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Burning Feet and Legs

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  • Posted By: 04paul04
  • November 14, 2006
  • 08:41 PM

I have been having burning in my toes, top of the foot and ankles. It seems to be progressively moving into the rest of the legs now. This is occuring in both legs. I have had a negative EMG and my B12 is also negative.

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  • It sounds like peripheral neuropathy. It can also be caused by diabetes, pinched nerve and many times no cause can be found. good luck.
    lynnwalden 20 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 06:42 AM
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  • I have the same and was just diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, you should see a specialist or just go to the ER if you have swelling and pain, there's painkillers that can be prescribed for nerve pain.
    the_one 39 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 10:56 PM
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  • i also have this. It started in my balls of my feet and toes, went to heels and traveled up my legs to my knees. I been ruled out for diabetes, thyroid, kidney and B vitamin deficiencies. It is so annoying, pain meds don't help. Did they ever diagnos anything?
    Mistee 4 Replies
    • December 5, 2006
    • 02:35 AM
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  • I have this as one of my many symptoms. I was shure I had cushings but I fineally got to a endocronologist and he says I look more like acromegaly. Has your shoe and ring size gone up?
    tam4givin 19 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 07:59 AM
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  • I have this also. Take heart. There are meds which help, but you definitely feel druggedIf anyone's interested, here's my experience with neuropathy. It began in my feet in '98, moved to my lower back in '03, moved up to my neck and arms and hands in '04, then my face a few months later. It's never left any of those places, only gotten worse (except maybe my back).I also had a blood clot in my lower right lung just after the neuropathy moved up to my lower back and I started having daily headaches in early '03. The headaches never stopped either, but I can keep them at bay with meds. I'm pretty sure I still have small, transient lung clots when I get stressed out, even though I'm on blood thinners. You never forget that pain, being unable to take a breath for fear of it.Crazy, I know. All labwork and nerve conduction studies normal, no diabetes, no amyloidosis, no rheumatoid arthritis, no lupus (though the clot is said to have been caused by lupus anticoagulant factor), no brain tumors and no markings on the brain typical of MS. Went to a research hospital, see a neurologist regularly. The best internist in town says it's definitely MS, the neurologist merely says it could be.I did have a biopsy of the sural nreve on the right ankle, which showed some demyelinization - the fatty covering on the outside of the nerve which insulates it and allows the signal to travel (like the covering on an electrical cord) is rotting of to some degree. Perhaps my own immune system is attacking it, who knows?Sometimes my toes burn and itch and hurt so badly I'd rather have them cut off. That's when I realize I've forgotten to take my pain meds. And I have the feeling of weakness in my limbs without any real weakness. My hands shake very badly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 02:01 PM
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  • Mistee-mine started off exactly as yours did-balls of my feet, heels, now back of legs up to my knees. Nights are the absolute worse. The burning, electric shock-like pain. Usually 3-4 nights a week I wake up in pain and have to get out of bed and walk, but when I put my legs on the bed, it starts hurting again. Some nights I've actually fallen back to sleep with my feet dangling over the side of the bed. So crazy!My neuro says it's peripheral neuralgia-nerve pain. I used to have pain day and night, could hardly walk, had to use a walker or cane for support, then my neuro put me on Lyrica and that really helped during the day and some nights although like I said, some nights I still have pain even when I remember to take the Lyrica every day.A couple years ago I started getting the electric shock-like pain in my face, and thought it had moved but doc said it was trigeminal neuralgia bcz it last about 5 mths then went away. He said Peripheral neuralgia doesn't just go away on its own (unfortunately for us sufferers).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 03:32 AM
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  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is used in Europe to cure diabetic neuropathy!-it is in the health food store so drug companies can't benefit and docs don't know it works-combine with acetyl-l-carnitine-it will take a few weeks or maybe months but it will work-I have done it...the research on this is very legitimate-look it up on the web. Also, essential fatty acids, specifically those in fatty fish several times a week will repair the nervous system-of course stop all sugar and gluten products (all flour and grains)-many people are gluten intolerant and don't even know. Sugar is really a very stimulating and overstimulating substance and of course will aggravate any neuropathy. Also, L-tryptophan if you are not bipolar or on antidepressants-creates serotonin which will get rid of the depression, and anxiety you get when living with this annoying stuff...best of luck to youalso use Zostrix or Capsaician topically-try weakest form first to get rid of symptoms.
    sylvester 2 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 04:38 PM
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  • 04paul04,I had very similar symtoms. My diagnosis was Tarsal Tunnel Syndome (TTS). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsal_tunnel_syndrome Click on the "external links" for even more info. I recommend you see a podiatrist who has experience with TTS to be evaluated. I did and was able to get some relief. (i eventually needed surgery). Good luck.
    blue22 1 Replies
    • December 16, 2006
    • 09:14 PM
