Pain in tips of toes and fingertips

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   Posted 2/1/2012 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have any ideas of why I have intermittent pain in the tips of my digits??  it started in my toes and I thought about gout (that's what my PCP Dx when I had a similar pain at 17, along with hypoglycemia and a bunch of other things I didn't have because everything was eventually explained by the CD) but the pain is somewhat intense, but not like I've heard of gout described where even the weight of a sheet is excrutiating.  I can completely press down on the tips and that doesn't hurt at all.  But it feels like I broke a bone in my toes.  I know that can't be because I've had no injuries and it moves from toe to toe and then to my fingertips.  I thought for a while the pain in my fingertips was because I started to bite my nails so bad, but again realized that it only occurs intermittently - always at night and so far never in the toes and fingertips at the same time.  Both toes and fingertips tend to swell and turn slightly red when it happens so I'm leaning towards plain old arthritis stuff... but it's weird.
Anyone know what I'm going through?

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   Posted 2/2/2012 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, laura... Have no idea. Wish I did. Call your doc ASAP I suggest. Good luck.

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   Posted 2/2/2012 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
So sorry that you are suffering, Laura. Sometimes, when I have vitamin B deficiency, I get finger tingling. Did you check your B level recently? You know that we, Crohnies, have a problem in absorbing B and this might be the reason. I take a B shot every week. Call your doc ASAP as Casemonster40 has mentioned.
Hope you feel better soon:)

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   Posted 2/2/2012 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
When I had anemia I had a feeling like parts of my feet and hands were falling asleep and I couldn't do anything about it. Nothing like what you are feeling though. Have you had your blood levels of everything important checked lately? Otherwise, I third the recommendation to call your doctor :) Good luck and I hope you get it figured out soon!
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   Posted 2/2/2012 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking Flagyl (metronidazole) or have you taken it recently, prior to this starting?
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   Posted 2/3/2012 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
First off, I agree with everyone that you should call your doc ASAP and report your symptom. It could be several things...Crohn's related arthritis, which for me felt like something was scraping the inside of my bone away. I always got it in my knees and my hands when I was flaring. If you're on Flagyl, it could be a reaction to the med called peripheral neuropathy. I think I might have had that after an extended time on Flagyl. Though I noticed more numbness in my hands and feet with no pain. It could also be attributed to a B12 vitamin deficiency, if you have Crohn's in your terminal ileum or you don't eat a lot of meat. Again, had that too...though it was the same time as I was on Flagyl. It resolved within a few weeks of starting B12 shots and stopping Flagyl.

Though call your doc and report the symptom.
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