Neuropathy and depression and anxiety

Posted by jordchud62 @jordchud62, Apr 17, 2019

I suffer from neuropathy in my feet and lower legs, and am extremely frustrated as this makes my depression and anxiety worse. Any help is appreciated. Thank You.

@hotfooted

My doctor is fully aware of my anxiety issues and I have been taking Cymbalta for several years.. Before that I was on several different similar meds that changed every few years.. Some made me sweat and be unable to wear sleeves or socks, so I just dealt with that until we would try something else.. Life is a roller coaster all the time… Today I'm highly anxious about my interactions with friends, doubting my social abilities and afraid that I've upset some by saying something they misunderstood.. it seems that I open my mouth and say what I'm thinking without being able to consider how it might affect them.. but I never know how I'm being perceived and making people want to avoid me.. I feel like I'm always being misunderstood and probably should just keep away from everyone… I don't think that I'm being paranoid, but truly just don't perceive social interactions correctly… and meanwhile I deal with the jingly tingly irritating feeling in my feet and lower legs… along with the inner turmoil of being so on edge and fearful of being around others… I worry all the time…

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Hi, @hotfoooted – how has the anxiety been for you over the holiday season? How is the jingly, tingly, irritating feeling in your feet and lower legs?

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Research Kratom and Curcumin! Am taking both!

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Me too..just got out of EMERGENCY with a LEFT HIP ARTHRITIS PROBLEM, connected to the NEUROPATHY….Gabapentin didn't help much, got
a prescription for TRAMADOL 50 mgs. for twice a day…one in the afternoon and one at night before bed. Got a meeting with the NEUROLOGIST ON the ELEVENTH …..I did get SOME HELP with TIGER BALM from CHINATOWN, on sale on the net, if you rub the affected areas for more than a minute or two it will ICE UP the problem and bring SOME relief….tried ADVIL P.M. does help, tried ASPIRIN doesn't help much, will see what the NEUROLOGIST wants me to do…Need the cane and use it wisely. WALKING every twenty minutes or so …………that helps to redistribute the inflammation as opposed to just one area which hurts MORE…..M.

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I just did…

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I can empathize with others experiencing this trio. They work as a team at times and are disruptive in our lives. I will not list my various maladies as it is depressing. I refuse to succumb to the macabre messages my maladies continually send to my brain.
Disorienting when I cannot feel my feet when I walk and feel like I am wrapped in cobwebs. ARGH!
All in all I am doing well. Even typing is a challenge. Stand strong and do not give up.

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@parus

I can empathize with others experiencing this trio. They work as a team at times and are disruptive in our lives. I will not list my various maladies as it is depressing. I refuse to succumb to the macabre messages my maladies continually send to my brain.
Disorienting when I cannot feel my feet when I walk and feel like I am wrapped in cobwebs. ARGH!
All in all I am doing well. Even typing is a challenge. Stand strong and do not give up.

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I do like your words of courage and strength! Keep it coming.

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@margaretob

Me too..just got out of EMERGENCY with a LEFT HIP ARTHRITIS PROBLEM, connected to the NEUROPATHY….Gabapentin didn't help much, got
a prescription for TRAMADOL 50 mgs. for twice a day…one in the afternoon and one at night before bed. Got a meeting with the NEUROLOGIST ON the ELEVENTH …..I did get SOME HELP with TIGER BALM from CHINATOWN, on sale on the net, if you rub the affected areas for more than a minute or two it will ICE UP the problem and bring SOME relief….tried ADVIL P.M. does help, tried ASPIRIN doesn't help much, will see what the NEUROLOGIST wants me to do…Need the cane and use it wisely. WALKING every twenty minutes or so …………that helps to redistribute the inflammation as opposed to just one area which hurts MORE…..M.

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@margaretob, Thanks for the private message. Sorry to hear you ended up in the ER. Sounds like you might have a treatment plan/suggestion for the arthritis in the hip. Hoping you have a pain free day.

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@parus

I can empathize with others experiencing this trio. They work as a team at times and are disruptive in our lives. I will not list my various maladies as it is depressing. I refuse to succumb to the macabre messages my maladies continually send to my brain.
Disorienting when I cannot feel my feet when I walk and feel like I am wrapped in cobwebs. ARGH!
All in all I am doing well. Even typing is a challenge. Stand strong and do not give up.

