54 bravo
By 54 bravo Latest Reply 2012-01-20 20:24:07 -0600
Started 2012-01-16 01:48:39 -0600

my feet hurt pretty bad, do i walk it off or up my dose in pain killers?

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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-01-19 10:53:02 -0600 Report

Walking on your hands helps, but the world looks upside down and people look at you like you are strange. it is also difficult to pay for stuff at the cash registar.
Real answer: Do you have someone that will massage your feet? Increasing the circulation would help. That is why walking on your hands helps…it moves the blood from your feet. Hope you do better. Jim

Richknowbody 2012-01-18 08:38:33 -0600 Report

Drinking more water will thin your blood. A low dosage aspirin will help a little. Mainly getting the blood sugar under control.

annesmith 2012-01-17 23:45:07 -0600 Report

I do both…walking keeps the circulation going really good. However, certain strong medications before going to bed or the like help also. I say moderation is the key. ANNE

TsalagiLenape 2012-01-17 20:04:52 -0600 Report

Do you by chance see a podiatrist? aka Foot Doctor? If you dont look up one that accepts your medical insurance. This will help alot. One trick I told my podiatrist was using marbles. You get a bad of marbles taking out the boulders aka big one. The rest you place in an old sock and tie the opening with an over the hand knot. Once done and after you have soaked your feet dry them well you put the marble sock on the floor. If you have wooden or linoleoum floors place it on a non movable mat. Then you put what pressure you can deal with and roll your feet over them as a form of massaging. Or you can get an empty 20 ounce water bottle put some warm water in it tighten the lid and roll your feet over this. Both of these techniques I used with my mother who has passed away ten years ago. She had broken her ankle in 1981. So when I wasnt there to massage her feet with lotion this is what she would do. My podiatrist loves this and is sharing it with other patients. Hope this helps as it was meant too. Hugs

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-01-20 20:24:07 -0600 Report

When I moved a few months ago I lost my marbles (in more ways than one). When I find them again I will try the marbles in a sock idea.

pixsidust 2012-01-16 15:02:33 -0600 Report

My feet hurt pretty bad too. Walking does not help me at all. I walk my dogs about 6x daily & I walk no matter what the weather is doing.

I am going to try compression socks. I do wear diabetic socks and keep my sugar under control and the pain remains. I wear very comfortable shoes and have a couple pair that are a half size too big for swelling days. I never walk barefoot, not even in the house. Having a supportive cushiony shoe helps the pain to be less. Beware of thin shoe soles and shoes without an arch. You do not have to wear tennis shoes all the time but a good shoe like Born, Clarks, Dansko, & Ariat to name a few.

I am new having this and if I discover something that helps, I will let you know.

pixsidust 2012-01-16 20:43:04 -0600 Report

I just took a frozen gel cold pack out of the freezer, laid it sideways
and placed both of my arches on top of it as I sit. The pain relief is instantaneous! This might be a temporary solution but anything that helps is so wonderful

digitaldoorbell 2012-01-16 11:00:17 -0600 Report

You have received good opinions, comments and recommendations below. I also suffer with neuropathy, have been Type 2 for a little over a year and my numbers have always been low controlled by diet and exercise. I had to resort to gabapentin and it helps but it doesn't solve the problem entirely. I do find that walking and yoga help a lot. I also on occasion resort to a pain killer in addition.

Please don't self diagnose. Your doctor can send you to a neurologist and there are tests to confirm neuropathy. The "healing" part is subject to opinion. My neurologist assures me there is no "healing" neuropathy but with control it does not have to get worse.

I wish you the best. Let us know you're doing

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 12:33:16 -0600 Report

There is reversal of pain. I've experienced it. Doubt that means the damage was repaired, which would be my interpretation of "healing", but it is no longer a problem with is a pretty workable description of what we really need.

Kirla 2012-01-16 10:29:47 -0600 Report

When diagnosed I didn’t think I had any problems with my feet. When my blood sugar dropped close to normal numbers is when the pain started. I would get the stabbing shouting pains that felt like someone was sticking a large needle in my feet. This lasted for several weeks or a month or two. Now I just have the numb tingling feeling most of the time. I’m hoping someday that the feeling will also go away. It been almost 3 years now and I still have the numb tingling feeling. I read an article a few years ago by David Mendosa who figured it might take up to 5 years or more for the nerves to heal in his feet, so I still have a couple of years to see what happens. I believe if caught early enough and if someone can get their blood sugar close to normal numbers that the damage can be reversed. It all depends on how bad the damage is. I have read stories of people who have had the pain for years with no hope of it ever going away. All we can do is try and control our blood sugar the best we can and wait and see what happens. All I know for sure is that if you don’t get good control of your blood sugar it will probley just keep getting worse.

