Help Please... Dad has neuropathy

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nivram
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   Posted 4/21/2006 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone could give me any information on neuropathy. My dad is a 66 year old type II diabetic and was told today that he could have this. His diabetes is really for the most part very underconrtol. Any help with this would be great! Thanks
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Gail T
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   Posted 4/25/2006 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
My mom (soon to be 70) was diagnosed with neuropathy about 2 years ago.  She is not diabetic.  Due to this... I have the doctor keep a special watch on me.  I do not claim to know much about neuropathy,  I believe it has to do with the nerves in her lower legs and feet.  Sometimes she stumbles, so she needs to be very careful walking but has not really slowed down at all!  Mom makes sure she wears good shoes, doesn't go barefoot anymore (which is almost unheard of in our family!) and as long as she is on a solid surface without many obstacles to walk over (example: the great grandkids leaving toys scattered) she does fine!  Mom drives, walks, does aerobics, gardens, travels... nothing is slowing her down.  Hope this helps!!!
 
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TMCD
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   Posted 5/3/2006 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nivram,

Sorry to hear of the Neuropathy there with you Dad.

My wife is currently dealing with Charcot's Foot Neuropathy. Not sure if this is the same thing you are having to work with or not.
From what I understand about it, which is somewhat limited, there may be some swelling of the foot or feet and/or legs depending on the situation. There is usually no pain noticed, which is part of the Catch 22 with this condition, but the results can be complicated and dangerous if not taken care of.

In my wife's case, her left foot swelled up to 4 times it's normal size and had a redish/pupleish coloration. Of course we freaked as we didn't know what this was at the time, but later found out that if you pack the foot and /or leg off with ice and keep it elevated, per the doctors instructions, the swelling will usually subside.

The main problem with this condition is that you can actually break bones without even knowing it due to the lack of pain. The results can be deformation of the bones as they try to heal and other, more serious concerns, can enter into the situation. Please check with your doctor on this and read up on it as much as you can. That is very important to do.

I don't want to alarm you about this, but it can be very serious if steps are no taken soon!

In most cases of treatment, there is usually a cast involved for quite a few months, if the situation calls for it and do not put any pressure on the foot and/or leg, such as ANY KIND of standing or walking. This is a "pain" ( pardon the pun) to have to do, but is paramount to help remedy the situation. Healing will not happen correctly if the person walks or stands on it too much!!

Check a search engine, such as Google, and you'll find all kinds of info on the subject.
I was very unaware of the complications that can arise if this is not taken care of properly and I won't go into that here, but reading as much as possible on the subject will help in your quest for answers.

I hope all turns out well for you and yours there with this and bare in mind that others, like my wife, are dealing with this too.

Take care.....TMCD Tennessee......

Hoping2BWell
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   Posted 5/12/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nivram,
 
I am usually on the forum for Crohn's Disease, but do to the Crohn's which attacked my pancreas, I have had diabetes since 1998. As may happen with those having diabetes, I ended up with neuropathy in both feet, all toes and a large portion of my legs. Even my fingers have neuropathy. Nothing the doctors prescribed for me worked. My sister, and RN, told me that I should try Requip. It took some persuading, but my PCP finally wrote me a prescription for the Requip. Requip is generally for those people who have RLS, or Restless Leg Syndrome. I take one each night now and I have glorious sleep and comfort! You see, in ,my case, as well as many others, the pain and bad feelings in the feet and legs seems more exagerated at night when I am trying to sleep. I now have no troubl sleeping!
 
Good luck and God bless,
 
Madelyn
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