What helps the symptoms of Small Fiber Neuropathy?

Posted by margie1234 @margie1234, Dec 12, 2021

Good morning
I know most members here have more severe symtoms than I.
I woke up one morning in august with both feet tingling and with a sandy like feeling under my toes and bottom of both feet. I had no previous warning. My family doctor said that is strange maybe it will fo away on its own?? I had a short assessment with a poditrist which cost me $95 dollars and he said I had beginnings of small fiber neuraphy buy cushioned insoles and come back if it gets worse. To see a neurolagist here is 3 year wait and I have no coverage I am at my wits end on what to do for this. I thought only diabitics got this. My anxiety level is off the wall. I have researched on line and do stretches and walk. Any advice on what to do to possibly stop the tingling would be so much appreciated. Margie

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Hi Margie @margie1234, I know the feeling you are having and it can be disturbing and cause a person to have anxiety. My feet have been numb for a long time but I do have some days better and worse off and on where they feel better. What has helped me the most is what you podiatrist mentioned – a good pair of lightweight shoes with memory foam inserts but with sides that offer some support. I mostly buy Sketchers but their are several brands that offer the same style shoes. Another thing that helps is to look at my feet daily and keep the skin moisturized. I like LifeFlo Magnesium lotion (not the oil spray) as it doesn't feel quite as greasy as some lotions and smells nice. I usually put it on my feet at night after giving them a little massage. After I put the lotion on I put on a pair of short crew socks to cover my feet while in bed. I started doing this after stepping on a small object on the floor in the middle of the night and not knowing that I did it. Easy to see on the sock the next day if you have injured your foot.

I'm not sure if you saw the links in my previous reply to you in another discussion but the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy has some Complementary Therapies that might be helpful for you — https://www.foundationforpn.org/living-well/complementary-therapies/

Also, there is another discussion that might be helpful as the tingling could be caused by compression of the nerves – Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) for treating compression and pain: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

Have you heard about Myofascial Release Therapy?

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My story is the same, only longer. Start looking for the cause. Go to an endocrinologist or rheumatologist to be checked out. After 2 1/2 years that is where I am. Treating the source is the key. Also, I am taking supplements mentioned in this chat room. If you find something that helps, please share! Neurologists treat only the symptoms. Good luck.

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I have been able to manage the nerve pain in my feet by placing a heating pad under my butt on a timer (in case I fall asleep). I used to wrap the heating pad around my calf, but it caused broken capillaries. The heating pad has allowed me to greatly reduce my use of pain medication at night.

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Try deep tissue massage. Maybe two or three times a day if that fits your schedule. Strict diet vitamins plus exercise. Keep the blood flowing!

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I use a half-teaspoon of turmeric in a small glass of warm water each morning now. There is a gene which points out that carrier needs added Turmeric. It has stopped my neuropathy. oldkarl

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I can stop the tingling in my feet with Epsom salts . I use a roll on from Amazon called Epsom it . It is also specifically advertised to stop the tingling and pins and needles .

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@simina1234

I can stop the tingling in my feet with Epsom salts . I use a roll on from Amazon called Epsom it . It is also specifically advertised to stop the tingling and pins and needles .

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Do you use hot/warm water for Epsom salts?

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I use the lotion attached

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Try deep tissue massage. I put a rubber band ball under my feet one at a time and roll and push down hard. Increase the blood flow,I do one minute per foot for a total of five minutes on each. Might help on the long fun. You might see modest results in snout two weeks, but stay with plus vitamins! Especially a complex vitamin B,

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@simina1234

I can stop the tingling in my feet with Epsom salts . I use a roll on from Amazon called Epsom it . It is also specifically advertised to stop the tingling and pins and needles .

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@simina1234, Thanks so much for sharing this tip. That is one feature I like about Connect. I have tingling and pins and needles. How many times a day do you use the roll-on?

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@artscaping

@simina1234, Thanks so much for sharing this tip. That is one feature I like about Connect. I have tingling and pins and needles. How many times a day do you use the roll-on?

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I use it twice a day – my tingling is worse at night ( so I apply the roll on just before going to sleep ) and in the morning too.

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@artscaping

@simina1234, Thanks so much for sharing this tip. That is one feature I like about Connect. I have tingling and pins and needles. How many times a day do you use the roll-on?

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Usually twice per day!!

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