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Foot Pain - Bunion?
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Canada17 - November 11

Hey everyone!

When I was 18, I had surgery on my left foot to fix a bunion. It helped so much to get rid of the pain I felt from walking just in running shoes. To this day my left foot does not have that pain.

The past few months my right foot has really started to hurt me in the same way my left foot did leading up to the surgery.

I had x-rays done on my foot and they came back "clean" meaning they didn't find any abnormalities and there were no recommendations. I'm left to wonder why in the world I have so much pain then. I know I have a bunion on my right foot and it feels exactly the same way my left foot did. The pain is incredible! It feels like my foot is bleeding some days. It's a hot, tearing kind of pain that hurts when I touch it. It hurts when I brush anything up against it. It just seems to be getting worse. If I spend any more than 20 minutes on my feet it starts to hurt more. It hurts when I get out of bed in the morning before I even walk on it.

I am concerned now that my doctor is going to say there is nothing wrong with my foot that would require surgery. I expect to feel inexplicable pain due to my FM but the cause of this seemed pretty clear.

Does anyone else have a similar problem?


Fantod - November 11

I don't get it. If you have a bunion on that foot than that could certainly be the source of your pain. Everyone experiences pain differently and Fibromyalgia (FMS) certainly seems to pump things up that may not otherwise be much of a bother. I had two types of bunions. Just got the easiest set fixed - tailor's bunions which affect the baby toe. My feet were sore all of the time, it hurt to walk and I did not have much flexability. I'm just recovering from that surgery and now plotting out when to do the others. You'll just have to put your foot down (sorry I could not resist - lol) and insist something has to be done. If the pain is similar to what you experienced the first time than you know that it is time. I know the Canadian health system is differen than ours and things are not always simple. Good luck.


Canada17 - November 11

It's on the joint of my big toe, I can't wear heels, I can barely wear running shoes if I'm going to be on my feet for any length of time. We don't have a dishwasher, or rather I am the dishwasher, and just standing there washing dishes causes the pain. Forget about walking barefoot. Because it's my right foot, even driving for extended periods of time aggravates it.

The "put your foot down" joke is a good one, I like it, made me laugh! ;)

I know this is only going to get worse and worse and worse because it already has since I first started to complain about it to my doctor. Maybe you are right in that it is a case of just feeling it more due to my FM, maybe in a couple years something will show up on the x-rays. Do I really want to suffer that long though? The pain killers I have now barely take the edge off when it really flares up.

I have already tried toe inserts, gel thingys that you put between your big toe and second toe. They worked for about a week and then the pain got worse.


Noca - November 11

Ive had 3 surgeries so far on my feet due to my bone disease. One tumor removed was the size of a golf ball.


Fantod - November 12

I don't know if this is available in Canada but you might consider the Flector Pain Patch. This patch only works where it is applied. It does not get into your bloodstream and will not get you high. You could cut them up into strips to wrap around the affected area. I have degenerative disc disease and use these on my lower back pretty regularly. My back is generally terrible so I would expect it would effective for you. Clearly something is wrong. I hope you can get someone to listen to your complaint and take it seriously. Take care.


Canada17 - November 12

hmmm...I've never heard of them or seen them for that matter. They sound like something our government wouldn't approve as an OTC. There may be a prescription requirement, I will have to talk with my dr about it.

I checked out the website and the patches are designed to provide temporary relief. I don't think that means put on one a day for the rest of my life. Plus, my skin is sensitive to chemicals, especially after prolonged exposure.

Perhaps I could use it as a treat for a night out to allow me to wear heels! lol I wonder if I could get away with that..."sorry doc, I needed to wear a killer pair of heels!" hehehe like on my wedding day but I was smart and just wore a cute pair of Skechers under my fabulous wedding gown. No one knew until the garter toss! : )


Fantod - November 12

Sorry, I should have been more specific. The Flector patch is prescription only. Take care.


Noca - November 12

Ah the Flector patch is just Pennsaid, some topical pain killer that never really did a thing for me.



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