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Severe pain in hands and feet!!

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  • Posted By: oomilkdud
  • January 11, 2007
  • 07:31 AM

Hi, I am an 18 year old girl. I am a cheerleader wich may have somthing to do with my problem. I have severe pain in my hands and my feet, sometimes my ankles and wrists. The pain is worse at night but latley happens during activity. I was tested for diabetes, arthritis, and lyme disease. All came out negative. Also pain increases during stress and changes in weather. The only way it feels better is if major pressure is placed on hands and feet, wich then feels better for a minute then hurts again. I feel as though my fingers and toes are stiff and need to be cracked... it's so confusing because it sounds so much like arthritis...can anyone help please?!

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  • I am dealing with the 'same; thing; pain in hands and feet. It has gotten severe. It worsens when I lay down. i am considering acupuncture. I had an MRI done on my back to see if it was pinched nerves or something. That came back negative. You can contact me at psalm37three@aim.com and we can converse as to what may relieve pain or maybe one of us may find the right doctor to diagnosis this problem.My mom said go to a heart specialist and make sure there is no blockages. They would give me an I.V. with dye in it and then watch my heart pump on a monitor. I'm speaking to my Dr. about it next week. I hurt.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 10:28 PM
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  • Start taking "goji Juice" go look under goji.com....it helped my arthritis tremendously.. Got nothing to lose since its a great fruit juice... check it out.
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  • I am a 46yr. old woman and I too have severe pain in my hands, feet and neck. I have struggled with it for years. I have had every test you can imagine all to no avail as to what it is. Sometimes it almost feels like my body is allergic to itself. When I get off my feet it is worse. Very hard pressure or squeezing of my hands and feet help for a few minutes, but then it returns in minutes. Whatever this condition is, I would love to know. I have been struggling with it on and off for approx. 23yrs. and when it occurs it can be very dibilitating. In comes on out of know where and can last several days to a few weeks and then disappears as quickly as it comes!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 05:02 AM
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  • Try checking into Fabry Disease. One of the symptoms is hand and foot pain. (Neuropothy) There are several symptoms to watch for and if you are female, they seem to be affected differently than a male showing classic symptoms. It's a complicated disease to diagnose and the neuropothy can be very painful.
    gemstone828 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Acupuncture can be very helpful for this problem. If you are still doing cheerleading your pain will continue, however. I would get acupuncture treatments when you are on hiatus from cheerleading, to allow yourself time to heal. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have the same exact problem you're having and i have also had blood work done and been tested for arthritis which so far has come back negative. I am currently seeing a rheumatologist and although nothing has been confirmed yet, he says that my symptoms sound like fibromyalgia and another doctor has told me that it may be nerve damage. My next appointment is toward the end of January so i should know more then when my test results come in.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 26, 2008
    • 07:37 PM
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  • For those of you who have sufferred for a long time, I would encourage you to get a test for Fabry's Disease -- especially if you also have angiokeratomas (red spots), frequent intestinal upset, and/or decreased sweating.
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  • My daughter is a 13-year old multi-sport athlete. Her symptoms and tests sound so similar to yours. Have you found out anything else since this post?? My daughter was just diagnosed with JuvenileFibromyalgia - but it seems like just a guess by the Dr. I hope you have found some answers! Hi, I am an 18 year old girl. I am a cheerleader wich may have somthing to do with my problem. I have severe pain in my hands and my feet, sometimes my ankles and wrists. The pain is worse at night but latley happens during activity. I was tested for diabetes, arthritis, and lyme disease. All came out negative. Also pain increases during stress and changes in weather. The only way it feels better is if major pressure is placed on hands and feet, wich then feels better for a minute then hurts again. I feel as though my fingers and toes are stiff and need to be cracked... it's so confusing because it sounds so much like arthritis...can anyone help please?!
    mtngoats 1 Replies
    • September 9, 2009
    • 03:22 AM
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  • oomilkdud, Have you been properly diagnosed since you posted your message?? My wife has the EXACT same symptoms as you and she has been tested for EVERYTHING (Lyme, diabetes, arthritis, MS, neurological........ect). She is going to get tested again for Lyme disease b/c are neighbor was tested for Lyme disease 4 times before she was tested positive. Supposedly there is another Lyme test called a box test or something like that. My wife is young (34yrs old) and is an active runner and she too has pains in her hands and feet and the pain will come and go and shoot back and forth but she has the pain everyday. I know she is not crazy and not a hypochondriac and strangely enough she said her pain seems to increase when it's raining out like you had said with the weather (which has been known to increase the pain for arthritis patients due to extra moisture in the air but again my wife was tested negative for arthritis). My wife's pain is also worse at night (like yours) but that might be b/c she is active during the day and doesn't notice it as much and her pain is worse with stress too (like yours). I hope you reply to this message b/c hopefully we can help diagnose the problem together. My wife doesn’t want to live like this and she is afraid that the pain will get worse b/c she first hand a pain in her finger (I think, don’t quote me on that) 2yrs ago and the pain has increased to what it is now. She also has a weird bruise on the bottom of her foot (which could be completely unrelated but I figured I’d mention it incase anyone else had something similar).
