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Burning Feet - MS or What?
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beckytoney posted:
I've had Multiple Sclerosis since '88, and it's the standard Relapsing/ Remitting kind. About 4 years ago, though I started having burning in my feet, and I think it was around the time my lower legs and feet started to swell a lot.

Does anyone know what the cause of this burn is? I take Lyrica to make the pain manageable. Any info would be gladly welcomed.
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hackwriter responded:
Dear Becky,

If you're taking Lyrica and it is helping to ameliorate that burning, then it is neuropathic pain. Our scarred nerves misfire, causing a variety of phantom sensations such as burning pain, creepy-crawly sensations, sharp electrical stabbing pain, tingling, buzzing, a bruised feeling, a tightness around the rib cage, and the list goes on.

Swelling can be caused by medications or happen because of a lack of activity. I've battled swelling in one ankle, and in my case it was simply the result of sitting too long. After I began to get up and walk around at regular intervals and to elevate my legs for periods of time each day, the swelling disappeared.

Hope this helps.

Kim
 
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beckytoney replied to hackwriter's response:
Kim: Thank you. I guess I kept thinking it was somehow another "challenge", and not MS. I just keep having to have the dosage of the Lyrica increased because about every 6 months, the dosage I was taking just isn't enough, and the doc increases it.

I have learned that if I do more walking, even on my treadmill (boring!) that the swelling is less. I try to do everything I can to stay mobile, because I see hints of my right leg, usually my better one, getting worse. Ampyra definitely has helped though.


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