Let me start by saying I have a lot of spine problems Cervical,lumbar and thoracic so I guess maybe that is why the cramping and pain in feet and toes are getting worse.It started with zinging pain underneath my toes when I walked... NOW It is so bad that I cant get out of bed fast enough and some times its hard to stop my toes from curling in, and the pain is HORRIBLE!! And once I do get my toes straight I have to keep my feet flat on the bed with my legs bent. Has anyone had this problem?What test should I have
I had foot and leg cramping like that. I have a sleigh bed, and would have to push my feet against the footboard to stop it! I had a hip replaced and it stopped. Low potassium levels can cause muscle cramping, and some medications, in my case cymbalta and bishoporol both deplete my potassium.
skeeter b. Hey there. I have the exact same problem. I have a couple of spine problems, nerve damage, a bulging disc pressing against nerves, Degenrative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Anklosing Spondolytis, Osteoarthritis, etc... I have no idea which one or ones are ding it, but not only do my toes do exactly what yours does, but I get this severe cramp like thing in my left leg right below my knee... behind my knee. It's so painful I have to get out of bed and stand on the leg for a few minutes to get it to stop. I've started two different meds. that may be causing it. Gabapentin (Nuerontin) and Meloxicam for fibromyalgia. I'm definitely asking my doctor about it next week at my visit. It started happening right after starting those two. Oh, how I understand what your going through. And it will happen right in the middle of the night too. I wish you the best and your issue subsides, and you get relief soon. Many blessings to you. Ruth
Hey guys i know exactly what you're going through. I started having those same symptoms to the point where it hurts so bad that sometimes im on the verge of crying. I already had a herniated disc and then was rear ended by a pickup truck, soon after it all went downhill. I am awakened in the middle of the night with painful leg cramps, painful cramps in the arch of my feet are the worst because i'll try to get up to stand in an attempt to stop the spasms but, sometimes it doesn't work. Im currently seeing a PM dr for the pain. I've had epidural blocks with no success. So now my dr has prescribed me percocet and neurontin for the nerve pain. Seems to give a little relief, not much but i guess some is better than none at all. My dr says she wants surgery to be a last resort. Sending well wishes to anyone suffering from this, i share in your pain.
I have had cramps in my toes, my calf's and on the side of my knees where a bulge protrudes for about 30 years., plus this is not every night. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 8-9 years ago. I am allergic to the typical meds to treat this , so I am currently not on anything. I have heard, that there is not enough potassium, magnesium or maybe not drinking enough water. Blood work never shows my levels to be low, except for Vitamin D. It is hard to stand up, walk, sit or don't even think of rolling over if you are laying down. The corny thing is , if I wear socks to bed, 99% of the time I do not have these symptoms... so what is the take on this?
I have also had a similar issue. Horrible pain! I have had shots in my back that have helped my back and sciatic nerve pain, but now my feet are cramping and curling up. I had some foot pain, mostly on the top and toes, now it's unbearable! I have an appointment with my Pain Management Dr. then I will follow up with the Neurologist and Podiatrist. One word of advice - Do not take Neurontin!!! I took it and it worked great at first and then came the psychotic episodes. There is a class action Lawsuit against the Manufacture. I will follow up if I get any real answers. God Bless during this difficult time!
Like you, I have a number of problems besides cramping feet (and calves). I began taking a name brand non prescription drug made up of Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin D3. Usually I take this pill in the morning and it's never failed me yet. FWIW, magnesium is the primary ingredient that I was told would stop the cramps. They've definitely stopped - for several years now. I would have purchased only the magnesium if I could have found it locally, but this mixture is as close as I could come. An emergency cure when you already have the cramps is about 4 oz of water mixed with a heaping tablespoon of table salt. Naturally you wouldn't want to take this every day, but if you run out of whatever you ultimately decide to take, this home remedy will work and in just a few seconds. That said, if you have any issues with salt, this solution wouldn't be recommended.
Regarding your back and feet ailments, depending on what level your spine is injured, impinged, etc., one can end up with acute or chronic (me) numbness in one or both feet. Unless you mentioned it and I missed it, there is no cure for this that I'm aware of. Foot problems can be related to the back or one of the various types of peripheral neuropathy. This disorder has many variations and you can cause barely noticeable problems to fairly severe issues that affect the feet and and other areas of the body.. It wouldn't hurt to be checked out for peripheral neuropathy, because it definitely can affect your feet, but it does require a few tests to find out whether you do or don't have it and what type of peripheral neuropathy you have (if you have it).
I'm actually just wrapping up a painful episode right now. I had severe episodes every now and then. One was so bad I had to go to the hospital. This was about 8 years ago. I was sent to a podiatrist and was diagnosed with Tarsal Tunnel and prescribed muscle relaxers. A few months later I found out I was pregnant and topped taking the meds. I had been doing well for years (just a handful of episodes per year) but now they are coming with more frequency. My feet and toes spasm and bend against my will. I have to force my feet in the opposite direction of the pulling. After reading more about tarsal tunnel I'm not sure if that's what I have. I'm making an appt with my doctor first thing.
My dad is 91 and extremely active..mentally and physically, a vegetarian and has had severe calf, foot and toe cramps at night for around 5 years and it was infuriating to him that doctors couldn't help him and believe me, they tried. He found by himself what he calls the best remedy to stop those cramps. Beet ROOT Juice. He hasn't had one single cramp for over a year now..not one..and swears that is what solved his problem. If you read about it..it slightly opens the veins so the blood flows easier..plus many, many other great things it does for the organs. Don't forget it has to be organic beet ROOT juice. Not just beet juice. Good luck!
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