s no surprise that Gill wanted to get her foot amputated to prevent the injury from constantly aching.
She revealed: “I had already started talking about wanting my leg removed, but everyone couldn’t believe what I was saying.
“My leg was already dead to me, it was the cause of so much pain and unhappiness and I just wanted to get on with my life.
“I wanted to be able to walk again and to go swimming. I love open-air swimming.”
Gill was eventually referred to a specialist in February 2017 who she begged to remove her leg.
She said: “The specialist didn’t want to do it at first, but he saw how much pain I was in and he relented.
“In a way, I am pleased the pain was so bad. He could see there was no turning back from what was happening to me. This was the only way out.”
In May 2017, surgeons at Royal Preston Hospital removed Gill’s leg from below the knee.
This decision has proven to be a good one, as the parent’s life is finally back on track.
Gill said: “As soon as I came round my partner said to me, ‘I can see I’ve got my Gill back’. I felt so happy.
“As soon as I got it I said to Pete, ‘let’s go for a walk’, and we walked along the promenade. It was wonderful to be up and about.
“I hadn’t walked for almost three years.
“The prosthetic isn’t perfect but I love it so much, having my leg removed was the best thing I ever did. I don’t regret it at all.”
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