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Intense needle like pain in big toe

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 12, 2008
  • 09:56 PM

I am having severe sharp shooting pain intermittently in my big toe for 5-20 seconds at a time for a period of about two weeks. Movement does not affect or effect pain. Sometimes standing sometimes sitting, sometimes durring rest. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason for starting and stopping. After the pain subsides there does not seem to be any pain at all even in manipulated. The pain seems to be localized in the large toe on the instep side and includes possibly the first and second joints. It is hard to tell as the pain is so intense and quick to come on I am unable to focus totally on it. The pain amazes me as to its intensity and then moments later nothing. Any ideas?

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  • I don't know what it is but the exact same thing is happening to me. It is really weird.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
    • 02:07 PM
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  • Go see a chiropractor and get your spine alignment corrected--then get to a gym and lose some weight take pressure off your system. If your over 35 then see a urologist and check for protien in your urine.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 25, 2008
    • 04:43 AM
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  • I am having severe sharp shooting pain intermittently in my big toe for 5-20 seconds at a time for a period of about two weeks. Movement does not affect or effect pain. Sometimes standing sometimes sitting, sometimes durring rest. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason for starting and stopping. After the pain subsides there does not seem to be any pain at all even in manipulated. The pain seems to be localized in the large toe on the instep side and includes possibly the first and second joints. It is hard to tell as the pain is so intense and quick to come on I am unable to focus totally on it. The pain amazes me as to its intensity and then moments later nothing. Any ideas?I realize this is an old post, but ever figure out what this was? I'm currently experiencing the same thing. I highly doubt it's a weight issue-- I'm 5'4" and 110 lbs. I suppose it could be my spine, but it seems awfully strange it's only sporadically in my big toe (regardless of sitting, standing, moving, etc.). Very sharp, and sometimes with little needle tingles. Wish I could find some answers...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
    • 01:17 AM
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  • I had a feeling like this last night. I was in bed, the pain was so intense that I jumped up freaking out that either a needle was in my bed, or that I was bitten. The pain lasted severly for almost one minute. I have also, over the last few months, been having discomfort off and on in the joint of that same toe. I have also been having neurological issues and began having grand mal seizures. I have seen a few dr's and neurologists over this, but they drug me up and send me on my way. I really feel as if they are missing something major!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 18, 2009
    • 01:35 PM
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  • Could it be Gout?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 25, 2009
    • 05:02 AM
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  • I had this same thing happen to me tonight at work for the first time. The first time it happened I thought I had stepped on a large collection of needles...it was so intense, and I was sure there was something in my shoe. It went away fairly quickly and there was absolutely no pain at all in the toe. About 15 minutes later I was helping a customer and it happened again and startled me so bad with the pain that I cursed in front of the customer, which is SO unlike me..it was just such a sudden, shooting pain. Anyone have any answers?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 8, 2009
    • 03:11 AM
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  • I had this same thing happen to me tonight at work for the first time. The first time it happened I thought I had stepped on a large collection of needles...it was so intense, and I was sure there was something in my shoe. It went away fairly quickly and there was absolutely no pain at all in the toe. About 15 minutes later I was helping a customer and it happened again and startled me so bad with the pain that I cursed in front of the customer, which is SO unlike me..it was just such a sudden, shooting pain. Anyone have any answers?I have the same thing happen,I just can't figure out y,it isn't because I am over weight,it is always my big toe on my left foot,it really hurts,like someone really sticking a needle in my toe,I am just looking for some answers.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2009
    • 03:51 PM
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  • I have the same thing happen,I just can't figure out y,it isn't because I am over weight,it is always my big toe on my left foot,it really hurts,like someone really sticking a needle in my toe,I am just looking for some answers.I have been having the same problem for about a week now. The first time it happened I thought I got stung it hurt so bad. Only happens every now and then but mine is always when I'm walking.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 5, 2009
    • 02:17 AM
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  • I am having severe sharp shooting pain intermittently in my big toe for 5-20 seconds at a time for a period of about two weeks. Movement does not affect or effect pain. Sometimes standing sometimes sitting, sometimes durring rest. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason for starting and stopping. After the pain subsides there does not seem to be any pain at all even in manipulated. The pain seems to be localized in the large toe on the instep side and includes possibly the first and second joints. It is hard to tell as the pain is so intense and quick to come on I am unable to focus totally on it. The pain amazes me as to its intensity and then moments later nothing. Any ideas?I have the SAME thing happen. No rhyme or reason. It will happen ever day for a week several times, then stop for a month. It feels like a needle is being stuck in to the tip of my right great toe, and I get a sudden sharp pain at the top of my heel (btwn my heel and achilles tendon) at the exact same time. The pain is so sudden and severe I feel as if I might vomit! I would love to know what the heck is going on!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 25, 2009
    • 00:24 AM
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  • I have the SAME thing happen. No rhyme or reason. It will happen ever day for a week several times, then stop for a month. It feels like a needle is being stuck in to the tip of my right great toe, and I get a sudden sharp pain at the top of my heel (btwn my heel and achilles tendon) at the exact same time. The pain is so sudden and severe I feel as if I might vomit! I would love to know what the heck is going on!I have the same stinging in my big toe.I went to a foot dr. and he of course had no clue. I think it probably does have something to do with the nerves.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 6, 2010
