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foot pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions
Had L4/L5 and L5/S1 fussion 19 months ago. still experiencing mild back pain depending on activity. main problem is leg and foot pain. My feet hurt all the time. more on the left than right. pain increases significantly in the afternoon and at night. leg cramps under control with keppra,but still have significant pain in feet and legs at night. taking pain meds is like eating m & m's. Nothing seems to work. Even tried trial neuro-stimulator. Getting desperate for relief. any suggestions.



  • Can you tell us what you have tried for this?
    Is it pain that keeps you awake or pain that is ruining your day? For sleep I use Benedryl and Neurontin. I can't take neurontin in the daytime it makes me stupid.
    Have you tried the normal things?
    Raise legs. Heat? Cold? Massage? Different shoes? No shoes?
    If it's nerve related as it sounds, pain meds can be next to useless. My hydrocodone only works by allowing me to disassociate from the pain in my shoulder. It has only very rarely made it not hurt. Those few times it works are the good times. Most of the time it simply helps me not care.
    I assume you have talked this thorugh with your doctors?

    Welcome to Spine Health and please tell us more. I'm sure there are people here that can help. :)
  • Have you tried any long acting meds? It sounds like you may have more nerve pain than anything else going on. Have you tried the nerve pain meds?
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i do not have any experience with foot pain but we do have pain in common. ~X( good luck as you seek pain relief! :D Jenny :)
  • Have you tried ice on the foot? I put my foot in a bowl of ice and wrap my leg with ice. Only for a few minutes or what you can tolerate. I also wrap my infrared platinum heating pad around my leg and it helps. Lyrica and amitriptyline and ms contin help as well as a sleeping pill. Good luck and hope you find some pain relief. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I have been dealing with left foot pain since I hurt my back in 2001. A chiropractor told me to take a 5 gallon bucket & fill it about half way with cold tap water then add about 25 ice cubes & soak my foot in there. No more than 10 minutes he told me & it has been helpful to an extent. I will add more or less ice cubes as to what I can tolerate.

    Norm (stinger66)
  • I have had foot pain for two years. Thought it was getting better until I herniated L5S1 in March 08 and had surgery. The herniation affected my right side allowing me to be able to walk until after surgery. That foot is fine now ...still issues with left foot..creeping up into achilles tendon and ankle. I have had MRI of foot and have seen two foot ortho specialists. Actually going back again next Thursday since pain is now in Achilles Tendon. My question to you is do you notice any pain in buttock or down back of leg leading to that foot. I have none of that. Therefore foot specialist doesn't feel it is nerve related. I do and am going to request a nerve conductivity test. Have you had that test done? Hope to hear back as to whether you have pain in leg leading to foot.

  • I saw many foot doctors who tried all kinds of stuff, nothing worked. They had me do the nerve conductivity test & said I had tarsal tunnel syndrome in left foot. They convinced me to have the surgery to correct it. I was in so much pain that I believed the surgery would work. If I would have had an MRI of my back years ago then I would have not went through an uneccessary foot surgery. All that did was make the pain worse in my foot. It was the pinched nerve in my back that was the source of pain. Hopefully we will all become pain free someday!!

    Norm(stinger66) :|
  • did you experience or do you experience any sensation down back of leg leading to that foot?
  • never had foot or leg pain below knees until after surgery. pain was in lower back and buttocks. had nerve test. told that i had permenant nerve damage on left side from L5. good news was there was no sign of neuropothy(not sure on spelling). told it wouldn't get worst but it would not get any better. surgeon said nerve was pinched to long. keppra took care of the cramps but nothing works for the pain. can't stand long,can't walk long and pain gets worst at night when laying down. perscribed percorcet. don't work. tried several meds. nothing works so far.

  • thanks for all the comments and private messages. going to doc this week. have my list of ideas from everyone thanks
  • perscribed methodone. we'll see if it helps
  • Anyone try Methodone. Works well on the foot and leg pain. Matter of fact, it works great. But, it gives me bad headaches and chest pains. Anyone else have these problems with methodone.
  • I have no experience with it first hand but have seen several people post they "sneak up" on the pain by starting at 10mg and taking additional 10 till the pain is tolerable.
    You need to ask your doctor about your side effects. I have also seen people report the side effects lessen over time.

    Almost forgot, you may get better answers by going to the treatment section and posting under medications!
  • well.......the methodone is the root of the chest pains. going next week for nuclear stress test......always something. methodone works great on the leg and foot pain.
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