By Bluebutterfly Latest Reply 2010-12-08 17:16:07 -0600
Started 2008-10-25 12:25:00 -0500

I am wondering if diabetes effects everyones legs? Ever body I know can not stand up long at a time because of the neuropathy,even my husband. I wonder if it progresses until you can no longer stand up.I would like to know if there is anything you can do to keep it from getting worse. I will have to ask my Doc. when I see him again. I would like to hear what you have to say about this.

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ram63 2010-12-08 17:16:07 -0600 Report

I was on gabapentin and my doctor switched me to lyrica. It caused my legs to swell up and actually didn't work as well. I was reassigned to a new doctor and he took me off and put me back on the gabapentin. He said it works for some people, but not all. I do have days where it is hard to stand up, especially in one place for a period of time.

Lucille Marie
Lucille Marie 2008-10-25 13:13:25 -0500 Report

Have you discussed it yet? i'm sorry if i'm slow in my has really taken a toll on me this semester, and I'm only in the second week of

One thing that has helped my neuropathy, which ironically I didn't know I had, is a medication called Lyrica. It is commonly used with Fibromyalgia. Matter of fact, its advertised as the first med that has been approved, etc.

My foot doctor put me on it and Oh boy, what a difference. Maybe you can discuss this with your doctor.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-25 14:26:31 -0500 Report

I have been on gabapentin for some time. It does work some. There are days I just can't stand and have to use a cane. I wear the support hose for poor circulation so this might have something to do with it. Thanks for replying. I will ask about the lyricia.

Anonymous 2008-10-26 01:45:25 -0500 Report

I was on that for awhile and it made me crazy so I was switched to Lyrica and it has helped lots more and no craziness.

paulaula 2008-11-03 17:08:34 -0600 Report

I am on gabapentan and etodolac and cymbalta. The combination works well.

Avera 2008-11-04 23:40:52 -0600 Report

I have neuropathy in both my feet and upper thighs. Sometimes it hurts worse than others. I finally did several things. I buy good shoes and I put gel insoles in every pair. If your shoes fit, then that will help. Don't be afraid to use the power chairs with baskets when you shop. Most stores provide them. Those hard concrete floors cause your feet to hurt worse at night if you stand on them too long during the day.

Also, I just decided to take a medication that works. I take Percocets. They work for me and mask the pain in the evenings so I don't feeel it at all.

Goddess 2008-11-04 23:47:46 -0600 Report

I have 2 kinds of neurothapy. The kind in the feet and legs and then I have the kind that effects all of your organs. So far it has only effected my stomach.

marvinvwinkle 2008-10-25 13:11:32 -0500 Report

My neuropathy stopped causing pain when I got my blood sugar under control. I also walk a lot, but I still can't stand in one place for long and not start having pain.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-25 14:30:20 -0500 Report

I wish I could walk along ways. I used to walk all the time and my knees and legs got so bad I can only make short trips in the yard.I am trying to get my BS in good shape,not having much luck yet. I have only been on the avandia for 2 days. If this doesn't work I have to go on insulin. Thanks for replying.

Goddess 2008-10-25 12:30:20 -0500 Report

I hate it as much as you do. I know mine has gotten worse because sometimes I have to use my powerchair to get around.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-25 14:32:41 -0500 Report

I read a lot of your post. I see you have a lot of health issues also. Some days I just want to lay in bed and not move. I know how you feel about not being able to stand very long.Hang in there.

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