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Jan 10, 2018 · Foot swelling and pain in the elderly in Chronic Pain

Your dad definitely needs a second opinion. My stress fracture turned into a charcot (sp) foot with every bone in the foot either broken or dislocated. I had no pain because I was numb from the knees down caused by diabetes, something else to get tested for. It’s no joke, he could loose a foot. It’s not a pleasant journey but an important one. The best of luck to you and your father.

Dec 30, 2017 · Gabapentin use for neuropathy in Neuropathy

About 5 or 6 years ago my gp put me on Lyrica. I managed to enjoy every side-effect on their liturature and then some. It got so bad my gp listed me as allergic to the drug. Also, since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I have been on gabapentin with the dosages maxing out at 3200mg/day. I experimented with the dosages (always going down never up) and found my pain increased as dosaged numbers decreased.

Currently my PN is in both hands and is at a #7 24/7. I live in AZ and my meds are going from 150mg of morphine a day to 90mg. I just love the decisions made by the feds. I haven’t figured out my plan “B” but rest assured I will have one.


Dec 13, 2017 · Diabetes & Taking Care of Your Feet - It's Important! in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Hi John and thanks for the reply.
I might add that if you are over 65 Medicare will pay for the trimming. I was out cruising the neighborhood one day and saw my footrest on my wheelchair covered in blood. Not remembering any crash in the last 1/4 mile I had somehow injured a big tow bad enough to seek out my doc. He said
“Yup” you need to see your podiatrist and then he bandaged it up and sent me on my way. This morning my podiatrist looked at it and said “Yup” you hurt it but it’s git’n better. I can’t see down there but my care-giver says it’s good. Well, nobody tells you about all the side trips you get to take with diabetes just know there are a lot.


Dec 13, 2017 · Diabetes & Taking Care of Your Feet - It's Important! in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I will add what I feel is important just because…
I have neuropathy in both legs and feet from the knees down to the point that I have zero feeling. My right foot is a “sharko” foot with every bone in the foot either broken or dis-located. I don’t wear any socks and only wear sandals occasionaly. That way I can keep track of any injury that may occur. I see my podiatrist so often we are on a first name basis. My point is this, if you have neuropathy be very careful as it doesn’t take much to injur yourself. I sleep with a towel between my legs to prevent them from touching. I cared for several blisters before I figured that one out. My podiatrist cuts my toenails since I can no longer see or reach my feet. I also have neuropathy in both hands from the wrist down. So much for the golden years. I hope this helps someone.

Dec 12, 2017 · New confused diabetic in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I checked with all of “MY PEOPLE” and found that the numbers are relative to the individual. I started out believing that I needed that number to be below 100. Now my doc wants me somewhere between 150 and 200. Also my first A1C was over 12 and I was told my goal should be 6 or below so I did that . Over the next several years I crept up to
7.2 and my doc was very happy and told me the new optimum was 7. I leave all of this to my care-giver because I can’t keep up. I checked with all my people (They were in my mirror) and they were happy.