This is such a bizarre symptom, I'm almost embarrassed to talk about it, I feel hypochondriac
For about two weeks, my toes have been hurting. It starts out as numbness, progresses to intense pins and needles, then the pins and needles subsides somewhat but they feel kind of swollen, although they're not very. The whole cycle takes days: the numbness started about two weeks ago, progressed through, the pain was almost gone, then it all began again last weekend.
It's not all my toes. It starts on the fourth toe of each foot (the one that correlates to your ring finger), then progresses to the middle toe and then the second toe; the pain is worst in the fourth toe, lesser in the middle, and not nearly as bad in the second toe. The big toe and the little toe are unaffected.
My first thought was some sort of fungus or else a parasite from working in the garden barefoot. But, why would it affect the exact same toes on both feet in the same pattern? And there's no visible symptom, like a fungus. At their very worst, the toes look a little red and swollen and are warm, but not nearly as much as I'd think they would be for how they feel.
It doesn't feel like it's a joint thing. When I bend the toes, the joints don't hurt, though the toes do hurt like, well, bending swollen tissue. There is slight but not intense pain in walking, from pressure. When one of my kids steps on them, it's intensely painful.
They seem to get irritated from being worn inside shoes. In fact, at first I thought that was what was causing it, but I've been wearing sandals almost exclusively since and it's not improving. But, wearing shoes definitely aggravate it temporarily. I think it's from the warmth - they're aggravated by a warm bath, too.
My only thought is, could this be another gluten reaction? But, I'm not having any of my other typical gluten reactions, particularly geographic tongue.
So, any ideas???