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Erythromelalgia (EM) is a rare neurovascular pain disorder that can cause redness and pain in all parts of the body, but most frequently the extremities, such as the hands and feet. It is characterized by intense burning pain, severe redness (erythema), and increased skin temperature that may be episodic or almost continuous in nature. The specific underlying cause of EM remains unknown.
Erythromelalgia may occur either as a primary or secondary disorder (i.e. a disorder in and of itself or a symptom of another condition). Secondary erythromelalgia can result from small fiber peripheral neuropathy of any cause, essential thrombocytosis (erythromelalgia can also develop in the presence of normal platelet counts in patients with myeloproliferative disorder), hypercholesterolemia, mushroom or mercury poisoning, and some autoimmune disorders.. Primary erythromelalgia is caused by mutation of the voltage-gated sodium channel α-subunit gene SCN9A.
I don't know really where to start, but you gotta start somewhere. So i'll start from the beginningI suffered a Road traffic accident in 2001 while riding my motorcycle to work. I was basicly fine ( as we thought at the time) apart from a broken…Continue
Several members have asked the moderator team about antihistamines. Antihistamines are often overlooked in the treatment of EM, but these drugs have potent vascular effects. The Erythromelalgia Association's (TEA) 2008 Survey indicates that…Continue
Hi Guys,With Christmas upon us I started thinking about how we all cope. Like most of the EM community, I sort of struggle through the rest of the year by isolating myself from all social activities, heavy medication, trying to minimise triggers and…Continue
This sounds awful. And it sounds hopeless. I can only hope that I do not belong here, no offense. As much as I complain about my issues, they dont compare to some of yours. My feet are never red. They never get swollen. I don't lose sleep because of…Continue
Hi, I am new here, but I have a couple questions that I want to ask everyone.First off, I have rheumatoid arthritis and it's been a few years since I was diagnoised with it. My condition was under control until two years ago I started to experience…Continue
My family doctor believes that my burning feet & ankles are caused by the Amlodipine I'm taking.I have had this problem since last January. I'll give you some history. About 15months ago, I was taking 10mgs of Amlodipine..then my ankles &…Continue
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