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Binki
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all, question....
 
I have had a very annoying problem with my foot for the last month and I thought maybe it might just be another fibro symptom. 
 
Right at the top bend of the foot will hurt if flexed to long (like squating) and when I walk or turn just so it will hurt and I can't put my weight on it.  When I step off a step or when I get up from a seated postition it freeekin' hurts.  I feel that I might totally eat it one day right on my face.  It is my left foot and my right hip (occasionaly my left hip) is what is giving me the most trouble with pain.  I've been dealing with my hip since my FM got a real hold on me 4 years ago.  What would you think if I got a cane?, especially for work, I think everyone here would make total fun of me.
 
I exercise 4 days for the last 3 months a week on my stationary bike(recumbent) and I thought maybe thats what it was, but it still won't go away, I don't walk like I use to or even jog like I use to.  Oh, those were the days.  Believe or not I was kickboxing 3x a week 4 yrs ago.  Now that was FUN!
 
Anyways I went to my 3 month check up with my rhueme yesterday and he x-ray'd my foot/ankle for the heck of it, but I have a feeling he won't find a thing and I got my usual cortisone injections in my hips too.  I felt like utter CRAP about 30 min. after that but I had to go back to work.....that's another story.  In short I wanted to go home sooooo bad and just rest.
 
Thanx in advance....
 
Gotta get back to all the paperwork in front of me now, ugh...
 
 
Lori  
 
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
 
 


pattipanda
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lori!!
I have lots of foot and ankle pain, hip pain too. I'm sure I'm spelling this wrong but check into plantar ficitious. (I just know I murdered that spelling) its like carpal tunnel of the feet. That might be it!! I think I might have the same thing.. I'm planning on talking to the Dr about it at my next visit.
Warm hugs,
Patti
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Binki...I have had the same problem since October.  I think the foot pain comes from over-compensating when our hip hurts.  For me it is my left foot and my right hip and when I gimp around I put too much stress on my left leg and foot.  If you need to walk with a cane for awhile...who cares?  Just tell those who might make fun of you that if it's good enough for Hugh Laurie, it's good enough for you!  It might just become a new fashion statement!

feel better

huggies

donna


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SleepyBug
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lori,

I have terrible foot and ankle pain, too, but mine is more along the instep of my right foot. I can't even touch it hurts so bad! I am not sure what causes this in me or what's going on with you, but I did want to tell you I am thinking of you and hoping your rheumy can get this figured out soon so you can start feeling better!

Also, Patti-I had no idea that there was something like carpal tunnel in feet and ankles! I'll have to look that up....
love and hugs
~danielle


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Binki
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My sister and my boss have plantar fasci.....they say its in their heel/ball of their foot. I guess I need to research that a bit, maybe it does affect other parts of the foot.

Thanx for the idea? Oh, btw my rhueme said my feet are flat....nice...hmmm.
:-)
Lori  
 
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
 
 


Baybreeze
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi
 
I also get foot and ankle pain, though I do know I have some conditions. I also get hip, shoulder, entire spine, and sacral pain.
 
With my foot/ankle, I think I might have something similar to what you describe, though I do have some diagnoses. I have posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, chronically torn tendons, and osteochondral lesions (small areas of bone/cartilage death between the top and bottom bones that join the foot/ankle). It's right in the middle of the bones where one bends the foot upward & downward. I also have severe ankle arthritis.
 
I do get different kinds of pains in and around my ankle and foot, though. Sometimes it is hard to determine exactly what's causing it or where it's coming from. My ankle over the years has totally collapsed inward, so I have a very flat foot. But b/c of all this I can no longer walk with my foot straight. I have to walk with my right foot turned out to the right and then roll my ankle. If I straighten my foot a little too much while walking, the pain is awful. However, I was fitted with a brace, which helps tremendously with all the pain. I actually cannot believe how much it helps. But anyway, I was told the osteo...lesions can cause pain inside that area where the foot bends. When I had x-rays, it did not show anythign abnormal; but when I had an MRI, it showed all kinds of problems. I had so much damage, it looked like I jumped off a building, although I had never knowingly injured it either. So it probably is best to get an MRI if possible.
 
