Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by gypsy3998, May 19, 2003.
Dose anyone have pain in there feet. I have been told that it is not a part of fibromyalgia.
Yes, I do and know others with FMS do, too.
Mine seems to go in spurts. It has been described
and I think it is true - it feels like you are walking on
glass or rocks.
Also, it has been written that when we are off our
feet the bottom of our feet shrink and when we
walk on them that muscle stretches out and hurts.
It is like planter fascitis.
Hope this helps.
Hi Gypsy, welcome to the board.
Yes, I have had foot pain, and it was part of Fibro. It went on for months, I would hang onto the walls when I got out of the bed in the morning.
It seemed to be worst when I woke up, but let up during the day.
I read about it in 'Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome (A Survival Manual)' by Devin Starlanyl, MD.
She has diagrams of the different areas that we have pain, one trigger in the 'tibialis'(shin bone area) can generate through the ankle to the big toe, the other is the muscle in back of the calf (gastrocnemius) that will generate to the arch of the foot.
I am sitting here looking at the book ( I could never tell you this otherwise!). There are several other points in the leg that can cause pain in the feet.
I have not had this pain since I started taking magnesium, thats over a year ago now.
Hope this helped a little for you.
Again, welcome to the board, and hope we hear from you often.
I used to have terrible foot pain and leg pain. If I stretch out the backs of my legs, this really helps. I got this excercise from a pain doctor. I just lay in a doorway between two rooms. To stretch out the right leg, lay fairly close to the right side of the door jamb. Position yourself to get the desired stretch and hold 30 seconds.
Repeat five times. Increase the stretch as desired; but DON'T OVERDO it so you don't get sore.
Repeat with the left leg the same as the right one.
This really helped me after three years of severe leg and foot pain!!! This also helped me with hip and buttock pain. I do this three times a day during bad flare-up.
Hope this would work for you also!! Granmakitty
I have had numerous foot problems for years (stress fractures,plantaris facsitis (spelled wrong!) and a Morton's neuroma) I even had the surgery on one foot for the plantaris thing and I would not recommend it. Stretches are really important along with anti inflammatories. Also fill a 20 oz soda bottle with water & freeze it - sit and roll your foot back and forth on the icy bottle- it's heavenly! You get a little stretch along with the icing. Be sure to wear good shoes and see if you need orthodics for you shoes. Best wishes and good luck!
(This is adapted from "The Fibromyalgia Advocate", 1998, © Devin J. Starlanyl)
It isn’t unusual to have both TrPs and FMS contributing to one symptom – sometimes with the addition of reactive hypoglycemia (RHG) or insulin resistance (IR). Some of your symptoms may be caused by the side effects of medications. There are other medical conditions that can cause some of these symptoms as well. This guide will, however, indicate whether there is a pattern to your symptoms. For example, if you have three symptoms indicating possible TrPs, you have a great likelihood of having other symptoms also caused by TrPs, and a good possibility of having chronic myofascial pain. Visual locations of TrPs and their reference zones can be seen in the video "Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: The Trigger Point Guide" (see video).
Key to Understanding the Self-Diagnostic Guide
"(FMS)" indicates that the preceding symptom often accompanies fibromyalgia. "(H)" indicates that reactive hypoglycemia or insulin resistance may contribute to the symptom. The Latin-derived names of the muscles in brackets [ ] indicate the most likely muscles that may have TrPs that could cause the symptom. The symptoms are listed in boldface type, but by design, they are not in any particular order. There may be a variety of causes for every symptom, and there are many ways of categorizing the symptoms. I do not wish to imply connections where there may not be any, nor, by separating symptoms, to exclude them where they may exist. Each of us is different and our patterns of symptoms may be different.
