By marjorym7 Latest Reply 2011-06-14 14:53:30 -0500
Started 2011-06-11 22:03:43 -0500

I have been diagnosed with bone spurs on both heels. I am not sure that is all that is wrong. I have stabbing pain up my heels and also burning sensation. I am having problems walking as a result. the podiatrist is giving me ultra-sound treatments and will give cortisone shots if it does not improve. I do have some slight relief but it continues to hurt when walking and burn at walking or resting.
Is this neuropathy?

17 replies

Gimpalong 2011-06-13 04:01:18 -0500 Report

My husband used to have problems with bone spurs. He had surgery to remove them, but they would come back. Finally, he tried upping his dosage of calcium that he was taking each day. When he did that, he wasn't bothered with the bone spurs again. You might ask your doctor what he/she would recommend.

marjorym7 2011-06-12 09:49:34 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your replies. I see my doctor regularly both the endocrinologist and the podiatrist. The diagnosis was heel spurs but it is the burning that has confused me and that is why I thought maybe someone else may have had this experience. I have had missed diagnosis in the past.

Ray T would be more helpful if he did not lecture but I know he did mean well !

Jayabee, thank you for sharing. I identified a lot. I was on cortisone, a very small dose, for years due to another condition and in November I was withdrawn and that is when the feet began burning. The endocrinologist does not want me back on it. I had cortisone injections before and it was a big help but the podiatrist does not want to give me them now.

AuntieM234 - Thank you for my gifts. I was delighted !


AuntieM234 2011-06-12 01:56:16 -0500 Report

Dear marjorym: I hope you won't let the dissertation posted by RayT scare you off from putting your questions out there to your fellow members of this Community. I'm sure you will discuss the problem with your Dr, and I don't think any of us would presume to try to diagnose any other member's problem. I don't think there is anything wrong with polling the Community about your issues. In fact, I think its a great idea! ;-) Mara

RAYT721 2011-06-12 06:52:35 -0500 Report

Let me begin to all with an apology if you felt that my comments were inappropriate. Such was not the intent to scare off anyone from addressing any issues to this discussion board. That is what we are here for. If my wording came across as cold or insensitive, that was not at all what was meant.

jayabee52 2011-06-11 23:54:49 -0500 Report

Howdy Marjory! WELCOME to DC!

I suspect that your problem with the "burning", at least is neuropathy. I have it myself pretty bad. From my knees down I "burn" and from my elbows to hands I tingle. And I just won't mention what's happening in my groin area. (TMI).

I still walk around and I even dance sometimes (I can "forget" the burning at those times cause ) but there are times when every step is agony. But I don't plan on giving up, quite yet.

I don't know if cortisone shots would help the burning feeling but I would recommend NOT getting the shot if that's the ONLY reason. Cortisone would send your Blood Glucose numbers (BG#s) into the stratosphere. Sometimes cortisone shots are necessary. My beloved Jem had Lupis (SLE) and RA and cortisone and prednisone were the only meds which would touch the inflammation (none of the other newer meds worked for her). We would have to work to get her BG#s down below the 200s consistently for weeks following a flare of SLE or RA. (she also had neuropathy).

I have taken Neurontin/Gabepentin, which didn't work for Jem or for me, though others have had relief. I am currently taking an antidepressive med Nortrypteline (sp?) and also am taking the suppliment Alpha Linolic Acid (ALA). I am not sure, but I think the burning feeling is easing.

Praying God's richest blessings upon you and yours

James Baker

TrueBeliever 2011-06-12 00:36:23 -0500 Report

Hi James! I was just curious about something. You said you don't plan on giving up, quite yet. As a chronic pain sufferer myself I have to ask. What does that mean? When one "gives up" what do they do? I have had several people tell me that if they had my physical problems they would have given up by now. I sometimes wonder if they're suggesting suicide. I hope not. ;D

jayabee52 2011-06-12 00:57:33 -0500 Report

Was not suggesting suicide or even hinting about that.
What was going through my mind while writing that was I am not going to allow the pain to put me into a wheelchair, or cause me to withdraw from the world.

