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Posted By : needhelpfast - 9/25/2017 4:16 PM
In October of 2014 I was diagnosed with {so-called} peripheral neuropathy in both balls of my feet and toes. When walking I experience the sensation of floating on the air-filled-jell packs they sell for your feet. Needless to say my long distance walking ability has been severely impinged. Now I go from working at home three days per week to working in the office five days per week. I bought a ottoman which helps keep my feet elevated during the day so I'm not worried about being able to perform my work functions but is it the walking to and from my desk, car, home etc. that has really been eating at me and yes causing depression/anxiety.

The {so-called} cause of this malady came down to a miscommunication with my PCP. He prescribed Amaryl along with Metformin to combat my Type 2 Diabetes. The Amaryl was causing me suicidal thoughts so I complained to the PCP and all he could say was "you are one in a million". Eventually I took myself off the Amaryl but was unaware of how long it takes for the side effects to subside. I then assumed it was the Metformin so I took myself off that {and emailed the PCP telling him so}. My diet at that time consisted of daily consumption of bag-in-a-box Franzia wine along with heavy pasta. That combined with no Type 2 medication for three to four months resulted one day in me waking up with tingling/burning in my feet. The PCP denied receiving my email {sent via Roadrunner and not My Chart} and immediately directed me for a blood test. The A1C came back at 9.1 {6.0 is the threshold}. I went back on the Metformin and another medication called Januvia. In June of 2017 my A1C is 5.7. The only number outside of parameters is the Glucose which has a range of 75 to 99 {mine is 134}. My weight is down to 165 {50 pounds lost in three years}. The numbness has not subsided however and appears to get worse if I consume anything of high
sugar content {including all forms of alcohol}. One year ago I was able to go one month without alcohol and the numbness decreased 50%. Too bad I went to a clambake because that broke my mindset {got hypnotized by a reputable person}.

For the last four months I've been attending Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings and have not consumed alcohol since September 4, 2017 and have absolutely no desire for it as well {not even the remotest temptation}. I started eating ice cream {in place of it} and that increased the numbness. Also, eating anything after 7:00 PM seems to spike the blood sugar and results in numbness as well. Consequently after reading Low Carb Diet for Dummies I am now straight on the correct diet along with the resumption of walking briskly on the treadmill {painful but have to do it}. I've also purchased several gadgets which are used for the purpose of nerve regeneration so we'll see. The one thing I've been able to do was to research my malady and found that it is reversible with yeah you guessed it...proper diet and exercise. I keep kicking myself for not
being where I am now three years ago but I had no idea how hard some of my eating habits were to break. I am confidant though that my feet will finally heal using the regimented diet, exercise and gadgetry that has been researched. I do take full responsibility for my condition though and do ask for any feedback/input any one of you can offer.

Posted By : Lanie G - 9/25/2017 6:57 PM
Hi and welcome to HealingWell! First, I'm very glad you have taken control of your health and that you have stopped drinking. Congratulations! AA has helped thousands of people and I hope you continue to do well.

Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by both alcoholism and diabetes (and other conditions) and in order to stop its progression, the person needs to stop abusing alcohol and get control of his blood sugar. In your case, I don't know what is causing the neuropathy but I believe treatments are the same no matter the cause. And this is where you need to have a really good doctor who is experienced with this. Maybe your regular doctor is the one or maybe you should see a neurologist.

As far as I know, there are several pain relievers that might be prescribed for this. Physical therapy may also help and some people have found that TENS therapy can help rejuvenate nerves. (I don't have experience with this, so I cannot say what works best.)

As far as blood sugar, I do know that cutting way down on carbs will keep blood sugar lower. That's the diet part. Cardio exercise is also helpful because it helps use up the glucose in the blood. If walking is painful, you might try swimming or biking. An exercise bike might be good. Not only does the exercise use up the blood glucose but it improves circulation which in turn helps keep the extremities enriched with oxygenated blood. And if you smoke, stop!

Please read the link in my signature. It is for a website that has a lot of information about blood sugar including food and research.

I hope you continue to do well! And I'm glad you found HealingWell!
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Posted By : needhelpfast - 9/26/2017 11:45 AM
Thanks Lanie. I did attend a seminar hosted by a chiropractor and he indicated that increasing blood circulation is the key to healing neuropathy.

Posted By : Lanie G - 9/26/2017 12:28 PM
Yes, so I hope you can figure out a schedule that is doable for you to help with circulation. Good luck with this and keep us updated!
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Posted By : needhelpfast - 9/26/2017 6:41 PM
Thanks again Lanie. If anyone else can offer advice, feedback, experience etc. I'd be much obliged.

Posted By : straydog - 9/27/2017 9:39 AM
Nedhelpfast, my husband has type II diabetes. He later developed peripheral neuropathy in his feet & hands which is quite common with diabetes. He has little feeling in his feet & when walking he said it felt like he was walking on broken glass from the pain. He was having difficulty holding objects in his hands. He did not start out this way, it is a progressive thing. Peripheral neuropathy is not a circulation issue, it is a nerve problem. My husband currently takes Gabapentin which has really helped & he is also taking a little extra B12. Long before medications came out to help with neuropathy drs often had patients take B12 to help with this. Fortunately, my husband see's an internist for his diabetes & he specializes in diabetes. This dr is called in by various hospitals when a patient is admitted & their numbers are bad. This is exactly what happened with my husband. We had the treating dr & several nurses tell us, this dr is the guru of diabetes & wow, they were telling the truth.

I have seen some posts here at Healing Well about increasing blood circulation would cure this or that. I have done some reading about it. As far as I am concerned the jury is still out. Having some decent knowledge of how nerves affect the body & various issues with nerves, I am not buying into for PN.

Chiropractors have their own place with treatment depending on the issue at hand. Having a chiro treat PN would not be my choice. A neurologist has vast knowledge on treating nerve issues.

Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : needhelpfast - 9/28/2017 11:11 AM
thanks straydog

Posted By : theHTreturns... - 9/29/2017 8:10 PM
just dx myself, my gp has recommended to consult my endo as it is the diabetes. am getting it under control. as lanie says, other conditions play havoc with it. fpr me, arthritis. reduce carbs, eat well, i find gentle stretching very helpful.

Posted By : needhelpfast - 9/30/2017 11:21 AM
thanks theHTreturns...

Posted By : theHTreturns... - 10/1/2017 1:39 AM
n.w. mate.

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