Symptom List and Possible Causes
Childhood growing pains: [early TrPs]
"Traveling" nocturnal sinus stuffiness [pterygoid, sternocleidomastoid, posterior digastric]
Post nasal drip: (FMS), [pterygoid, sternocleidomastoid]
Drooling in sleep: [internal medial pterygoid]
Swollen glands: [digastric]
Difficulty swallowing: [digastric, pterygoid]
Dry cough: [lower end sternal sternocleidomastoid]
TMJ symptoms: [masseter, trapezius, temporalis, pterygoid]
Dizziness when turning head or changing field of view: [sternocleidomastoid], (H),
Runny nose: (FMS), [sternocleidomastoid, pterygoid]
Sore throat: [sternocleidomastoid, digastric, pterygoid]
Stiff neck: [levator scapulae]
Mold/yeast sensitivity: (FMS), (H)
Reflux esophagitis: [external oblique], (H)
Headaches/migraines: (FMS), [trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, temporalis, splenii, suboccipital, semispinalis capitis, frontalis, zygomaticus major, cutaneous facial, posterior cervical], (H)
Light and/or broken sleep pattern with unrefreshing sleep: (FMS)
Sweats: (FMS), (H)
Morning stiffness: (FMS), [multiple TrPs]
Fatigue: (FMS), [multiple TrPs], (H)
Shortness of breath: (FMS) [serratus anterior, diaphragm, other respiratory muscles], (H)
Painful weak grip that may let go: [infraspinatus, scaleni, hand extensors, brachioradialis]
Menstrual problems and/or pelvic pain: (FMS), [coccygeus, levator ani, obturator internus, high adductor magnus, abdominal obliques]
Loss of libido: (FMS)
Low back pain: [quadratus lumborum, thoracolumbar paraspinals, longissimus, ilicostalis, multifidi, rectis abdominis]
Nail ridges and/or nails that curve under: (FMS)
Difficulty speaking known words: (FMS), (H)
Directional disorientation: (FMS), (H)
Visual perception problems: [sternocleidomastoid], (H)
Tearing/reddening of eye, drooping of eyelid: [upper sternal sternocleidomastoid]
Loss of ability to distinguish some shades of colors: (FMS)
Short-term memory impairment: (FMS), (H)
Weight gain/loss: (FMS), (H),
Sensitivity to odors: (FMS)
Mitral valve prolapse: (FMS)
Double/blurry/changing vision: [internal eye muscles, temporalis, sternocleidomastoid, trapezius, cutaneous facial, splenius cervicis]
Visual and audio effects/falling sensations before sleep (called "sleep starts"): (FMS)
Earaches/ringing/itch: (FMS), [SCM, masseter, pterygoid],
Unexplained toothaches: [temporalis, masseter, digastric]
Rapid/fluttery/irregular heartbeat/heart attack-like pain: (FMS), [sternalis, pectoralis], (H)
Bloating/nausea/abdominal cramps: (FMS), [ abdominals, multifidi, iliocostalis, paraxiphoid rectus abdominus, quadratus lumborum, upper thoracic paraspinals], (H) [Note: for excessive gas and belching, check for TrP at angle of 12th rib, either side.]
Appendicitis-like pains: [iliopsoas, rectus abdominis, piriformis, iliocostalis]
Carbohydrate/chocolate cravings: (FMS), (H)
Sensitivity to cold/heat/humidity/pressure changes/light/wind: (FMS)
Abdominal cramps, colic: [periumbilical rectus abdominus]
Panic attacks: (FMS), (H)
Mottled skin: (FMS)
Depression: (FMS), (H)
Confusional states: (FMS), (H)
Thumb pain and tingling numbness: [brachialis entrapment of radial nerve, adductor pollicus]
Urine retention: [upper public, inguinal ligament, lower internal oblique and lower rectus abdominus TrPs]
Tendency to cry easily: (FMS), (H)
Night driving difficulty: (FMS)
Weak ankles: [peroneus, tibialis]
Lax, pendulus abdomen: [abdominal TrPs, especially in rectus abdominus]
Upper/lower leg cramps: [sartorius, gastrocnemius]
Tight Achilles tendons: [tibialis posterior]
Groin pain: [adductores longus and brevis, iliopsoas]
Irritable bowel: (FMS), [pelvic TrPs, multifidi, high adductor magnus, abdominal obliques], (H)
Sciatica: [thoracolumbar paraspinals, gluteus minimus, hamstrings, piriformis, iliopsoas]
Urinary frequency: (FMS), [cutaneous and myofascial lower abdominal TrPs]
Impotence: (FMS), [piriformis pudendal nerve entrapment]
Stress incontinence, anal/genital/perineal pain: [pelvic floor TrPs, high adductor magnus, piriformis, paraspinals]
