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Burning feet after standing for a couple minutes

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  • Posted By: adian919
  • October 21, 2006
  • 01:07 AM

Here goes,

I am a 28 year old female, and after visiting 7 different doctors and having all sorts of tests, I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in my feet.

My problem began about 5 years ago when my feet would hurt and burn all over after standing on them for an hour or so....then it became a half hour....now it is only a few minutes and I want to sit down.

I thought it was circulatory at first, they feel so hot sometimes, but an echo cardiogram in my chest, legs and feet showed normal (would laying down during that exam make a difference vs standing?).
It sometimes feels like the blood makes it down to my feet ok, but not back up.

Anyway, the last dr I visted was a neurologist who did a nerve conduction study and said it was abnormal. He then did a bunch of blood tests including diabetes and heavy metals posioning, thyroid, immune diseases etc. Nothing.

So I was told that all I could do is cope. But I can't help thinking that it is not neuropathy. There is no history in my family. The dr said it could be a mutation in my dna.
I wonder if it is metabolic, or kidney related.

I do have problems with energy, and the only other outstanding symptom that bothers me and has not been diagnosed is frequent, sometimes urgent, urination. That has gone on for a few years-and it seems to be worse with age as well.

Anyway, I have no other issues with my health except those just mentioned. I am slim to average build, so weight on my feet shouldn't cause this much pain-but I can't even go grocery shopping anymore without wanting to sit down. Even talking to co-workers gets painful if I am standing in the hall.

I am dreading the rest of my life because it seems this is only getting worse. If anyone knows anything, please please let me know or point me to someone who does.

Thanks.

