Grierson gopalan Syndrome Symptoms, Causes, Treatment


Grierson gopalan syndrome is also known as burning feet syndrome. In this syndrome, patient feels pain and burning sensation in their feet. This burning sensation may accompanied by excessive sweating due to vasomotor changes in feet. It may have effect on eyes and causes amblyopia and scotoma. Women are more common with Grierson gopalan syndrome as compared to men. Women of age range 20 to 40 years old can have this syndrome. Burning occurs mainly in the soles of feet but it may involve fingers and lower legs also after some time.

Some people said that they feel needle or pin hurting sensation in their feet. This burning sensation occur mostly at night and less during day time. Grierson gopalan syndrome is called as burning feet syndrome because it only occurs in the soles of feet and does not involve palms of hand and arm. There may be many risk factors which can make this syndrome severe, some of them are obesity (over weight), fungal infection of foot and people wearing more fitted shoes will develop Grierson gopalan syndrome. Over consumption of alcohol for a long term also contribute to the development of Grierson gopalan syndrome.

Grierson gopalan Syndrome Symptoms

As its name indicates it is about burning sensation in feet so its main symptom is pain and burning sensation in the soles of feet. Sometimes numbness and tingling can occur, when this syndrome also involve lower legs and ankle. Other symptoms include redness of feet. Temperature of feet may also increase due to vasomotor changes, and these changes will lead to excessive sweating. Mostly this burning sensation occur at night time and patient feel normal at day time. Feet may got swell and needle or pin hurting sensation occur. All the symptoms above need quick medical attention.

Grierson gopalan Syndrome Symptoms, Causes, Treatmen

Grierson gopalan Syndrome Causes

Symptoms show the leading cause behind it. Like if burning sensation occur at night for short period of time and then recover itself then it may occur due to tiredness. But if severe symptoms are present, then it may be due to nerve damage. Some common causes may be deficiency of vitamin D, HIV, long term alcohol consumption, diabetes and exposure to toxins. Some other possible causes may be chemotherapy, radiation therapy, severe kidney disease, athlete foot, anemia due to vitamin deficiency, hypothyroidism, AIDS, nerve damage due to diabetes and last but not least tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Grierson gopalan Syndrome Treatment

At starting stage, patient should follow some preventive tips to treat it but if it got severe, following treatment should be followed but with consultation of doctor. Here are some medications for relieving burning sensation i.e. desipramine, topiramate, venlafaxine, duloxetine, pregabalin, carbamazepine, gabapentin, desipramine, amitriptyline etc. some other medications which are prescribed for reduction in pain can also be used. Some over the counter drugs are also available for Grierson gopalan syndrome like Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Tylenol and ibuprofen. All these medications reduce pain and burning sensation. Low dose narcotics are also used.

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