Burning pain in feet, ankles, and leg

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   Posted 11/10/2012 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
For the last six weeks my left foot was very painful and was on fire. I went to my regular doctor to see if the x-ray would show a fracture or anything wrong with the bone. The x-rays were clean. Then, last week my right foot and leg started to hurt and burn as well. Now BOTH feet and legs are painful and on fire! It is pretty bad. Someone said I seem to have symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy. I need this to stop! It is pretty bad. It hurts to walk on my feet and hurts most around the ankles. They are also very sore. I am constantly soaking my feet in cold water to stop the burning feeling, but it doesn't really help. I've been to my regular doctor, an orthopedic surgeon, the ER, and I just went and saw a rhumetologist this past week and I'm waiting on blood work. Has anyone experienced this and know what it might be. I've been out of work for 6 weeks now and it just seems like no doctor knows what's wrong with me.

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   Posted 11/10/2012 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Painfulfeet81 Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, really sorry that your having this problem with your feet, we are not doctors here so we cannot cure you, but we can give what advice we man have, and we can lend you our ears and listen to you, and definitely give you understanding and support!  What test have you had done? also is there any swelling or redness in your feet? Is the pain in your toes? or in the joints of your feet? your ankles?  Have they checked you for Gout? What you describe, sounds allot like what my past father inlaw used  to have many years ago. He would get gout in his feet, and even sometimes in his thumbs and fingers. It can be really really painful! But they do have meds they can give you to treat it and keep it under control. Also does it help with the pain if you have your legs up like sitting in a recliner with your legs propped up? Have they checked the circulation in your legs and feet?  
I do hope you can get this resolved soon, please keep us informed of your progress or lack of it, we have allot of really compassionate caring folks here, that live with chronic pain everyday, so they know what it is like, and we can really empathize with you. So I do hope you stick around and become and active member of our forum.
I wish you well!
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   Posted 11/11/2012 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for a quick response. I was tested for gout. And my urticaria acid level was a 5.4 which I was told was normal. I'm only 30 years old and im in good health at 5'9" im 150lb. its killing me not being ables to walk. I have 2 toes swollen. One on each foot. It is the second toe on both feet(the ring finger toe). With pain all around my ankles. The toes are more of a purple color. And there's swelling around the side of the foot closer to the 3 smallest toes. When all this started, it felt like there was a marble underneath the pad of my foot up towards the 2nd toe. I go back to the rhumetologist in 2 days for his blood work results. It's just that everyone is starting to say I may need to see a neurologist. The neurologist prescribed me Lasix 20mg, and Keflex 500mg. The doctor at the ER gave me medicine for gout and that didn't work. The only thing giving me and relief right now is the Norco pain pills. I can't sleep at night. The blankets are uncomfortable when they touch my feet in bed.

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   Posted 11/11/2012 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there...

It sounds like you have already seen so many Drs. so I'm sure this is very frustrating:(

From the way you write things, it sure does sound like a Morton's Neuroma. This is exactly where they are usually located, right underneath, in the pad part. It is an excruciating pain that after a bit, you can't walk on it at all!

I've had surgery for mine....Did a Podiatrist rule this diagnosis out and already try giving cortisone shots into the affected area to see if that would help? That is the type of Dr. who treats MN.

Please look this up online and see if it fits your symptoms...It sure does sound like it but obviously I am not a Dr....Just someone who has had this issue. I know you state you have pain in your ankles and lower leg but that could be related nerve pain if you have been trying to deal with this for a long time and limping and walking improperly as well as the nerve pain can travel.

If it's found to be this, they will try a series of cortisone shots, directly into the "tumor" (benign)...and if it doesn't go away within 2-3 rounds max...then surgery is needed.

The surgery was a piece of cake. I went in the am...they only use twilight anetsthesia so you don't feel or remember a thing but you are awake the whole time talking to the Dr.:) They remove the neuroma/tumor and a bit of nerve endings so you are left with a tiny scar and a bit of numbness.

It was done within 45 minutes...and then back home by mid day. I was only off work for a few days and using crutches for about 5 and then things have been perfect with absolutely no pain and full mobility for over 8 years...There is a possibility that they grow back (mine has this last year) but it is manageable right now and only have a flare here and there but now I know that they can easily remove it if needed.

Anyway...just wanted to share my story....I certainly pray you can get some answers soon!

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 11/11/2012 10:13:51 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/11/2012 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello PainfulFeet ad welcome to the forum. Thank you so much for making your intro post here too. I see a couple of the members have popped on with some ideas and thoughts. Keep checking back, like I said before on the weekends the forum runs a little on the slow side.

What you are going through sounds just horrible. I do hope the drs can come up with a diagnosis and start giving you the proper care that you need. You mentioned friends saying you need to see a neurologist. I am strictly guessing here but many times if a person had back problems they will get burning in their feet and legs. Have you by chance lifted something or twisted or moved the wrong way and done something to your back? I wanted to mention this so you could think back on this.

Any way, I wanted to pop on and say hello and welcome aboard......Susie
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