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Old 9th May 2010, 03:26 AM
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Two nights ago I woke up screaming because it felt like someone was trying to saw off my toes. The pain disappeared within a few seconds so I thought it had been a dream.

Later that day the same thing happened. Sudden sharp HORRID pain in the first three toes on my right foot (mainly the tips). It came on so fast and hurt so bad I literally screamed and fell over. Again the pain went away within a few seconds. It felt like knives and electric shocks. Obviously this wasn't caused by a dream.

I've been googling my symptoms and not having any luck finding anything that matches this. I've come up with gout, Raynaud's, Morton's Neuroma, stroke, peripheral neuropathy, etc. But none of those fit. The pain is sudden, but disappears very quickly. My toes aren't warm, or cold, to the touch. I haven't lost use of them. They aren't changing colors. There are no bumps anywhere. It's the first three toes, not the last two. Etc.

Today it's been happening a LOT more often. I called my insurance nurses line and they said it sounds like a nerve issue and that going to the ER or urgent care would be pointless since there's nothing that can be done without a nerve conduction study. In the meantime I'm in tears because I never know when it's going to happen. I'm on propranalol so I'm not supposed to take ibuprofen, and I can't take tylenol. I have no idea what to do to make this stop. I keep waking up my baby because I scream when it hits.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Any suggestions on how to get through until I can see my primary doctor (Tuesday at the earliest)? I feel so lost.
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Old 1st October 2010, 09:43 PM
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I FEEL YOUR PAIN! WHAT is it!!?

This bizarre and horrible SCREAMING TOE pain has happened to me -> two nights in a row....and again this afternoon. Like somebody has visciously driven an ice pick into my toes, as I lay in bed reading (socks on). Only lasted a few seconds, went away, then back for a few seconds....gone and forgotten. But Gee Whiz! Talk about shooting pain!!! OUCH!! I was squirming in my bed and gasping. It's a scary pain...and my toes look fine.

Now it just happened as I was sitting at my desk. Not as bad though. Wearing snug sneakers.

I take no drugs. I'm in my early 40's. I don't smoke or drink. I am average height and good health. I golf twice a week. I rarely ever wear high heels, but I did wear a pair of boots for a short bit of walking the first night I felt this pain.

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Old 22nd December 2010, 06:13 PM
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I have the same few months ago, went to doctor who said that your body missing B12 and he bescribe me B12 1000 mcg tablet after 1 or 2 tablets I feel it way much better and kept using B12 daily .....I notice when I don't take my daily dosage I start to feel little pain but not close to the one we seems all we share .....
Today, I have extreme sharp pain ...then I remember that I didn't take my B12 for few days. I call my doctor to see what I should do.

I will update you as soon as I meet my doctor.
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Old 30th December 2010, 12:19 AM
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did you ever find out about your toe pain and if so what was it? I am having the same problem and someone told me it was fibromaylagia. I don.t want to believe this so I am searching for answers.
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Old 20th April 2011, 08:14 PM
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Two nights ago I woke up screaming because it felt like someone was trying to saw off my toes. The pain disappeared within a few seconds so I thought it had been a dream.

Later that day the same thing happened. Sudden sharp HORRID pain in the first three toes on my right foot (mainly the tips). It came on so fast and hurt so bad I literally screamed and fell over. Again the pain went away within a few seconds. It felt like knives and electric shocks. Obviously this wasn't caused by a dream.

I've been googling my symptoms and not having any luck finding anything that matches this. I've come up with gout, Raynaud's, Morton's Neuroma, stroke, peripheral neuropathy, etc. But none of those fit. The pain is sudden, but disappears very quickly. My toes aren't warm, or cold, to the touch. I haven't lost use of them. They aren't changing colors. There are no bumps anywhere. It's the first three toes, not the last two. Etc.

