Reversing Nueropathy

By Plara31480 Latest Reply 2016-03-24 11:42:00 -0500
Started 2012-04-23 07:44:48 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type II about a year ago. Years of eating at expensive restaraunts and heavy 3-4 night drinking led me from a 185 College weight to 320 at age 38. I began a slow process of just trying to eat right and give up alcohol to control my illness along with metfornin and gambapentin and I have lost 60 pounds in 2 years. I still have another 50 lbs to go. I have barely excersized and despite my blood sugar level dropping to normal levels my nueropathy in my feet seems worse off then ever. Im going to start a serious excersize routine. I know that between eating right and that I feel I can manage this disease. Has anyone had success in reversing nueropathy in the feet and some of the other issues that come with it?

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MargieRose 2016-03-24 11:42:00 -0500 Report

I broke my left forearm in three places four years ago. There was some fairly serious nerve damage, and I still have some neuropathy (not diabetic) in the fingers. And, yes, when nerves are just beginning to heal they *can* hurt more. It was rather hellish for a while.

Plara31480 2012-04-30 07:56:18 -0500 Report

Well after a bunch of research without many answers I bought Alpha Lipoic Acid and Biotin. I hope it works, my BG is at normal levels and Im eating right for the most part. My weight is dropping and I excersize daily now but it actually feels like the pain is getting worse. Still trying to find a specific treatment that actually works.

jayabee52 2012-05-01 04:26:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Plara

someone suggested the pain increase might be your nerves regenerating and making more connections and so you might feel more pain temporarily. So you might want to give it more time.

Had you read about the synthetic B1 vitamin benfotiamine in your research? You might want to check out the discussion on it here ~

I pray that it helps you.


Plara31480 2012-05-01 07:02:49 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the info. Ive started taking biotin and alpha lipoic acid. Its only been a few days and I see a slight improvement. At some point in the near future Im going to talk to my Doc about Lyrica and Cymbalta. Im only 42 so I dont want to go through the use of pain killers (mild or not) for the rest of my life. Im starting to excersize a lot more and eating right. I have a solid 30-40 lbs to lose so I pray that all this added up will dramatically reduce the nueropathy and all that comes with it.

Caroltoo 2012-05-01 08:09:23 -0500 Report

Yes, those two worked well for me when I used them. When I started using the ALA, my healthfood store salesperson told me to be sure to take 5000 mcg of Biotin with it because the ALA depletes the body of the biotin which is normally there.

Caroltoo 2012-04-23 16:25:33 -0500 Report

I've always found the more I walk, the less I hurt. My leg pain is a form of neuropathy that is caused by the results of breaking L5 in two places 20 years ago. When I stop exercising, I find I begin to stiffen and hurt. When I walk regularly, though the first few days are challenging, once I'm past them I am also past the pain.

Once when speaking with Dr. Robert Schuller (Crystal Cathedral in So. Cal.), he shared that when he first started to run he was so out of shape that he could hardly walk to the first telephone pole on his street. He kept on trying … a little faster and a little further each day, until he was able to run several miles daily. It's that determination and willingness to work through the pain that will be healing for you.

I've also read that as healing begins, the pain does sometimes increase; i.e., you begin to feel what your injured nerve endings weren't able to feel before. For a long time, we thought nerves could not regenerate. Now several studies are saying they can in some cases … probably depends on the extent of damage to begin with. A supplement which you may find helpful is Alpha Lipoic Acid. I take 600 mg am and pm. Because it depleats Biotin from your system, I also take 5000 mcg of Biotin with one of the two doses of Alpha Lipoic.

I've spent two years with an orthopedic doctor who gave me lots of pills which helped in the moment but, of course, were not healing. A chiropractor gave me the most pain relief and increased mobility. Once the structural issues were cleared up, exercise is what gives me pain relief and a return to mobility.

Nick1962 2012-04-23 15:39:54 -0500 Report

My situation was much like yours. I had a good deal of pain - could barely walk across the parking deck from my car to office - however my dr. didn’t want to say for sure it was neuropathy since I passed (somewhat) his filament test. Much of what I was experiencing was inflammation pain due to poor diet and exercise. 95% of it went away with my weight loss, revised diet (with severe cuts in alcohol consumption) and an absolute goddess of a chiropractor. Answer to your question though, can it be reversed? I don’t think so, because nerve damage is still damage. If others jump in and tell me otherwise, I’ll happily stand corrected.

EJMac 2012-04-26 11:48:22 -0500 Report

Hey, I just found out about this the past 3 mos. I was having numbness andpain in my hands, dropping things all the time. Someone told me about injectable Vitamin B-12 (methylcobalamin). You need a prescription for it. They have to mix it I guess so you need a compounding pharmacy to fill it. Anyway, the numbness has gone away. I have been taking 5CC 2 times a week-most people take it one time a week . Due to the fact that one of my meds actually works against the B-12 I take it more often.

Nick1962 2012-04-26 13:32:25 -0500 Report

That's a good thought. Luckily, through my diet my B12 is good so much of my pain now is "mechanical" from slipped discs and pinced nerves.

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