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Big toe pain

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  • Posted By: stace1
  • May 1, 2007
  • 09:31 PM

I have had pain in my right big toe and my right leg for about 6 years now. I just recently (1 week ago) had back surgery to repair a hernitation at L5 and also stenosis at L4,L5, and S1. There was also a ligament wrapped around L5. The neurosurgeon said that was definitely causing my leg pain. Well, I still have the toe pain and some leg pain. I know it will take time, but it still hurts exactly like it did. I had a surgery on my toenails to remove a little of my nails about 7 -8 years ago due to an ingrown toenail. I fear this is what has caused my toe pain and am very depressed about that decision. I keep thinking if only I would not have had that surgery but at the time it seemed like I had to. Also, associated with my toe pain, when you press on my calf muscle in one certain spot, it causes the pain in my toe. I have told the doctors this and they don't have a clue. Seems like noone knows what to do. Can anyone help me?

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  • Honestly, I don't know, but I DO know that back surgery is very ******n our bodies (I've had it) and it could take well longer than a week for all the swelling to go down. It must be very frustrating, to hope for a major relief from this problem in your toe and leg, and find it just the same, and that frustration brings you back to regretting the treatment you had to remove the toenails. But I cannot imagine how removed toenails could cause the pain in your leg, so I think you didn't mess up with that. Take heart.But that connection between the particular point in your calf, and the pain in the toe, is exactly the kind of thing an acupuncturist would say had meaning. They would look at what meridian both were on, and work from there, I think. So my best advice is to wait at least a few more days or weeks, until you are up and about, and consult with a good acupuncturist with lots of experience.Heal well,Shula
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