One cool part about neuropathy is that it turns you into a chameleon. Your skin can go from purple, to transparent, to bright red all in 20 minutes. Temperature too; freezing cold, or smoldering hot. This is part of the autonomic dysfunction inherent in some neuropathies.
Purple foot isn’t so bad, though it does intensify the lack of sensation in my feet making me more prone to injure myself. I’ve only broken myself twice in the 8 months since I lost feeling, so I’m not doing too bad, am I? So many bones left to break, so little time. Snort.
Red foot….oh, red foot, how you pain me. It looks like my skin has been scalded with hot oil, and that’s exactly what it feels like. Red foot only happens after I’ve been laying down and circulation to my feet is fully restored. This translates to nighttime. I have regular burning/stabbing pain in my legs and feet most of the time, which immediately becomes worse at rest, but red foot is an extra layer of pain that can and does wake me up if I’m lucky enough to have fallen asleep before it sets in.
This wondrous experience stopped happening at some point, likely when I started taking max dose of tramadol for the pain. I’ve been advised to reduce my dose since my renal function has decreased enough that I’m probably not eliminating it as quickly and there’s concern of the potential of a staggered overdose. I had already started to reduce on my own because I noticed the pain not being quite as bad as I was nearing my next dose.
Now I’m down to basically nothing, and red foot is back with a vengeance. It almost seems like my skin becomes so inflamed that it blisters and peels. The upside is that this rarely ascends past my feet, and only occasionally are my hands involved but they don’t hurt as much.
I’m never going to be a foot model.
Edit: I’m really sorry if my nasty foot is the first thing you saw on your reader. Grumpy cat was supposed to show up first! I must be doing something wrong.