posted by nkhan@sarah_leanne
My name is Nazir Khan. I am working for the UN as an international civil servant and am currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In August 2017, I began to experience gradual onset bilateral symmetrical discomfort of my feet, which could be described as a heavy feeling. Gradually this progressed to a burning sensation along with numbness and pins and needles. My feet are very sensitive to touch. Since then the symptoms have been constant, and they have affected my ability to mobilize freely. I am no longer able to exercise. It is now 18 months later and my symptoms have not resolved. The symptoms of burning/tingling pain and altered sensation are rapidly progressing.
Since the onset of my symptoms, I have seen a large number of doctors in countries all over the world and have had a very large number of tests performed. My most recent assessment was done by Mayo Clinic Rochester.
There has been some conflict in opinion. I was initially told that my symptoms were possibly the result of spinal stenosis caused by degenerative disc disease. To fix the problem, I initially considered stem cell treatment, but ultimately a decision was made to undergo a course of two rounds of spinal platelet lysate injections in a clinic in Colorado.
However, according to the aforementioned more recent assessment in Mayo Clinic, my diagnosis appears to be a small fibre neuropathy.
I have not tried any medication yet but my symptoms are deteriorating rapidly. I am finding it increasingly difficult to walk because of the constant burning sensation, severe numbness and pain.
I am wondering whether my condition can benefit from the pain cream you mentioned in your post on Mayo Clinic Connect and if so how can I get it in Zimbabwe.