Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy?

Posted by rabbit10 @rabbit10, Apr 9, 2016

Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy?

@ealanddtc

I am a care giver for my partner who has peripheral neuropathy. All he has been offered is pain medication. If you do the research, you will find that many times the medication will make your condition worse. We have found a facility in Charlotte, NC and you can see this on line at: http://selecthealthofthecarolinas.com. They do not give pain medication and they say they can actually help the pain of neuropathy. They use lasers and other type of treatment from Germany. We will be seeing a doctor there in mid May. We will be interviewed and we hope they will accept us and we can start treatment. We are praying that my partner can be helped. We have started a special diet of all organic foods and no artificial anything in food. The all natural foods are helping some. WE eat only all natural foods and only take vitamins and minerals that are all natural and kosher. If a cure ever is found for this problem, I feel that it will be food/nutrition related. The government will not pay for vitamin therapy because of the drug companies. If we are successful, we will be shouting about it on the internet. I wish you the best and we can feel your pain. Best of luck.

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Amen! I agree and we as well are getting ready to start juicing in the Joe Cross Reboot ( watch the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead') he has swept the world with juicing as medicine! It's even physician approved and I am excited to give it a go! If I can stop the pain and progression of the Peripheral Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid function, osteoarthritis, Gastroparesis with juicing and then a mostly plant based diet following… then whoo hoo!! I will update my progress after a couple of weeks after we start. Hope it helps! Drugs have side effects, cost a lot or DON'T WORK. I am not taking any drugs for Peripheral Neuropathy or Fibro or Gastroparesis or arthritis. I'm using organic dehydrated Super Foods of 50 ingredients mixed in almond milk or juice.(Walmart, anywhere from $10-15) Then Tumeric capsules and Vit D.
Just Keep Swimming…
Darlia

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Hi, I'm 86 and have had peripheral neuropathy for a long number of years. I see a Neurologist and he has run different tests, but never found a cause. I take 3 Gabapentin each day and I am able to live with it. As far as I know, there is no cure. I also have a bulging disc, spinal stenosis and Scoliosis. I have an appointment for a spinal injection next week. 🙂

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@pdsi43one

I have peripheral neuropathy due to untreated pernicious anemia. B12 injections halt PA, but mine was undiagnosed until severe. Therefore nerve damage to peripheral areas will be with me forever. I have other pernicious symptoms also, but the neuropathy was the first. To diagnose PA, a blood test must be done to check the intrinsic factor in the stomach! It is not the common B12 deficiency. I take nothing for the neuropathy. Guys luck with yours. I’d like to see a good chiropractor or osteopath. How to find one?

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Hello @pdsi43one — I have no medical training or background. I do have osteopenia and your question is a good one. How to find a good chiroprator or osteopathic doctor. I really didn't know what a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) was until I did some research. Mayo Clinic has some good information here:

What kind of doctor is a D.O.? Does a D.O. have the same training as an M.D.?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/osteopathic-medicine/faq-20058168

I found a website associated with The American Osteopathic Association that provides more information and a search function to find a DO in specific locations:
https://doctorsthatdo.org/difference

Hope this helps.

John

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@liz223

Hi, I'm 86 and have had peripheral neuropathy for a long number of years. I see a Neurologist and he has run different tests, but never found a cause. I take 3 Gabapentin each day and I am able to live with it. As far as I know, there is no cure. I also have a bulging disc, spinal stenosis and Scoliosis. I have an appointment for a spinal injection next week. 🙂

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Hello @liz223, I have idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy and the neurologist thinks it might be hereditary. I once heard an 80 year old research neurologist at a neuropathy support meeting say if you live long enough you will get neuropathy. Didn't make me feel any better but at 74 soon to be 75 I'm OK with it. I don't have pain with my neuropathy so I don't have to take any medications for it.. I just have the tingling and numbness.

