Posted in Challenges, Chronic illness, Health


January, a tough start to 2021 for me, with several health challenges. Surely had I identified some of my short comings just recently, but despite of it things only took a turn for the worse. Chronic pain became a constant, a daily companion and quickly it naw’ed away at me, leaving me feeling whiny and complaining for the majority of my days. Nights felt long with interrupted and little sleep and just turning from one side to the other caused pain. In prior times pain may have been noticeable in the hands and wrists, other times in the knees, the feet, the upper back, neck and shoulders which seem to be attacked quite frequently. Now it appeared that all areas where attacked all at once, and a few new ones made themselves known. One of them was the balls/bottom of my feet. Luckily only the right one and not both at the same time.

I had felt discomfort here and there but brushed it off to perhaps hiking too far or the weather. Surely my feet would recover after a nice hot shower and for the most part they did until the pain increased. It was always in the same spot and wouldn’t go away anymore. It was difficult to take steps and soon I adjusted my gait, walking with somewhat of a limp as to not put too much pressure onto the foot. And then I got tired of it all together and started to research what was goin go on. What I found is a condition that is called Metatarsalgia.

It’s a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. The metatarsals are bones that connect the toes to the ankles. In the foot, there are small toe nerves between the metatarsal bones. When the head of the metatarsal bones presses against another, the small nerve is caught between them and starts to become inflamed. Putting weight on the foot can worsen symptoms, because with each step these bones rub together, increasing the inflammation of the nerve.

While there are several causes for this to happen, mine comes courtesy of my rheumatoid arthritis. Needless to say I’ve had to reduce my steps per week, ice my foot to reduce the swelling and do the best I can. Inactivity swells my feet which seems like a vicious circle and I hope nothing worse comes as a result from this.

At the moment the right foot is shot. There is an unbearable amount of tension and tightness in my shoulders, neck and upper back that bring with a headache out of this world. The hands are swollen and the fingers, especially the index fingers don’t bend that well right now. I’m a bit of a broken mess right now and I am restarting my kundalini yoga routine. Why did that fall to the wayside I ask myself. Strange how we forget these things when we feel well and how easily they fall to the wayside. Shouldn’t we instead recognize the great benefits we get from these modalities and maintain them, making them the utmost priority because they make us feel so good. What strange creatures we are at times, so here we go again and I hope to get the relief o find before.

January you are definitely kicking my butt this month, but you have to be this tough to put it into perspective for me. So with it I embrace the pain and learn the lesson for a smoother February ahead.


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I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

25 thoughts on “Metatarsalgia

    1. Thank you very much. I usually do better, having dealt with rheumatoid arthritis for about 16 years now. There are definitely things I can do better, diet included. So glad it has helped you. Cheers!


  1. Sorry to hear about what you are going through, Dear RB!! Have you researched/tried Paul Harvey’s Arthritis Cure? I completely eliminated my Step-Father’s severe arthritis in his hands? Or another great thing for inflammation is what they use for gout – tart dark cherry juice or tart dark dried cherries. I had pseudo gout in my wrist that hurt so bad I could hardly do anything with my right hand and the medications for the inflammation from Gout cleared it up in 18 hours.
    Something to think about and research!
    xoxox 😘💕🌹

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me my friend. I will have to check into it and haven’t heard about this yet. Did your stepfather had to deal with Rheumatoid arthritis as well that is degenerative? It’s awful to say the least and you know first hand how bad the chronic pain can get. I was sorry to hear you have experienced this as well. Big love to you and thank you very much. 💙🥰

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      1. Hi RB, Have you gotten any relief from this situation? I’m hoping so! I’m not sure what kind of arthritis he had but it prevented him from shaking hands, scuffling cards or holding the steering wheel more than 15 minutes without pain. Have you tried Paul Harvey’s Cure and/or Tart Dark Cherry Juice? You might want to talk to your doctor about maybe prescribing the same medication as they do for Gout. One of the two pills they prescribe is for inflammation which is one of the main components of arthritis. Hope you are feeling better, My Dear!
        xoxox 💕💖😊🌹🌹

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      2. Hello my friend. It’s work in progress and. Have gotten some relief with arch support insoles, doing some of the pressure off. It gets better and worse depending how much I’m on my feet (a lot lately with everything that is going on) and the barometric pressure.
        I also try and up my anti inflammatory foods such as turmeric and green tea. I am not in the care of a physician at the moment so that’s not an options for me at this time. I need to check into the Paul a Harvey cure and tart dark cherry juice and give that a try.
        Thank you so much for checking up on this with me. You are amazing. Have a great day my dear friend and much love to you. Xo 🤗💙

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  2. Ah my friend, maybe a little energy healing from ‘over here’ for a change. Your turn to accept love from a warmer climate. I’ll even throw in some floating surf energy to help you drift into some peaceful healing sleep dear lady 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. I am sorry I’m just now answering this, but your healing was graciously accepted and I was basking myself in the glow of your warm light. Thank you very much my friend. It was simply beautiful and touched me deeply. 💙🤗

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