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Sharp shooting toe pain

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by lowiness, May 9, 2010.

  1. Graeme

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    I have suffered from this for years on and off. It wasn't until last year I took a massive bout of it over a weekend. I learnt that it may be dehydration so I spent the weekend drinking water instead of booze and it went away.
    It came back this week so I googled again only to find people talking about similar pain in big toe when eating too much fruit. Funny enough, over the course of the previous two days i had drank litres of fresh grapefruit juice.
    I stopped drinking that and got back on the water for a day. Low and behold, pain has gone

    Previously I would have had pain for a longer period of time. I don't know what it is, but drinking lots of water and perhaps too much fruit juice has contributed to my demise/fix.
     
  2. Chey

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  5. Laura

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    Hi everyone, while it feels good not to be alone, I wish nobody else had to go through this toe pain mistery and misery! Mine started when I was 16 (39 now), I was in a swimming pool and I tip toed, at that point an excruciating cramp like pain happened. After that, for the first few years I kept having this same horrible spasm that would leave me gasping for minutes often in the mornings as I put my foot on the ground as I got out of bed, or from sitting down to standing up. This would almost always happen during the summertime. My big toe from my right foot was always super sensitive, even some drops from the shower head would hurt. After a few years the pain changed, I never had again this kind of spasms or sensitivity. Instead I started to get the recurring stabbing pain that so many of you are describing (no swelling, no redness, no burning...) I did go to a few doctors during the first years, got x-rays, etc, but no answer. So now I just get that pain every so often, months, sometimes a year or more if I'm lucky, but when it comes it lasts for sometimes up to two weeks. It's particularly bad at night and often leaves me sleepless for whole nights. I have never taken anything for it, but for a long time I was convinced that it was food related, as I felt it happened after I had been through some excesses (wheat food binges, sugary things...) but after a few years of observing I got to the conclusion that it sometimes happened after long spells of healthy eating too (I'm a vegetarian and didn't drink alcohol most of my life). However, eating really healthy while it's happening seems to make it go away a little faster). Someone told me once that in Chinese medicine the big toe and the jaw are connected and that we tend to grind our jaw at night if we are low in minerals, so if you are low in minerals and then grind your teeth at night (maybe to get the calcium out of them) then your toe will hurt. It is true that I often find myself clenching my jaw, but I'm not sure if any more so during the spasm attacks. Also, over the years the pain has moved, it is not exclusive to the same spot on the big toe and sometimes the third and fourth toes hurt too. Sometimes it even hurts on the upper part of the foot. Another friend of mine who is an osteopath told me the last time that this happened that I should have magnesium in an external gel form, I think I am going to try it this time, and maybe the B12, I had never heard of that. Good luck to you all, I'll keep on trying to survive! I just needed to say all that to an understanding crowd, thanks for listening!
     
  6. Steohanie

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  7. Steohanie

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    Did you ever find out what it was?




    QUOTE="Laura, post: 142264"]Hi everyone, while it feels good not to be alone, I wish nobody else had to go through this toe pain mistery and misery! Mine started when I was 16 (39 now), I was in a swimming pool and I tip toed, at that point an excruciating cramp like pain happened. After that, for the first few years I kept having this same horrible spasm that would leave me gasping for minutes often in the mornings as I put my foot on the ground as I got out of bed, or from sitting down to standing up. This would almost always happen during the summertime. My big toe from my right foot was always super sensitive, even some drops from the shower head would hurt. After a few years the pain changed, I never had again this kind of spasms or sensitivity. Instead I started to get the recurring stabbing pain that so many of you are describing (no swelling, no redness, no burning...) I did go to a few doctors during the first years, got x-rays, etc, but no answer. So now I just get that pain every so often, months, sometimes a year or more if I'm lucky, but when it comes it lasts for sometimes up to two weeks. It's particularly bad at night and often leaves me sleepless for whole nights. I have never taken anything for it, but for a long time I was convinced that it was food related, as I felt it happened after I had been through some excesses (wheat food binges, sugary things...) but after a few years of observing I got to the conclusion that it sometimes happened after long spells of healthy eating too (I'm a vegetarian and didn't drink alcohol most of my life). However, eating really healthy while it's happening seems to make it go away a little faster). Someone told me once that in Chinese medicine the big toe and the jaw are connected and that we tend to grind our jaw at night if we are low in minerals, so if you are low in minerals and then grind your teeth at night (maybe to get the calcium out of them) then your toe will hurt. It is true that I often find myself clenching my jaw, but I'm not sure if any more so during the spasm attacks. Also, over the years the pain has moved, it is not exclusive to the same spot on the big toe and sometimes the third and fourth toes hurt too. Sometimes it even hurts on the upper part of the foot. Another friend of mine who is an osteopath told me the last time that this happened that I should have magnesium in an external gel form, I think I am going to try it this time, and maybe the B12, I had never heard of that. Good luck to you all, I'll keep on trying to survive! I just needed to say all that to an understanding crowd, thanks for listening![/QUOTE]
     
