MS Hug and Why Do The Soles of My Feet Hurt?

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Ronnieroller
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   Posted 10/10/2006 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
When I sit for a while and then stand or walk, I sometimes get such an excrutiating pain in the bottom of my feet. The right is worse than the left.  It feels like my bones are broken in my heels in particular.   My legs also get so stiff that I have to walk like an old woman.  After I've walked around for a number of minutes, it feels quite a bit better, although I must say it never gets completely better.  My feet also often have a burning pain in them.  I also get a really sharp pain that will just shoot through my feet when I'm just sitting around.  Another thing I was curious about was my right leg and foot often get charly horse type cramps in them and my right ankle feels as though it really needs to be stretched out but when I stretch it it just makes my ankle and the top of my foot feel really tired out. 
 
Since I'm recently diagnosed, I don't know what are actually MS symptoms or unrelated stuff.  I was just wondering if these things could be symptoms of my MS or should I be looking at other causes. 
 
Oh yeah! One last thing.  I quite often getthis really excrutiating pain in my back around my left shoulder blade.  It becomes very difficult to draw in a breath because it hurts so much.  Would this be the MS Hug that I've been hearing about
 
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Sheila     smurf  

Kimber
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   Posted 10/10/2006 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shiela,

My husband has what you are describing, intense pain in the foot with burning. The cramping and tightness sounds like a spasticity issue. That may be what is going on in your back as well, but if its really painful I wouldn't wait too long to get that checked out. Another foot issue that can cause similar problems with heel pain is plantar fascitis. It's really intense pain in the heel upon standing, and is something else to consider. Hope everything gets better for you soon. Do mention all of this to your doctor, there are medications for spasticity and pain if necessary.

Kimber
 
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uppitycats
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   Posted 10/11/2006 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes, as Kim explained, a lot of what you describe sound like MS related problems. Spasticity can affect any muscle, and with lots of folks with MS, it seems to affect the legs and feet first.

The burning sensation in your feet is related, too. You might ask about some meds, neurontin is one, that might help.


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Sandy C.
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   Posted 10/11/2006 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Kim and Uppity. Before I was diagnosed with MS I was diasnosed with Plantar Facitis which is the excrutiating foot pain u describe. I bought some really nice (Z-coils) shoes that I even put on when I first step out of bed! THe shoes have really helped improve the quality of my life!

The cramping definately sounds like an MS thing, there are meds u can take that help with it. For me, I can eat a banana when it starts to get bad and that helps (within 24 hours...). A "charlie horse" can be caused by an electrolyte imbalance and the banana has the potasium ur body may be lacking.

The list of meds I take is long and they don't always help. These are just a couple non-pharmacutical options that I utilize that help me.
Sandy C.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis September 2003 currently taking Copaxone SQ QD, Aricept 10 mg PO QD, Welbutrin XL 300mg PO QD, and Provigil 200mg PO BID.


cocoa11
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   Posted 10/16/2006 3:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ronnieroller,

I'm so glad I read your post. More often than not now, (every time I get out of bed and try to stand up) the pain in my heels when I put pressure on them almost makes me buckle at the knees. I didn't know this was another symptom of ms. God it hurts! Makes me want to crawl on all fours to the bathroom, but then my knees would hurt..lol! Seriously though, this confirms to me that I'm not crazy and these symptoms are really REAL!

Sooooooo painful isn't it? makes you dread having to get up at all. I just loathe having to stand up, I can only half stand erect as the pain keeps me bent over....I go to the loo and then stumble, crawl back to bed. I also get occasional cramps and similar symptoms the same as you describe.

I don't know very much or have any experience with similar shoulder pain although I did experience a few attacks which were suspected cardiac problems. Since then, after numerous tests, my heart is in good condition and I'm running on all cylinders, except for the the upstairs attic! I do have a hypertensive problem which is still being investigated.

I hope you get some positive outcomes and some helpful advice from here and your medical advisors.
Living with this is at times is so frustrating, painful, hard to explain, stressful, you name it ms is all of these things!

Take care of yourself

Cocoa

DRT
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   Posted 10/27/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask your doctor abour cervical spondylotic myelopathy.  This can cause neck pain plus stiffness in legs and pain in soles of the feet.  it is underdiagnosed.
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