I am a Type 2 diabetic, and while I can say that neuropathy is totally out of my life, I have come upon the treatment that works for me.
- I keep control of my sugars (this is a no-brainer)
- I started taking 120mg of Cymbalta, 60 twice a day (sorry there is no generic at this time)
- I started taking Lasix (furosemide) which is a water pill. once I got rid of a lot of the water keeping my legs/ankles/feet swollen, circulation got better in my feet. I don't take a really high dose of it either.
- I use a lotion with Capsascian in it to help deaden the pain at night (it also keeps my feet warm)
- I wear something on my feet when I go to bed, and if you can't stand socks, you may find that you can actually sleep with slippers on, that's how I do it.
- I asked at work if I could have something to prop my feet onto - until they helped me get a little footstool, I used my computer tower!!!
And although, there are still rough days and nights, this seems to work for me. When the going gets rough, or I have to sit in the car a long time, and we're constantly traveling with our kids on the weekends, I pop an Aleve about 2 hours before bedtime to help cut a little of the pain.
That being said, talk to your doctor first. He has to prescribe the Lasix and Cymbalta.
I wouldn't recommend Lyrica - I'm sure it works well - but my vision was so blurred I had to stop working until it was out of my system.
A scary thing happened earlier this fall - and it goes to show you how bad your feet become, very quickly. I wore a pair of new shoes, one day. ONE DAY. And, this is my own fault for not looking at my toes every day. 2 days later, I was getting ready to go grocery shopping, and I started to put on my socks... looked at my big toe and the end of it, from below the nail to the very top all around the entire thing, just peeled off. Clear to the 2nd layer. Noone knows if this was a blister gone bad, or an actual ulcer - it's healed now, thank God for that, but it took weeks and weeks of antibiotics and wraps.