Today it's been happening a LOT more often. I called my insurance nurses line and they said it sounds like a nerve issue and that going to the ER or urgent care would be pointless since there's nothing that can be done without a nerve conduction study. In the meantime I'm in tears because I never know when it's going to happen. I'm on propranalol so I'm not supposed to take ibuprofen, and I can't take tylenol. I have no idea what to do to make this stop. I keep waking up my baby because I scream when it hits.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Any suggestions on how to get through until I can see my primary doctor (Tuesday at the earliest)? I feel so lost.
This sounds like GOUT! The pain comes on very sudden and is intense! It can happen any time of the day. If you think you have gout, encourage your doctor to do a serum uric acid blood test. If the results are greater than 7mg/dL, then you do have this condition. There are a couple GOUT meds that help quiet a bit. I've found that the anti-inflammatory meds don't help me very much. You actually need to control/reduce the amount of uric acid in your system.
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Old 7th September 2011, 02:45 AM
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I also began having the same pain in my right foot as you describe about 18 months ago. The pain would happen sporadically (sitting, walking driving, sleeping) and typically last between 10-45 seconds. This went on for about 8 weeks and I decided to see a doctor - who sent me to a specialist - who found nothing. The pain mysteriously disappeared for about 6 months - returned again for a couple of week - disappeared again and now it started again 3 days ago. The pain was excruciating and occurred at least 20 times through out the day. The pain went away for two days and then happened this evening. This time the pain was in the big toe and the entire top portion of my foot. It was PAINFUL!! I saw that one of the responses mentioned something about B12 helping. I have taken B12 religously for several years and still seem to have this problem. I feel so helpless...
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Old 14th October 2011, 08:25 AM
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Could it be multiple sclerosis?
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Old 16th October 2011, 01:46 AM
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I just turned 68 and i have had these shooting pains in the ends of two toes in my left foot for the past several years (4 to 5) ,i also have had a lot of trouble with dry and extremly itchy eyes and dry mouth (dry mouth when sleeping} when i googled this one of the answers came up as sjogrens syndrome and when i cheked the site/sites out i found that symtoms from a to z that i had many symtoms unfortunatly the sites did not offer very many cures to alleviate the problems r. J .shilton
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Old 10th November 2011, 05:20 AM
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Oh my god! This just started happening to me too a couple weeks ago. It isn't always on the same foot or the same toe. It feels like its being burned from the inside out but only lasts a few seconds. It has been so bad it has woken me up. I noticed that my feet have been swelling lately once in a while too, but that has been going on longer than the random pains. If anyone figures this out I'd like to know.
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Old 13th December 2011, 07:40 PM
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Yes! "Burning from the inside out" is exactly what it feels like. Just started happening to me last week.
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Old 28th December 2011, 06:19 PM
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I have been having this mysterious toe pain on and off for the past several months. I wonder if anyone else gets frequent migraines as I do and if this could be related in some way. I have also noticed that if I have my ankles crossed or am cutting off the circulation in one of my legs/feet I will get the shooting pain in my foot.
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Old 31st December 2011, 03:25 AM
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I get sharp pains in my big toe, feels like you stubbed it, or dropped something on it. Always on the left foot, sometimes just the big toe, others times it accross all of my toes, it's right on the end of my toe, on the cuticle, it's quite painful. Sometimes so bad that feels like the pain is going all the way up my back. It doesn't matter if I am sitting, standing, or lying down.
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Old 1st January 2012, 12:33 AM
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I started having the same pain in my left 3 toes (not my big toe). It seems to have come on when I started wearing slight heels (woman). I am going to begin stretching exercises which I have not been doing lately... I will let you know if this improves it... Stretching helps a lot of things, so I suggest trying it.
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Old 16th January 2012, 08:42 PM
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did you ever find out about your toe pain and if so what was it? I am having the same problem and someone told me it was fibromaylagia. I don.t want to believe this so I am searching for answers.
I am not a doctor or medical anything****I am a patient, this is my personal experience**yes you are correct, , I also think getting a "B" shot gave me a way cool super human strength Immediantly, I believe your problem is nerve damage Umong other serious issues this will not cure your situation , but it will give you some relief and some peace ithrough out the rest of your body. I have Fibromaylagia and I am female , My doctors have been with me on this one for over 11yrs, get checked for a tumor in the throat & also check for a serious thyroid issue, Men the signs are the same for you. **so men get tested**. Are you suffering from a dry mouth situation..but no heavy or feels randomly super dry? people say I should have myself tested for diebetes? any one whom can answer this one ? >>>>>please answer here!
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Old 16th January 2012, 08:56 PM
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I am not a doctor or medical anything****I am a patient & this is my
personal experience**

yes you are correct, , I also think getting a "B" shot gave me a way cool super human strength Immediantly,
I believe your problem is nerve damage, about the "b" shot it will give you some relief and some peace ithrough out the rest of your body. o.K going back to what I wanted to say is that I have Fibromaylagia and I am female
My doctors have been with me on this one for over 11yrs, get checked for a tumor in the throat & also check for a serious thyroid issue, Men the signs are the same for you.
**so men get tested**.