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@parus Good day ,morning here .Did you read the post about cold therapy she talked about cold laser therapy a cheaper way would be a ice bag on your feet then rub in peanut oil as this oil is nutritious being expressed from peanuts. I use it on my back massaging it as high as I can go Hope it helps we have to try everything My Podiatrist told me to use ice

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@lioness

@parus Good day ,morning here .Did you read the post about cold therapy she talked about cold laser therapy a cheaper way would be a ice bag on your feet then rub in peanut oil as this oil is nutritious being expressed from peanuts. I use it on my back massaging it as high as I can go Hope it helps we have to try everything My Podiatrist told me to use ice

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@lioness This I have not tried. Might be worth giving a try. Thank you!

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@parus

@lioness This I have not tried. Might be worth giving a try. Thank you!

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@parus your welcome we have to try everything to see what gives u s relieve I read a quote about depression and anxiety (If you are depressed,your living in the past ,if your anxious you are living in the future,If you are at peace you are living in the present .) Life begins when fear ends ,do you have the power over these or do they have the power over you? I liked this quote

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@lioness For now I am living in the present according to this quote. I like this too. There is still that silly fear of expecting the other shoe to fall when my mind is at rest. It takes a lot of practice for me with this one and thankful I keep practicing.

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@parus Good for you . It takes a strong women to stay at peace . Don't let IT take your power away Have a blessed day

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Has Mayo evaluated you to see if you have Chronic Pain Syndrome or Central Sensitization Syndrome?

Have a great day!

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Hello everyone from rainy dreary North Alabama. One out of the three appointments today under my belt. My first appointment was actually for me. All went well.

Right now we are at the doctor for my adult daughter's monthly shot for depression and other symptoms.

After this we go to the oxygen place where we get her another face mask to replace the one she broke. She has a c-pap machine as well as portable oxygen.

My feet are very sore and tender. Sometimes they are so painful it is difficult to sleep. I have never been diagnosed with neuropathy but I do take Lyrica for Fibromyalgia.

Gabapentin used to help my feet but I cannot take that at the same time as Lyrica. So I just grit my teeth and bear it. I do take calcium and magnesium tablets.

Here's hoping we can all find something that works. Now if I can just get home to my recliner soon. Heh heh.
Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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@swartzki

Hello, everybody. Because my autonomic neuropathy causes constipation, I am currently living on no medication for my SMF. Tthe depression is crippling me. I literally contemplate suicide every, single morning, especially the mornings when the flu-like body aches and fatigue consume me. I take Metamucil and other over-the counter remedies for the constipation. These work fine as long as I don't take any meds. But I just can't keep going without something for depression. Is there anyone out there with digestion issues from neuroapthy who has found an anti-depressant that works?

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I have been plagued with digestive issues for over 20 years as well as the other SFN pain symptoms. It is depressing especially when the medical community offers little help. Diet seems to be a factor in my stomach & gut issues. Dr. Steven Gundry (I'm aware of how controversial he is) has pointed out one thing which is true for me and has helped eliminate gut pain. Apparently, foods that have lectins, especially beans not cooked in a proper manner, really cause me stomach and gut pain. Glutin bothers my joints. As for irregularity, I have not found an answer to this.

I relate to your daily thoughts of suicide. Pain avoidance is a natural tendency. I have had daily thoughts of suicide for long bouts at a time and it correlates with my pain and sleep levels. I do not take anti-depressants nor will I. Doctors and psychiatrists will recommend them but I would encourage you to look for other remedies first. I find that daily exercise like a walk in a beautiful setting, to be restorative and a good anti-depressant. I've always been an outdoors person and being in nature is a good anti-depressant for me. As I related previously on this board, my marriage dissolved because I was no longer a good partner. I was making my wife miserable which in turn, added to my burden. I did not want this to happen but I accept this was in our best interests. However, I have a dog who is loyal and a fountain of unconditional love. On my worst days, when caring for him is a bit of a burden, my love for him is such that I will do whatever it takes to make sure he is well taken care of. Taking the focus off of my difficulties even for a few minutes on my worst days is a good thing.

I hope you are retired or do not have to work for this disorder is detrimental to a good night's sleep. For me, a good nap, sometimes several, is what it takes for me to regain a more positive attitude. I wish I had more for you but I don't. Presently, I'm in one of my more quiescent periods relative to pain. It happens and I don't know why or how to influence it other than what I just related. Hopefully, you will find such a path.

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