Painful intercourse: [vaginal TrPs, pelvic floor TrPs, piriformis]
Muscle twitching: (FMS), [local TrPs]
Numbness and tingling: [nerve entrapment by TrPs]
Diffuse swelling: (FMS), [vascular entrapment by TrPs]
Hypersensitive nipples/breast pain: [pectoralis]
Fibrocystic breasts: (FMS), [possible ductile entrapments by TrPs]
Buckling knee: [vastus medialis, quadriceps, adductor longus]
Problems climbing stairs: [sartorius, quadriceps femoris, vastus medialis]
Problems going down stairs: [popliteus]
Free-floating anxiety: (FMS), (H)
Mood swings: (FMS), (H)
Unaccountable irritability: (FMS), (H)
Trouble concentrating: (FMS), (H)
Shin splint-type pain: [peroneus, tibialis]
Heel pain: [soleus, quadratus plantae, abductor hallucis, tibialis posterior]
Sensory overload: (FMS), (H)
Handwriting difficulties: [adductor/opponens pollicis]
Sore spot on top of head: [splenius capitis, sternocleidomastoid]
Problems holding arms up (as when folding sheets): [subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, upper trapezius, levator scapulae]
"Fugue"-type states (staring into space before brain can function): (FMS), (H)
Tight hamstrings: [hamstring complex, adductor magnus, quadriceps femoris, iliopsoas, gastrocnemius] numbness/tingling on the outer thigh (meralgia paresthetica): [quadriceps femoris, vastus lateralis, sartorius, tensor fascia latae entrapment]
Carpal tunnel-like pain in wrist (watchband area): [subscapularis]
Balance problems/staggering gait: [sternocleidomastoid, gluteus minimus], (H)
Restless leg syndrome: [gastrocnemius, soleus]
Myoclonus (muscle movements and jerks at night): (FMS), [local TrPs]
Feeling continued movement in car after stopping: [sternocleidomastoid]
Feeling tilted when cornering in car: [sternocleidomastoid]
First steps in the morning feel as if walking on nails: [long flexors of toes, tibialis posterior]
Pressure of eyeglasses or headbands is painful: [head, neck, and shoulder TrPs]
Thick secretions: (FMS)
Bruise/scar easily: (FMS)
Some stripes and checks cause dizziness: [sternocleidomastoid]
Bruxism (teeth grinding): (FMS), [digastric, masseter, soleus]
Inability to recognize familiar surroundings: (FMS), (H)
Delayed reactions to "overdoing it": (FMS)
Family clustering (other members of the family have FMS): (FMS)
Tissue overgrowth (fibroids, ingrown hairs, heavy and splitting cuticles, adhesions): (FMS)
Suggestions for Dealing with FMS and myofascial pain: Deal with any perpetuating factors (see "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual edition 2, Starlanyl and Copeland, 2001), including metabolic ones. Find what combination of diet, mindwork, bodywork and medications you need.
i have pain in myfeet all the time.they really hurt when i first get up in the morning.
I actually think when my feet went that was the start of some greater problems. I'm looking forward to trying the stretch. I can't hardly walk until my first oxycontin of the day has touched my painful feet. The oxycontin thing is a whole other story, how I wished I could function without pain control, but I'm afraid the pain is up there. I'm still trying to find an orthopede to take a good look at my hip and knee, the pain in those areas feel different from my fibro pain, but my doctors have a tendency to just lump it together and not take my opinion seriously. Ever since the misdiagnosed gall bladder and the Hell my physician put me through, including writing to the specialist she referred me too, mentioning that I may be drug seeking and in need of more psychiatric help, when all along I was passing gall stones. Not only did she not diagnose me she tainted my relationships with the physicians to which she referred me. I hope I let go of this bitterness soon, but to read my records and the things that were said and all along I was truly suffering from a totally separate illness. Sometimes I wish I hadnt' even seen my records, but I digress. Yes, I have foot pain.
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