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  • check out these symptoms and see if any of them apply . You need to see a neuro dr. http://www.chiarione.org/
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 04:58 PM
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  • I have similar symptoms that were resolved after getting a Kenalog shot in May. Now, they are back. Here are how mine start and progress: Feet itching and burning, redness, skin turning purple/red. I have trouble wearing sock and shoes.My hands really itched, then I noticed little blister like things on one hand. They never really turned colors like my feet. They tested me for Lupus and RA, came back negative. Last doctor told me if the shot fixed it, we would have to chalk it up to one of those I don't know how or why it happened or what it is. As of this weekend, it is back. My feet started itching and burning. My hands are itching and I have tingling in my feet and hands. I am pre-menopausal and have trouble with going from being very cold to being hot. I feel like the coldness is inside me, no matter how many layers of clothing I wear, I can't get warm at times. I am going to call the doctor, hoping they are open today. But, does any of this sound familiar? I forgot to ask them if they did a blood sugar test, but I wasn't fasting, so I doubt if they did. I had gestational diabetes when pregnant with my son 18 years ago. This is very frustrating and hard to live with, I feel like I am on a roller coaster. Nancy
    nanc512 1 Replies
    • December 26, 2006
    • 02:15 PM
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  • Hello. I have similar symptoms and my doctor finally was able to diagnose me with Erythromelalgia or "EM" as it is commonly known as. I went through all the testing you did plus more. I saw several neurologists because it was first assumed to be a "classic case of diabetic neuropathy". But here's the kicker....I am NOT diabetic. So, I continued with various tests until my doctor identified EM. Check out the website for more info. It is called "The Erythromelalgia Association" or "TEA" for short. I don't have the specific address, but google it. It will be worth it for you. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 10, 2007
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  • I have been having burning in my toes, top of the foot and ankles. It seems to be progressively moving into the rest of the legs now. This is occuring in both legs. I have had a negative EMG and my B12 is also negative. Any thoughts?Got it!Vitamin B-5 deficiency. You may want to try all the B's.http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=87#deficiencysymptoms
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 05:41 AM
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  • I have been having burning in my toes, top of the foot and ankles. It seems to be progressively moving into the rest of the legs now. This is occuring in both legs. I have had a negative EMG and my B12 is also negative. Any thoughts?I suffer from severe burning in both legs. It moves around depending on whether I'm sitting or standing. MRI of the spine shows that I have two fluid filled cysts on my lower spine. I am now waiting to see a neurosurgeon. Megan
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  • Hi since I have numbness all over I found this site and thought it might be for my symptoms, after doing a little further reading I found that its not me. But you should read it and see if it sounds a little like what you have. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/guillain-barre-syndrome/DS00413 Best of Luck to You!:)
    vicky1986 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am 23 year old female.had a bad cold before xmas and I woke up one morning with a pian in my right arm and a tender chest.Was told it was viral.It progressed in a few dats to awful crawling under thes skin.It then progressed to burning pain in my chest.arms and legs. I had to see a neurologist.She sent me for a mri of the brain and neck.Got results today and the brain scan was perfect, a little wear and tear of the discs in the neck but nothing to be concerned about. I still have the pains ans she said it might be viral.What do I do now?Any ideas what it is?
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  • Hi There,sounds Like Periphial Neuropathy, See Adoctor Asap
    COBURN49 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have been having burning in my toes, top of the foot and ankles. It seems to be progressively moving into the rest of the legs now. This is occuring in both legs. I have had a negative EMG and my B12 is also negative. Any thoughts? SOUNDS LIKE PERIPHIAL NEUROPATHY, SEE A NEUROLAGIST ASAP I LEFT MINE AND AM NOW IN A WHEELCHAIR
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  • I have these symptoms, and I turned out to have CREST scleroderma. Please get to a rheumatologist, and be tested for ANA. If that is positive, regardless of staining pattern, insist on the SCL-70 and anticentromere B antibody tests.
    DaisyDo 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi just started recently to have this searing burning pain on the bottom of my right foot only (thank goodness its only one foot); the pain is also in the toes and I'm always checking to see if its an ingrown nail (I'd be happy if it were that simple); I'm finally going to my podiatrist expecting him to send me for an MRI at first--anything to generate revenue for someone; I kind of remember that I dropped something on my toes in the past--perhaps arthritis has finally caught up with me--have osteo-arthritis in my left knee--so I wouldn't be surprised; not diabetic--that's been ruled out; also taking Alpha Lipoic Acid once per day--perhaps I'll increase to two a day to see what happens; good luck to all!
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  • Usually if the problem is just in one foot, it is not a systemic problem. Sometimes a systemic problem will affect one foot initially, but the other will soon follow. So if it turns out to be systemic, get to a rheumatologist and ask for the above-mentioned tests. Otherwise, a podiatrist can usually tell you what's wrong - sounds a little like plantar fasciitis.
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