Small fiber neuropathy

Posted by rgolia13 @rgolia13, Tue, Jan 22 7:33am

Hello I wanna diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy in November. I have tried all the medicines lyrica cymbalta gabetin amptrypilline nothing has calmed the burning pain. I have burning pain on my triceps and entire back into my buttocks area and a band of numbness below my chest Around the upper area of my stomach which makes it difficult to breathe and eat. I was vitamin b deficient even though my numbers read high and my blood sugars where out of control. I have lowered my ac1 to 7.5 and have been receiving vitamin b-12 methlycoloban shots. Has anyone ever experienced the burning sensations on there backs and the band of numbness. I only read about hands and feet and nothing else.

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It's good that you have lowered your A1C. Has your doctor or neurologist offered any treatment suggestions?

Hi @rgolia13
I've severe burning of hands/ feet. It also can be anywhere on my legs, toro, arms (in small area's) at different times.
I can not tolerate any of the mentioned medications.
I do get significant relief from medical marijuana oil and vape.
It does not make me "high" unless I take and do not eat. Ie: breakfast.
I had to try several brands. The oil and vape are from medical marijuana supplier, not over counter or online products.
I still get flair ups that usually last about 3~4 days. When that happens, I continue my dosing and use ice packs. It has disabled me from working.
Still worth the relief. But I do get pretty regular burning on legs,arms and torso. Usually short lasting as my hands/ feet/lips are daily.
Hope this helps.

@clairecas

Hi @rgolia13
I've severe burning of hands/ feet. It also can be anywhere on my legs, toro, arms (in small area's) at different times.
I can not tolerate any of the mentioned medications.
I do get significant relief from medical marijuana oil and vape.
It does not make me "high" unless I take and do not eat. Ie: breakfast.
I had to try several brands. The oil and vape are from medical marijuana supplier, not over counter or online products.
I still get flair ups that usually last about 3~4 days. When that happens, I continue my dosing and use ice packs. It has disabled me from working.
Still worth the relief. But I do get pretty regular burning on legs,arms and torso. Usually short lasting as my hands/ feet/lips are daily.
Hope this helps.

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@clairecas Good morning. Thank you for the “introduction” to your journey into the small fiber neuropathy world. We share the same commitment to medical marijuana for pain control. I appreciate your warning about not medicating on an empty tummy. Please tell us more about the flares. Do you know what triggers them? Do you notice that symptoms are stronger with low barametric pressure? And finally, what dosages are you using for tinctures? 2:1? Have you tried a 3:1 or other dosage balm for your hands? Oops, one more question. What do you use to combat the “burning “, especially in the torso? Does it interrupt your sleep? Be safe, be free of pain even if it is for just an hour? Chris

I have tried the medical marijuana it intensifies my numbness no relief from the burning. I’m now in the fourth treatment of PEMF therapy and have been on a vitamin and supplement regimen for about a month. My neurologist and Dr latov of Cornell medicine put me on the treatment with lyrica gabetin cymbalta I was on 1800 MG of gabetin that did nothing. I was on 600 MG of lyrica that did nothing and 30 MG of cymbalta and 35 MG of amptrypilline and nothing has calmed the burning pain. I just started tramodol which has helped take the edge off a little. I have had mri of my brain neck back and yesterday I had one of my lower lumbar done.

The only medication that gave me total relief for a short period of time is prednisone and I’ve only done it once given all the negative side effects. For anyone reading this – be careful with gabapentin. I was on it for a year and it only provided limited relief and as time went by, it worked less and I have to take more. It’s VERY difficult to get off those drugs – they are addictive. I went cold turkey and that was not fun. I’ve tried every med you listed. I am choosing to live with the daily pain (marijuana had the same effect for me as you). I have SNF and something else yet to be diagnosed. I also have lesions on my lower spine. 4 years before they did a skin punch test while symptoms got worse and worse. What an awful journey!

