foot pain with fibromyalgia

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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hi all. I am new to this list and would like to ask those that suffer from fibromyalgia, about foot pain.
It took me 7 years going from one foot Dr to another to specialist to finally be dignosed with fibro. My foot pain is the worst. The all over burning and just total pain on my soles and tops of my feet kill me. this is a pain that has been there now for almost 9 years. I have upper pain in chest and arms shoulders, hips legs. Well you know what I am saying. But my foot pain keeps me off my feet. I only go to gro store or to Dr's. I don't hardly go out any where for worrying I would have to stand in line.
I would like to hear from others about any foot pain you may have.

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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi hhboxers and welcome. I'm sorry you have so much pain in your feet. I have some but nothing that keeps me off of them. It seems we all have an area that is worse than others. I'm sure you will hear from others that have a lot of foot pain.
Have you considered using an electric cart when shopping??? One thing we learn with fibro is to use whatever tools is available to live as normal of a life as possible. Some use canes, scooters and wheelchairs to accomplish what they want and need to. Most of my pain is in my upper body so I haven't used any help but I don't have much energy and if I was going somewhere that requires a lot of walking I would have to use a scooter or wheelchair to save my energy.
This is a fantastic forum with many great people so I hope you stick around and you will get some ideas on how to live with fibro.
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   Posted 10/10/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  I have foot pain but only in the summer!  It is so strange.  And it alternates with my feet.  This summer it was my left foot, last summer my right foot.  Crazy, huh?
But, I did have a lot of problems with plantar faciitis.  That is the terrible heel pain on the bottom of your heels.  It feels like someone is driving a stake through your heel.  Now, THAT kept me off my feet until I heard about Birkenstock shoes.  I bought a pair, even though they are the ugliest shoes on the to Crocs. smilewinkgrin    My feet got better and better and now I only have foot pain in the summer and my closet holds 22 pair of Birkenstocks! 
The burning sounds almost like neuropathy.  Many diabetics get that.  Also, people that have had a herpes virus that causes shingles.  Actually this virus causes chicken pox, too, I believe.  I think doctors usually prescribe Neurontin for that.  Here is a link about Neurontin and it does describe neuropathy halfway down the article.  See if this sounds like you.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread.  It's on the first page of the forum.  It's usually at the very top of the forum and will be there shortly...I hope!  There is a lot of great info there that can help you a lot.
I'm so glad that you found us and joined in.  Don't hesitate to ask question because we are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from  you soon.
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yankee girl
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   Posted 10/10/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
hi hhboxers,

I'm often plagued with foot pain---it comes and goes. I massage and stretch my feet daily which helps, and I'm able to walk a lot. What is really wonderful for this is a hot tub---those water jets are fantastic on the soles of my feet (as well as my neck, back, shoulders--everywhere!).

Hope you're able to get some relief soon.

Yankee girl
fibro, PTSD, anxiety, severe nerve damage/several surgeries on wrist, TMJ--have titanium disks, depression, mitral valve prolapse.
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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure this isn't your problem at all, but it reminded me of one of my "face-palm" moments. about 20 yrs ago, in my mid-30's, I was having terrible foot pain, especially when I first got up and took those first few steps. It was like walking on knives.

I can't remember what helped me figure it out, but it was because my shoes were too small! Duh! I'd always worn a 6 1/2, but no one told me that your feet can spread as you age and go up a half size or so.

I switched to size 7 shoes, and the foot pain disappeared completely! Who coulda knowed?
fibro, migraines, ibs

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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Boxers,
foot pain is actually what got me insisting that my doc figure out what was wrong with me and I was diagnosed with fibro. what is weird is my fibro doc sent me back to the podiatrist to find out why I had foot pain. I told the podiatrist that I didn't think there was anything wrong with my feet, but that I had fibro.

These are the things that help me. Maybe you can try some and they will help you. I do not wear the same shoes every day. I either wear solid soles or cushy flats. It is hard to find flats with solid soles unless you get danskos. But I don't like danskos because they are so heavy. Don't get flats that have that thin hard sole. Pr!vo by clarks are great. I have four pairs. They even have cute heels that are comfortable.

