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Wed, Apr 24 11:04am · Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy? in Neuropathy

@dftj12
I had about a month of cold laser therapy, going in three times a week. The experience is detailed at the link below.

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/neuropathy-1/?pg=2#comment-287488

One thing I noticed about the procedure is that my foot would become really irritated the next day. I can’t say if it was the laser session or the aquaroll treatment directly thereafter.
It could be the fact that the top of my foot, toes to ankle, is super sensitive. It will burn and freeze, and feel snake bit in quick succession.
Andrew

Wed, Apr 3 8:18pm · Nitrous Oxide for use as a sleep aid? in Neuropathy

I certainly agree that a physician’s advice should be sought to fully understand all possible complications and risks.
From what I’ve been reading and hearing in conversations with my dentist, nitrous oxide is not used as an anesthetic, and is generally mixed with oxygen. Its use in dentistry was tailored to calm nervous and or over stimulated minds, so as to make a dental procedure easier and less traumatic for both. Patients would rarely sleep under its influence, in fact, the dental practitioner wants the patient awake for feedback during the procedure.
As I recall from my dental visits as a youth, the only memories I have of nitrous oxide use, I never felt as though I would fall asleep. With the mixture I was given, the experience was more like I had been given a light stimulant, while feeling disconnected from my body and being totally ok with the prospect.
The delivery system I envision would rely on a single mixture to reduced the possibility of a mixture control failure. It would also only be operational for limited time periods, reducing the dangers of an overdose. I realize there is not a single medical device, or procedure that is foolproof. It all comes down to risk vs reward.
Andrew

Tue, Apr 2 3:59pm · Nitrous Oxide for use as a sleep aid? in Neuropathy

I have been dealing with neuropathy pain for around five months, not very long. Everything I have read on the subject suggest that I’ll have it from here on out. I hope that my pain can be managed better in the near future, as I cannot imagine my “sleep” getting any worse.
A recent byproduct of a thought experiment I ran through the other day on the subject of pain relief, left me with an intriguing question. Could nitrous oxide, aka “laughing gas”, administered at night through a nasal feed in a metered fashion, create enough distraction to the conscious mind for some quality sleep?
I do not know anything yet regarding prolonged use toxicity or side effects, but it seems to have promise in my tortured mind.
Does anyone have information on the acceptable use and or limitations of using nitrous oxide in the setting?
Andrew

Tue, Apr 2 3:26pm · Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy? in Neuropathy

Hi Chris,
Thanks for the support and great information! I’ll see what I can find locally, and beyond.
I take the 900mg in 300mg capsules, morning, noon, and night. From what I have been finding online, that dosage is fairly small. I told my neurologist that I would try it a good two weeks, as he wished, before calling in to ask for a higher dosage. I would rather take all or most of whatever dosage I find that works, just before bed, as you suggest. Sleeping is definitely something I took for granted. That humbles me in a big way.
Andrew

Tue, Apr 2 12:26pm · Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy? in Neuropathy

Hi John,
I do have pain from my foot and my hand that is non-stop. I feel pinching, stabbing, burning, “frostbite”, and numbness that causes a deep cramp to ride up my leg and arm. I’m ramping up my dose of gabapentin but it has not helped a lot yet. I’m currently at 900mg a day. My anesthetic creme still works ok on my foot, but I still have trouble sleeping because it is not as effective on my hand.
Thanks for the additional information on your management of neuropathy. I’ll be sure to go through it.
Andrew

Tue, Apr 2 12:36pm · Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy? in Neuropathy

Hi Margot,
I did not have foot drop issues on my right foot. The pain started in the tips of my first three toes and quickly setteled in the ball of my foot around those same toes. At first, walking helped alleviate the pain and sitting or lying down made it much worse. Now it on 24/7 and I have bearable days and miserable days, and mostly miserable nights.
Andrew

Tue, Apr 2 12:13pm · Laser Therapy for Neuropathy in Neuropathy

My neuropathy started in my right foot and so I went to a podiatrist for answers. After a few sessions of alcohol injections failed to relieve the pain from a presumed neuroma, a biopsy was taken to rule out neuropathy. The biopsy proved I had an acute case of peripheral neuropathy and so my podiatrist suggested a month of cold laser therapy, followed by a warm water bath in a device called an aquaroll. The laser treatments were 15 minutes on the one foot. The beam is in the infrared wavelength and pumped to 15 Watts, which seemed surprisingly high. I could not see the other settings on the laser console like frequency, and pulse duration, but the entire session pumped around 12,000 joules into my foot and calf.
The aquaroll system came next. You stick your foot into something resembling a cement mixer with about 20,000 small glass beads inside, mixed in warm water. The machine then tumbled at about 20 RPM while you move you foot around trying to stimulate all areas.
I felt as though these session were helping to alleviate my neuropathy pain, but I was tring to figure out the efficacy of different medications and topical ointments at the same time.
Andrew

Tue, Apr 2 11:39am · Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy? in Neuropathy

I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy via pathology of skin biopsy taken from my right ankle. The report suggests the case is rather advanced, which is very troubling as it came on overnight and was until recently, confined to the first three toes of my right foot only. It has now recently “spread” to the first three fingers of my left hand. All the testing ordered by my doctor and neurologist to find a cause have yielded only normal results, no blatent issues. For now it’s considered idiopathic.
One odd thing happened between the arrival of symptoms in the foot and hand, I acquired a nasty case of shingles about the chest and back. The pain from this was extremely harsh. I felt as though someone took a baseball bat to my rib cage. I was hoping that my neurologist would have a eureka moment when I divulged this information, but no, he did not make any connections.
Until I found a neurologist, I was not sleeping at night, not well at all. He prescribed me a compounded creme made from lidocaine, prilocaine, and gabapentin. This really helped to alleviate my foot pain. He said it works for about 20% of those who try it.
Andrew