By bphopeful1 Latest Reply 2011-10-21 13:59:58 -0500
Started 2011-09-28 20:03:57 -0500

I'm responding to the posts about neuropathic pain. I too have this problem, but have discovered that capsaicin cream, available at Wal Mart, Walgreens, does wonders! Also, evening primrose oil capsules - both taken orally (I take 12 a day) and once in a while break open a cap & apply the oil topically. I experience significant relief. Hope this helps! God bless…

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bphopeful1 2011-10-21 13:57:02 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info on ALA. I have started taking 300 mg in am & 300 mg in pm. Quite nice! I haven't had the intensity since; still a shadow tho. I'll take it!

Flode 2011-09-30 23:47:30 -0500 Report

how do you know if you have Neuropathy in you're feet? I don't know how to describe the pain I feel sometimes but sometimes they feel numb.

BSMOM2 2011-10-01 03:18:37 -0500 Report

Neauropaty.. oh man let me tell you that pain is a pain so wiered. I had it last night in my left foot & I thought I was going to hurt someone before it got any better. It feel like a deep pinching, cutting , sharp pain deep into the tissues. It's not topical at all. You feel like your need to scratch but you can't scratch that deep. Nothing would help. I thought I was going to have to go to ER. Finally after I took 2 anxiety meds & kept rubbing, massaging me toes & foot it gradually stopped. I also had to take more Humalog insulin. My BS was in the 300's & I had only eaten a serving of Quiche. NOT FUN AT ALL ~!!!

Dixiemom 2011-09-30 14:23:34 -0500 Report

I might have to try the primrose oil or the ala for my neuropathy. I tried Lyrica and it didn't help. Now I;m on Cymbalta which is helping but I would like to get ff all medication and go natural.

bphopeful1 2011-10-21 13:59:58 -0500 Report

I have started taking 300 mg in am & 300 mg in pm of ALA. Quite nice! I haven't had the intensity since; still a shadow tho. I'll take it!

bphopeful1 2011-09-29 19:59:09 -0500 Report

This is a post I found very helpful by a man on "I am 66 and have had diabetic neuropathy for about 15 years now. I have tried Lyrica and other medicines, but the results were modest at best. Lyrica has the annoying side effect of making me dizzy and causing me to stagger. On very bad days, I borrowed (or bought illegally) Oxycontin, which covered the pain by simply masking it. The best treatment, and the one I use again after a couple of years of trying everything else, is high dosages of EPO (evening primrose oil). I usually take 15 (1,300mg) capsules. There are no side effects. The herb simply seems to soothe the damaged nerves better than anything else, even Oxycontin. The cost is negligible, too. I have recently discovered that Queen Elizabeth took a large draught of EPO every evening, as it was considered to be the "Royal Herb." My daily costs for my dosage are about $0.34. I have been on EPO for at least eight of the last 15 years. Incidentally, I am able to work full time as a product development engineer. Despite the severity of the neuropathy, I lead a full, rich life. I am able to walk and get a good night's sleep. I am not addicted to anything, nor do I plan to be. Warning: Be aware that most doctors are not equipped to treat diabetic foot sores. Go to a foot-wound specialist. Over the years, I developed one wound that took a long time to heal, and it was incompetence that made it so. I have no doubt that anyone trying EPO will be helped immensely. Start off slow (four capsules per day), then increase the level to 14 to 15 per day. You will see relief within a week, not immediately."

janfran 2011-09-29 10:30:01 -0500 Report

There was a german study that used diabetics in a controlled group regarding neuropathy pain; alpha lipoic acid was used in 600-1200 mg daily doses and in 3-4 months, the majority of the group had major relief. I have been taking 600 mg daily for years due to herniated disks in my back and neck…and am only minorly (is that a word) affected by neuropathy in my hands and feet. But I am thankful for the study…the germans are amazing when it comes to alternative medicine.

Bruce sr
Bruce sr 2011-09-29 09:57:23 -0500 Report

I also take ala and I take cinnamon and a natural supplement called pancreatrophrin , it helps your pancreas produce insulin , and also chromax 500 , don't take any meds ,not as of yet

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2011-09-28 22:39:15 -0500 Report

Alphaliporic acid helps neuropathy pain to. I take 600 mg a day for my feet, and it's done wonders for me

Cj4 2011-09-28 22:59:04 -0500 Report

hello, I too have neuropathy pain in both upper thighs something awful, Alphaliporic acid is this a prescription or from your local drug store. The medication I am taking makes me loopy ;-) Lyrica…not good Cj4

jayabee52 2011-09-28 22:09:40 -0500 Report


Thank you very much for sharing that with us Bev.

I have it also and think I am diminishing my pain by tight BG control, Alpha Lipolic acid (200 mg 1 time a day) and Nortryptelene seem to be cutting back the discomfort.
I will check out these other methods of diminishing the pain.

Blessings to you and yours


janfran 2011-09-29 10:32:37 -0500 Report

I think that you should up your dose of ALA…it's a great antioxidant. What is Nortryptelene? I don't do drugs…always trying natural resources.

jayabee52 2011-09-30 17:39:29 -0500 Report

Nortryp is a prescription antidepressant in an off-label use. Dr told me neuro pain is what she prescribed it for since neurontin wasn't working for me. I may well gradually ramp up my Dose of ALA, but I will need to do it slowly. And just because something is natural doesn't mean it is SAFE. Nightshade is natural but it is deadly too.

janfran 2011-10-01 05:14:32 -0500 Report

I haven't come across anything in the volumes of reading I do that would lead me to use Nightshade. I'm not a fan of prescription drugs..most if not all come with more side effects, disease trippers and are just damned scary! My newest doctor was amazed at how everything else that was tested in me was great except for the diabetes, which I have a huge family marker for on all sides. I've been using a fabulous CN for years, who was instrumental in my losing 75 lbs with a handful of supps and I've easily kept the weight off for 4 years and reduced my neuropathy to "just noticiable". I find that my stress levels are the next plateau to conquer…along with getting off the T2 med that I'm on that's actually making me feel crappy. But since I was just diagnosed two months ago, I am monitoring everything and am just now seeing steady readings…the jury is still out on what combo of what I am doing is actually going to work. And…my doctor knows that my goals are to get off meds. Stay tuned and stay safe.

jayabee52 2011-10-01 15:54:26 -0500 Report

The point I was making is just because something is "natural" doesn't mean it is safe. Even natural products can produce side effects. They may not be as many side effects as meds, but they are there. question: what does CN mean? Cinnamon?

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