Is it worth trying to resolve peripheral neuropathy?
I'm 53 yo bloke and suffer from peripheral neuropathy. I get these sharp burning/stinging pains (like bee stings) that usually start in my hands and feet and then spread to my lower torso. Usually starts first thing in the morning and maybe flare-up 3-5 times over the first few hours of the day with then just occasional atacks later in the day. The pain is usally quite severe and last for 2-3 minutes in duration where I usually rush to the nearest tap and use cold water to try and soothe the pain.
It all began randomly 4 years ago, lasted for about 3-5 months then disappeared for 6 months, came again for a similar period of time except the pain got worse. It came back in a mild form a year or so ago but again disappeared. It has just started again last week and it is worse than ever. Shooting, searing pain in hands feet, and lower back and stomach. I believe I have a high pain threshold, but the pain is is pretty bad and makes me reluctant to leave home to avoid a public episode.
I have seen doctors and a neurologist without a definitive diagnosis though SFN was first assumed. I have been prescribed, Endep, Lyrica and Andrepera all with no success, made literally zero difference even after months of use. I am arranging to see the neurologist again, but wondering what the point is given it's primarily about pain management and I already know that but none of it has worked in the past. Apologies if I sound negative or entitled, just frustrated.