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Muscle weakness and now toe pain

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tribpot Wed 22-Jun-11 19:23:50

Hi all,

I'm suffering from proximal myopathy as part of my long-standing alcohol abuse (have poor liver function test results and an abdominal ultrasound in a week, but this leg muscle weakness is my main physical symptom now that I've given up alcohol - in the main I feel much better). Original LFTs point to alcoholic hepatitis rather than anything worse.

When I was first diagnosed I could hardly walk at all and now can manage short trips out of the house / can go up and down the stairs a few times a day. I've been overdoing it a bit in the last week or so and my legs are now very painful / stiff again and now weirdly my toes seem to be giving me a lot of pain. My appetite's also dropped off again and, whilst I'm still eating a lot more than before I gave up alcohol, I'm not eating masses. Which may explain the increased weakness.

I don't know if anyone's suffered with this, particularly as part of alcohol recovery - I hope the pain might be symptomatic of improved blood flow to my feet as my legs and abdomen have felt quite numb for a long time. But my GP checked the pulses in my ankles only a couple of weeks ago and was happy.

Anyway, I'm off to have some blood taken tomorrow morning and will see if I can get an appointment to talk to my GP sooner than currently planned (week after next) but just wondered whether anyone had any words of advice in the meantime. I had been thinking a leg massage might be good to get everything flowing but my toes are just throbbing, it's horrible.

Thanks all.

tribpot Wed 22-Jun-11 20:50:40

Minor self-pitying bump ...

tribpot Thu 23-Jun-11 20:15:14

Another little bump ... could it be gout? Has anyone had this?

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