@artscaping

@clairecas Good morning. Thank you for the “introduction” to your journey into the small fiber neuropathy world. We share the same commitment to medical marijuana for pain control. I appreciate your warning about not medicating on an empty tummy. Please tell us more about the flares. Do you know what triggers them? Do you notice that symptoms are stronger with low barametric pressure? And finally, what dosages are you using for tinctures? 2:1? Have you tried a 3:1 or other dosage balm for your hands? Oops, one more question. What do you use to combat the “burning “, especially in the torso? Does it interrupt your sleep? Be safe, be free of pain even if it is for just an hour? Chris

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Hi Chris,
That's a lot of questions early in the day : )
First, I have not figured out what triggers me. It comes on quickly or wakes me at night.
I shift around to get away from any burning in my torso/ arms/legs. I don't have better relief methods right now. The burning (not H&F)is more tolerable if i'm preoccupied. When my hands & feet are really flaired, I can do nothing. I will usually increase my oil which is 6:1 to add another dose. That gives some help.
The vape I use is 1:1, I use as needed.
I did not notice a diff w pressure, though I do get severe migraines strongly influenced by the weather.
Lastly, I purchased a salve suggested by John B from CBDNANOMEDS.com.
It works for short periods of relief w flairs. I will put on at night if wake up irritated enough.
I hope this helps.

@dwilkin

The only medication that gave me total relief for a short period of time is prednisone and I’ve only done it once given all the negative side effects. For anyone reading this – be careful with gabapentin. I was on it for a year and it only provided limited relief and as time went by, it worked less and I have to take more. It’s VERY difficult to get off those drugs – they are addictive. I went cold turkey and that was not fun. I’ve tried every med you listed. I am choosing to live with the daily pain (marijuana had the same effect for me as you). I have SNF and something else yet to be diagnosed. I also have lesions on my lower spine. 4 years before they did a skin punch test while symptoms got worse and worse. What an awful journey!

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I was on prednisone 40mg and it did nothing for me. I’m going crazy to get some relief of the burning sensations and numbness around my upper stomach.

@rgolia13

I have tried the medical marijuana it intensifies my numbness no relief from the burning. I’m now in the fourth treatment of PEMF therapy and have been on a vitamin and supplement regimen for about a month. My neurologist and Dr latov of Cornell medicine put me on the treatment with lyrica gabetin cymbalta I was on 1800 MG of gabetin that did nothing. I was on 600 MG of lyrica that did nothing and 30 MG of cymbalta and 35 MG of amptrypilline and nothing has calmed the burning pain. I just started tramodol which has helped take the edge off a little. I have had mri of my brain neck back and yesterday I had one of my lower lumbar done.

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I'm sorry u haven't found any relief.
Did you try more than one type/ratio of medical marijuana? I have read so many times the high CBD is best for neuropathy. I did not find that true for myself. The mix w THC:CBD has helped significantly. Mind you, I still can't do much w my hands as everything inflames my hands &feet.
Ive tried those meds, very bad side effects for me.
I do use tramadol daily, 50mg x3-5daily I've had 3 spinal surgeries and have DDD. If the tramadol helps, it comes in extended relief, which you can ask your MD about.
Ive cut down on tramadol but do need it daily even w marijuana.
I hope u find better relief.
Claire

@clairecas

I'm sorry u haven't found any relief.
Did you try more than one type/ratio of medical marijuana? I have read so many times the high CBD is best for neuropathy. I did not find that true for myself. The mix w THC:CBD has helped significantly. Mind you, I still can't do much w my hands as everything inflames my hands &feet.
Ive tried those meds, very bad side effects for me.
I do use tramadol daily, 50mg x3-5daily I've had 3 spinal surgeries and have DDD. If the tramadol helps, it comes in extended relief, which you can ask your MD about.
Ive cut down on tramadol but do need it daily even w marijuana.
I hope u find better relief.
Claire

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I’m seeing a holistic doctor who has uncovered many defiencies vitamin and hormone wise also I’m doing the PEMF therapy which has helped me me have better days. The medical marijuana makes my numbness worse what ratio of Cbd/thc works for you.

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