Topical cream brings relief for PN
I have suffered from idiopathic peripheral neuropathy in my feet and legs for 20 years. I have seen neurologists in Alaska, Washington (UW) and finally Mayo. In every instance I have been stuck with pins, and given diet and exercise recommendations, with the occasional prescription of Lyrica (pre-gabalin) or oral amitriptyline — none of which did much good. On several occasions I have questioned why nothing could be done topically. UW told me that the pharmaceutical companies don't put R&D dollars into topicals because the profit margin is low. FINALLY, but ONLY in my response my question, a Mayo neurologist prescribed an ointment composed of ketamine/amitriptyline 5%/2%. It is not a cure, and it is not cheap ($100 for a month supply — my insurance will cover it) but it is the ONLY thing that will let me get a good night's sleep. BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR IT.