I don't know about what each of those "several people" would say -you'd have to ask them-, but for me it is not that. I have had years of thinking about suicide (suicide ideation) but since my dialysis crisis I haven't had thoughts like that again, even when my beloved bride "Jem" passed from this life suddenly (but not entirely unexpectedly).

I suspect that those people who said that hadn't really thought what they were saying through completely.

BTW: what chronic pain are you suffering?

Praying God relieves your pain


TrueBeliever 2011-06-12 16:33:19 -0500 Report

When I was a teenager I began having arthritis pain in my back. It's hereditary and in my family for at least 7 generations that we know of. It has caused increasing problems since. I've had surgeries on both my neck and lower back and although both areas are better than they were I still have a hard time with my neck. I also have an inoperable tumor growing in my spine on my upper back. Between the tumor and the problems I still have in my neck I'm not able to hold my head up, (sit upright) for very long. Most of my time is spent on the couch and in substancial pain. I was a very active person, gradually as I got older I was able to do less and less. I still worked as long as possible. Luckily for the last several years I worked with a company that allowed me to schedule my work-week around my symptoms. If I had a bad day Thurs. I could come in and work alone on Sat. etc.

For the last 5 yrs or so I have been unable to work at all and have been on disability. Thank God He has given me a very supportive and wonderful husband.

I'm so sorry for your loss! A year ago we lost my father to ALS. It was almost unbearable. I can't imagine how it would have been if it had been my husband. My father and I were very close, but it's just not the same. I left home and stayed with them for the last 5 months to help as much as I could. I wasn't as much help as I would have liked to be. But I could read to him. We spent several hours each day reading together. I thank God He gave us that extra time.

I'm so glad to hear that you're hangin' in there! I hope your Neuropathy eases up as well as any other symptoms you are having. I also hope you have a good support system around you. These sites are wonderful! I have to admit I haven't utilized this one as much as I should have, but I will make more of an effort in the future.

jayabee52 2011-06-13 03:03:08 -0500 Report

You might find some of the other "connect" sites valuable to you too, Mary. Look at the top you'll see "visit another community" in the black band above. select one (or more) which interests you ("Back pain Connect" or "Arthritis Connect" for instance) and sign in using your DC information. I am on about 5 or 6 of these other sites corresponding to my "medical challenges".

I'm saddened to learn of your inability to work, and the loss of your father. I am sure he treasured your time together, even if you couldn't do more than read together and pray.

Jem & I were very close too. We both were disabled which allowed us to spend the last year and a half of her life together 24/7.

When I was first contacted by her on "Dating4Disabled" in Nov '07 I knew pretty quickly that she was probably not going to be living another 20 years. I was pretty sure that I wasn't going to last another 20 either. We just wanted to be together and enjoy each other's companionship for as long as possible. I had hoped we'd be together for another 10 years, but she had a lot of "medical challenges" so we decided to be together come what may. I was so very blessed by her it is hard to describe. And her family and close friends told me she felt the same way about me. She was a joy to be with, even when she was having a RA flare.

When I was divorced out of 25 year marriage I thought I'd never find love again. Well I believe that God brought Jem & I together to have that wonderful time with each other.

Praying that God richly blesses you and yours, Mary.

James Baker

TrueBeliever 2011-06-13 19:33:00 -0500 Report

I'm sorry if I was vague, when I said I hadn't utilized this site as I should have, I meant Diabetes Connect. I am also on Arthritis and Chronic Pain Connect but I've spent the majority of my time on Chronic Pain Connect. But as I have friends on all 3 I should move around more.

I'm so happy for you that you were able to find love once again with Jem. I wouldn't be too surprised if you found it one more time! I've been blessed with a wonderful husband. We've been together almost 10 years. I did have to kiss a lot of frogs to find my prince. I hate to admit it but Jack is my 4th husband. I'm quite sure he's the last one though.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-12 17:01:34 -0500 Report

I have arthritis in my back. It didn't show up until I fell & injured it. I have 2 buldging disc in my back at the L4&5 and in my L5 I have a slipped disc that is poking into my nerve in my spine. When I injured myself it brought on the arthritis. I am in constant pain in my back, my legs & feet & my hips. I can't take the pain without the pain meds. I did physical therapy but it didn't help much & they released me & said she did all she could do. I was taught how to do everyday things like dressing, sitting, standing, ect. One problem I am suppposed to keep my back straight but it hurts too much. I can't sit to long or stand to long & I can't sit at the kitchen table because the chairs are too straight. I can't ride in a car without leaning way back in the seat but not flat. Alot of the pain in my feet & legs is also from my diabetes & I have heart pain. I suspect I may have peripheral Neuropathy. I am going to find out this coming up week.