You mentioned you have spinal stenosis and Scoliosis. There is a discussion you might want to read through here:

Scoliosis – Introduce yourself and meet others
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/scoliosis-introduce-yourself/

John

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@pdsi43one

I have peripheral neuropathy due to untreated pernicious anemia. B12 injections halt PA, but mine was undiagnosed until severe. Therefore nerve damage to peripheral areas will be with me forever. I have other pernicious symptoms also, but the neuropathy was the first. To diagnose PA, a blood test must be done to check the intrinsic factor in the stomach! It is not the common B12 deficiency. I take nothing for the neuropathy. Guys luck with yours. I’d like to see a good chiropractor or osteopath. How to find one?

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Thank you, John. Will search out a DO using the link you sent .

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It’s really bad in my buttocks

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@prudence

It’s really bad in my buttocks

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Hello @prudence – I see this is your first post so I would like to welcome you to Mayo Connect. We are happy you found us.
Are you able to share a little more information about what it is that is really bad? Have you seen a doctor about it?

John

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@aliskahan

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?

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I have had neuropathy for years. It is an awful disease and I feel for fellow sufferers. I have a nerve stimulator that helps me some especially on the soles of my feet. Otherwise I have tried lidocaine ointment on my feet. I also take Lyrica and Cymbalta which help with the neuropathy in my legs and hands.

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@prudence

It’s really bad in my buttocks

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That is so interesting. I had never heard of anyone having it there before but me. My Dr didn't even seem to respond much to it. I got my PN from chemo( had colon cancer 3b). At first mine was so bad in my buttocks and vaginal area, also hands and knees down to toes. It gradually went away except in hands, legs and feet. I thought I was nuts before though. Glad to hear I wasn't the only one!

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@allisonsnow

another group I can identify with and hopefully learn from. My neuropathy began during my first chemo treatment. It had been mentioned as a lesser side-effect So of course I suffered from it, got so it was all the way up my left leg and both feet. Was just starting in hands when I finished chemo. They had said it might get better but wouldn't go away and it hasn't. It is mostly my feet now but it seems to be getting worse. The pain is almost constant with some needle like pain shooting thru my feet occasionally the dr.s have taken an "oh well" kind of attitude but I don't complain to them much. But I am going to mention it this visit because the cramping and toe joints kind of lock up it is really painful and getting worse.
I haven't seen anyone talk about cramping was hoping to learn a lot more about it from others in this group am hoping to get some info here.
P.S. has been two years since my first chemo and just recently did a partial round but we stopped after 4 treatments. Different drugs this time nothing said about neuropathy

Thanks to anyone here that can help me !

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@allisonsnow Hi! I also hot my PN from chemo. I had 12 rounds of 2 kinds of chemo that cause it a d ended up in pretty bad shspe. Poor balance, falling, unable to write decent or play piano, open jars or cans, put pins in my hair etc. That was almost 2 years ago and Im grateful to not have cancer now and its much better but still numb and tingly from knees down and hands. Worse with use, other wise feel kind of dead. Thankful I have not had much pain but have had some stinging in my hands. I also have had cramps in my feet, especially during water aerobics. I love the water aerobics because I dont notice my neuropathy in the water. I take Cymbalta, Alpha Lipoic Acid and B6.

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@prudence

It’s really bad in my buttocks

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Yes I’ve seen several specialists and no one seems to know about it.
I can sit down for about 5 min and my bum goes numb and very uncomfortable.
It’s been about 5 years and doesn’t change much. It’s really hard not to be able to sit

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@prudence

It’s really bad in my buttocks

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No your not the only one they call it bleacher bum like when you’ve been watching baseball all day.
Only this doesn’t go away

