Ease neuropathy!?

By Danni-the-diabetic Latest Reply 2016-01-20 21:44:49 -0600
Started 2010-02-03 03:58:07 -0600

I have neuropathy throught my legs and feet. I get quick sharp pains and my feet will also feel like they're burning. Sometimes my skin, especially on upper thigh and shins, is too sensitive to touch. I've had it since last summer, and only on occasion will it act up, but because my blood sugars have been haywire and I can't get a grip on them, the pain is so bad that I have only been getting a couple hours of sleep each night. So, now that I've made a short question long (sorry!), is there anything that will ease the pain? Any home remedies anyone may know about? and one more question - Where besides your legs and feet can you get it? everywhere!?!?

260 replies

lucy1965 2016-01-20 21:44:49 -0600 Report

I have neuropathy had it for 5 years it's getting worse so much pain my husband really understand does anybody have this problem

bevbach 2012-04-03 13:39:11 -0500 Report

I've had neuropathy for 22 years now. I had it in my feet alone for 10 years, then it hit my hands. I, too, have been on so many different prescriptions. I'm on a combination of drugs, but one that has never changed is neurontin (gabapentin). I started on 10 mg/ a day, and have increased up to 4000 a day. I'm on vicodin (hydrocodone) 3 x a day - 10/325. It was just increased from 7.5 to 10 as I hadn't been able to sleep because of the pain. I've also been on a fentanyl pain patch for about 4 years. I was on prozac, but my doctor changed it to cymbalta because of the benefits to neuropathy/ I've been taking vit. C , B12 sublingual vit., etc. etc. Oh yes, I've tried the compound cream, too. My sugars were not bad for years until just recently. The sugars never phased the neuropathy. My sugars just recently went up the last 3 months, but the pain did not increase along with it. My internal organs seem to be fine. Everybody is different. I just added my "story" in case someone else is needing to relate to someone and wondering if they are normal. All of these drugs have profoundly affected my lifestyle. I had to retire at 45, after 7 years of living with neuropathy. I feel soooo sorry for sufferers of it. No one seems to understand me, and think I'm crazy when I describe symptoms. I've given up trying to find people who relate to me. God bless you all as you live with your struggles!!!
Beverly Wootan Smith

Boats@52 2012-04-03 13:58:27 -0500 Report

My Doctor told me even with very good blood sugar control we can suffer Nerve damage pain nueropthy I have tried the vitamin b 1-b12 and the Vitamin C is the KING so far but need to take 2000mg or more a day ! Its anti-inflamatory too !

leevan 2012-04-03 12:49:56 -0500 Report

I too had the same pain from neuropathy. The doctors went through almost every pain medication known to man. The only one that worked was Avinza. It allowed me to function normally while almost completely alleviating the pain. I used it for almost 2 years. I am now pain free with a rare numbness in my left thigh when I get stressed or tired. Keep up the faith there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

mrhagood 2012-04-02 12:56:39 -0500 Report

NEUROPATHY really sucks folks…… about three years ago I complained to my doctor that my feet ached, started stinging and burning and I seemed to be losing my balance. I feared my equilibrium was going bad or something. At that time, the doctor said they don’t know a lot about this “diabetic sensory neuropathy” which was also referred to as ‘peripheral neuropathy.’ He prescribed “Gabapentin” (generic of Neurontinin) and Hydropcodone for pain. Well, the long story short is it didn’t work and taking too many hydrocodones made me have side effects like itching and nausea. I continued work for about another 8 months and then couldn’t stand the pain any longer so he then prescribed “increasing the Gabapentin dosage and taking Lyrica. The Lyrica gave me bad side effects like a migraine headache every morning and most of the day for three weeks so I quite taking it; sure enough the headaches went away. I reached a point about 6 months ago that I asked my doctor if he would amputate my feet! I know how that sounds but if some of you have had bad neuropathy, then you understand. My pain is unbearable some days. The pain level is off the charts now and I feel like a total cripple in my own home which is a two-story and I can’t navigate my stairs most days. Recently my doctor has said he would prescribe Cymbalta for me so I checked with insurance and my co-pay and I’d have to take out a loan or create a national debt to take it……. Does anyone out there have testimony about their results in taking Cymbalta and/or have any other suggestions for relieving the pain? Help Please. I’ve tried creams, sprays (Lanocaine for sunburn), massage (which is almost impossible because of the pain to the touch),soaking which didn’t do any good at all, etc. Thank you for any suggestions, help and advice. I think neuropathy sufferers should form a good group/association and help one another find a cure or at least relief from the severe pain which is a crippling disease. I used to play tennis, go bowling, mow my own yard, get up and get out….. not now and it’s really horrible to become an invalid like this. May God bless you all. mrhagood@aol.com small; Rev. Mark