With this top of foot pain, I can be walking and just suddenly out of the blue, I get extreme shocking pain in the same area you described. It also causes me to stumble sometimes and I am always afraid of tripping or falling down stairs. Especially since I also have bad spine problems. What I did notice, though, was any time I got steroids (via spine injections/nerve blocks, or orally) the one type of shocking pain in that area disappeared. Then when steroids wore off, the pain would come back. I don't, however, have this pain all the time. It just appears suddenly, whenever it wants, then goes away. But I am now convinced that some of my foot pain must be stemming from my spine.
 
So, there are many possible causes for your pain and just having an x-ray may not show anything, as it was in my case. If your x-ray shows nothing, then ask for an MRI. It could be tendon or ligament related in the foot or ankle somewhere; or there could be some sort of nerve compression in your foot; or..like me, you might also have nerve compression in your spine that is causing nerve pain to radiate to your foot.

Binki
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanx Baybreeze....Very interesting. I totally can relate to the "out of the blew" stepping. Like I said I am now getting a little to nervous of just takin' a face plant one day.
Lori  
 
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
 
 


RedDiane
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   Posted 2/11/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Binki, not to scare you, but my DH had a problem like that with one ankle. He ended up on crutches and a boot for almost a year, he had necrosis of the talus bone. That means the bone in the middle of your ankle, that all the rest attach to was dying. The only way that we could figure he hurt it, was he flipped his foot back and rested the top of it on one of the spokes that the wheels attach to on his office chair. His dr. agreed that that was probably what caused it. He's fine now. Diane
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea


Baybreeze
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   Posted 2/11/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, that is what I have, though it is not very extensive...but necrosis is another word for it. And I have no clue why it happened. The only thing I know is that my ankle started suddenly hurting and swelling about 18 years ago and the pain was unbearable. It lasted a long time, but then suddenly just went away. But after that I started getting pain and some swelliing in other joints over the years. Almost every doctor and PT I've seen has asked me if I'm sure I don't have RA b/c that can really damamge joints. But I was tested for RA and my Rheum says I do not have it :::shrug::: So I get pains from this, plus I am sure I get nerve pain from my back that radiates to that area as well. This is why an MRI would be the best way to check into it.

pattipanda
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   Posted 2/11/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
OK... here's a little info on Plantar Fasciitus..
 
 
Since it involves shrinking of the tendons that's the relationship w/ carpal tunnel.
Hope it helps!!
Patti
 
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Statgeek
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   Posted 2/11/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Binki, I have foot and hip pain. That has been my main problem since going to Italy in May. It is variable in timing, location of the foot or hip, and intensity. Sometimes I will be walking and suddenly something will give out and I nearly fall over. Other times, I am fine. It is not possible to figure out. I have a cane, but do not use it at work due to embarassment, too. I am a 44 year old grad student who is older than 5 of the 7 professors here and older than all of the other grad students. Sometimes the students good naturedly tease me about my age. Fortunately I have an office and a foot massager under my chair which help.
Sue

Gamma
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   Posted 2/12/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Just to put in my 2 cents worth.  I say go for the cane if it will help.  My hubby made me a realy neat one that he carved out of one of those small trees that get twisted from the vines growing around it.  I stained it, topped it off with a vintage glass door knob, and decorated it with 3 different colors of braided rawhide.  As far as what other people think, who cares?  I once had some smart guy ask what I needed a cane for, I told him I use it to hit people over the head when they ask me stupid questions. smilewinkgrin
Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, TMJ,  Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Neuropathy, Trigeminal neuralgia, heel spurs
 
 


patsie
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   Posted 2/12/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gamma,

That cane sounds awesome, you go girl!!

I have a comment about this post. I notice most of you mention one foot or one hip bothering you. My rheumy, who seems very UP on fibro, says it is a bilateral disorder all the way. I have pain on equal sides of my body wherever it chooses to set up shop. Any comments on this??