I use a cane to help take the pressure off You are supposed to use it on the side that doesn't hurt, so I switch back and forth. Some days one side hurts more than the other, so I use it on the other side. It really helps and I can walk further with the cane than I can without. I do have birks, but I cannot wear just birks. My feet will not tolerate a shoe more than one day in a row. Some days I have to change half way through. If walking a lot, I use a wheelchair or scooter. Then I try to walk a little extra every day to build up endurance and all that.

Stretching and massage helps, too. But I notice that the lady at the nail salon massages too hard and it hurts me. She gets those trigger points inside my knee and it makes me want to shoot through the ceiling. I should tell her. I just cringe and wish she would stop. I need my voice - and will tell her next time. Rolling your foot on a tennis ball is a cheap way to massage.

Hope something that works for me will also help you.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Oddly, and just recently, I have tremendous pain in my feet. My weight is not as high as it was 6 mos ago, and I wear pretty much the same kind of shoes as always, but this past two or three weeks, my feet are driving me crazy. I cannot get home fasyt enough to get out of my shoes, and then it can go on for several hours. Last night my toenails hurt so bad I had to take a pain pill. This is all new to me. I did try on a pair of boots briefly yesterday that felt just wonderful. Although they cost 65.00 which is 25.00 more than I care to pay, I asked that they put them on layaway. I truly need to get some excellent shoes. Funny how the pain thing moves around targeting different areas. I also am having a recurrence of migraines this past week. Now that's something I have been free of for several months. And, yes, bowel function is good so that isn't the culprit. Thanks for always being there.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was first dx with fibro i had so much pain in my right foot i couldnt walk on it or even drive. I went to the podiatrist for almost a year. I had it taped, in a boot and nothing really helped. I then got birkenstocks and they really helped. I also used biofreeze a rub on ointment or spray that took the pain away. You can go online and order it. Athletes use it alot for pain. The pain finally just went away, but now I have neropathy in my feet. Always feel cold, numb and hurt. I can't take Nerontin or Lyrica. I had such a bad reaction to Nerontin, they thought I had a stroke, was just a side effect from the med for me. I also found that my B12 is low and I can always tell because my feet hurt alot more so I take liquid VB12 suppliments that really help. I also feel better when my feet are not covered by socks but then the get colder. I just bought a down comforter and soft blanket to replace my quilt and blanket that are really heavy on my feet, I can't wait to try that out. I also put a firm pillow on the bottom of the bed inside the covers to keep them off my feet. I got a prescription for a wheelchair from my GP, but havent gotten it yet, just to use if we travel or have to walk a long ways, but I dont really want to admit I need one. Hope this helps somehow. Also many stores have special socks for diabetics that are so soft and not restricting at all, they feel better on my feet. Good Luck with everything!
Gentle Blessings
fibro, diabetes, neropathy, depression, IBS, chronic anemia, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, sleep apnea

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   Posted 10/15/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have trouble with occasional foot pain, especially in the winter here in cold MN.  I also get very cold, stiff feet, and occasional cramping.  Worse case scenario is when I get toe or foot cramps--OUCH! One weird thing I get is feeling like the top of my foot is separating from the bottom when I walk.  Don't know what that is!!
It helps me to keep my feet very warm, even a double layer of socks when it's really cold. I have a heated slipper type of thing I microwave that feels heavenly on my feet.  I also soak them in very warm water, then massage a lotion into them.  I make sure the shoes I wear are not heavy and drag down my feet--running tennies are great!  I make sure everyday to wear a stretchy arch support to lift up my (too high) arches.  I also take the magnesium tablets by Puritan's Pride and also vitamin E. I always wear  sock/slippers to bed.  These all seem to help, at least somewhat.  Good luck!

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   Posted 10/16/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I had pain in my feet long before the fibro hit me so hard. The dr said it was plantar faciitis. I know that pain in the heels oh so well Sherrine! I too finally found Birkenstocks and for the most part the heel pain went away. Now, a few years later I have started to have pain in other areas of my feet and recently had them exrayed and found out I have several bone spurs. The podiatrist said to wear athletic shoes and not wear my Birks. Ha, not going to happen! My Birks are the only ones I can wear comfortably. Regardless of what I wear though I have resigned myself that I am going to have some foot pain, probably forever. Partly fibro pain I think, and partly bone spurs.
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