jayabee52 2012-04-02 13:23:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Rev. Mark! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

There are some of us on DC who do suffer with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and some of us have been taking the suppliments Alpha Lipolic Acid (ALA) and also taking Biotin to support the ALA, because it uses a lot of Biotin to work correctly. Tnere is also a synthetic form of Vit B1 called Benfotamine (sp?) that is useful for lowering the pain of DPN.

I have been on those suppliments and have noted a lessening of the pain from DPN. It also helps to keep one's Blood Glucose (BG) levels as close to normal as possible.

I had fallen off of the suppliments for a while but now am started to get back on again, and am expecting good things.

I followed you, please follow me back and we can be friends and can communicate via the inbox here.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

Boats@52 2012-04-02 12:40:05 -0500 Report

I have been on Vitamin C 2000 mg a day and my neuropathy is much better we are low on so many minerals and vitamins being Diabetic. Pick up the "Vitamin C"
book up at your Library this is good for alot of problems. Vitamn C is non toxic and ther is a formula too find your correct dosage in the book ! AUTHOR is
Andrew Saul and Steve Hickey

jimmuel 2012-04-02 11:51:27 -0500 Report

I've had neuropathy for a little while now.I cant take any of the meds they prescibe for treating neuropathy,because im bipolar,my doctor an neroligist an shrink are working together to come up with a plane to treat me,I take 1500mg of vicadon when it gets really bad,I dont take the pain meds unless I absolutly have to,Im a recovering drug addict.I have a electric blanket on my bed spread out like a sheet an i sleep on it med to high setting,when im setting in a chair I've got a electric throw that i set on an a heating pad for my feet.warm baths help a little.when sleeping try to sleep with a top sheet an not a blanket it also helps with me.my neroligist says theres no cure an they no very little about treating neurophy but there coming up with new meds everyday so keep faith an god will prevall,hope this is helpful,this helps with mine but everyone is differant

DianeG67 2012-04-02 10:33:42 -0500 Report

I too am battling this problem and am wondering if anyone out there has tried the laser treatments. My son-in-law is a chiropractor and has been trying this out on some of his patients recently, and has also began trying acupuncture. Anyone have any thoughts or experience with either of these?

jayabee52 2012-04-02 12:13:54 -0500 Report

When you speak of a "laser" treatment, are you speaking of an infared light treatment called "Anodyne therapy" (see discussion on it here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/30... where the affected area is wrapped in a blanket of red LEDs which is then left on for a number of minutes?

Caroltoo 2012-04-02 11:59:57 -0500 Report

I had some success with acupuncture 20 years ago when I had neuropathy as the result of an auto accident and breaking L5. Cause was different: injury/compression vs possible loss of nerve cells to diabetes, but I'd try it again if I had a return of the pain. Though, honestly, my first choice is always a good chiropractor who can remove the pressure on the nerve, followed by a relaxing massage.