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  • I am a 28 year old female also. I was diagnosed with an autonomic nervous system dysfunction. I have burning sensations in my lower legs and feet. Myprimary doctor referred me to a cardiologist. My cardiologist performed a ANS test. It showed my nervous system was all out of wack. He started me on coreg,aldactone, proamitine, and elavil for the neuropathic pain and swelling. It has been a year since I have been on all these medications. I am a licensed practical nurse and since this diagnosis I been out of work. I have applied for social security disability but the first time I been denied. I am currently awaiting on an appeal to receive social security disability benefits. I can only stand for about 45 minutes or sit even and the burning starts. i hope this information could help you. Please see a cardiologist or neurologist to receive this test. Lots of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 01:35 AM
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  • Thank you so much for your reply. I was happy, yet not :-), to see someone respond with a similar problem. I wanted to ask a couple things. First, when did you notice the pain? Has it gotten worse with age? Finally, are the meds working at all for you?Fill me in whenever you have time.Thanks again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
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  • Here goes, I am a 28 year old female, and after visiting 7 different doctors and having all sorts of tests, I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in my feet. My problem began about 5 years ago when my feet would hurt and burn all over after standing on them for an hour or so....then it became a half hour....now it is only a few minutes and I want to sit down. I thought it was circulatory at first, they feel so hot sometimes, but an echo cardiogram in my chest, legs and feet showed normal (would laying down during that exam make a difference vs standing?). It sometimes feels like the blood makes it down to my feet ok, but not back up. Anyway, the last dr I visted was a neurologist who did a nerve conduction study and said it was abnormal. He then did a bunch of blood tests including diabetes and heavy metals posioning, thyroid, immune diseases etc. Nothing. So I was told that all I could do is cope. But I can't help thinking that it is not neuropathy. There is no history in my family. The dr said it could be a mutation in my dna.I wonder if it is metabolic, or kidney related. I do have problems with energy, and the only other outstanding symptom that bothers me and has not been diagnosed is frequent, sometimes urgent, urination. That has gone on for a few years-and it seems to be worse with age as well. Anyway, I have no other issues with my health except those just mentioned. I am slim to average build, so weight on my feet shouldn't cause this much pain-but I can't even go grocery shopping anymore without wanting to sit down. Even talking to co-workers gets painful if I am standing in the hall. I am dreading the rest of my life because it seems this is only getting worse. If anyone knows anything, please please let me know or point me to someone who does. Thanks.DID YOUR NEUROLOGIST DO AN MRI. IF NOT, THEN HAVE HIM DO ONE ON YOUR BRAIN AND SPINE. THESE ARE ALL SYMPTOMS OF MULTIPLE SCHELORIS. IT CAN BE JUST ON YOUR BRAIN OR SPINE OR ON BOTH. IF HE TELLS YOU THAT THESE ARE NOT SYMPTOMS THEN HE IS NOT A GOOD NEUROLOGIST. I HAVE LIVED WITH THIS DISEASE FOR ELEVEN YEARS AND KNOW WHAT SYMPTOMS YOU CAN HAVE. EVERY ONE IS DIFFERENT AS TO WHAT THEIR'S ARE. SHORT OF BEING PARAYLISED I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT EVERY SYMPTOM THERE IS. THERE ARE MEDICATIONS NOW TO SLOW DOWN THE DISEASE. MEDICINES FOR INFLAMMATION, AND PAIN THAT ARE NON-NARCOTIC. I WILL PRAY THAT YOU FIND THE RIGHT DOCTOR TO HELP YOU. GOOD BLESS.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
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  • I had very similar symptoms: burning pain that starts in the foot and works its way up into the calf. The burning gets worse as the day progresses making you cut back on your activities and can keep you awake at night. i also had nerve conduction test some out abnormal in my foot/ankle. It may be Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Here's a link so you can read more about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsal_tunnel_syndromeMy advice would be to consult with a Foot and Ankle surgeon who has experience with Tarsal tunnel syndrome....even the foot surgeon who treated me said many people have a difficult time getting the proper diagnoses. I am also a young (32), healthy female and my burning foot pain has given me many sleepless nights, but with treatment (I eventually needed surgery) things are doing much better. Good luck, i hope you find some relief.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
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  • I've had the exact symptoms as you for probably 20 years, tho only recently as severe as yours. I'm 56 and don't exercise much at all. I've never looked into it thinking it was 'just' poor circulation, "the blood gets down okay but not back up" as you describe. If I put my feet up, the burning sensation subsides, which also made me think it was circulation. Obviously it's time to get some help because I'm standing and walking around a lot on my job and I don't want it to get worse.thanks for telling your story. P
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
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  • PS to clarify: my symptoms are burning in the feet only, not going up my legs - P
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
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  • I am a 44 year old male somewhat overweight that has burning in my feet all of the time, standing, walking, and sitting I have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy, however more tests need to be done to verify the real cause. I am waiting for the results of the blood tests taken this AM. Is it a vitamin diffeciency or MS?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • I also have burning feet but mine starts in my buttocks and travels down my thighs and the back of my legs down to my feet. I also sometimes feel electrical shocks going thru my big toes. I have had two emg's done and the neurologists said no nerve damage. Please help I also have other symptoms and all of this occured after I had a surgery called Cervical Diskectomy w/Fusion on C5C6 in my neck. Now I have a whole range of problems the worst being my arms.
    tiredofdoctors 3 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
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  • My Son is now 16 and has dreadful problem with this. He can not stand for more than a few minutes without his feet tingling/burning/itching and generally driving him mad. Of course this is going to be a huge problem when he needs to find a job. This isn't a new problem for him but one which obviously isn't going away!We live in Switzerland and I don't know what sort of a doctor to take him to about it. He has a hypermobility disorder and pronated feet so I guess the tarsal tunnel thing could be a problem. He has worn special orthotic insoles in his shoes and that hasn't helped with this problem. He also has dysautonomia symptoms and has fainted a few times.By the way, you mentioned that your Doctor tested you for Mercury poisoning. Chronic Mercury poisoning doesn't show in blood tests and urine tests can give false readings too. If you are worried about this being a potential problem try looking through some of the forums on Mercury toxicity. There are several in the yahoo groups.Back to my Son- anyone have any ideas?Thanks, Kittykins
    kittykins 4 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
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  • I am a massage therapist with exstensive training in Myofascial Release (MFR) I have worked on several people with this problem, the latest is a teacher, who stands a lot. I corrected a few structural things one being the sacrum. All the nerves that run down to feet coming from the area of the sacrum can become pinched if bone structure is out of place, or if your pelvic bones are rotated at all this can put pressure on nerves and cause burning, tingleing, or numbness. Find a good MFR therapist in your area that has learnd from the John Barnes Approach. Many say they know MFR but I have never seen tham really help any one like we do in the office I work at.Hope it goes well.Raven
