so it is that time of year again when the chilblains on my feet really start to play up. I am wondering whether MS has a potential impact on circulation and is therefore making them worse. Each year they are slightly more extensive and, despite using the hydrocortisone cream prescribed by the GP, the itchy red and shiny painful skin areas are not going anywhere. One of the blisters is permanent – I have had it for at least 3 years and it comes and goes in severity. I also experience them at other times of year, yes even in the summer, although not as badly as in the winter months.
It all started years ago when I used to work outside in winter for hours on end in stupidly cold conditions and ignored the painful sensation it caused in my feet. Naturally I do everything to keep my feet warm – two pairs of socks on most of the time – but even so it does nothing to stop them. They really hurt, burn, ache when I walk any kind of distance. Numbness plus pins and needles are regular MS symptoms in my feet so I thought there might be a connection.
Any thoughts? Could it be related to Raynaud’s? My toes do sometimes go white and tingle when they warm up but this is not the primary issue.
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