Sugarfoot65 2012-04-02 08:23:01 -0500 Report

As I've read many of the responses, seems getting your sugar down is the number one thing to cobat neuropathy. Well, that's easier said than done. My pancreas makes more insulin than I need and I take huge doses of insulin to get it in line plus additional sugar pills. But none of it works. Seems whatever I eat even though it doen't have any sugar, very low carbs and fat, my sugar still goes up. My feet stay numb and tingle, my legs ache all the time and I hve to wear compression stockings (the rest of my life) due to severe fluid retention and that causes severe cellulitis. So you see I'm between a rock and hard place or to put another way, "damned if you do, damned if you don't". So, what is the solution to producing all this insulin and taking large does to get it down. Seems the only way and believe me, it doesn't help a lot and that is don't eat. What does one do when you can't eat foods you enjoy, even in small and I mean small portions. You check your sugar the next morning and whoa!!! "the sky's the limit". So, do I, "grin and bear it", pray harder, fast a day or two. What is the answer? My biggest question is "WHY"???????

jayabee52 2012-04-02 11:21:23 -0500 Report

Howdy Sugarfoot! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I suspect that you may be slightly overweight as many T2s who are insulin resistant develop it from being overweight. I had been overweight most of my life and I developed diabetes ("DM" = diabetes mellitus) due to insulin resistance. Last year I decided to get tough on DM and to manage my DM without DM meds. I did that by cutting out all grain based carbohyrates from my meal plan. I wrote a discussion about this meal plan here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14... Take a look at it and perhaps you may adapt it for your own situation. I found that I was able to manage my DM without the use of DM meds and as I lost the weight (65 lbs over a year) my Blood Glucose (BG) normalized and I lost the Insulin Resistance.

I pray this will be useful to you!

Blessings to you and yours!

James Baker

Sugarfoot65 2012-04-02 13:13:26 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice James. Yes, I am oveweight, 100 lbs. I have had a weight problem since I was 15. I've been on many diets through the years and have lost 40 lbs or so each time. Excercise is my weakest link and now that I need a new hip and 2 knees (yes, weight doesn't help) I can't walk like I need to. I will look at your meal plan and maybe I can get some weight off and no more diabetic meds or insulin. My doctors tell me to lose weight, but don't offer any solutions. Bless you my friend. I've prayed for God to show me a way and HE never fails me. Thanks again.

jayabee52 2012-04-02 13:37:51 -0500 Report

well the thing was during the year I lost that 65 lbs the most exercise I got was my daily moving about the building or the store. I really didn't have a formalized exercise plan or time due to "burning" pain from diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). I now need to exercise more so that my muscles don't atrophy further from minimal use.

I am now doing pushups off the wall to get my arms and chest bulked up again. It will all help.

Perhaps take a look at SparkPeople.com (join here ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/register.asp ) and get some of their newsletters about exercising. I get many exercise tips in my yahoo inbox every week.

MAYS 2012-04-02 09:18:39 -0500 Report

Hello, and Welcome to the family!

Neuropathy is never easy to deal with because it can happen at any given time, and the severity of it can vary.

Hang in there, I wish that I could make it go away for you, me and others (but I can't!) so… let's see what we (the Diabetic Connect Community) can do about it, (and diabetes) together!


Sugarfoot65 2012-04-02 09:33:51 -0500 Report

Thanks. I'll hang in there , do what I have to do and you know, my daily walk with Jesus doesn't hurt either. There is always hope.

Timothy Bagwell
Timothy Bagwell 2010-03-22 21:40:31 -0500 Report

Hi, I have had neuropathy for a long time and gone thru different treatments over the years to help with the pains. You first have to get your blood sugars under control as they seem to cause the painfull feelings to get stronger. The better you control your blood sugar, the better you will be able to deal with the neuropathy. What I have found best treats my neuropathy pain is taking a combination of Neurotin/Gabapentin,Nortriptyline, and Vicodin. My doctor tells me the interaction of the three together is much more effective than any one of them alone. If there is a particular time of day that the pain comes, try to take whatever pain releaver you take about one hour before the pain usually starts. I have found also, that the pain level is harder to bring down after it starts up, so try to stay ahead of it if possible. There are also some topical products that might help your pain so ask your doctor about that or even you local pharmacy person can help you here. One last thing, part of neuropathy is nerves dying, I read where viteminB, B complex, helps with restoring nerves, so you might consider that as part of your treatment. Check it out for yourself. When you get a grip on this, your sleep will return, you will feel less pain, and feel better. I have gone thru what you are experiencing, and it took me a while to coordinate everthing to where it works for me, but when it all started working, it has truely been a blessing and I hope you will be blessed as well.

