By allylicious Latest Reply 2013-08-08 11:33:48 -0500
Started 2013-05-16 14:25:18 -0500

Hey everyone. Just wonderin if anyone has some advice. My dad has had diabetes past 20yr & past 15yrs he has been having a lot of foot pain and diabetic cramps but unfortunately past 2yrs it has gotten much worse and he is in constant agony. The drs & consultants say its nerve damage and nothin they can do. Its getn so bad he is considerin cuttn his own foot off. Any advice would b welcome thank u xx

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allylicious 2013-05-19 20:31:06 -0500 Report

Thnx hun I'm goin til gp wif dad durin wk so will mention it 2 him dads bn on lycria 4 bout 5yrs nw

Sami1955 2013-08-08 11:33:48 -0500 Report

`Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner love. Been having problem of my own as well. Please forgive me. Seems like your fathers diabetes is worse. What are his blood sugar counts? Have you tried getting another opinion? I see everyone has suggested a lot of things. Let me know what you decided to do and how it's going. My prayers are with you both.

Jackie LPN
Jackie LPN 2013-05-19 15:27:52 -0500 Report

I know they are prescribing Lyrica now for nerve pain..A few people I know say that they have had great results with it.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2013-05-18 18:56:31 -0500 Report

I thought would come up with a wonderful idea for you but alas, other's gave the same answer I would have. Gabapentin, 1200 units a day really helps me. Lyrica is another drug used for nueropathy, however…beware of the side effects.

bfitforlife 2013-05-18 10:10:45 -0500 Report

You need to boost the nitric oxcide levels in your body, they help relax the bllod vessels so that blood flow is easier…My brother in law had been struggling with horrible pain in his feet and started boosting his NO and has had amazing results.

Mikeal72 2013-05-17 22:22:00 -0500 Report

Prayers for your father to find something that works for him. I think a lot of us can empathize.

almostlate 2013-05-17 17:19:38 -0500 Report

I take 1200 mg Gabapentin 3x daily. It has saved my sanity. It really does work for me. I started out taking 900 mg 3x daily and have increased over the last three years. I was told that this is the highest dose they allow (at the VA). It keeps the pain pretty much under control. I still feel the numbness in my toes though. I hope he finds some relief soon.

elaine52 2013-05-17 10:16:14 -0500 Report

I am taking gabapentin, 900 mg a day, and it helps…some. It seems to never go away entirely though…

Chopstix 2013-05-16 22:23:03 -0500 Report

Have you looked into Alpha Lipoic Acid? It can be purchased over the counter at Wal*Mart. Go to or for info…

allylicious 2013-05-16 19:50:07 -0500 Report

Yeah gabby he's on lycria etc nd sees podiattrist I just don't understand that in this day nd age none of the so called professionials know hw to deal wif it & stop ppl frm bein n agony

GabbyPA 2013-05-16 19:45:19 -0500 Report

This is a constant issue for many diabetics. I have found that coconut oil applied to my feet at bedtime often gets them to calm down enough to allow me to fall asleep.

Others have had their doctors prescribe thing such as Lyrica for the pain and now I see that even drugs like Cymbalta are being used for it. Has he tried any of those roads?

Also, if it is foot and leg, I would say go to a podiatrist. I fought with my primary care doctor for months, telling him that I had foot pain and he just said it's nothing. I finally went to my podiatrist and was diagnosed with neuropathy. When I told my doctor, he didn't really want to believe me. So getting some other opinions on it would help.

allylicious 2013-05-16 18:54:50 -0500 Report

Oh dear feel sorry 4 u its a nasty disease diabetes he's tryin keep it undr control but unforts damage already been done. He's not seein anyone now apart from gp & podiatrist & specialst cos he ulcers now & got somethn calld 'charcot foot' past cpl yrs which basically is foot deformity. Hope someone r somethn helps u

IronOre 2013-05-16 17:38:37 -0500 Report

So what type of doctor is he seeing ? an endocrinologist ?
Is this doctor part of a diabetes clinic ?

lorider70 2013-05-16 16:31:27 -0500 Report

I sympathize with your Dad. As a 24 year 'veteran" of diabetes and the accompanying neuropathy I can identify with what he's dealing with. Keeping good control , in my case, didn't seem to help. My doctor finally prescribed a pain pill that at least takes the "edge" off a little. I had also been told there isn't really anything that can eliminate it entirely.