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1 hour ago · Do Any of you Find Regular Foot/Toe Exercises Help Pain? in Neuropathy

@lorirenee1 @deankmn Your description of your feet feeling twisted is somewhat accurate I think. I watched that happen to my mom literally after she broke her foot, an ankle and her pelvis in a fall. She healed, but her body tightened and twisted her foot into a position as if you twisted your ankle and pointed your toe at the same time. Muscles work in opposition and use bones as levers where each muscle pulls against the tension of the opposing muscle. If one gets too tight, it affects the other that is being stretched. The pelvis can be pulled out of correct alignment this way, and that transfers the uneven tension down the leg. It can cause misalignment in the knees and feet. Think of it as a system of levers(bones), pulleys(joints and ligaments) and strings(muscles and tendons) and when you pull too hard on one, everything is affected. Misalignment in the joints causes uneven wear and tear over time which contributes to the need for joint replacements when the forces are not distributed properly. My mom was unable to stand up and walk on her foot a few months after doing rehab, but it hurt and when she stopped putting weight on it, her foot twisted. She had surgery to cut and splice the tendons to lengthen them. She doesn't walk well at all now, but her foot doesn't twist anymore. In speaking to her podiatrist about hammer toes, he said that they are caused by incorrect tension in the tendons. I have had plantar fasciaitis from a similar issue when my pelvis was out of alignment and that transfers the tightness down to my foot. In stretching everything out in my feet, legs, and hips to maintain proper body alignment, I was able to get past that. There is also tightness that occurs from the fascia and it can be remedied with Myofascial release therapy. I've done this with my physical therapist and it has helped me a lot. I created a discussion about MFR to collect information and here's the link. MFR can help a lot of physical issues and get the tissues moving properly again. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

23 hours ago · Nervousness and Worry in Depression & Anxiety

@farmboy It's good that you have addressed your medications with your doctors. Forgetting something is something that everyone does to a degree and as we get older, it's quite common. If you have important appointments then use whatever works to record and remember them like a pocket calendar, or notes on the bathroom mirror. I do that. None of us are perfect, and it's best not to put that expectation on yourself. Do your best, but give yourself a break when you make a mistake. Did you accept someone else's opinion and beliefs that making mistakes is bad? I used to try to be perfect too, and it can be good to challenge yourself, but we can learn much more from our mistakes than from success. The important thing is to believe in yourself. I lived through a few months of panic attacks over my fear of surgery, and I figured out how to deprogram that fear. I had a choice to make because without the spine surgery that I needed, I would become disabled. It didn't make sense to me to let my fears make that choice, and I used everything I had within my personal experience to overcome the anxiety. I did go to a counselor to make sure I was on the right track, but I had already done the hard work myself, and figured out where in my past this unreasonable fear had come from. We are born without fears, and somewhere in our lives, fears are learned behaviors. Understanding that opens the door to figure out how to "unlearn" the behavior and find a new way to think about something. This is possible and you can do it if you really want to overcome it. Here is my story…


23 hours ago · Living with Neuropathy - Welcome to the group in Neuropathy

@johnbishop Thanks, John! You do a great job sharing information.

2 days ago · Its just been two weeks, could this be Small fiber neuropathy? in Neuropathy

@cbcbasket I am a spine surgery patient and I had the same symptoms you described from cervical stenosis. Surgery helped me a lot. I know you are describing the effects of chemo and radiation causing symptoms. It's possible there could be more than one cause for your symptoms, and if you do have spine related symptoms, there might be a fix for that part. I have had problems missed like thoracic outlet syndrome because of overlapping symptoms with something else like carpal tunnel. If spine issues have not been ruled out, you might want to consider it. If you had a whiplash in your past, there could be an undiagnosed spine problem that is causing symptoms. There could also be nerve entrapments in your arms and chest, and even TOS can cause this type of thing.

2 days ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@skippyr I don't have any experience with your condition, but I do know that surgeries cause internal scar tissue in the fascia. Possibly, myofascial release physical therapy could help that. Here is some information I collected about MFR that you may be interested in. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

2 days ago · Mysterious shortness of breath in Lung Health

@jaspurc75 Have you been tested for inhaled allergies? I have had similar issues with accumulating phlegm in my lungs because of allergies to my cats. After making changes with HEPA filters and preventing inhalation of dander, I am so much better. I didn't get sneezing and had been doing allergy shots for the cats, but it wasn't enough unless I minimized exposure.

2 days ago · Larynx sensory Neuropathy in Neuropathy

@kimduncan1211 Your symptoms sound like a progression of allergies getting worse over time. I do have allergies and was told by my environmental medicine doctor that the best way to test allergies is with the maximum tolerated dose method. They test individual strengths of allergy extracts One by one to get the highest does that does not provoke growth of a wheal. they time it for 5 minutes and measure, and make a customized extract with a specific combination of things for my allergy shots. he told me that a lot of allergy tests are "one size fits all" and that they are not accurate. I have trouble with allergies in Texas as there is so much dust, pollen and it doesn't freeze putting plants into hibernation. I do use a HEPA filter with activated carbon filtration and wear a surgical mask sometimes that has the same filtration capability. They are 3M Procedure masks # 1820 with >99% efficiency @ 0.1 Micron particles. It sounds like your lungs are sensitive to every bit of allergen or dust that is inhaled. Mine are too, but not if I am in clean air. I use a HEPA filter running in my house and bedroom at night and have found relief. Allergy shots, inhalers, & antihistamines do help me, but they only go so far depending on how much exposure there is. Do you feel better if you are up north and away from Texas? I found that I'm allergic to my cats and that was enough to keep my lungs irritated so everything bothered me. I tried wearing the masks at night (when we are most vulnerable) and it made a huge difference. You certainly could test that or use a HEPA filter in a closed room and see if it makes a difference. I know that I wouldn't do well living in TX. My question is about the phlegm that builds up causing the coughing, and what happens to that if you cut the nerve? Coughing is your body's defense to clear stuff out. If the phlegm stays in the lungs (which has happened to me for some physical reasons & asthma), it's a breeding ground for germs to grow, like pneumonia. I've had a repeating pattern of chest infections until I recently figured this out.If you try some prevention with breathing purified air, you might get an answer.

3 days ago · Functional Neurological Disorder in Brain & Nervous System

@redhead63 A liver condition can cause higher ammonia blood levels. I used to take care of an elderly woman with this and the cause was alcoholism that resulted in liver damage, so the waste products were not converted properly into less toxic products to be excreted by the kidneys. She had brain damage from the ammonia that resulted in a loss of short term memory. Here a link that explains the process. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/blood-urea-nitrogen/about/pac-20384821