  8. Dantreeman

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  10. Animalann

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    okay you guys, ive done alot of stupid things in my life, ive kicked almost all of my bad habits,except smoking,ciggerettes that is. I am 56 years old and have settled down considerably, and i have abused my body terriably and feel i totally deserve every little aches and pains that i have. they all self inflicted. none the less , altho i have rolled every veihichael i have ever owned, due to drinking and driving. (please dont laugh at my spelling)short story...about 25 years ago a friend and myself were coming home from the river and decided to stop for a beer....A beer!!! NOT!! 5 beers and 5 shots of Tequila later.......the last thing i remember was a big unmarked pile of dirt we hit it head on , we rolled 5 times,END OVER END!! OUCH! IS RIGHT! Ended up in the ER for 4 days. I almost died,massive head injuries. the Dr.'s all told me as i grew older, i would start to have problems,unfortunatly they were right. Sorry you guys, I didnt mean to wright a book here, I'll get to the point at hand. I too have INTENSE TOE PAIN! like many of you have said, Sometimes (several times a day)it feels like a string is strangling my toes,but wait! Thats not all...sometimes it feels like my socks are all wadded up between my toes.strangly enoughit feels so much like they are in a bunch that i take my shoes of and check my socks,and lo and behold,they are not !other times it feels like i have sand in my shoes,but sure enough upon checking, i discover NO SAND!other times the red hot ice pick applys. and still again sometimes it feels as tho i am being torchered and someone has my toes in a vise smashing the shit out of them,HURTS LIKE HELL for a few seconds. what really scares me is now once in awhile ill get random extreamly SHARP pains in differnt parts of my body,and the pain feels like its coming from my bones. blood clots scare me and multipul scorosis scares me..Has anyone found anything out yet??? because this sucks. i have one suggestion to everyone.....DRINK MORE WATER!
     
  11. Cindy

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  13. I JUST went through the SAME thing this evening!!! Soon after waking I screamed "Bloody Murder"!!! I couldn't walk, I could barely talk(from pain), & I couldn't even think straight for a moment--(It WAS my 2 smallest toes & now it's all but the BIG toe);My family thinks it's DIABETIC NEUROPATHY, although there's no family history of diabetes.......I'm gonna have to suck-it-up and see a doctor/specialist. Emaoil me info/"detes"/experiences of same nature. Thanks guys & good luck 2 all!
     
  14. Guest

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    Same here. I have periodically experienced sharp shooting pain in my right foot three middle toes only that last about 5-10 secs. About two times every other month. Feels like a frayed piece of electrical thing firing throbbing through my toes. A pain that hurts so badly that the tought of it just frightens me.
     
  15. MrsG

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    So the toe thing.
    The sharp needle pain has been going on for 4 going on 5 years. I have been seen by 2 primary doctors and 4 specialists. MRI , X-ray, labs. The podiatrist I'm seeing now decided on the removal of my toe nail, I was told that it was a (glomus tumor) and without any further discussion I simply said whatever it takes make the pain go away. I am now 12 days post op after 6 days everything is the same or maybe worse. I will have my stitches removed tomorrow and will discuss with my podiatrist that it was not a tumor. WHAT IS IT????
     
  16. Don

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    I have been having the same issue. For about a second or so, I get a sharp shooting pain on the tip of my right big toe, like someone is stabbed me with an electric needle. This can happen 30-40 times a day without warning. I went to the doctor and he asked if I had any lower back pain, and I have lower back pain on my right side and see a chiropractor.

    He advised me the issue with my toe is nervous system related and correlated it to my lower back issues and that there is a pinched nerve in my lower back/spine area that is causing the nervous system to fire and radiant down to my toe. He stated that there is really no immediate medical treatment for it other than relieving my lower back issues.

    So I've been doing lower back stretches and I swim 20 laps in my community pool every day and now I can go days without any sharp pain. Pilates, yoga and even just a nice walk are also recommendations. In other words, exercise! Don't sit at your desk all day, get up and move around.
     
  17. Helpmeplease

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    I have been having intense bug toe pain for the past few weeks. A few months ago I bought it was more in the top of my foot. My doctor tiok X-ray and said slight arthritis and gave me a shot of cortisone. Did absolutely nothing. Now the pain has moved mostly to my big toe right at the part where it attaches to the foot, on the inside adjacent your the second toe.

    The pain comes on all of a sudden, a throbbing shooting pain and I will want to scream out! I already take Aleve and Tramadol for bladder spasms so there's no way I can take any additional pain killers. What is this?? I went to an acupuncturist, it didn't happen but she said she senses based on needle test that I have some sort of kidney issue. Could be hisnv diabetes? I am 53 physically fit vegetarian and work out daily. Help me please somebody what type of doctor do you even go to for this?
     
  18. Helpmeplease

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    Sorry that should be big toe not big toe
     
  19. Helpmeplease

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    I made a lot of errors on my post due to typing on my phone but I hope you get the gist
     
  20. Kristy H

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    I AM a diabetic and I have never had this pain until today. I do take Gabapentin for a nerve pain issue in my thigh that started years before the Diabetes. Due to developing Plantar Faciitis (sp) a couple years after the nerve problem, I gained a lot of weight and led to the Diabetes. After getting the PF under control and slowly increasing my walking, today was the first time I tried walking a 5K run. I had no problem with the 3.1 miles. I did it in the exact time I expected. My feet were sore by the end. My problem was the nearly one mile walk back to my car after wards. The ending line was a lot farther from my car than the starting line. The rest of the day I've had on and off shooting pains in the tips of my toes, just as others have described. I am rather surprised at how little there is about this type of pain online. Especially since people have been posting on this thread for seven years. I suspect the sudden onset of this pain is due to the amount of walking I did today and that I totally over did it. I sure hope it isn't that diabetic nerve problem. I've avoided it so far. I'm already on the medication to treat that because of this other nerve issue. I am hoping it will go away as my feet heal from today's abuse but it is very distressing as it comes and goes with no warning and it keeping me from sleeping.
     
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