Hi, everyone, I'm new to this website but have learned a lot this morning just reading the discussions.

By SuziOJ Latest Reply 2011-07-05 17:35:41 -0500
Started 2011-06-30 09:15:47 -0500

I am 50 years old and have a long list if medical issues. I have SEVERE neuropathy in both feet. I keep getting ulcers on the balls of my feet and big toes. They never fully heal. I've worn surgical shoes for 4 straight years now! They are so painful and I take 4800 mg of Gabapentin a day just to tolerate it. Anyone else take that much?

Have had infections twice …cellulitis… Twice since Memorial Day and have been hospitalized. I also have a bone and joint disease in both feet called Charcoot. Due to all of these issues I can't exercise other than stretch. I want to go back to work August 1st when school begins but I haven't healed the ulcers at all! I'm so depressed I don't even leave my house! Any advice?????

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cindygal1 2011-07-02 21:46:41 -0500 Report

I am having trouble with my left arm and fingers going numb on me. They are working on setting up some test now. So far I have been able to keep mine under control. Recently my husband has been told that he is a diabetic 2 also, and we are getting his under control. Don't give up, you need to talk to your doctor. We both just went to a foot doctor, and they have given my husban cream to use on his feet to prevent any infections. This is the point , you just have to hand in there and keep working at it and discussing it with your doctor and it will work out. We are fixing to join a gym, so at least we can and do other things there. I am retired so if you need someone to talk to I am always available.

jws120567 2011-07-05 02:48:31 -0500 Report

Hi Cindy!
Regarding your arm and fingers going numb, it's possible that it might not be related to your diabetes. I have the same problem, it's a herniated disc in my neck. You might want to have an orthopedist or neurologist send you for an mri or ct on your neck to see if that's what it is. Good luck!!!!

cindygal1 2011-07-05 17:35:41 -0500 Report

I am pretty sure that it is coming from three discs that I have messed up in my back. Still waiting for them to set up appointment to see if theycan fine the cause and what the treatment will be.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-01 07:17:50 -0500 Report

So sorry you are dealing with ulcers and cellulites. I can only imagine how awful it must be to have it on your feet. Mine involved most of both my legs below the knee due to complications from MRSA making it spread like crazy. Have your Drs. suggested you up your protein intake to help with healing? I had to take Juven 2 times a day while I was in the hospital. It helps promote healing. I have seen it at Walgreens. You could ask your Dr's opinion.
My wound care Dr. used ultrasound to help with the healing. It was a new treatment at the time last year. Everyday when the wound care nurse was using it at least one other nurse would come in to lern how to do the treatment. It never hurt. They also used a new collagen matrix dressing. Looked like styrofoam. It hurt like H@##!!!. It started stinging as soon as it was applied and increased from there, didn't ease up at all. But the nurses and Dr. could see improvement everyday on the places that had been slow to heal with the silver and other methods.

Harlen 2011-06-30 13:44:55 -0500 Report

I am so sorry your going thrue this .
That only thing I can add is look to the bright side of things you still have feet
I some that dont
Hang in there Frend

majikinfl 2011-06-30 10:48:38 -0500 Report

I have no first hand experience with your type of neuropathy, however my dad had a neuropathy so sever he could not walk at all by age 82, His MD had him try several antidepressants and also several anti-seizure medications…none helped but he was not in a great deal of pain, nothing like you describe. Through a little research I found most MDs recommend water exercise and bike riding. I have seen advertised a peddling apparatus that you do while seated and also a stepper like product you also do seated. [seen them in Dr Leonards and others] I know you have bad ulcers on the bottom of your feet and you use surgical shoes [not sure how they are made] articles I have read seem to suggest open to air heals better than a closed environment. Do these shoes have Gel inserts? Seems soft terry with a gel under pad would help keep feet dry as you could change the terry frequently. There are several types of diabetic shoes and splints that aid in walking. All of which you may have tried or rejected for painful reasons. Read here and see if anything sparks new information: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetic-neu... and http://www.orthomedics.com/dibetic%20feet.php Have you tried the Lidocaine patch for when you exercise? I know you know the: keep BP down, Sugar down and eat lots of veges and fresh fruits to keep skin healthy speech that seems to come first from healthcare providers…have you tried any homeopathic treatments like: Capsaicin, Alpha-lipoic acid, Acupuncture or Biofeedback. Even accupressure could offer a degree of relief. I hope you can find a solution that works for you. I wish you well…Polly

SuziOJ 2011-07-05 02:31:51 -0500 Report

Thank you for the wonderful advice. My problem is with the ulcers on the bottom of my feet and Charcot disease, I'm not allowed to swim or ride a bike because of the effect on wound healing and bone fractures.

MAYS 2011-06-30 10:13:05 -0500 Report

Good Morning!
Welcome to the Diabetic Connect Family!

My advice to you is this, consult with all of the members of your medical support team concerning your health issues, since they know and have access to your medical records and all of the necessary equipment and facilities together they should be able to come up with a solution for you.

Meanwhile continue to manage your diabetes and other health related issues to the best of your ability and most importantly, don't ever stop living!
Life is beautiful!


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