MAYS 2010-02-24 01:56:41 -0600 Report

Diabetic Neuropathy takes years to develope to the point in which we get and feel the numbness and tingling sensations, also it can take just as long to try and undo as much of the damage that has been done, unless the nerve (s) involved are severely damaged or actually dead, you do have some hope in repairing the functionality in them with continued proper glucose management.

Aside from the tingling and numbing sensations that you are experiencing, the major reason for concern is the damage that is being done throughout your entire body to both your internal organs and your muscles, most notably your heart, liver and kidneys, which cannot function properly without the constant stimulation that they require … (repairing it takes time) but it is not impossible.


" Mays "

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-24 20:37:06 -0600 Report

That is right Mays, it can effect the liver and kidneys. I had that checked, well the function of it and got the results back this morning, I was worried sick, but thanks to God, they are okay.
I think, however, that the nerve damage is too damaged to be repaired and that's what the Dr thinks. Like you said, "dead"; my sugars have been best ever, yet I'm in pain…but as long as my organs are okay than I am very thankful.

MAYS 2010-02-24 21:58:28 -0600 Report

I'm glad to hear that, don't give up hope yet.
As long as there is still some feeling there is hope.
It doesn't happen over night, it will take some time, just keep doing good and moving forward, never stand still.
" Mays "

Mikelpaige 2010-02-22 13:58:24 -0600 Report

I work at a compounding pharmacy and we make a cream that works for neuropathy… I have it in my feet and I was having horrible pains from working all day that i thought would go away after I went to bed at night but I would wake up with just as much if not more pain… the compound has ketoprofin in it…

tfuller 2010-02-22 06:12:46 -0600 Report

i have the same problem,i also have it in both hands too. i tryed nourotin,didnt work for me.then i was switched to lyrica,made me sicker than a dog.now ive been on cymbalta for a month and it seems to ease the pain quite a bit

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-22 10:08:02 -0600 Report

Aha—Cymbalta—that is something that I finally concluded in my own bouts of pain, not diabetic related. I too was put on Lyrica for the pain in my hands from those Stinging Nettles, really didn't notice any side effects, but had so many other things going on, it would have been hard to tell.

With my recent bout of back pain, I had not been able to get my cymbalta renewed thru the holidays, was skimping on them trying to make them stretch—-so did without some days, and my back ache got so much worse, I had to go to the ER for shots for pain, and relaxation. As I mulled over how I had gotten to that point, I recalled my kidney removal last Sept, I did not have to have any pain meds after the surgery, but I was taking 90 mg of Cymbalta a day. My surgeon said that I was lying as he knew what he had done to me—-at the time I didn't have a clue, but the pain really wasnt that bad, and, no, I do not like pain—

Little by little I concluded that the Cymbalta was good for more than just emotional pain, it obviously had helped my physical pain too—-My back still hurts every morn, but I take my Cymbalta, and it backs off! Boy, What a relief—-My back had hurt so badly that I couldnt even pull up my jeans—when my arms got about half-way up——WOW

I realize that this isn't neurontin—-but when I shared my observations with my Dr, he was surprised too, but as soon as I take my Cymbalta every morn, I can now Straighten up for the day. Hope this bit helps! PR

sprat12 2010-02-21 14:43:00 -0600 Report

danni they say if you can keep your blood sugar low it will help or even stop hurting, i know it works for me so you might want to give it a try?hope it works for you. jack

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-02-16 14:49:55 -0600 Report

I had polio at 18mth in 1948. I have had neuropathy in my feet and Legs for a long time. I also have gastroparesis (paralized stomach). I have tingling in my right hand and tribling in both arms.All from the post polio syndrudm (late effects of polio). I became a diabetic one year and 4mths ago. You all talk about keeping your sugars under control to help with neuropathy. I pretty much have my blood sugars in control. But still have neuropathy pain and burning. My doctor said it is to early to be having nuropathy from the diabetis. She said it is the polio causing the feet & legs and stomach & arms. Does anyone have any thought on my condition or what the doctor said.
Your friend