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 14, 2009
    • 04:15 AM
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  • Have you tried a sports massage? I get pain in my hands and feet, it got so bad that I was walking with a limp and couldn't open jars, so went to the doctor convinced I had arthritis. She was fairly certain this was not the case and prescribed pain killers, which did nothing for it. Then my mum suggested it might be referred pain from my back, as I have a lot of tension in my back and neck from bad posture and playing the violin. After a couple of massages it went away completely... for a while. I need to go for a massage every six months or so, but it seems to do the trick. I have also tried sleeping with a hot water bottle under my back/shoulders which seems to help as well.I hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 19, 2009
    • 00:48 PM
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  • I have had this for years too and had all the arthritis tests which are all negative. I find the rainy fall and winter the worst and moist heat provides the only relief. I had CAT scans and MRI that showed nothing and had the "catch all" suggestion of fibromyalga too. Now the doctors have decided it is chronic tendonitis in my hands but no reason for the ankles to ache to the point of wanting to cut them off! Glad to know that I am not alone!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 25, 2009
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  • Hi, I am an 18 year old girl. I am a cheerleader wich may have somthing to do with my problem. I have severe pain in my hands and my feet, sometimes my ankles and wrists. The pain is worse at night but latley happens during activity. I was tested for diabetes, arthritis, and lyme disease. All came out negative. Also pain increases during stress and changes in weather. The only way it feels better is if major pressure is placed on hands and feet, wich then feels better for a minute then hurts again. I feel as though my fingers and toes are stiff and need to be cracked... it's so confusing because it sounds so much like arthritis...can anyone help please?!Hi, Peripheral neuropathy (pain in hand and feet, back pain) afflicts people with Vitamin B12 deficiency (normal range 200 to 900pg/mL) which most doctors do not routinely test as part of blood panel test battery. It generally affects vegetarians but meat-eaters are not immune and the condition is seen in the form of pernicious anemia in 30 to 60 years age bracket. VitB12 is involved in energy metabolism and as part of protective myelin sheath covering nerves. Plenty of research and discussion threads on the internet. Work with your doctor, get your blood B12 level tested, and try to 1) supplementing your diet with VitB12 pills (at least 1000mcg), 2) injections through your physician or 3) skin patches (www.b12patch.com). MAny doctors and specialists are clueless about VitB12 deficiency until you get tested for B12. Symptoms are usually reversible (1 to 6 months) but you may need VitB12 supplementation on a lifelong basis. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 28, 2009
    • 04:09 AM
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  • My wife has extreme pain like many of you and so far the only thing her Dr has given her are pain pills. My wife is on dialysis (Lupus killled her kidneys) and eats a restrictive diet. Although she takes a vitamin supplement, I don't beleive it is enough for her to be getting the vitas and minerals she needs. What the one post said about B12 defficiency clicked and I'm going to try to help her that way. FYI, Drs only have 6 mos of nutrition schooling in their entire med schooling and unless they've had supplemental training, don't know a whole lot about nutrition.... thats why most prefer pills to nutrition.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 27, 2009
    • 06:35 PM
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  • Hi, Peripheral neuropathy (pain in hand and feet, back pain) afflicts people with Vitamin B12 deficiency (normal range 200 to 900pg/mL) which most doctors do not routinely test as part of blood panel test battery. It generally affects vegetarians but meat-eaters are not immune and the condition is seen in the form of pernicious anemia in 30 to 60 years age bracket. VitB12 is involved in energy metabolism and as part of protective myelin sheath covering nerves. Plenty of research and discussion threads on the internet. Work with your doctor, get your blood B12 level tested, and try to 1) supplementing your diet with VitB12 pills (at least 1000mcg), 2) injections through your physician or 3) skin patches (www.b12patch.com). MAny doctors and specialists are clueless about VitB12 deficiency until you get tested for B12. Symptoms are usually reversible (1 to 6 months) but you may need VitB12 supplementation on a lifelong basis. Good luck.Thanks for the advice but unfortunately my wife was already tested for B12 deficiency a long time ago. She has literally been tested for EVERYTHING. She has now been tested for limes disease about 4 times and still negative. Not sure what else to do.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 7, 2010
    • 01:41 AM
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  • Have you tried a sports massage? I get pain in my hands and feet, it got so bad that I was walking with a limp and couldn't open jars, so went to the doctor convinced I had arthritis. She was fairly certain this was not the case and prescribed pain killers, which did nothing for it. Then my mum suggested it might be referred pain from my back, as I have a lot of tension in my back and neck from bad posture and playing the violin. After a couple of massages it went away completely... for a while. I need to go for a massage every six months or so, but it seems to do the trick. I have also tried sleeping with a hot water bottle under my back/shoulders which seems to help as well.I hope this helps.We will try that, thanks!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 7, 2010
    • 01:43 AM
