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Alright Who's Got the Taser? - Pain in foot

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  • Posted By: stillhere
  • January 9, 2009
  • 08:28 PM

This is another of my strange symptoms which I am not sure of the source.
Right after having my daughter, I had this shooting pain that would suddenly go through the left outer side of my left foot right above the heel. I would then feel a burning around my left big toe as if all the skin had been scraped off around the toenail. It would hit suddenly and I would look down expecting to see damage to the area and there was nothing!. The pain in the side of the foot would last a bit and I would be banging my heel of my foot on the ground or whatever was there trying to get it to stop. Very excruciating. It would go away as quickly as it showed up. This happened daily then weekly, monthly. I thought it was a foot problem but a friend told me he heard that was a symptom of the spinal cord. I did have an ephidural during the birth. After about a year, the big toe part stopped but I would still be hit with the pain through the side above the left heel. I started moving my back around instead of banging the foot to stop the pain. This pain is momentary but severe. It is actually comical to me and my friends at times but I literally lose my breath and can scream out especially if it happens while sleeping. It is horrible! I don't see other people going through this and it concerns me greatly. I can say if I have an episode of this, it will come again and again at different times for about 24 hours. It hits at random and I have nearly fainted from the pain.
Any ideas?

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  • Hi - my name is Janet. I had a problem somewhat similar to yours, but the symptoms were a little different. Both of my legs and feet, from the knees down, began burning and feeling like they were being stuck with pins and needles. I went from doctor to doctor, no one had a diagnosis or a cure. I finally ended up at a neurologist, and went through a battery of tests, including a spinal tap, testing called (EMG tests ??), and several other tests. He concluded I have a disease called "'Chronic Demylenating Polyneuropathy" in both legs/feet. The disease causes the burning, stinging pain. Mine was SO bad I did not dare try to walk barefoot, and putting on shoes was excrutiating. I was relegated to slippers, which hurt, but I had to wear something. After many medication attempts, I was placed on Xanax, which is a benzodiazapine. It took it about a month or so to work, and I have now been on it about 12 years. Believe me, it really does work. I have tried to stop taking the medication, but the burning and pain return immediately. You should seek the advice of a good neurologist and ask if this is a possibility for you. Best of luck, I hope you find your cure!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
    • 03:10 AM
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  • burning shooting pain around toe area sounds like neuroma but watch out for the painful cortesone shots. They left my toes partially numb and sensitive to touch.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2012
    • 05:42 PM
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