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Severe Big Toe Pain, Continuous Popping & Cracking

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  • Posted By: Infinity_
  • March 5, 2011
  • 10:02 AM

Hello, all. :)This is my first time posting, and I'm almost to the point of exhaustion over this particular problem of mine. I'm open to any suggestions, as I've looked over several questions others have asked and the advice given seems well spot on to me. My pain: the scourge of my daily life is something I have been dealing with for the last several years but never began to take it as serious as I have began to lately. My big toe on my right leg not only causes me pain and discomfort, but it has escalated to the point of driving me absolutely nuts. It literally, compulsively forces to me adjust and crack it just about every other few second, (60-70% of the time more often than that) causing me to think it may just drive me mad. I have not experienced any sort of trauma to my right foot, or right leg either for that matter, excluding a few stubbed toes throughout the years. I mean, its so bad that it has greatly decreased my quality of life, if not even left left me feeling a bit subjugated by it. :( I'm a 25 year old male, I've never played any type of sports, though I do exercise several days a week. Just even this little bit of typing so far into my question has already taken close to 35 minutes, because of the constant cracking of my big toe, and without being bothered by this problem, this would have taken no more than 10-15 minutes tops to think up what I wanted to say and type it out. My big toe doesn't even have to move hardly at all before it releases an extremely audible crack, or even double, triple cracks, accompanied by tremendous pain. And the exact thing happens a second later. And a second later. And so on. I could literally pop it an infinite amount of times in a row, completely out of nowhere. Thats why I say, guys, I'm almost in complete exhaustion by this. The only thing I take for the pain is Advil 800, and it just doesn't effect it at all. The only other medications I am prescribed are Lisinopril and Atenolol for my Blood pressure and Xanax occasionally in the case of a Panic attack. Ahhh, I don't know! :confused: I just feel on the end of my rope dealing with this problem. Would anyone of the community who may have an idea whats going on, or simply just your opinions send me a few messages back? You don't know how much it would mean to me. Thank you very much, and of course, any other questions you may have for ME, regarding the subject I'll very happily answer. Thanks, everyone again, and I'm hoping for the best.

- Infinity_

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  • I think our problems may be similar. For the past three and a half years I have been able to crack every single one of my joints. The initial pain started in my shoulders, and I was eventually forced to quit karate because of it, and months after I had to quit soccer because of knee pain. It has been over two years since I have been able to engage in any physical activity without pain. I have been tested for nearly everything the doctors can think of: lyme disease, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. and all results have come out negative. I was prescribed 600mg of ibuprofen about 6 months ago when my shoulders, neck, and jaw/ear, started getting really painful. It worked for a while but the past few weeks it has done nothing to help. I also smoke marijuana, but was forced to quit about a month or so ago as it started making the pain much worse. In fact, one night about five weeks ago I hardly smoked much at all and was rushed to the ER because the pain was so unbearable that it seemed something was about to give/pop in my shoulders/neck/jaw/ear. That was when I decided to quit, and I was prescribed the muscle relaxer Flexeril, which seemed to help a tad, but I had to take it with the Ibuprofen. However, in the past week and a half, the pain has been so severe that I am completely unfunctional. The medication is barely working, and I can literally do nothing with my arms without severe discomfort. I am literally bed-ridden until the symptoms lighten up/we figure out what is wrong. I am 19 years old and very healthy, and have no injuries or anything obvious that would have caused such symptoms. Please report back if you find out any information, and I will do the same.
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  • I have the same extreme pain in my right big toe. A life style change is recomended due to uric acid build up...this condition sounds to be Gout from what I've seen online . Research it. Try to refrain from continous cracking although it provides temporary relief, this will lead to arthritis that will eventually stiffen the toe and cause a more severe permanent pain. I also read that cherrys and pure cherry juice helps cut uric acid build up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2011
    • 04:57 AM
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  • For years I had a similar problem. They told me I had arthritis in my big toe joint. I had to tape it so it wouldn't move while I walked. I went to a podiatrist and had bunion surgery (yes, bunion surgery) and it solved my problem. I know it sounds scary, but I never experienced any pain afterwards AT ALL. I wore a bootie that looked like my ski boot for a month or so and I have never had pain again. The only problem I would say I had was some swelling for quite awhile afterwards but it eventually went away. My surgeon was Dr. Moy in Lake Forest, CA. He's supposed to be the expert. Good luck and don't wait any longer to get it done. I was told this condition can be hereditary.
    bonski51 1 Replies
    • February 23, 2012
    • 06:10 PM
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