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I am new to the boards but experiencing problems I was hoping someone could give me insights into painful feet. My story is a long one but I feel I must share all to get help.

In October of 04 my feet began burning and down from my left knee. My knees also hurt unbelievably to kneel on. I couldn't stand to wear shoes, even socks. Thinking I needed some B vitamins I loaded up but the burning and tingling changed to pain by November in the ball of my foot when I wore shoes.
I'm on HRT, discussed with my OBGYN who found out my estrogen levels were low/ progesterone normal. So, we raised the estrogen thinking this a culprit.

By December I had an arthritic type feeling in my toes. If I squeezed my foot, it hurt or if I pushed sideways on them. There was a a rubber-band snapping-like sensation in my arch and a feeling as if walking on bone across the bottom of my foot. Also, I felt like little cinders were under my skin and sparking pain near my toes etc. A few rubber band snappy feelings in myleft heel.

My OBGYN suspected stress fractures, sent me for a DEXA--hip and spine-- normal though. A Chiro worked on my legs (said I had 'pronation' problems when I walked) etc. but no improvement. The arthrtic feeling came and went more mildly in my hands.
By Jan.
my feet were feeling better when barefoot but it hurt quite a lot to stand for longer than a few minutes. Felt like string pulling in one place on left foot near heel, sometimes a tickly feeling in toes, popping in ankles and slight stiffness.
Feb--all improving.
I gave up on the HRT idea and saw anothe MD. 12 x-rays of feet and lower legs--all okay.
Bone scan suggested as stress fractures still suspected, but I thought this unlikely given the DEXA results and feared the radiation. Physician was so condesencing that I decided to tough it out for a while though I did go see a Podiatrist.
I really didn't feel I got my whole story out before he said he didn't think it was in my feet even though my ankles pop when I try to rotate them and it hurt to sand. He suggested that I should go back to my doc. March--went to see another physician who said I had neropathy and that it didn't make sense, that it couldn't be my back unless a disk was miraculously bulging equally on both sides. She suggested I had anxiety issues and to come back if needed.
Feet all the time were improving and all pain/ issues gone for two weeks --unless walking on pavement for any length--until this weekend when I did a little boating.
Rubber band snaps, tingling, cold feel when not cold, pain upon walking, especially standing on hard surfaces--all back but resolving with rest.

Before this ALL came on months ago I had a huge night of restless legs.(they hit me now and again). A few weeks before that I had a swollen feeling in one side of my head.
I did think of lyme and got the last doc to get me a western blot--came back "equivical" which the doc said was negative. If I was exposed to lyme it would have been years ago.
We're back now to the previous doc and to getting an MRI for my lower back next week. I requested a C-Reactive protein and Sed rate test and haven't got the results.
If I dont' use my feet they'll heal up and feel fine as long as I don't 'stress' things but it's getting me down. Also, emotional stress brings on aching in my feet and exacerbates the proglems.
Also, during all this stuff from Nov to Jan my tailbone hurt real bad to put pressure on but all the docs just ignored this. It's really when pressure's put my feet now that I have aching and if I strain them the other stuff comes back for a few days while I rest.
Sorry for all this stuff but I am hoping someone will have some ideas as I need to find a more proactive doc and get some answers or post in the right thread :) I"m not sure where to put this post. I work from home and can just avoid standing on my feet but I'm gaining weight, feel trapped and am unsure how to proceed. In short, my life is being dramatically impacted and not in a good way. If anyone has any ideas about if this is a 'foot' problem etc. please let me know or any suggestions on what to ask doctor etc.
Thank you

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