View Full Version : Is this PN?
10-16-2006, 03:03 PM
I am new on this forum. I post on RSD and Fibromyalgia forums as well as nutritional forum. I am in chronic pain throughout my body:face, neck back, arms,etc. However, recently I spent long hours on my feet at a party and my feet started burning. Because of my constant lower back pain I usually don't stand or walk very much. Can't even walk a block because of such severe pain. Anyway - I stayed on my feet and ignorded the burning. Within days the pain spread to my feet, ankles, and legs. The bottom of my feet tingle and burn - the other parts are just pain. Is this just the FM or did I trigger off PN? I have taken about 30 pain meds for FM and RSD - none work. I m:confused: :confused: just live with the pain.
Interesting to see some Aussies on this site. I've been to Australia numerous times. I dear friend from Melbourne was just here last week.
The important question is what is causing the problems.
Many things can cause peripheral nerves to malfunction. When they malfunction the patient is experiencing PN. The problem may be a PN in the sense of diabetic neuropathy, Charcot Marie Tooth, etc.; or it may be a problem in the central nervous system which causes also the peripheral nerves to malfunction; or even direct damage to a nerve or nerves. There are many possibilities.
Whatever is going on, it sounds like you have a systemic problem, so I think it is good that you are exploring nutritional causes. There are possibilities you can cover safely while continuing to look at other possibilities.
Of course, there could be a mechanical problem (regarding your back) too.
The short answer is "yes." But that only refers to some of your symptoms, not a cause.
10-18-2006, 12:28 AM
Strange, I posted a response to you earlier today, but it's not here. I'll try again.
I know that folk with fibro sometimes get sensory neuropathy. Presumably, all those gummed up trigger points can press on nerves, or on blood vessels bringing nourishment to nerves, and this can cause the damage. So that's one real possibility.
But also, people with fibro get a lot of plantar fasciitis. That makes standing incredibly painful, and movements of the ankle which pull on the bottom of the foot hurt tremendously. I think the foot is tender.
I had plantar fasciitis many many years ago, and it hurt like hell, way more than the pn ever did. I was given an injection of a steroid into my foot, along with an anti-inflammatory, and that cleared it up very quickly.
But another thing which produces the type of problems you're having walking is spinal stenosis. I don't know your age, or whether you have any arthritis of the spine, but this is very very common, and if you google it, you can find out more. Basically, causes you to lose strength in your legs the longer you walk. Other symptoms are the basic neuropathy symptoms in the foot, back pain. When it's severe, bowel and bladder problems. It's diagnosed by MRI.
PN, plantar fasciitis, and spinal stenosis are all possible in someone with fibromyalgia and autoimmune issues. And spinal stenosis is missed all too often, so it's worth pushing for the mri if you have any of the symptoms of it.
Have you seen your doctor? It sounds in order.
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