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
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  • Try vitamin B12 supplements. A deficiency in b12 can cause burning feet.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
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  • read my letter (lucylover) about my symptons- similar to yours, and then really really think back for years about your children or grandchildren or other family members having weird symptons that you all might have thought was isolated- such as our family's. when you put it all together- it might be an inherited disease. think about it and let me know.
    lucylover 1 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
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  • I am an 18 year old female, and i also get the same sensation in my feet. They feel like they are full of lead sometimes.. i find i get the pain in my feet/lower leg when i am tired, or of standing on my feet for a few hours. Genetically i am similar to my dad when it comes to bad circulation. Symptoms for my bad circulation include: Purple feet when i havent been moving much, the same with my hands - they turn red really quickly when they are below my heart. You would think that means good circulation because the blood is reaching my hands quickly, but soon my arms can begin to feel heavy too (this does not happen very often). My parents are Physiotherapists and suggested the poor circulation. But diet can contribute aswell, are you guys aware of inflammatory foods? and anti-inflammatory foods? also, do some reasearch into excercise, my parents think that is a major contributor to the heavy feet problem. My personal recommendation, see a physiotherapist, because your foot pain may also be caused by back problems.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
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  • I'm a 31 year old male, and have had red feet when I stand since I was a teenager, if not longer. As many people have said, it feels like the blood goes down, but has a hard time coming back up. I thought it was because I am tall, that the blood had too far to go.Anyway, I had some heart palpitations a few years ago and went to a cardiologist. One test he did was take my blood pressure standing up and sitting down. Apparently in a normal person the blood pressure increases while standing, to account for the extra height the blood must travel, but in my case it actually went down slightly (which would also explain occasional light-headedness when standing). He didn't diagnosis it as anything, but noted the abnormality.I've also found that it gets worse if I'm dehydrated or drink, both of which lower blood pressure.The obvious thing that helps is to put your feet up, to allow the blood to flow out of your feet. I've also found that moving around helps, as well as doing stretched on my legs (calf stretches, hamstring and especially quad stretched).
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  • I also have burning feet but mine starts in my buttocks and travels down my thighs and the back of my legs down to my feet. I also sometimes feel electrical shocks going thru my big toes. I have had two emg's done and the neurologists said no nerve damage. Please help I also have other symptoms and all of this occured after I had a surgery called Cervical Diskectomy w/Fusion on C5C6 in my neck. Now I have a whole range of problems the worst being my arms.I am a licensed Physical Therapist, so I can give you some good information. An EMG just tests the peripheral nerves, and the root cause of your pain could be more centralized - more specifically, it could be a lumbar disc bulge/herniation, instability of the vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) or degenerative changes (degenerative disc disease or stenosis) in your spine...if you are younger, chances are it is either a disc hernation or spondylolisthesis. You would need a MRI from a SPINE SPECIALIST and a thorough evaluation by one as well in order to diagnose this. I cannot tell you how many times I see patients who get all of these various tests before looking at the Spine. More often than not, leg pain comes from the Spine itself. Chris
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  • Yikes I have the same symptoms...I did not notice how bad this was until I started a meditation group and we had to stand for 15 minutes...by the time I hit the 10 minute mark, I feel sick the itching and burning is so bad. It feels like fire ants are crawling on my feet and ankles. When I finish the meditation I scratch my feet raw. I also have exteme frequency of urination. I think the adreneline from the itch is causing my bladder to react with urgency.I need help too! I'm terrified now that it's MS
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  • I too have this problem since 10 years and felt little bid releived after reading but this does not end here. Every body in this section have the same problem but no one have got the solution for this problem. I request some one who know the remidy for this cause. We all be greatful the person who comes with solution. In this forum everyone have the problem but we need solution which is going to cure us. Some time I feel like killing my self beacuse of this problem.Once again I will be thankful and greatful to the great person who helps me for this problem. Some time doctors see us like we are having psychological problem but this is not true this we know.Thanks in advance who is going to help us.With Best regards
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
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  • I just read everyones comments to my original post (and other posts). I had no idea there were this many responses (thought I would get an email notification). I did go back to the neurologist. He did another nerve conduction study, same results. He basically said he can't do much more for me. He directed me to Athena Diagnostics to order tests. Which I haven't done yet. He also suggested trying a state university to do research because they may have more ideas/avenues to follow. I have another symptom, which I read about in someones post. When I start walking or get into any moderate activity, my hands become red and start to swell. Similar to my feet. I have done a lot of research on the veins that go down and lead back up your calves. Apparently your calves constrict to help the blood return back from your feet. You can have abnormalities in your veins/vein pumps that inhibit this process. The symptoms are pretty severe though, clotting and other things, which I don't have so... I am still having this problem obviously. To restate, when I stand for more than a few minutes, my feet start burning and aching. When I sit down for a few minutes, it subsides. It affects everything I do...and A LOT of things involve standing. So please, if anyone has any idea or can point me in any direction that would be fantastic. Oh and I was given a physical test for MS. The neurologist said I didn't have it? So Im wondering about that MRI the poster mentioned....
    adian919 7 Replies
    • October 2, 2007
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  • My Son had this problem and in the end he was diagnosed with Adrenal disease (Addisons Disease). Since starting treatment for this his symptoms have completely dissapeared.It is mainly the aldosterone that he needed for this particular problem and it turns out that it was all due to postural hypotension. (even though other Doctors had said this wasn't a problem!)The only downside for my Son is that he doesn't have an excuse NOT to stand and do the washing up anymore!!!
    kittykins 4 Replies
    • October 4, 2007
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  • My Son had this problem and in the end he was diagnosed with Adrenal disease (Addisons Disease). Since starting treatment for this his symptoms have completely dissapeared. He takes Hydrocortisone and Aldosterone.It is mainly the aldosterone that he needed for this particular problem and it turns out that it was all due to postural hypotension. (even though other Doctors had said this wasn't a problem!)The only downside for my Son is that he doesn't have an excuse NOT to stand and do the washing up anymore!!!
    kittykins 4 Replies
    • October 4, 2007
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