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Pain in two toes stretching towards arch of the ankle - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I ans
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hello
User :   I have a question regarding pain I have in my left foot
Doctor :   Yes, please proceed
User :   I have sever pain on the outside of my left foot, in the ball of my foot
User :   I have had 3 x-rays and nothing is broken
User :   I am currently in very strong pain meds to be able to walk, and the pain meds are not helping
Doctor :   Does the pain increase on walking ?
User :   no, the pain increases at night when I go to bed
Doctor :   does the pain change on the change in the position of the limb ?
Doctor :   i mean when placed high or low ?
User :   it is a sharp stabbing pain between my last 2 toes and it goes towards the arch
User :   no, the pain does not change
User :   I bought custom orthotics and they do not help either
Doctor :   ok, do you see any color change , loss of hair , increased lusture in the affected toes ?
User :   no
User :   I had GBS in 2008
User :   and I recovered completely from that
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   do you see any color change , loss of hair , increased lusture in the affected toes ?
User :   no, there is no change
Doctor :   ok, Have you got a doppler scan for the same ?
User :   no, my PCP didn't see the need
User :   I have to take 6 to 8 pain pills each day just to be able to put weight on my foot
Doctor :   i would advice you to get one
User :   I am a paramedic, so I am on my feet 12 hours a day
Doctor :   specially arterial doppler
User :   could there be a blockage?
Doctor :   the rest pain is very typical in vascular insufficiency
User :   could that be a residual effect from the GBS
Doctor :   No ,
User :   ok
User :   would I see color change with vascular insufficiency?
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   but in late stages
User :   ok
User :   what is the treatment for that
Doctor :   depends on the intensity of the block if present
User :   ok. I will make an appointment ASAP
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Hi, again
Doctor :   It seems you have moved out of the chat window. Please log in back if you have medical queries
User :   I was told when I had the GBS, that I had an inherited disease that caused my toes to draw up
User :   I dont remember what the Neurologist called it
Doctor :   Ok,
User :   but I wanted to know if that could be part of the problem
User :   he saw it on the EMG study that he did
Doctor :   It could be tendon defect what he mentioned , no there is no relation
User :   that is what it was, it had to do with the tendons
User :   if it is a blockage could that be life threatening
Doctor :   no , faster interventions would be very promising
User :   ok
User :   also, one more question, and then I will let you be
User :   with the pain meds, is there anything I can use to substitute, so I don't use so many narcotics
Doctor :   May i know what medications are you on now ?
User :   I am on Dilaudid
User :   2 mg
Doctor :   that is Hydromorphone , i would consider it would be better to consult a internalist or a pain managment specialist ( anaesthelogist )
User :   ok
User :   I have been taking around 6 a day
Doctor :   as they are narcotics , it would be unethical to advice about them over a chat with out examining you
Doctor :   That a high dose
User :   yes I know
Doctor :   you have to visit the specialist before you end up in side effect , also the withdrawal effects can be well manages only b the specialists
User :   can I take ultram, and motrin also
Doctor :   Motrin is ok
User :   ok, again. thank you very much.
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Take care
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