TrueBeliever 2011-06-13 20:05:49 -0500 Report

Hi Teresa Rose! That sounds so much like me 20 years ago, before my 1st back surgery, except that with me the arthritis was about 10 years before the 1st injury. I had a disc bulge and a herniated disc that went all the way around my sciatic nerve. These were at L-3 to L-4 and L-4 to L-5. Surgery did wonders for me on that area. I hardly ever have any problems in my lower back anymore. In fact, I had that surgery at age 26, my youngest was born at age 28. He's now 18 and just finished high school. His graduation ceremony is in a couple of weeks.

Have you and your doctor discussed the possibility of surgery? I still can't sit on a seat with no back on it. But some of that is due to my neck, which by the way was a much worse surgery than my lower back.

By the way, it's very common for arthritis to begin with an injury or surgery. Since you already got it from the injury you don't have to worry about the possibility of ever getting it from surgery! Isn't that great?

Hang in there! I promise you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to wait and see whether or not it's a train! LOL On a more serious note, I pray God will decrease your pain and help your body to heal no matter what you decide to do.

RAYT721 2011-06-11 23:23:01 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to our family/community! It would be difficult for any of us to diagnose your condition from your message but I would definitely recommend a consultation with your primary doctor/endo to address your concern(s).

A friend of mine (diabetic) is having similar symptoms and is scheduled for an MRI. Without such testing, it is anyone's guess what the problem is or isn't. While our community is awesome for the support, encouragement, wisdom, advice and genuine friendships we cannot act as advisers when it comes to the medical side of diabetes.

Don't take this wrong but there are times when we need professional help. :)

It is quite easy for us to diagnose ourselves with complications and sometimes we are right but we can drive ourselves nuttier than we already are when we start questioning if it is this or that. You know that you have bone spurs and I would suggest starting with that treatment plan before thinking further into the problem(s). I am not in any way trying to make light of the situation.

I understand the fears, feelings and frustrations. The more pain we have, the more we feel it's something else and start going down the list of what it could be, feels like, sounds like, and so on. Please … don't let the problem go untreated but don't listen to your inner voices either.

I am so hoping to hear more from and about you and hoping that you'll find the answers and solutions to the symptoms you are experiencing. There is so much stress involved in having a disease (any disease) that we can sometimes make things worse by over thinking. You are not wrong to question but you are asking the wrong people.

Please keep us posted on how things work with the current treatment plans and future appointments and diagnosis. I'm sure many of us are hoping your next message will be one that tells us you are pain free.

RAYT721 2011-06-11 23:50:01 -0500 Report

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RachelAnn 2011-06-12 23:22:44 -0500 Report

Hi all- I also have been dealing with neuropathy pain - mostly in my legs, my doctor started me on gapabentin and the metanix (prescription B12). I have already felt a difference!

Luna Sol
Luna Sol 2011-06-14 14:53:30 -0500 Report

I have some neuropathy in my left foot. It sometimes becomes numb or I feel a prickly feeling in my foot. I have an interest in holistic medicine. I heard that chamomile is an anti-inflammatory. It is suppose to be soothing. I drink one or two cups of chamomile when I feel neuropathy symptoms. It seems to work. I also heard cayenne cream is an anti-inflammatory and could be rubbed on the area that is suffering neuropathy. I've never tried the cream so I don't know if it works. The chamomile tea works for me. Also chamomile is good for cholic. If a woman is breast feeding. She can drink chamomile tea. The tea is supplied into the breast milk and helps the baby. If using bottles make a cup of chamomiile tea add some honey. Then warm up the babys milk add a little of the tea into the milk. It is soothing for them and will relieve cholic. It also is a sleep aid.