I have a Question to place out theere?
Are you suffering from a dry mouth situation..but no heavy or feels randomly super dry? people say I should have myself tested for diebetes? any one whom can answer this one ? >>>>>please answer here!
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Old 30th January 2012, 01:34 AM
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I've had the same shooting pain every once and a while for the last 4 years. It got to the point also when it would wake me up in the middle of the night, it happens while I'm driving or sitting at my desk. I went to a foot doctor and she told me it was Morton's neuroma. It's caused by wearing to tight shoes, pointy toe high heels, etc. The nerve in the top of your foot is inflamed and needs a shot of cortisone. The doctor will give it to you in the nerve ( it burns/ stings really bad for a couplr of seconds) right in front of your second and third toes. You will not have the pain for awhile but it will come back sooner or later. My doctor recommended surgery but I'm not sure. I just try not to wear heels and where comfy shoes. I hope that helps.
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Old 6th February 2012, 09:06 PM
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I have been waking up to a painful, quick grabbing sensation in my big left toe. Initially, I wondered if it was due to a bad pedicure. Many years ago, I had partial ingrown toenail surgery on that toe, is it coming back to haunt me? But it looks fine. I have a heart issue (AFIB) and read about heart issues frequently. I see where people with Peripheral Artery Disease have "foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep." Voila! My doctor just found that I have high cholesterol and put me on statins. Could it be that my cholesterol is so high now that I have blocked the arteries in my legs? Or, could it be a side effect of the medication I am taking (metoprolol). Anyway, PAD can be tested for by using an ankle-brachial index test that compares the blood pressure in your ankles vs. the blood pressure in your arms. I am sure there are other reasons for night toe pain, but this one seems relevant in my case. I will ask the doctor for this test.
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Old 15th February 2012, 10:58 PM
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I had the same problem!!!! Yes, I did go to the ER and had a full (and painful) nerve study test panel done on me. Of course it showed nothing. Finally, I saw a physician that put me on a nerve medication called Gabapentin. While this helped a tremendously, I would still have slight pain at night (much more tolerable with the Gabapentin!). I read about using ibuprofen and tried it and it worked almost instantly. (Being on blood thinners for a blood disorder, I too am not supposed to take Ibuprofen...However, I discussed it with my doctor and they recommended that I continue to use the combination of Gabapentin and Ibuprofen and were able to change my other medication to compromise.) I haven't had the pain since. I hope you feel relief soon! I understand!

PS. I was informed that this condition is usually a result of nerve damage or blood clots. I have had both.
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Have you tried laser therapy for the neuroma? My DPM just told me about it last week, right before I had cryosurgery. Kind of a "new" therapy for MN, might want to check it out, I'm going to!
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Old 13th March 2012, 02:54 PM
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Here's another angle on the sharp toe pain. These have happened to me several times in the past, and started up again the last few days. In my case, I know the cause and cure.

I have a hammer toe on my second toe. That is, the front curls down and instead of pointing to the front of the shoe, points downward and rubs on the inner sole of the shoe. Over time, a thick, hard callous develops on the tip of the toe. (If the toenail grew out, it would make a little roof over the callous.) When the callous gets big enough, it apparently pushes into the tip of the toe. When it gets big and deep and thick enough, the excruciating intermittent sharp toe pains suddenly come on. They are sudden and severe make you jump out of your skin.

The trick is to get rid of the callous. The quick way is to get a razor blade and carve down the hard callous tissue. It's a bit nerve-racking since you want to cut away the dead callous tissue without cutting into the underlying healthy live tissue. There are a lot of other options for removal that are much slower. Check them out on the Internet.

I had been having the toe pains for the last couple of days when I decided in the late afternoon yesterday that the callous had to go. I took the razor blade approach to get the quickest relief. The sharp, sudden pains gradually diminished through the rest of the day. This morning, a bright new dawn. No pains whatever.

I know this may not help everyone, but it is worth checking to see if you have a thick, hard callous on the hurting toe. If so, you might try this.