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-16 22:08:27 -0600 Report

Hi, Johanna!! Good to hear from you, sorry I don't really have any answers, but my sister-in-law had polio at age 15 yrs, lost the use of her left arm, and crippled her in her right leg, she wears braces to help this post polio pain—she is now about 70 yrs and still goes, but has days when she cant, has a motorized chair she takes when she has to shop a lot, her husband had been her side kick—-always caring, but he died 3 years ago so she still manages—- BUT with great difficulty, sometimes goes to chiropracters—-is in hosp with pain at times, I don't know what she uses, but does try to keep going as much as she is able.

As for rme, if my feet hurt, not from diabeitis, I try to elevate them, also got some of those Gel-soles for my shoes, and also have special inserts to help my flat feet—-I rub them with Arthritis creame at times, especially the ankles—-Hope this helps!! Hugs, Pat R

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-16 22:55:27 -0600 Report

My sugars have been the best they have ever been in the past month and my pain is still there, even with some medication. My Dr said that sometimes it comes up fast, but the damage is already done, meaning it's too late for it to just go away with controlled sugars.
Don't doubt your Dr. with whatever he/she has to say, I am just informing you with what my Doc said.
Best luck to you!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-17 13:20:51 -0600 Report

Thanks for your input, Danni!! All info is important and needed!! We are all so different, it is hard to imagine how we humans can vary so——Hugs, Pat R

joe986475 2012-04-02 09:14:41 -0500 Report

Well reading all these comments I would like to give my statement in the hopes it might help some of you:I am 76 years old and have type 2 diabetes,Copd, sleep apnea and prostate cancer…(just describing my self) I am what is called MORBIDLY obese.My Dr advised me a weight loss was needed or it would be my death so here is what happened:She placed me on a strict 1600 calorie per day diet and "no SALT or SUGAR" whatsoever: My diabetic numbers were 286 and fluctuating every day: My results after following her advice…Lost 7 pounds the first week and had to test my numbers carefully and take 10 mg of Novolog if my numbers were over 150 prior to eating,I had to inject Novolog the first week several times, however the 2nd week My numbers came down dramatically from 285 down as low as 55 (quite impressive)I am going on 3 weeks following her advice NO SALT NO SUGAR AND 1600 OR LESS CALORIES and she and I are both amazed at the results being: 1. Lost over 20 pounds of fat and still losing,2.I feel so much more alive 3. my diabetic numbers are well below the 150 before meals and haven't used insulin at all for over 2 weeks 3. My COPD is much easier to breathe.My conclusion is: by cutting down food portions and Not using SALT/Sugar it has been a 100% improvement in all my physical attributes Of course before anyone considers this diet they should consult their doctors first but I personally thought i would inject this, hope it helps someone Joe

Juliann1984 2010-02-16 07:36:28 -0600 Report

I have a difficult case of neuropathy. The meds that my DRs have prescribed work well for pain, but the side effects affected my other conditions very negatively, so I stopped them and switched to herbal remodies, that have surprisingly helped ALL of my conditions! I take fish oil gel caps everyday and found that peppermint tea helps relax away even neuropathy pains, when I have a flare up. Also, cinnamon (added to tea, or other snacks) helps control my blood sugars, i try to get a tablespoon of it EVERYDAY! A soak in a warm bath helps also. Message me, if you want, I have a lot of info on herbal supplements that have helped me over my 10+ years with diabetes, and 3 other auto-immune disorders.

