Foot pain - neuroma

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upbeat
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   Posted 2/27/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had a morton's neuroma in my foot for a couple of years and it flared up again in November. I have been doing the alcohol sclerosing injections - had the last of seven shots yesterday. I am hoping it works! Has anyone had these injections? Or had the surgery to remove the nerve?
 
I guess what I am wondering is if the fibro can cause the foot pain to continue even after the nerve is dead?  It seems whenever I have an injury it just becomes another one of my painful areas.
 
I read an interesting quote from a doctor through a link here about pain threshold and fibro. He said that we have a low pain threshold - defined as the level of stimulus required to cause pain, but we have a high pain tolerance. This makes so much sense - we feel pain sooner than others, but we tolerate a lot more. Just thought that was interesting.
 
Hope everyone is having a good weekend and staying warm.
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds


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   Posted 2/27/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always had a high pain tolerance, and yes that is strange. But I understand it. We suffer more I guess. lol...

I hope that your foot gets better. I hope that the injections work for you.

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upbeat
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   Posted 2/27/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen - I hope the injections work and I can avoid surgery!
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds


Melisana
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   Posted 2/28/2010 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL I must have missed that post somewhere because that is what I was saying to my doctor on Friday... she was saying that fibro patients feel pain faster and I said that is weird because i always thought that I had an extremely high pain tolerance. she said that may very well be but you will feel the pain faster than someone else would.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Your doctor sounds like she understands fibro! My kids don't understand why they can't touch me on the arm without me about screaming - it hurts like crazy.

Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds


jamies.mom
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   Posted 3/1/2010 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting that you said injuries seem to become future fibro pains. I have been wondering that myself. For example, I had to have an injection of a painkiller in my thigh last  summer. Being in phenomenal pain, my tight thigh muscles meant that the injection hurt quite a bit. Believe it or not, it hurt for months, just like I just had another needle every day. Now, it doesn't hurt all the time, but when I am flaring, it hurts to run my hand over my thigh, but only in that specific spot. So I have often wondered if every injury will become a problem. I did read once somewhere that in fibro people the pain receptors can stay "on", so maybe after an injury, the receptors involved don't turn off. When I think of the areas that affect me most, like between shoulder blades (same spot where I had a disk pop out of place after a fall), or neck (feels the same as the whiplash I had after a car accident in 2002) or butt muscles (how many times have I fallen on my butt skating) it makes me wonder. While medical evidence may not yet suggest this, It makes me cautious about getting any further injuries. Might explain why a lot of drs say it is not degenerative, but we do seem to get worse. hmm, maybe my hip pain is a leftover from labour?

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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/1/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I usually post on the Chronic Pain forum but saw your post on Morton's Neuroma...I had the surgery done back in 2004 and have been great ever since..(I was also diagnosed with FM back in '95)

I had a wonderful Podiatrist who believes that after 2 injections..that if the pain doesn't go away..it's not worth wasting time or our money on them. The surgery is a piece of cake..go in the am..surgery less than 45 minutes..home by lunch...off your foot for a week...not a bit of pain .then back to normal...

It is totally worth it and they take the nerve and tumor out..you just have a tiny scar and numb spot where they took it out..

So..just wanted to give you my experience and for most surgeries I would avoid until absolute last resort as it's traumatic to the body. but as you know..the pain of the MN can be excruciating and make it impossible to walk...as well as the longer it goes on...the more you can cause leg/back pain by 'favoring' that foot...

But this is the easiest surgery I have gone through...and if your injections work..then wonderful, just didn't want you to worry if surgery is next step.

Take care


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upbeat
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   Posted 3/2/2010 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
jamies.mom - I just had five trigger point injections into my neck and shoulder today - the reason I am posting at 2am :) - my neck hurt so much I don't think they can make it worse!

My hips are bad too, they bothered me the most when I tried to keep running after fibro and I think it is because my hamstrings are so tight they somehow pull on the piriformis muscle. My massage therapist told me to stretch the hamstring everyday and hold it for a minute, release, repeat. If your pain in your hip is on the back of your hip this might help.

Snowbunny - thank you for your post, it really helps to think maybe surgery isn't the worst thing! My podiatrist thinks you should keep going on the shots and even made them stronger the last three. They hurt like crazy for that minute and then the lidocaine kicks in. It feels better, but I would think the bottom of those toes should be numb if the shots worked and they aren't. Thank you again - you have made me feel better about my options.
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds


Raelee
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   Posted 3/3/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I had m/n surgery 5 years ago, but first I did accupunture, and then the alcohol based injections.... neither worked. So I had to do something so I had the surgery. Mine was done on the outpatient bases they did a pain block in my leg that numbed the leg and the foot. I was not permitted to put any weight on it for over a month. What was to be a simple surgery, turned into a very long recovery. It was a struggle to do any day to day functions.. hopped on walker and used a wheelchair, a shower was over an hour ordeal, had a very good hubby to help me w/ everything. So you need to know that while some people get along great and it little no time, and others like myself it was months.... so be prepared that it could take time, but the end result  we all want is NO MORE PAIN!!
 
On a postive note, I have no pain in my foot, but it has been a long time coming. Once they cut and remove the nerve, your foot will never be the same. But would I trade weird feeling for the pain that I was having... anyday.!!  Only you know how much you have tolerated and how much more you are willing to tolerate. When you reach the point of NO MORE, you will make your decision. If I had it to do over again, I might seek out an orthopedic surgeon that spealizes in the foot.
 
I know what you are going through.... hang in there!!
Raelee

upbeat
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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Raelee, I am glad your surgery has finally helped. I have seen very different stories and have heard a sports orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon may be the best. Right now I get a little jolt with every step, but not the pain I had before. My last alcohol shot was last friday so I am hoping it is still in there doing something!

Thanks again!

 


Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds

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