Young1s 2012-01-16 08:44:54 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome to DC. Given that your BG's (blood glucous #"s) are close to 300's this may be the reason for your pain. When I was first diagnosed, my BG's were in the high 300's-400's and I had pain in my feet, along with swelling in my ankles, all the time. Once my numbers started going down, my pain started to decrease.

I still get the pain and swelling every now and again. When I do, I also soak my feet in a foot spa with massaging setting. It helps a lot. I also elevate my feet afterwards to enhance the circulation process. I've heard mixed feelings on the compression socks but, for the most part, people seem to feel they're helpful, as well. I've yet to try them, though.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-16 18:50:52 -0600 Report

You have to have the right strength according to your pain. And they are alittle harder to put on. My husband put on the lowest strength and went to work and said he couldn't believe how much better his feet and legs felt, but he hates that they don't just slide on. He thought that only I was to wear them and it took me along time to convince him.

jayabee52 2012-01-16 04:39:27 -0600 Report

I have burning pain in my legs from knees to toes. If you haven't had the pain too long you may be able to either reduce the pain or make it go entirely away. Medicines Drs prescribe for neuro pain is Neurontin (generic for Gabepentin) or some Antianxiety meds such as celebrex, Nortryptene (I take that).

I take suppliments to try to affect it also. I take Alpha Lipolic Acid, and Biotin, and it seems to reduce the burning. Of course you need to control your Blood glucose (BG) levels in the normal range. There are those who say that this alone will correct the neuro pain but the nerves are the slowest tissue damage to repair itself. There is something else I have heard about to reduce or eliminate neuro pain is Benfotamane, a synthetic B vitamin. I have yet to try this, but there are folks s who claim good success with it.

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 02:16:05 -0600 Report

What is your blood glucose doing?

Many times when you bring it down into a normal range, neuropathy will begin to hurt less. Many do find that movement — in many cases, walking — does help reduce the pain.

when I am in pain, I sometimes take a hot bath. It is relaxing and relieves pain by dilating the small blood vessals in the legs and feet allowing more adequate blood circulation.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-16 18:56:28 -0600 Report

I think this will depend on how long you have had neuropothy and the intensity of the pain. Do you take any prescribed medicine? Sorry, I don't remember if you do.

54 bravo
54 bravo 2012-01-16 02:31:59 -0600 Report

what is neuropathy? another word for pain?

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 12:27:06 -0600 Report

Yes, it is another word for pain, pain caused by nerve damaged by a variety of causes mentioned by James below.

jayabee52 2012-01-16 15:21:36 -0600 Report

don't want to contradicct you Carol, but in this case I have a slight correction

The "pathy" in neuropathy is from the Greek and = disease or distress.
So literally the compound word "neuropathy" = nerve disease or nerve distress.

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 15:31:50 -0600 Report

Oh, root definitions, yes! I was speaking to the vernacular use in which I believe we are much more likely to call it pain than nerve distress.

jayabee52 2012-01-16 15:46:21 -0600 Report

I understand, Carol. I guess I may just be too picky with words. But there is a difference between lightning and a lightning bug! LoL!

But the term neuropathy does cover nerve damage which causes NO pain but may cause distress in other ways (example: gastroparesis or neurogenic bladder).

Or the peripheral neuropathy damage is so extensive there is no pain at all.
I have neuropathy in my arms, elbow to fingertips. The sensation is not painful, it just tingles kinda like a limb "falling asleep". Not painful at all, just irritating at times, whereas from my knees to my toes I have burning pain. That does distress me!

jayabee52 2012-01-16 04:25:21 -0600 Report

Steve, Diabetic Neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes. It can have pain associated with it (my arms tingle from elbows to fingertips and my legs burn from knees to toes), or it could be that there is no pain at all. Neuropathies have many different sources other than diabetes. You can read more about the subject here~ http://www.emedicinehealth.com/neuropathy/art...

54 bravo
54 bravo 2012-01-16 02:24:39 -0600 Report

thanks for the advise. i soak my feet in one of those, heated water foot massage things. and 1000mg of pain killers twice a day, and a lot of walking…

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 12:29:02 -0600 Report

Good choices. Since you don't have insurance to cover compression socks, why don't you try sleeping with your feet up on 1-2 pillows. Helps with edema (water swelling) but seems to ease the discomfort also.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-16 01:55:35 -0600 Report

Have you tried compression socks? They help especially if you stand most of the day. Check and see if your insurance covers them, as they can be expensive. There are different styles, I have the plain white ones that look like regular athletic socks.