Lovepo 2010-02-15 10:49:54 -0600 Report

I have been were you are at. You can't sleep,eat,or really function in life when the pain gets so bad and you don't know what to do. Please find a doctor who will listen to you so that they can diagnose the problem and to rule out poor circulation. Because the doctor thought at first I had poor circulation and I went through a series of tests to rule that out. Good Luck and hope you get the answers you need.

giojuju 2010-02-14 17:28:40 -0600 Report

ok this is the 3rd time ive tried to post this. hopefully the last time too.

i couple of days ago my husband gave me a very nice gift, it was a hand held back massager, but he said it was for my legs maybe it would ease the pain, and it has not completely but it has helpd alot. i thank the person who gave him that idea because hes the type of guy that never gives me anything and especially come up with things like that. lol but its a good idea and it never hurts to try it out u never know

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-14 23:11:52 -0600 Report

Word of warning on massaging legs, if you have a blood clot, it makes things worse, encourages it to race to your heart or lungs—use with caution. When I worked at our hosp, that was one thing we were not allowed to do, just back rubs, but, sadly, now those are out of use—-PR

MAYS 2010-02-15 04:58:51 -0600 Report


Very informative and true.
Thanks for the idea, maybe I'll do an F.Y. I. on massages ( if anyone will read it ).

giojuju 2010-02-15 16:38:17 -0600 Report

wow i didnt know that. but now that i do i'll be more carefull, ive only used the very low setting since the higher ones are alot more painfull n cant stand it

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-15 16:43:39 -0600 Report

May started a disscussion about it, pretty interesting, you should check it out…sorry i would post the link but I dont know how to do that stuff lol just the basics…

vonda quick
vonda quick 2010-02-12 22:54:03 -0600 Report

my blood sugars ave between 350 to 400 daily im on inslun my a1c is 11 any suggustions to help me lower it i also have very bad neuropathy where i can hardly walk im only 54 & alone i just dont know whatto do

MAYS 2010-02-12 23:36:08 -0600 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Are you checking your glucose level daily as required ?
Are you seeing a doctor ?
Are you following a diet plan to help lower your glucose ?
Do you understand what causes neuropathy ?

" Mays "

cc9 2010-02-13 00:59:09 -0600 Report

good questions mays. part of effective management is knowing what affects your sugars to go up or down. monitoring it regularly will let you know if the food you have eaten is spiking your levels.

jayabee52 2010-02-13 02:42:13 -0600 Report

Howdy Vomda
and WELCOME to DC!
sorry the & lyrica is not working for you.

Mays asks some very important questions. And Constance (cc9) also points out something very important.

Most of us here are not Doctors or medical professionals, just people who are trying to manage their diabetes the best way wa are able. Please see your Dr and tell him/her about your problem. Many of us can point you in a direction or tell what has worked/is working for us, but D is a highly individual disease. What works for me may not work for you for the same problem. But please answer Mays' questions and perhaps we can suggest directions for you to go.

I also have neuopathy, burning feet & legs, so I have an idea of what you might be going through.

I pray the best for you!

Weasel 2010-02-12 09:48:57 -0600 Report

I get dull aching pains in my groin area. I have talked with my Dr. and really haven't gotten a diagnosis, but I am fairly sure it is neuropathy. This will also come in spells. I can tell that it is nerve pain because it will actually "move" and my skin will be sore to touch. I have been diagnosed with neuropathy in my right arm, it will go numb alot at night and will burn at the same time. I take alot of ibuprofin! I thank God that it does the trick, sometimes with the help of a heating pad, that is all that I need to get through those spells. I have heard alot about the drug neurontin, and I would discourage anyone from using that if at all possible! I encourage everyone to ask questions about side effects that drugs will cause, and then go with the least damaging ones! I work in the medical field and it suprises me that most people DO NOT ask enough questions about their prescriptions! Most have no clue about why they are taking some drugs… just that the Dr. told them to! Don't be one of those people! My mother was one, and became addicted to alot of junk, and it has ruined her life and health! Be smart!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-12 09:54:15 -0600 Report

Sound words of advice, Weasel!! I always hated to ask for fear I would look DUMB—-instead I probably looked gullible!! hamm—-Be SMART!! How true!! Pat R

Italy 2010-02-11 22:15:12 -0600 Report

I use Lyrica, a perscription drug. It really helps. I Also use Biofreeze, a jel rub that can be used for any muscle pain or discomfort. They have come out with a spray bottle and it seems to work even better. My Podiatrise has this in his office. I have been using Lyrica now for several years. Hope this helps.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-11 22:26:22 -0600 Report