    • 09:32 AM
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  • "I think it probably does have something to do with the nerves."That would also be my guess...like calcium deposits putting pressure on nerve endings or like someone suggested uric acid crystals.
    birdie 40 Replies
    • January 8, 2010
    • 03:12 AM
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  • "I think it probably does have something to do with the nerves."That would also be my guess...like calcium deposits putting pressure on nerve endings or like someone suggested uric acid crystals.I have the same exact pain on the big toe. I experienced it once before early last year 2009. And now all of a sudden it started again doesn't hurt to much but it is annoying. I also feel it may be a nerve issue. I am going to see my doctor and see what she has to say. If i get some good feedback from her I will definitely post it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 02:45 PM
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  • I have the same symptoms. Strong instantaneous pain like a bite or needle and then nothing. I am 33 yo male 5-10 185 lbs and it has been happening over the last year or so. I am looking into it now because my son (6 yo) just explained having something happen to him that seems similar to what I've been experiencing. Its always in the foot, but not the same foot, and always in the joints of the toes. At least for me. Any idea. I've got about 10 to 15 extra pounds but would not consider myself too overweight.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 5, 2010
    • 04:26 AM
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  • Finally some people with the same thing! Have had exactly the same problem for ages! Really sharp sudden pain that lasts about a minute or so... Just never thought it was worth going to the doc's with. Please let us know if anyone finds out what it is! :-)
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  • I am having similar problem. It's like someone is pricking me repeatedly. It's not my cup of tea at all. It's always in the same place - a 2-3 cm away from my right big toe. Fortunately it only lasts for a second but today it's been happening a lot. Sometimes it's a really intense needle pricking sensation, but usually it's just annoying. (I am 34 yo male, "overweight" according to the BMIndex - although I prefer the term "well-cushioned").I was thinking it might be something to do with the fact I snapped my ACL in my right knee and the nerves got damaged such that my leg/knee muscles became a bit unsure about how to co-ordinate themselves properly, which in turn led to me re-injuring the knee about 5 times. I mean it's just a guess really but I think if you hurt the nerves in your back with sciatica, sometimes you might feel pain in your leg, because the nerves run down from the back to the leg, if you see what I mean. Maybe it's the same for me or you?
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  • I am having severe sharp shooting pain intermittently in my big toe for 5-20 seconds at a time for a period of about two weeks. Movement does not affect or effect pain. Sometimes standing sometimes sitting, sometimes durring rest. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason for starting and stopping. After the pain subsides there does not seem to be any pain at all even in manipulated. The pain seems to be localized in the large toe on the instep side and includes possibly the first and second joints. It is hard to tell as the pain is so intense and quick to come on I am unable to focus totally on it. The pain amazes me as to its intensity and then moments later nothing. Any ideas?I would say that even if it dose not hurt where you touch it could be muscular. find a good (nmt,pnmt) massage therapist. sounds like a referring pain if you find a (mx)therapist they can test and find the muscle that is causing the problem it could be coming from as high as lumbar region, pelvis,and or gluts or it could be somewhere in anterior distal leg compartment
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  • I have the SAME thing happen. No rhyme or reason. It will happen ever day for a week several times, then stop for a month. It feels like a needle is being stuck in to the tip of my right great toe, and I get a sudden sharp pain at the top of my heel (btwn my heel and achilles tendon) at the exact same time. The pain is so sudden and severe I feel as if I might vomit! I would love to know what the heck is going on!Folks, I have to agree with an earlier writer. I suspect it is gout and has much to do with an unbalanced diet. If it is gout, you will find it comes for a period of time in waves but can be absent as well. Ingrown toenails will cause a more constant pain. If you have no luck with the medical model, a good naturopath can help. Best wishes to you all.
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  • I have the SAME thing happen. No rhyme or reason. It will happen ever day for a week several times, then stop for a month. It feels like a needle is being stuck in to the tip of my right great toe, and I get a sudden sharp pain at the top of my heel (btwn my heel and achilles tendon) at the exact same time. The pain is so sudden and severe I feel as if I might vomit! I would love to know what the heck is going on!i to have tingling happen in the big toe occasionally. today i noticed the pin ****k in one spot as i apply any kind of pressure. checked and can see nothing thought maybe it was glass but i cant see it. Do you have any calluses? I have slight ones and made the assumption theyre workin on my nerves in my toe. i wear boots on a daily basis and spend about 10 hours on my feet. even when laid of during winter ill experience the tingle. like half my toe is asleep
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  • I have been suffering from very similar symptoms as described in this topic for the last 12 weeks. I get random severe shooting pains in my right big toe lasting 2 to 15 seconds. They mostly happen during the daytime, but occasionaly when in bed. I don't have any swelling, but some redness. I have no restricted movement of my toe either. My doctor tested me for gout and results were negative. He is at a dead end as to what it is and is referring me to a specialist in rhuematism. I will post results once I find out what is happening
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  • I have the same stinging in my big toe.I went to a foot dr. and he of course had no clue. I think it probably does have something to do with the nerves.My wife had the exact same pain without knowing why. In any case, I got to use my high intensity beam Ultrastinger flashlight. It's like the one on CSI Miami; that's where I first saw it. However, there weren't any bugs in the bed, stingers in her foot, or redness etc. Has anyone thought about calling a tow truck and is so do you think AAA would cover an episode. I can't remember how many times they will jump you or change your flat for free.
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