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Tingling in the toe from the ankle - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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My big toe is tingling and it starts at ankle and doing down to the toe. Above the ankle, the inside of my calf is extremely sore and Advil is not alleviating the pain. In fact, there is a really tender spot above the inside ankle bone and it seems to be getting worse. Had surgery on opposite side of ankle seven months ago for torn ligament and tendon. Went to urgent care today and they took X-rays but nothing showed up. Told me to see an orthopedic but cannot make I can transfer records from surgery. In mean time, not sure what to do as the pain is getting worse.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   may i know ur age ?
Doctor :   your weight and your occupation ?
User :   41
User :   275 and I am a high school teacher
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   so how many days have u been on advil ?
User :   Since Monday morning
Doctor :   and that has not been useful ?
User :   No. It doesn't even take the edge off the pain
Doctor :   any other investigations done ?
User :   No. Orthopedic won't make appointment until they can get records from doctor who performed previous surgery
Doctor :   ok ,
Doctor :   so now ur main issue is pain right ?
Doctor :   what is the dose that has been adviced to u ?
User :   Yes. It keeps me up at night... I've been taking 800 mg of Advil every 6 hours
Doctor :   have you asked ur surgeon for any medications like vicodin
User :   No. In fact, doctor today seemed unwilling to diagnose anything until orthopedic had seen it.
Doctor :   that is really odd
Doctor :   any patient in pain can be given pain medications like vicodin
User :   I couldn't contact the foot surgeon as many offices were closed because of the blizzard conditions today...
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   cant you go to the ER ?
User :   I didn't know if it was worth the trip in our weather. I got the feeling today that the doctor thought it wasn't a big deal.
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   the best way is to go to the ER
Doctor :   and he can prescribe you some vicodin
User :   Ok. Thank you for your time.
Doctor :   or give steroid shots in the area that hurts
Doctor :   i hope this helps
User :   Thank you.
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   take care and have a good day
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