Alot of people are commenting on Lyrica, I just started neurontin, but I may switch to that if this doesn't start working soon. Does biofreeze really work well with you? I would have never thought of anything like that because it's the skin not the muscle. My sister has something like biofreeze laying around, I may give it a try. Thanks for sharing, Italy.

vonda quick
vonda quick 2010-02-12 23:00:13 -0600 Report

i was on neuronrtin & i change to lyrica it help for a while now it dont work could you let me know if biofreeze works thanks

imsuzie2 2010-02-13 03:39:38 -0600 Report

You can get Bio freeze at Wal-Mart, if I remember correctly. Think that is what I put on the cramps when I get them.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-13 09:29:32 -0600 Report

Biofreeze is what our chiropracter recommended for arthritis, works pretty well, so don't know why it wouldn't work on neuropathy. Pat R

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-02-25 09:34:43 -0600 Report

Danni, My doctors told me that Neurontin has to be built up slowly to be safe and find the effective dose. The doctor who started me on it prescribed 300mg daily and it did no good. The next doctor slowly raised it to 1200mg daily and then it helped. Also, it's one that has to be weaned off slowly to avoid serious side effects. I'm sure you already know that most drugs have to be taken for several weeks or months to reach a therapeutic level. And I love Biofreeze. It works fast and is wonderful for all kinds of pain. Hope it helps you.

nursej 2010-02-11 19:45:45 -0600 Report

I have neuropathy of my feet and hands, and take a handful of prescribed medications by a Neurologist.
I think the worst part is when you can't tell if your feet are cold or warm,anyone have any hints what to do?

cc9 2010-02-13 07:03:23 -0600 Report

mmmm maybe your endo or PA might be able to tell you. i know from my endo that you have to be very careful when you cant feel anything as you can get burns which get infected. please take care of yourself.

Aumonae 2010-02-11 17:28:11 -0600 Report

I have diabetic neuropathy. I have had it for several years now. I have lost the reflex function in both my ankles and my knees are at half. It is now into my hands and my ulnar nerve has somehow been damaged while sleeping, leaving my left hand unable to feel or use my pinkie and ring finger.

I have taken lots of narcotic pain killers and even morphine for over a year. I also have taken neurontin and desiprimine.

I took myself off the morphine, learned about self hypnosis techniques for pain control and breathing techniques for breathing through pain.

I was told that I will never recover the lost nerves. All neuropathic damage is not the same. Some you can recover from - like the one from vitamin B deficiency. Mine is lost for good.

The good news is that strict sugar control and weight loss will stop the progression. Not eating sugary foods/drinks will also take away the pain.

I have changed my attitude towards pain and have learned how to breathe through the break-through pains. It is hard and I don't do a lot of socializing as of late, but it keeps me off the narcotics, which allows me to maintain my sense of identity.

The best of luck to you. Be careful with your sugars and learn to be kind and gentle with your body :)

jayabee52 2010-02-11 19:04:56 -0600 Report

Howdy Aumonae
and WELCOME to DC!
I pray you enjoy it here as do I
Hope to see you in the discussions
again WELCOME!

Blessings to you and yours!

2WorldOvercomers 2010-02-10 06:20:21 -0600 Report

I have stopped taking all presciption medicine after a week on Glymetrol. It not only stops neuropathy; but, now I can eat normally (including a little desert) a day or two a week. Glymetrol combines all the natural high glucose remedies I know of in one easy to swallow capsule. It is also important to exercise, eat right (no white starches or processed food, a maximum of 15 carbs per meal and 4 ounces of meat, 9 servings of unprocessed fruits and vegetable including all colors) and avoid stress. Be anxious for nothing.

jayabee52 2010-02-10 12:23:20 -0600 Report

Howdy 2World
and WELCOME to DC!
What you write is interesting, tell me more, how does one get this "Glymetrol"?

Blessings to you and yours!

sharonw 2010-02-09 20:22:58 -0600 Report

hi i have heuropathy also and i had to fianlly go to the doctors and he gave me a prescription and it is helping me a lot i was told that you get it mostly in the thighs and legs and feet. i hope this can help you get better.

jayabee52 2010-02-09 21:44:15 -0600 Report

Howdy Sharon W.
and WELCOME to DC!
hope to see you around the discussion boards a lot!

