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Years of severe pain in both big toes at rest

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 21, 2008
  • 09:58 PM

I am an 80-year-old male in excellent health except for a severe pain problem, which involves the big toes and surrounding areas of both feet.
Symptoms: Pain, burning, numbness in, and equally around, both big toes at rest. Standing, walking, running, is pain free. Sitting or elevating legs produces pain (sometimes very severe). Pain is centered in both big toes but is sometimes felt in adjoining area between toes. Affected area now seems to be spreading. Pain is almost never experienced when standing, walking, or hiking. Pain usually subsides in time when flat on my back, but on occasion, keeps me from sleeping. There is never any pain upon waking in the morning. Elevating feet in any way: sitting, driving the car, aggravates the problem. First symptoms appeared many years ago but symptoms have been intermittently slight or moderate until about a year ago. The pain has now become a major ‘quality-of-life’ issue.
I have seen a dozen different doctors as well as trying chiropractic. Have tried many medications,(Lyrica Neuromtin, Diclofenac, etc.) None have offered relief. I have had the following tests: X-rays of both feet, two sets of PVR tests, MRI of spine, a CAT scan, a Lower Extremity Angiogram. I have also tried acupuncture with electric stimulation and a number steroid injections. I have received conflicting diagnoses and achieved no relief from pain except through medication such as Hydrocodone, etc

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