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Old 28th March 2012, 05:58 AM
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I have been experiencing the same sharp shooting pain on my left foot on the first 3 toes...its so painful and stops me in my tracks when it occurs..it comes and goes..it jus started today, should I b worried about diabetes r anything like that??? Please help
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Old 30th March 2012, 08:17 AM
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I've been having a sharp shooting pain in my right and left big toes, like pins poking in my toes, from the nail to the first toe joint. I have no swelling, no redness. I have diabetes, sugar level of 130 in the mornings. In my young days I used to wear high heels, but I have been wearing open toe shoes. I have pain mostly in bed during the night. During the day, I have little tingling sensations. I arrange the bedding so that my toes are not touching the bedding. I tried Gabapentin 100mg twice a day for last 2 wks. It helps just a little bit, but I still have shooting pain. I take over-the-counter Neurotone once a day, but taking twice a day works better. Taking 2 tablets of CVS Extra Strength Pain Relief PM ( acetaminophen + diphenhydramine HCL ) helps me sleep through the night. Doctor gave me a B12 shot, and it worked for a little while. I drink coffee, have dry mouth, in my 80's. I do not each much meat. I take B vitamins, but I don't think I take enough B12 as I should. I took a blood test to check the amount of B in my blood, and it did not show that I was deficient. But I do not remember how my toes felt back then. My big toe nails are long, humped, and narrow... I like trimming my toe nails to be somewhat pointy at the ends, not flat across. I don't know if I am getting a slight ingrown toe nail as the nail might be becoming deformed and putting pressure back at the base of the nail. I will try cutting my nails as much as I can.
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Old 10th April 2012, 09:27 PM
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I finally had my toe nails trimmed last night. At least 1/4" was trimmed from both big toe nails. It took an hour to cut using a heavy duty nail trimmer. The part of the nail that was cut was not attached to the nail bed. The nails are thick and yellow, and there might be some fungus growth. This morning, the pain in my toes has diminished significantly. Hopefully, the pain stays away!
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I have been having this mysterious toe pain on and off for the past several months. I wonder if anyone else gets frequent migraines as I do and if this could be related in some way. I have also noticed that if I have my ankles crossed or am cutting off the circulation in one of my legs/feet I will get the shooting pain in my foot.
I just started having shooting pain in the outside 2 and 3 toes--doesn't hurt my big toe or second toe at all.
I do have it off and on in both feet but mainly on the left side.

my back ground is past nerve damage and broken back, surgery to repair that over 7 years ago...I also have suffered from migraine headaches for years.

I am going to try the B12 since I also have restless legs at night. I will keep you posted please do the same on what works for you
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The pain in my big toes started up again. I had my toe nails trimmed once again. This time at least 50% of my toenail was cut back. Only 1/4 inch of nail remains on my big toes. The portion that was cut back was not attached to the nail bed. Fungus had gotten underneath the toenail. I used to put toenail polish on my toenails. I don't anymore because the nail polish keeps the moisture under the toenail and encourages fungus growth. I continue to put Vicks on my toenails in the morning and evening. The Vicks softens the nails, and hopefully kills the fungus. The pain in my toes have gone away once again.
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I am experiencing the same sharp, terrible pain shooting down my big toe! I'm so glad I saw this post. It means I'm not alone! But the pain comes so fast and hurts so much, then is gone, only to recurr minutes later. I couldn't sleep all night! I have diabetic neuropathy, but this is different and the pain is severe! Help!!!
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I have been having this sharp extreme pain as well but found no solution to it. I don't know whether it gout or Fibromaylagia ect. But need a common solution
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Go see a chiropractor I see mine for everything....its actually pretty amazing.
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Old 12th August 2012, 11:27 AM
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I have had this for years now.I know I don't have nerve damage...there cant be all of us with nerve damage!
When I was ten I got my first lighting pain in my mid toe....I screamed, it was like a hammer smashed it...next thing I knew, I was looking up at my family. I had passed out. No doctor has ever figured it out. My son just told me this week that when a person is startled with such quick intense pain, it can cause them to faint. Took me almost 30 years to find that out!
Anyhow, after years of trying to discribe this lightning pain, it hit my big toe five times in secession. That's when I realized exactly what it felt like. I used to have this adorable but nasty black pomerian. He liked to bit when you would take his bone, etc.... my dad even nick named him saten!
Ahh Has.... it was five visious quick bites. That is exactly my pain....and yes, it does
Make you scream. I wish my hubby could understand this is not drama on my part!
** Has anyone wondered if maybe this is something new? As it stands now, we are all over the net...but no real answers....and there must be millions of us out there with this. I believe the fastest answers will come when we find a few doctors with the same pains....then maybe there will be answers and cures for this.
Hem...maybe I should search something like that!
Good luck to all....I hope we all are pain free tonight.
p/s Lyrica did nothing for mine.....not even after months.
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Old 21st August 2012, 12:20 PM
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My chiropractor told me the toes pain comes from nerve in back. I've had it now for 6 mos. Starts when I lay down to sleep and has gotten worse lately. Mainly in the 4 small toes. It's in the whole toes not just the tips. I suppose I need to get a nerve conduction test done but doubt there is any cure for it other then back surgery. I'm 69 and have had low back problems for years but haven't wanted to do surgery cause it might not work either or make my back worse. I go to chiropractor 2 times a week for adjustment only. He told me those roller beds was a waste of time for my condition. When the back hurts I ice it down.
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