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Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy?
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@mfobrien36 Thanx for the advice, Mary. Maybe the big pill is like cleaning a shotgun with a big rag. It just pushes everything on out?
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Hi old karl and john – Please don’t count on the “jelly” variety of calcium to be less of a constipation-er (medical term)! I looked for a long time to find a tasty calcium jelly that would be both candy and good for me. I experienced the constipation almost immediately. My mother, on the other hand (she died at nearly 102) took the regular old whopping big calcium pills most of her life and never had a problem with it. This tells me it may be an individual thing but she usually had a cup of strong coffee in the morning and had to stop that ’cause it gave her the “trots” – so who knows? Might try several different permutations of the calcium &/or coffee…. hmmmm?
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Thanks Mary (@mfobrien36) – appreciate the info. I have some of those my wife bought awhile back and I was going to try them. Her sister who is an RN swears by the ones that are “carmel chews” with calcium and D3. I don’t normally like the sugary stuff because I’m trying to avoid any extra sugars where possible. I may just need to take the calcium tabs and down them with a glass of sugar free Metamucil. ☺ I do drink lots of coffee during the day.
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Hey, John @johnbishop – A tablespoon or 2 of Lactulose at bedtime keeps things moving during the day. Usually just one tbsp, unless I’m taking an additional, temporary constipating med, at which time I take more. We’ve been taking calcium supplement for years. Coffee until around 2. I have learned that I have a bowel movement earlier and more easily if I move around for awhile, especially motions like bending over.
When you get socks, are they like 13-15? And are they still amply big after washing? If you have some that actually remain larger? ;Brand?
Hi Jim (@jimhd), I’ll have to try the Lactulose – I’ve never seen/heard of it. Is that a generic name or product? I’m not a regular guy (pun intended ☺) but I do drink a lot of coffee and ride my exercise bike for 30 minutes most mornings as soon as I jump out of bed at 5 am and feed the cats.
I did a search on Amazon to find the largest loose fitting socks I could find and bought some white short ankle socks for wearing at night and some black regular size ones and some calf high ones for daytime.
Here is the link for the white ones size 13 to 15: (12 pair for $15.50)
Here is the link for the black ones size 13 to 15: (12 pair for $19.00)
They say “King Size” and do fit OK but not what I call King Size. I wear a size 14 D but could probably use a little wider in a shoe.
I think that Lactulose is the same thing as OTC MiraLax.
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Walmart has the same thing by another name which I have forgotten, but is half the price of Miralax.
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@johnbishop – thanks for the links. I use a generic called Generlac. It’s a sweet syrup that I think tastes pretty good, though I do find that eating a chocolate chip cookie first (or something else chocolate) makes it taste even better. But everything is better with chocolate, in my opinion.
Yes it does…taste better with chocolate!
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@jimhd and @johnbishop
I still can’t understand why chocolate isn’t considered one of the food groups!
☺They haven’t been converted yet. I mean after all – “Life is a box of chocolates…”
A number of years ago, my cat had the same trouble and $1500 later, was put on a prescription called Latchulose (sp?) My experience with this product is that it is by prescription only – even for humans as my friend also had it prescribed and we had a good laugh over that when I accused him of stealing my cat’s meds. I think you can also get Miralax from Costco through Amazon and that doesn’t require a prescription – this is the generic brand of Miralax. It comes in a triple pack and is considerable cheaper than Miralax. Do I know my laxatives or not!
@johnbishop – I live on a very low, fixed income, so that leads me to get the prescription form of meds, even if it’s available OTC, because it’s less out of pocket cost for me. I know that I’d get a lot of criticism for doing that, but budget drives a lot of decisions. Anyway, I don’t pay much for the generlac prescription,with Medicare and a supplemental insurance.
Me too and I think you're doing it the right way!
Hi @rabbit10 and welcome to Connect! I want to connect you with @martid, and @grandma41 who have both recently written about peripheral neuropathy. They both had different causes of their diagnosis and can discuss their experiences with you.
How long have you been dealing with peripheral neuropathy?
I have chemo neuropathy, could you give me the name of the supplements your friends on Facebook. Used.
Hi @jersey, I wasn’t sure who you meant for your message but if it was me – I use the vitamins and supplements listed here:
They do have their 501c3 status. I don’t know whether it will work for you but I can share how it’s helped me. If you join their closed group you can read the success stories they’ve had. My small fiber peripheral neuropathy has been going on for over 20 years before I finally sought out a diagnosis in the spring of 2016. I only have numbness with my PN and when I started taking the vitamins and supplements in September 2016 the numbness was in both legs to just below the knees. By December the numbness was down some to just above the ankles – it’s subjective on my part though. I haven’t seen any additional improvements since then and I’m still taking the protocol of supplements because it may not make the numbness go away totally but does seem to have stopped it’s progress which is what my neurologist told me was going to happen. It would keep getting worse until it affect the autonomic nervous system (I think is what he said).
Whatever you decide, I would recommend reading through all the discussions and material they have and it’s a lot. Then would discuss it with your doctor.
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