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MS Burning Feet and Hands Could Be Erythromelalgia

June 1, 2017

Erythromelalgia is a rare and painful multiple sclerosis (MS) symptom. It is characterized by a burning pain, erythema, and increased temperature of the hands or feet. MS patient, Debi Wilson, explains how her feet will have a tight, swollen feeling accompanied by a hot, burning sensation at night. It is usually cool to the touch but can feel hot at certain times when a small area of the feet turns bright red. She suggests elevating the feet and using a cooling lotion to massage on them, which can help alleviate some of the pain. You can also take a leg cramp pill that has magnesium or a cannabis edible.

The cause of erythromelalgia is not fully known. It is thought to be a peripheral vascular dysfunction that leads to simultaneous tissue hypoxia. Some triggers include increased body temperature, exercise, warm socks, gloves or tight shoes, dehydration, drinking alcohol, or eating spicy food. According to the U.K.’s National Health Services (NHS), some of the treatments for erythromelalgia are cooling of the skin, elevating the problem area, and staying in a cool environment. Certain drugs can be prescribed as well. There are many different treatment options for erythromelalgia. If you are experiencing this problem, get it checked out by your doctor and discuss which treatment option works best for you.