Foot Pain

DEBRA - 24016
By DEBRA - 24016 Latest Reply 2012-01-12 12:32:06 -0600
Started 2008-10-07 06:45:28 -0500

Hi, I am new to this site and need to see if anyone cn give me some idea's on what we can try. My husband has Type 2 diabetes and has a lot of foot pain in both feet. He is on Metformin and it has helped to lower his blood sugar. He has tryed Neurontin, Lyrica, and is now on Amtriptyline. So for none has help is feet. They hurt and burn him all the time. They even feel to him like they are cold and swollen but when i touch them they are not cold or swollen. He has lost 22lb and is trying to lose more and he is walking and we watch what he eats. His blood sugar is down. I have tryed rubbing them with different kind of lotions for pain but nothing has helped. He has tryed soaking them but it did not help. Our doctor has talked some about him having Nephropathy but has not ran any test to see for sure. We would both like any idea anyone has for us to try. Thank You Debra


10 replies

joni55
joni55 2012-01-12 10:23:02 -0600 Report

I started having pain on the tops of my toes a few months ago. I told my doctor and he said my shoes were too tight. I've been wearing loose shoes and the pain's still there. My blood sugar levels are usually in the 90s. My A1C is 5.2 so I don't get why I'm having this pain.

ochibeachgirl
ochibeachgirl 2012-01-12 10:54:19 -0600 Report

are your toes sensitive to cold, touch? could be early diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy). I have burning and numbness myself, and take Cymbalta - works great.

joni55
joni55 2012-01-12 12:32:06 -0600 Report

Yes, they are cold, at least they feel that way to me. But, when I touch them with my hands, they don't feel real cold. I can't take Cymbalta because of some of my other medications I'm on. I forget which one is a problem but I had asked about it before.

lindalion
lindalion 2011-03-05 09:56:38 -0600 Report

i have been insulin dependant for 4 years and the first year i had severe neuropathy - i cried every night because my feet hurt. gabapentin helped a lot & it has not been a problem for a long time now, i no longer need meds for the pain, it has stopped.

gatp
gatp 2011-03-05 09:48:01 -0600 Report

My brother takes gavapentin and it helps him a lot or he would never be able to sleep at all. I have had occasional neuropathy pain and had it much worse before I got on metformin. I had it really bad before they diagnosed my Type II diabetes. I find that running around the house, which may seem crazy but it works, and also taking vitamin E when I have neuropathy helps me. Otherwise I can be up all night. But I find that if I get off Diet Cokes, I rarely have neuropathy. It is a small price to pay. I have gone back to tea and water and milk only for my liquids.

gatp
gatp 2011-03-05 09:43:54 -0600 Report

Debra, I take metformin too and now am on Fortamet which is so much better for me but I wonder if the metformin itself is making the foot pain worse.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-07 14:17:46 -0500 Report

Hello,
My heart goes out to your husband. I also take amitriptylene for pain. I use it to sleep at night. I am on gabapentin, I don't think it works to well with me. I am one Metformin/glyburide also. I am in pain with my neuropathy all of the time also. I am anxious to see the input given by our friends… perhaps, we both will recieve some sound advice. kdroberts, you are so helpful. Nam Vet, I have never heard of the medication you've mentioned. What is it for? Thank you, Leigh

kdroberts
kdroberts 2008-10-07 07:05:13 -0500 Report

You mention his blood sugars being lower and watching what you eat, nut you don't elaborate. What are his actual numbers and what exactly is he eating? The best treatment for stopping the progression and possibly even slightly reversing diabetic neuropathy is to keep diabetes well controlled. Some people say ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) helps.

gatp
gatp 2011-03-05 09:51:42 -0600 Report

I had a stroke and so I heard about ALA too and it has helped me organize my day. I would never have had the stroke if my doctors could have agreed about my meds. The GP did not want me to have Warfarin. Now I have to take it all the time. I also take Lutein and it helps my sight considerably. I ate right all my life and this danged disease got me anyway.

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