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  • Hi,I have been having severe pain in both my hands and feet as all of you here. Not only that, but I am extremley fatigued on a daily basis which has prevented my from being the active person I have been in the past. My symtoms started in October 2008 as only fatigue. It was about 6 months later that the pain in the hands and feet began. Furthermore, I have this disgusting veins appearing all over my body which sometimes raise and at 23, that is not normal. I am totally freaking out because my symptoms are preventing me from running (which I used to love to do), focusing in school, and just being active in general. I have become severley depressed because I can't do anything anymore. There are days when its a fight to get out of bed. My symptoms came a month after I got back from Poland but doctors suggest there is no correlation there.In terms of testing, I have got it all - HIV, Lyme Disease, Arthritis, etc.... - and it has all come back negative. I am open to anything that can help me be me again. I want my life back. Please help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 00:44 AM
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  • Hi,I have been having severe pain in both my hands and feet as all of you here. Not only that, but I am extremley fatigued on a daily basis which has prevented my from being the active person I have been in the past. My symtoms started in October 2008 as only fatigue. It was about 6 months later that the pain in the hands and feet began. Furthermore, I have this disgusting veins appearing all over my body which sometimes raise and at 23, that is not normal. I am totally freaking out because my symptoms are preventing me from running (which I used to love to do), focusing in school, and just being active in general. I have become severley depressed because I can't do anything anymore. There are days when its a fight to get out of bed. My symptoms came a month after I got back from Poland but doctors suggest there is no correlation there.In terms of testing, I have got it all - HIV, Lyme Disease, Arthritis, etc.... - and it has all come back negative. I am open to anything that can help me be me again. I want my life back.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 01:10 AM
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  • I have the same syptoms as your wife. I am a 36 year old female.These are some of the pains I feel in the morning and evening:Severe pain in my feetIt feels like I am walking on my bonesand sometimes very swollenMy fingers are swollen and I can't bend my fingers unlessI soak it in hot waterat night I can't lift my arms and it feels like my joints don't work anymoresome days are better than others. Sometimes I can walk with only some pain, but sometimes, I rather not walk.I have gone to sevral doctors, and have been told it's arthrits, however the medicine doesn't seem to work. (celebrex, sulfasalizine)I don't know what's wrong with me. It is so painful to go to sleep and wake up.I take my husbands pain meds to deal with the severe pain.I hope that someday I will find a doctor who can figure out whats wrong with me.Atleast I know that I'm not the only person in the world with this pain.
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  • I too am experiencing pain in my feet and hands. It feels like someone has hit the side of my hand and feet with a hammer and they are stiff. When I mentioned that it was worse at first when I ate at a restaurant, rather than at home, someone wondered if it was gout. I have researched gout and discovered that foods high in purine and fructose need to be restricted. I am going to eat low purine and fructose foods to see if that helps. I have discovered that if I put an ice pack on each foot and each hand for 20 minutes that it helps. Also that I take MSM and Aleve each evening and rub Traumeel pain cream on my hands and feet, that it helps some. When I wake up in the morning my hands and feet are stiff and painful. Some mornings I can not get out of bed until I put a cool pack on. It is hard to walk and almost impossible to open pill bottles. I am at a loss at this point, other than trying the low purine and low fructose eating plan I don't know what to do. It started mid January 2010 and now this weekend March 26 2010 it has gotten much worse. I ate low purine and low fructose eating plan today and will see in the days to come if that helps. I take Zocor (for high cholesterol) and Synthroid (for thyroid) as well as Metformin (for diabetes) and Lisinopril (for high blood pressure). I rarely eat meat, mostly veggie burgers, soy burgers, fish occasionally ,beans , fresh veggies ,whole grain bread, whole grain pasta and brown rice. I eat balanced meals due to the diabetes. Meaning that I eat protein, complex carb, veggie and a low fat with each meal. I do not eat sugar at all. I do drink black coffee which the gout information says helps eliminate the uric acid in my system.I have read the posts about Peripheral neuropathy, Vit B12 Deficiency, Celiac disease and Lyme Disease which I will check on with the doctor.Maybe between all of us we will be able to figure this out.
    BritsGramma 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • So far so good today with eating the low purines and low fructose foods. I am able to walk and it does not feel like I am walking on my feet bones. My hands are less stiff and sore. Thru my research I have discovered Cat's claw and Devils claw, herbs recommended for inflammation.1500 Vit C and that Coffee flushes out the Uric Acid. I will do the ice packs, aleve and traumeel cream before retiring for the night and see if tomorrow morning I can feel the difference. I guess I should put together a food list so all of you can utilize it and not have to do all the research.Together we will all figure it out. I don't think the doctors know what it is either. They are practicing medicine. I have always felt like my herbal way of treating was more successful than those that are practicing medicine.....I will continue researching and post what I have found out.
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