Foot pain

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-08-19 11:57:58 -0500
Started 2010-08-17 05:01:51 -0500

I have type II diabetes and every month or so I get an intermittent sharp pain in different parts of my foot. The pain is so sharp sometimes I actually wince. The pain comes around every minute lasts for a second and then goes away. This goes on for 24 hours. If I rub the area that has the pain, it seems to make it go away until I stop the rubbing. Aleve, Advil, aspirin don't help. This really makes it hard to sleep.

Anyone know what this might be and how I can alleviate the pain?

6 replies

MAYS 2010-08-17 21:32:55 -0500 Report

Leave the pain relievers alone, and see your doctor, or specialist.
You will develop a mental dependancy on the pain relievers, expecting them to ease the pain but yet, not finding out the cause of the pain.

If the cause of the pain is diabetes related (neuropathy) eventually those pain relievers will become less effective as the pain increases, and when the nerves are severely damaged and die, no pain!

Neuropathy affects much more than your hands and feet, it can, and will affect every organ within your body, eventually.

Don't let it go that far, see your doctor.


aprilrain 2010-08-18 22:55:13 -0500 Report

I have severe Neuropathy in my legs and feet. It has put me out of work because the pain is all the time and walking can become an effort. I let my sugars remain way to high for many years and am now paying the price. I also have gotten gastro-perisis from uncontroled sugars. I have been taking Gabapentin for the pain and it works great. I have been in it for 6 years now and have never experienced any side effects. Great med. Check it out.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-08-19 11:57:58 -0500 Report

I take gabapentin too, about 900mg a day. It helps me, but I still get the sharp pains in my feet and hands and my legs become very sensitive to even touch and it gets hard to use my hands from it too.
They say that once you get your blood sugars leveled that it will get better, but my dr said that my sugars were high for too long that the damage is done. So to everyone, start taking care of yourself now before you get complications that can't be undone.
Best of Luck,

newbie51 2010-08-17 21:07:32 -0500 Report

I have the same kind of pain with my neuropathy also. In 2006 I lost my left leg because of an ulcer. It was removed below the knee.They say that phantom pains will eventually go away after a while. THEY DON'T FOR ME!! But when I do have a pain, I just let it go and if it too bad I take some generic pain relievers and that helps me.

GabbyPA 2010-08-17 20:59:15 -0500 Report

I sometimes get that sharp pain with my neuropathy which is more a burn, tingle or numbness. Mine doesn't last that long, but it can make it hard to sleep. What helps calm my feet is using Flexitol heel balm just before I go to bed. I rub it on my foot soles and cover it up with a sock. climb into bed and that usually takes care of it. The sharp pains I don't know what to recommend if you are already taking pain relief pills. You may want to talk to your doctor and see if there is a correlation between that and something else going on inside your body.

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