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my hands and feets HURT so bad I can't take this pain!!
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fancithatt - September 20

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago but have been suffering and diagnosed with the other symptoms for years. My question is my hands and feet don't just tingle and go numb (they do that also) but they HURT like nothing I have ever had and it won't go away. Its been about 4 months of this and I'm going crazy!! They hurt so bad when I get up I can hardly walk and my hands throb and I can't even write my name sometimes, also my rings will not fit on my fingers. Has anyone else had this problem. I have talked with my dr but I don't think she is understanding how much pain I'm in. Thanks for any info you can give me


kvc33 - September 22

Hello my dear. I am sorry you are having so much pain in your hands and feet. Since you have swelling it sounds like arthritis to me, not just fibro. You may be having an allergic reaction to food from the nightshade family (potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant) or to something else. My young niece experienced swollen hands and then very bad abdominal pain only to find out that she was allergic to gluten and diary. Have you seen a rheumatologist? Have you been given a diagnosis of some kind? You really need to get that. I wish you well.


Tracieg - November 12

I know what you mean when you say you don't think your dr understands the pain you are in because I am the same way. Suddenly my feet hurt and burn so bad, especially the burning part. The burn and hurt so bad that I can't understand why people don't say, "your feet are engulfed in flames". I have some type of peripherel neuropathy going on in them. Don't ask me why or what this is exactly because I don't understand and it seems like there is nothing to do for it. All I know is it happens pretty much daily and I feel like I'm going to crash soon because of the pain. My fibro is bad again, it has been good for quite some time. I just wish it would all go away. Sorry I'm no help but I do understand.


January - November 17

If you're having neuropathy in your feet, have you been tested for diabetes? Get an A1C test - it's more accurate than just a glucose test. Diabetes can cause burning pain in the feet and legs.


fancithatt - December 6

Hello ladies and gents, thank you for your comments. I went to have blood tests done and I have full blown rheumatoid arthritis. This just sucks!! RA and fibro?? Dang it!! At least now I know why I feel so cruddy. Rhmy dr did check for diabetes and I don't have that thank goodness. Does anyone know of a discussion board for RA as good as this Board for Fibromyalgia?? Thank you again for all your info. This is the best source of information


Tspringer - December 7

Capsaicin is likely to help ease your pain in hands and feet - but it will take some time. Capsaicin works to reduce levels of substance P and thus the pain messages being transmitted. It is cumulative and typically can take several weeks of usage to become effective.

You can buy it in creams in tubes, but it is fairly expensive. We make our own using habanero peppers, mineral oil and lavender oil. I have been working on an improved recipe and process to make a cream version.



kvc33 - December 7

I tried capsaicin and the burning pain if produced was unreal (it's made from hot peppers). I don't know what the strength was but because of that I would never use it again. A relative used it after he had healed from shingles and it was like he was on fire. If you try to wash it off with water it just intensifies the pain. Perhaps your recipe is okay Terry, but I would really caution anyone trying the stuff that you will find at a drug store.


Tspringer - December 7

Capsaicin does burn when you first apply it - and for some I am sure this can be a deal breaker. Some folks sensitivity to the burning sensation upon application of Capsaicin will be too much - for others it will be tolerable. Also, the skin builds a tolerance for it over time, after several weeks of application for most people the burning sensation is either gone or dramatically diminished. Of course if your one of the people for whom the initial burning is too much, this does not matter.

It also typically takes a couple of weeks of consistent application to an area before Capsaicin really begins to have a large impact. So again, for some they are not going to be able to get to that point.

Its like most treatments associated with Fibro - it will work very well for some, and for others it may be worthless and for some it may make you worse.

My suggestion is simply to test it. Apply a small amount to a small area and see how it feels. If the burning is too much - wash off with milk or vinegar.

Folks with Fibro who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity or have severe skin sensitivity and topical burning sensations as a symptom should steer clear of Capsaicin. If your skin is already burning, don't feed the fire! But if you do not experience these things as part of your individual Fibro and you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, then Capsaicin can be a real help.





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