Any Relief for Neuropathy

By ceeceeb123 Latest Reply 2011-03-17 00:46:51 -0500
Started 2010-10-28 21:14:41 -0500

Hello friends—I hope all are doing well. I have had diabetes since 2000 and neuropathy also. The pain has slowly gotten worse. I have been taking pain meds and also nurton(i hope i spelled this right) for the pain—sometimes it helps and then on other times I want to slam my head into the wall so I can take my mind off of my pain in my feet and legs. I have gone as far as having a cooler full of ice water to stand in to help with the pain. I know this sounds crazy but I am sure you know we will try anything to help with the pain.
If anyone has any remedy that might help with coping with the pain—PLEASE HELP.
Thanks everyone!!!!

11 replies

krystalm 2011-03-17 00:46:51 -0500 Report

im still waiting on the nerve test to be diagnosed with neuropathy. showing signs of it though and put on a pain med for it. in all the research the only thing ive found that helps is to keep sugar and cholesterol under control. other than pain meds theres not alot out there to help. it cant be reversed but keeping sugar controlled is supposed to lessen the symptoms

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2010-10-30 11:49:34 -0500 Report

I also take Lyrica and found it works great for me, I couldn't let my legs touch so had to put a pillow between them,now I just go to bed and sleep

Brenda_B 2010-10-29 00:45:00 -0500 Report

Lyrica made me very (sick/drunk) dizzy and didn't help much. Neurotin worked great for my mother. It worked good for me for a few months. Then I needed to up the dosage to get the results. (my mother took the med for years and never need the dosage changed… occasionally some doctor would decide she shouldn't take it because it is for seizures… Then I would have to argue with the doctor to get her back on it… It worked great for her)

Now I take the neurotin for a few months in the winter only… when it is really cold. My feet hate the cold! I also have and electric blanket on my feet and lower legs both in bed and when I'm sitting around in the evening. You have to be careful though since your nerve ending aren't working correctly you have to check to make sure your feet are not getting too hot… burns = BAD. Just a note pain meds really don't work since there is nothing "wrong" with you feet… just crazy nerves. Oh another really odd thing to try is wearing your tennis shoes laced up tight. Sometime I sleep in my shoes…LOL I know sounds odd but it helps.
good luck

rontexas2 2010-10-28 22:26:27 -0500 Report

Gabepentin is a generic form of "Lyrica" and works well for me

jayabee52 2010-10-28 22:42:43 -0500 Report

Howdy Ron
When I read that I was a bit confused, so I looked up Lyrica. Actually the generic name is Pregabalin. Gabepentin is the generic name for Neurontin.

BTW: WELCOME to DC! Hope to see you around the boards!

God's richest blessings unto you and yours.


rontexas2 2010-10-28 23:03:43 -0500 Report

Thanks for the correction…I just took as "gospel" what I had been told and never did any research myself. My wife passed away in'88 and I've a daughter with fibra as well as diabetes. I'm 72.

jayabee52 2010-10-29 03:48:25 -0500 Report

My bride passed this July 23. She had fibro and many many other things wrong, "medical challenges" we called them. Blessings to you Ron!

ceeceeb123 2010-10-28 21:53:42 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for all your help.
leonmelton—the doctor put me on lyrica and it seemed not to help—but i might have not given it enough time to work. When i started taking it and went off the neurotin I was in so much pain for about 3 days that I went back on the neurotin. My doctor never explained anything to me—I hate to say this but I feel like I am on my own. How long did it take for it to take effect for you?

kdroberts—I will check further into the alpha lipha acid—thanks so much for the info.

kdroberts 2010-10-28 21:43:43 -0500 Report

Good blood sugar control will help a lot and a lot of people find alpha lipoic acid helps as well so it might be worth checking that out.

leonmelton 2010-10-28 21:42:57 -0500 Report

i have neuropathy in my lower legs and feet. yes i was put on neurotin and many others.two weeks ago my doctor changed me to lyrica and it has worked wonders. PLEASE TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR about lyrica ,it may benefit you as is expensive but worth it.