Patsie

Baybreeze
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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hmmm, I really have no idea about that. The only thing I REALLY know about Fibro is that you have to have a specific amount of tender points. As far as my ankle, that actually  has nothing to do with fibro, as I was diagnosed with arthritis, PTTD, and osteochondral lesions. But I have no idea why this happened since I never had an injury. Now, I have had swelling a few times also in my left ankle, but that was it. My right ankle is completely deformed now. All my other docs always ask if I have RA, since that does cause joint damage.

But what I can't understand is...I also have diagnosed spine problems, all of which my Rheum knows about. He also diagnosed me with sacroilitis, plus I have hip and spine arthritis as per MRI's, constant disk herniations, etc. But the last time i was at my rheum's, I said I didn't understand why I get such widespread nerve pains and spasms and why it had been killing me to sit, blah, blah...and all he said was it was probably fibro?????!!!!!!!!!!!!! It didn't make any sense. And you know....I've had ankle pain/problems for 18 years or so. It was acting up again and I wanted him to look at it. There were several times he did not look, just said, nahh, don't need to look at it. So one time I just took my sock and shoe off to show him, but he didn't say much. At the time I was going to PT for my spine, actually it was after my spine surgery, I felt like I could finally use the treadmill again, which I did. Well, that caused my ankle to really act up and my PT was so concerned, he did not want me to do that anymore. And he even did an assessment on my ankle on his own; he just took it upon himself to look at it (my PT's are awesome). He then urged me to see a foot doc again and gave me a recommendation. Well, I took his advice, saw the foot doc, and for the first time in my life had it MRI'd and wallllaaaa............such joint, tendon, and ligament damage to it for who knows what reason. He even asked if I had RA. Well, he was the one that sent me for a big foot/ankle brace and it turned out great because it's the only thing over the years that really does take away a lot of the pain. (Except when I get nerve pain from spine radiating to my foot, then it hurts)

Oh, sorry for the long rant here....please just make sure you get yours checked thoroughly and go to different doctors if need be.


kellywashere
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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having intense foot pain lately that makes walking very difficult. When I was at the podiatrist today, he said he sees a lot of patients with fibromyalgia who experience foot pain.

As for the ankles, I don't know. Sorry
Fifteen years old. Fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, chronic headaches, chronic migraines, TMJ, patella femoral syndrome, insomnia, depression, anxiety.


Chipps
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   Posted 12/10/2014 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I'm so glad to find this website. I used to have so much pain in my ankles and feet in the evenings, I would have tears running down my face. That's when I went to the doc and got on meds. Still, on my bad days, it starts out as a migraine and then after Imitrex to get rid of that, I start to feel the pain all over. In my low back, my ankles and feet, and a deep ache like shin splints in my shins and down the sides of my calves. The upper back/shoulders never goes away and is always tight. Some days I feel like I should be disabled, and then it passes and I feel almost normal. I have a sit down job, thank God. I get extremely tired doing grocery shopping and the worst part is standing in line, because as long as I'm moving, I don't notice the foot pain.
One day at work I dropped a wastepaper basket on my foot and my boss said I was acting like I had a toe amputated. That's when I realized other people just don't get it. Glad to meet you guys.

Loring
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   Posted 12/10/2014 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chipps:

You have picked up a rather dated thread. The posts were referring to plantar fasciitis. I have had it 3 times. Extremely painful heels. My last bout I had to see a Podiatrist/Chiropodist. He taped up my heals and I had to keep it on for a couple weeks. He taught me some stretches. I also used a long pieces of theraband. I got down on the floor. I put the band just above the arch and pull gently. I was then fitted for orthotics. I didn't buy custom shoes. I have been able to find a number of shoes that the orthotics fit into. The Podiatrist recommended buying a good walking shoe that you buy in sporting goods stores. These you can take out the insert and replace with the orthotic.

I do have osteoarthritis in a number of joints and the fibromyalgia is just compounding all my problems.

Yes, we do have tightness. My head is always tight. I do see a Registered Massage Therapist for my back and he does some work on my neck. At first after the massage and when I went to bed I felt totally depleted. It has improved and he has fixed some of the tight muscles in my shoulders.

No, many people cannot fathom the pain we are in. It is an invisible disability.

Loring

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