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What can cause recurring, nighttime toe pain and swelling other than gout (multiple toes)?

Posted by jenibaker

I hope you can help.  In November 08 I was woken up in the middle of the night and my big toe was throbbing and painful.  Motrin managed the pain and I didn't think much about it.  It happened again in December, but this time the toe had a red swollen line (horizontal) right behind the cuticle.  Again I didn't think much until it happened again exactly one month later in January.  This time I went to the Dr. who referred me to a podiatrist.  A couple days after seeing the Dr. my toenail started to look greenish yellow.  By the time I saw the podiatrist, the nail was 70% greenish.  I assumed I had a fungus.  The podiatrist said it was not a fungus and referred me to a neurologist who has ordered an Echocardiogram, blood tests (gout has been ruled out already) and an EMG.  Since seeing the podiatrist, the pain has stopped in the big toe, but has begun in the 2nd toe and is more frequent.  Always at night time.  Manageable by Motrin.  It seems like these tests are crazy for toe pain?  The Neurologist has also recommended I go onto Amlodiprine daily until they figure out what is going on.  I'm freaking out and think I have some deadly disease.  Please give me some advice in layman's terms of what may be happening to me. 

I'm 38 years old.  Fairly healthy.  Not overweight, but don't exercise much and I don't eat very healthy.  My blood pressure is good 100/60.  Not sure of my cholesterol levels, but assume good.  No family history of toe pain.  I went to Mexico about a month before all of this started and assumed I'd stepped in something down there are had a bad pedicure before I went. 

 No x-ray has been taken and they have not yet put me on an antibiotic (which seems like the first thing they should have done in case it was an infection)?

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