Uniquely: numbness and/or tingling could easily have been Diabetes. I had it creeping quite some time before I got tested and confirmed on the neuropathy. Until the tests, there really is no way to know. The neuropathy I think shows up at the back half of the diabetes, but I'm honestly not sure of that either. When it hit me it hit hard the night before and weeks after surgery to dig out infection. I was scheduled to be on the operating table at 6am, and I awoke screaming at 2am and that is when it started. Up until then I had more tingling/numbness in my LEFT foot/lower leg; NO MAJOR PAIN. That morning it hit in the RIGHT footl where the surgery was scheduled. And it kept killing me in the right foot. Luckily the doctor believed me when I told her how badly my foot hurt and she prescribed 90 hydrocodone, UP TO 6/DAY AS NEEDED. And then the search began. The search? "Here is the directory; why don't you pick out a pain clinic and see if you can get an appointment." That was my PCP talking and it was PURE LUCK I picked the one I did.
Long AND short -> get that testing done. it is the only way you are going to know.
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What do I do now for the neuropathy & pain? Nothing I CAN do, as far as I know. Keep meeting with the PM, and see what they have up their collective sleeves, I guess. I understand that eventually either the morphine or methadone will wear down and I'll become inured to them/it and have to raise the dosage(s). As I write this I am getting pain twinges and even some REALLY SHARP breakthrough spots. I'm hoping that is normal for what I am dealing with. Otherwise, I have a normal constant of around 5 on the pain chart, especially when walking. But it isn't a whole lot different when sitting or driving for that matter. At least I'm not at 7 or 8 or 9 as some others are reporting. I figure I have a LOT to be thankful for, overall.
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Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/15/2009 3:42:14 PM (GMT-6)