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Unread 03-31-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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Fellow soakers;

Has anyone else experienced pain from soaking your feet in Epsom salts?

I have just pulled my feet from the water (lukewarm) on my 4th day of trying an Epsom salt soak because it was causing burning pain. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Should I continue - push through the pain for a greater good, so to speak, or stop?

I also take magnesium supplements. Could the epsom salts be too much?

Any comments are appreciated.
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Unread 03-31-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
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Doxie, how much are you putting in the water? How much water?

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Unread 03-31-2009, 06:28 PM   #3
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That was my thought. How much is going into the water and how much water? The soak should not cause pain.
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Unread 03-31-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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Another question...is there any pain with a plain water soak? Is this city water? Are you smelling any strong chlorine smell?

Questions questions...fun huh?

But really, you shouldn't be having pain.
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Another thought. The water I soak in is lukewarm but just barely. If it is just a tad too much then I will have pain. Now that would be water that others would think is pretty cool. My feet are extremely sensitive as many others who have CMT.

And, of course, there are those with CMT who can stand "really" warm water. Everyone is different.
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Unread 03-31-2009, 07:08 PM   #6
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All;

Thanks for all your questions and input!

I used about 1/4 cup of epsom salts to 4 quarts of water. The water is city water (No smells) and is lukewarm, maybe I should try cooler water and good point about trying a soak with nothing added. I will.

Anyone or anything else?

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Unread 03-31-2009, 07:16 PM   #7
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I'd followed Mrs D's instructions to the letter and 'did it'....
Don't know why, but after less than 2 minutes in the 'bath' I near jumped outta my skin!.
I'm taking my magnesium internally, thank you! No side effects, unless too much.
Some of us are more sensitive to such things than others... just chill and go an alternative route.
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Unread 03-31-2009, 08:54 PM   #8
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To All;

Thanks for the input.

Dahlek - glad to know I'm not alone, nor crazy (maybe a little). I believe that you, like me, get some relief from a cool (not cold) surface. I wonder if our nerves are related!

As stated here and repeated by my docs, symptoms of PN can be as unique as the person who has them!

Grazie,
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Oh dear..... today I just bought a little soaking tub and some epsom salts. I also take magneseum supplements. Now I'm kinda of hesitate to try it...
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I have never had pain from epsom salts. I always soak in the tub and don't use foot baths.

You may be using too much. I'd cut back to an ounce/gallon, maximum.

4 quarts is not very much water. At high concentrations it might sting like any salt would on any open areas of the skin.

Examine your feet and see if you have cracks in the skin, or athlete's foot, or any open areas. People with numbness in the feet often have small injuries they don't notice.
Now would be the time to find these areas, before they become infected with something. (fungal or bacterial).
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