June 14th, 2011 10:35 PM #31Unregistered Guest
Re: Foot Numbness
June 26th, 2011 04:01 PM #32him Guest
July 17th, 2011 09:21 PM #33Junior Member
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Re: Foot Numbness
A year ago, I stripped and restained my backyard deck. It was about a 20 hour job over Fri-Sat-Sun. Within a few days, I noticed a slight numbness on the ball of my left foot closer to the smaller toes. This has persisted and actually worsened over the past year. I went to a podiatrist last October and he very quickly diagnosed it as Morton's neuroma (which I believe to be a very simple and catch-all diagnosis). Now, almost a year later to the day, I am beginning to have slight numbness in my right foot. There is no history of diabetes in my family. I have never had high glucose readings, however, I am wondering if this numbness may be caused by niacin. I take 2000mg daily to boost HDL/lower LDL. I have tolerated it very well and prefer it to statins, but I am wondering if the niacin (Niaspan) could possibly be causing or contributing to this numbness. I looked in the PI for Niaspan and didn't see any peripheral neuropathy SE's. I am a very healthy and active 55 yr-old and surgery for Morton's Neuroma has very poor outcomes (barely over 50% success). This is really getting int he way of my running and bicycling. Is there any data of niacin precipitating such foot numbness? I welcome all comments. thanks!
December 20th, 2011 04:12 PM #34Junior Member
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Re: Foot Numbness
Everything is scarier at 4 in the morning! And here I was awake again. Less than 4hours sleep this time. Not good.
I massaged my feet to get some feeling and circulation back in them , got out of bed w/o waking my husband, made coffee and fed the twirling deverish cats (who were delighted I was up) all the while wondering if I was going to die soon or linger for years losing how many workable parts along the way ...(those 4am scaries are really something!)
But this morning was different in that I stumbled across this site and a post by "fifty-seven".
My brain jumped into focus as I re-read the post . It sounded as if it were me talking.....then I read 4 more pages of the same from others.
Now I have been an epileptic since I was 10 years old. The seizures have been controlled since i was in my early 30s except for high stress moments like when we lost our house this last year in 20 days. (Bank is definitely a four letter word to me!)
I turned 58 at the end of this last summer. But last year when I turned 57 my toes began to turn numb at night. on a regular basis.
My back went out on top of which ! injured my sciatic nerve. The dr gave me pain pills that made me stupid, useless and constipated.I spent the better part of the month on my back in bed. Exercises I found online helped me get back to sitting & walking normal again.
My sense of balance has not been the same.. I trip on silly stuff ..or my foot lands wrong and turns...and down i go...landing on my knees of course. Not good...Im turning paranoid of winter because of the snow and ice. My built in temp guage is also not what it was...its all very inferiating!
But the nights! "pronounced numbness" in my toes and bottom pads of the ball of both feet. It feels like there is a sock scrunched up under the toes...the big toe pain is the worst! numb but not...froze up almost like muscles do in a seizure spasm. arches cramp up. feet very cold.
I have always had feet prone to cold and muscle cramps. Drs always said poor circulation...then asked "do you exercise?"
But year 57 was different When I complained about the feet problems my dr. said i had arthritis. end of story. I never got to add I was having a build of calluses on the bottoms of my feet. I did mention the sock scrunched under the toes feeling. She didn't give me anything for the arthritis so I went shopping over the counter. I figured I was on my own. Old age not being for whimps.
I changed my diet. Cut out carbonated and alcohol. Cut out most meat and processed foods. Cut down portions, did away with "meals" as I had known them.
I changed to raw honey in my coffee with alittle non fat milk ( take the ice cream & chocolate but leave the coffee! I love it) . Basically easily digestible food Some High fiber & protein. For the first time in my life the weight came rolling off and stayed off. I felt better and my feet did too! Except for getting up in the middle of the night regularly to pee (another new 50+ experience) I was sleeping!
Then it started getting cold. I added the bed warmer (a giant heating pad ) but when the nights hit 30 and below on a regular basis the foot numbness returned in all its scary glory.
Ive come to believe that what I have here is a "cocktail of calamity" and not a single root of all evil. Sciatic nerve + poor circulation accented with a pinch or more of arthrits. At least thats where Im starting.
Sometime back I purchased a program for sciatic nerve help from Back In Action Institute. It is suppose to be very good..i think its time I put it to use. Afternoon foot soaks in warm water...with epsom salts abit of soap....also help esp in the cold.....I have a favorite Foot Recovrey cream I found on Footsmart's site... it helps caluses!! That too will be a 2x daily ritual. Also self induced get up from the desk breaks.
Theres a recipe to help ciruclation I tried and found it to work (so of course I lazed out and stopped doing it) one half teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey..look it up there are all kinds of variations on amounts etc. I also love ginger....and I got some over the counter stuff for the arthrits so I guees i am set to go!.
But mostly I want to thank all the people who posted about their misery. Knowing Im not the only one out there was very comforting and helped me scare away those 4am "scaries". thank you and the best of luck to us all.