Unfortunately, legs and feet are not the ONLY places you get it. I won't repeat what others have posted, so I invite you to scroll to the top and read it ( some of the first posts at the top - and weep - it's nasty! that's why we need to keep our BGs under control) I myself have some autonomic neuropathy. Not fun at all.

But again Sharon, WELCOME to DC!
Blessings to you and yours

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-09 23:09:40 -0600 Report

Hey Sharon, welcome to D.C. Neuropathy is a pain in the ass. My sister makes fun of me (we find humor in everything) because of of nowhere I will jerk my arm, leg or foot because I will suddenly get sharp or burning pains. Your body has nerves all over and that's what neuropathy effects, organs and everything. If you take care of yourself from the beginning you can avoid complications such as this. It's never too late to start taking control, before it takes total control of your body.

krazyrabbit 2010-02-10 12:20:01 -0600 Report

I can relate to your pain. I have had diabetes now for about 8 years and over the last couple of months have been having great difficulty with my feet and legs. Pain is so bad in my feet and has now spread to my calfs and thighs. Burning in my feet and shooting pains in my toes which does not allow me much sleep at night. My doctor is sending me to a specialist but I had to miss my appointment this week due to major blizzard 30 inches of snow here. Hope they can do something for me. I have found some relief in rubbing my feet at night before bed with Gold Bond Foot Cream for pain. Also I have to use cane most of the time around house now. Good Luck. And I am so glad to have found this site.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-10 13:16:40 -0600 Report

Welcome, Krazyrabbit——We love having EVERYONE HERE!! It helps to have all types of diabetics on here in various stages—-I was unaware of many of the side effects of diabetis, since I am not having too many side effects, am trying HARDER and taking this disease more seriously since I am now AWARE!! Best of Luch anc Health to you, too!!! I am having to use a cane part time because of my back, but THINK it is not due to diabetis, would HATE to have that get into the mix of pains—-Yowwwwie—-_!! PR

jayabee52 2010-02-10 15:20:52 -0600 Report

Howdy Krazyrabbit!
And WELCOME to DC! Glad you are here.

I pray the specialist can do something for good you.

Perhaps you know this already, but I want to caution you not to put any creams or lotions between your toes. I forget why that is at the moment, but diabetics in general need to avoid putting anything like that between our toes. ]

Anyway, again WELCOME to DC! Hope to see you around the boards


Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-10 17:39:45 -0600 Report

Oh, thanks, Jim!! I didn't know that, I have a calous or such between my toes and sometimes I apply Vicks or such, to soften it! Will not——now!! PAT R

cc9 2010-02-13 07:01:05 -0600 Report

thats a good answer,S2. i use a cream for my heels to keep them soft and prevent cracks and therefore infection. but most of the times because of the warm and humid weather i go around barefeet in the the house and sandals when out. i hardly wear socks.

imsuzie2 2010-02-13 20:34:02 -0600 Report

And, because of the beginning neuropathy, I always wear socks and more and more shoes (even house shoes) in the house. We have tile everywhere. I also use cream on my heels, so the dryness isn't too bad, just keep the creams and gels (baby oil in gel in the shower on the whole body due to lack of humidity in Vegas) away from between the toes.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-02-14 10:42:10 -0600 Report

I'm with you CC. I hate wearing shoes at all. First thing that comes off when I get home.
Have to make sure grandkids pick up toys tho!.

imsuzie2 2010-02-14 19:39:36 -0600 Report

Just be careful. Podiatrist said to always wear shoes. The older I get, the more right he becomes. Like to take my bra off first!

cc9 2010-02-15 01:25:44 -0600 Report

yeah i hate anything thats restraining. my endo is also a feet specialist as well and i posed the question to her about walking barefeet. she said so long as there is feeling in the feet shouldnt be a prob, but the concern was more for elderly diabetic patients who already have little feeling in their feet and arent aware of hot pavements or sharp objects. suzie, you remind me of the "bra burning feminists" from the late sixties. :)