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Burning/shooting pain in both my feet

Posted In: Foot conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 22, 2007
  • 01:14 AM

I’ve had severe burning and stabbing pain in my toes and soles of both feet since January, 2007 and desperately need help. I am a 58 year old woman of average health/weight. I am non-diabetic but I have had rheumatoid arthritis since 1996 - am taking Celebrex (400mg) - and have had herniated discs years ago. My GP did some bloodwork which came back normal and I started taking Neurotin (300mg) and then took Lyrica and neither helped me. I then started going to a podiatrist who put me on B-12 and folic acid for my feet and he referred me to a neurologist. I then saw my first neurologist who did an EMG and nerve conduction test which were negative – he first had me take Cymbalta and when it didn’t work then Elavil which hasn’t worked and gives me side effects of a “hangover” and headache and he also recommended I soak and put lotion on my feet which I had been doing all along. He told me that I had peripheral neuropathy but it was only mild and that I would be better off when my feet went numb – basically just to live with it and “it would be better when it gets worse.” I saw a second neurologist and he told me the same thing as the first and to stay on the Elavil for a couple more months. I’m waiting for my bloodwork to come back from him and he also said I didn’t need another EMG.

The severe pain/burning is only in my feet and ankles right now but I can’t get any help from the doctors I’ve seen so I feel it’s just going to get worse. I can’t hardly walk now and get very little sleep so I desperately need help with this. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

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  • I am experiencing the same thing since Sept. 2006.Only now same thing is happening to both hands and fingers too. Neurologist says it's Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and sent me to orthopeadic foot specialist who said he thinks it's a back problem or perhaps something systemic. Podiatric surgeon says its TTS but my primary doctor disagrees. Doctors just keep passing me back and forth. Meanwhile it's agony- plenty of numbing pain and very little sleep. You are not alone and I sure hope:o you feel better soon.
    JIMFORD 2 Replies
    • October 26, 2007
    • 04:36 PM
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  • Hello~ I feel for you as I have the same symptoms and I've gotten no help either. Bloodwork is all normal. I was diagnosed by a neurologist but didn't get treatment there; my primary care Doc gave me Neurontin which actually made things worse and Lyrica made me gain weight but nothing else. A few things I do that help slightly is soaking my feet in cool water and bleach. Sounds terrible but sometimes it offers a little relief to the burning. I went to The Good Feet store and have orthotics from there and those help just a tad too. I also got a Tens machine; it was sold on eBay as a muscle stimulator. I can hook it up to my ankles and turn it up all the way and not feel a thing but I hope if I keep using it maybe it'll jog my nerves back into working. I hope anyone who finds any other little things that help will post them too and I wish you all the best. You have to experience it for yourself to know how bad it is, right?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 01:29 AM
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  • 300 mg of neurontin will not help!!!You need to be on 1200 morning and 1200 nightly.. I take 600 morning and 1200 at night and it is a life saver.I also switch between that as well as lyrica 300 mg max strenght... I only get relief when taking lyrica 150 mg - 300 mgi also take cymbalta... With lyrica or neuontin and both help.'along with this i take elavil.. Alltogether.Elavil does not help with nerve pain but slightly numbs the pain, just leaves you tired and sort of hungover....I have burning pains worse in the night time, and morning esp when laying in bed.... It is painful.The neurontin and lyrica has been a life saver... Takes away most if not all the burning sensations.I also have planter faciitis and swollen ankles. Had cortizone injections which reduced swelling slightly...I am in the process of having tests done!Good luck!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 01:15 PM
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  • Hey guys,i know a lot about neurapathy.... The only medications they can give you is neurontin & cymbaltaor lyrica & cymbalta(because lyrica and neurontin is the same thing basically)those are the only medications that help neurapathy!!!!!!!!!!They work well. Like the other reviewer i take 60 mg cymbalta and 300mg lyrica morning and nite.Lyrica makes me dizzy so sometimes i take 1800 mg neurontin instead, morning & nite...... No one can say these medications do not work, sorry don't by it.I remember getting only 2-3 hours sleep at night until taking these medications. My pain does come back about 6-8 hours after i take it but omg it's a huge relief! I am suppose to take it every 12 hours, but i admit sometimes i have to take it a little early..... Like i said it's a huuuuuge relief. No more burning! When the burning starts to come back, take your meds again...Also you need higher doses if it is not working because these really help myself (my mother & everyone i know)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wow what is that pain on the feet? what causes it? Hmm interesting..I better read this whole thread..Wow Thanks for sharing it.. Another learning.. :D
    NormanLUnderwood2010 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I’ve had severe burning and stabbing pain in my toes and soles of both feet since January, 2007 and desperately need help. I am a 58 year old woman of average health/weight. I am non-diabetic but I have had rheumatoid arthritis since 1996 - am taking Celebrex (400mg) - and have had herniated discs years ago. My GP did some bloodwork which came back normal and I started taking Neurotin (300mg) and then took Lyrica and neither helped me. I then started going to a podiatrist who put me on B-12 and folic acid for my feet and he referred me to a neurologist. I then saw my first neurologist who did an EMG and nerve conduction test which were negative – he first had me take Cymbalta and when it didn’t work then Elavil which hasn’t worked and gives me side effects of a “hangover” and headache and he also recommended I soak and put lotion on my feet which I had been doing all along. He told me that I had peripheral neuropathy but it was only mild and that I would be better off when my feet went numb – basically just to live with it and “it would be better when it gets worse.” I saw a second neurologist and he told me the same thing as the first and to stay on the Elavil for a couple more months. I’m waiting for my bloodwork to come back from him and he also said I didn’t need another EMG. The severe pain/burning is only in my feet and ankles right now but I can’t get any help from the doctors I’ve seen so I feel it’s just going to get worse. I can’t hardly walk now and get very little sleep so I desperately need help with this. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.hello i get the same as you im 37 RA the numb toes are from nerves in your back ( i have a disc buldge and its pressing on my nerves ) this causes my toes to go numb i also have what they call HAMMER TOE bending of the bones and calis's of bone groth on my toes , the burning feeling im nor sure what it is , buty i have it , i also have develope fromaligia wich is part of RA ~ fromalgia causes sleep disorders and can be traeted with endep , if i was you talk to your doctor about fromalgia and disc buldge and have a xray of your feet and ask about the wonder drug ARAVIA its great ~ GOOD LUK
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello,I am almost 40 i have been going through this for over 20 years. i thought I was dying of cancer. I still am not 100% sure in my mind that whatever this is will not kill me. i have been on a ton of meds, been to several Dr.s Now for the past year been seeing a nerologist that has me on Gabepinten it calms the pain but i was taken off of it for awhile. the pain has spread to every part of my body. I have every syptom you all have had. All my blood work comes back normal as well. I will see find about getting the xrays. I just want to be normal whatever that is....I had the test twice where they stick you with the needles. i feel hopeless.....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
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    • 08:56 AM
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