Peripheral Neuropathy

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   Posted 10/29/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Lately I've been feeling occasional sharp stabbing pains in the heels of my feet. Not regular pins and needles sensations - they occur one at a time and sting acutely before disappearing.
I'm taking metronidazol, so I'm afraid this might be peripheral neuropathy. Does it sound like it? Is there something I should do? What can happen if it gets worse? Is there a cure?

I'm really concerned. I live far away from western medicine, so all I can tell is that Wikipedia says some people get it so bad they lose their ability to walk.

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   Posted 10/29/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have peripheral nueropathy, but I don't get stabbing pains. My hands and feet have uncomfortable pins & needles, plus numbness.
My neuropathy is caused by vit b12 deficiency, so my cure hopefully is by having B12 shots.
You say you live far away from western medicine, does this mean you don't have a doctor available to you?

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   Posted 10/29/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
This happened to me-for a while they thought it was plantar fascitis but it turned out to be a neuropahty from taking high doses of flagyl I think that is the same as metronidazole. I did have stabbing pains and my feet were also numb and I was constantly walking out of my backless shoes (flip flops,mules,etc.) I also could not even keep blankets on my feet at night because the blankets hurt my feet. They were hyper sensitive. Just keep an eye on your symptoms and see if they get worse...
Good luck!

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   Posted 10/29/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Does your heel pain feel worse when you get out of bed in the morning? When does the pain occur?

I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet. The predominate symptoms initially were tingling, numbness, and then further down the road, a horrid burning pain. Also, neuropathy would tend to start more towards the toes.

Investigate plantar fasciitis and see if the descriptions fit what is happening to you. Also, I am not sure if there is an association with Achilles tendon problems and metronidazole. That would be the other concern is that metronidazole effects the Achilles tendon, so try searching that. I would do that myself but am short of time. I'll check back later.
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   Posted 10/30/2007 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Peripheral neuropathy is finally a topic I know about as I am a new member to the forum.  My daughter had leukemia and she experienced alot of neuropathy.  The nuroplogist gave her a drug called neurontin which really helped with the pain and tingling sensation.  Her neuropathy was caused by her chemo drugs which included prednisone, methotrexate and 6mp as well as others.  It was mostly in her feet.  She also got orthotics which helped alot until it went away.  Hope you are feeling better soon!!!
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