I conducted an non scientific poll regarding pain in the big toe, asking participants to answer what toe they got pain and what type of sarcoidosis they had. Of the respondents, the majority of the pain is experienced in the left toe, with most of the respondents being persons with sarcoidosis of the lungs followed closely by sarcoidosis of the lymph. I decided to look at this from an eastern medicine perspective. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver meridian begins in the lateral big toe, and the spleen meridian begins in the medial big toe.
The majority of the spleen’s functions are related to the immune system or the blood supply. The spleen removes old red blood cells, called erythrocytes, from the blood supply and removes, stores and produces white blood cell lymphocytes. These stored lymphocytes produce antibodies and assist in removing microbes and other debris from the blood supply.
The function of the liver has many roles:produces bile for the break down of fats, converts glucose (sugars) to glycogen (stored sugar), filters harmful substances from the blood such as alcohol, storage of vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, D, E, & K), responsible for producing cholesterol. produces about 80% within the body.matures red blood cells. Functions of liver: 1. Converts toxic product into nontoxic ones. 2. Liver actively participates in metabolism of Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins.
What does it mean? I have no idea. Maybe it has to do with all the medications we take ue to sarcoidosis and maybe taking some sort of liver support and spleen support may help to strengthen those organs, balance out those meridians and help alleviate the pain.
Here are the results of the poll.
I get pain in my Left Big Toe 20%
I get pain in my Right Big Toe 13%
I have Pulmonary Sarcoidosis 13%
I have Sarcoidosis of the Lymph System 11%
I have Skin Sarcoidosis 9%
I have Neuro Sarcoidosis 7%
I have Cardiac Sarcoidosis 4%
I have Liver Sarcoidosis 4%
I have Sarcoidosis of the muscles 4%
I do not get any pain in my big toe 2%
I have Sarcoidosis in the eyes 2%
I have Sarcoidosis of the bones 2%
I have Sarcoidosis of the blood 2%
I have Sarcoidosis of the Salivary glands 2%
Other Type of Sarcoidosis 2%
I have sarcoidosis of the Pituitary gland 0%