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@jjwest

Good Morning Everyone,
My name is Jean West and 74 yrs young. I have been dealing with neuropothy for at least 10 years. It started as many do, ini my feet, now over time is has advanced upto my knees and hands. I have been to an neurologist and was told that if Dr's could come up with a way to treat or cure this condition, they would be billionaires. My pain Dr. explained why I have it and that this particular type is perifial neuropothy. The first questions I am asked if that if I am a diabetic, and I am not. But I understand that diabeties is a big reason for this condition. My reason which has been told t ome by my Pain Dr, is that I have had so much trama to my spine top and bottom is what has caused this condition. I take 800mg + 50mg of tramadol every six hours. I set my cell phone alarm for these times so that I don't miss taking the meds, because I do sometimes forget, and catching up is very,very painful and sometimes I have to take extra meds for relief. I have learned that walking helps, just keeping my feet on the floor, so have pressure on my feet helps, I am getting scared to try to drive anymore because I cannot always feel the pedals. I have sever stenosis in my thoratic and lumbar section of my spine, I also have numerous bone spurs all up and down my spine. I have had two surgeries in my neck area due to bone spurs going into nerve canals. I have taken many injections in my spine and am about to have 4 more. I have a spine stimulator which has helped tremendously, but it only reaches to my waist. And now ithe stenosis has started in my area above that area. I am also getting catarac surgery on both eyes in June YAHOO! I am looking forward to that.
Anyone dealing with chronoic pain is a dear soul to me. We understand the devistation is does to our minds and body and everyday life. I have had pain control me, and now I take 100 Zoloft, walk as much as I can. Stay busy. I love to garden, love flowers, I do acryalic painting. I love to cook.
I have lost any kind of libidio and I am finally ok with that, and I am graqteful I have a domestic partner who understands. He has been my rock, and every once ina a while I send him off for a week or two to get away froom taking care of me. The gamapentin has made me gain weight even though I eat healthy and walk. It would probably be worse if I didn't. All I can contibute here is thaqt for me, you just have to accept that this is partof your life, you have to readjust and keep moving keep living and help each other.
PEACE AND MUCH LOVE
Jean

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What a thankful and uplifting message thank you

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@prudence

It’s really bad in my buttocks

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Hi @prudence — I found a really good explanation of "pain in the butt" that I thought might be helpful to this discussion thread.

Piriformis Syndrome (Pain in the Butt):
https://destroychronicpain.wordpress.com/problems-we-help-people-with/piriformis-syndrome-pain-in-the-butt/

Also found this article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association – Diagnosis and Management of Piriformis Syndrome: An Osteopathic Approach:
http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2093614

John

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@allisonsnow

another group I can identify with and hopefully learn from. My neuropathy began during my first chemo treatment. It had been mentioned as a lesser side-effect So of course I suffered from it, got so it was all the way up my left leg and both feet. Was just starting in hands when I finished chemo. They had said it might get better but wouldn't go away and it hasn't. It is mostly my feet now but it seems to be getting worse. The pain is almost constant with some needle like pain shooting thru my feet occasionally the dr.s have taken an "oh well" kind of attitude but I don't complain to them much. But I am going to mention it this visit because the cramping and toe joints kind of lock up it is really painful and getting worse.
I haven't seen anyone talk about cramping was hoping to learn a lot more about it from others in this group am hoping to get some info here.
P.S. has been two years since my first chemo and just recently did a partial round but we stopped after 4 treatments. Different drugs this time nothing said about neuropathy

Thanks to anyone here that can help me !

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@coloncasurvivoran I was diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. There's some debate from neurologists I've seen that it might be small fiber sensory neuropathy, and that's what I think it is. Mine is primarily in my feet and calves, and I've had it for 24 years. I do have numbness and tingling once in awhile in my hands, something I had in my early thirties. Then, it went away when I stopped practicing the piano so much (I was in school then and playing a lot of Rachmaninoff). Now it's back, but only occasionally. Anyhow, did your doctor tell you that too much B6 can be toxic? I was recently also taking a B supplement, and when my doctor did a blood test, it came back with a very high B6 level. I stopped taking the supplement. I hope the alpha lipoic acid is helping you. I took it for about a year, but it didn't do a thing for me. I've been able to cut my gabapentin dosage in half, primarly due to physical therapy and the exercises I do every day. As long as I pace myself with exercise, walking, etc., so far I've been free of the awful cramping in my feet and legs. My right hand also cramps sometimes, but the pain is nowhere near the level I had in my feet and legs.

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