looking for all advice on how to deal with neuropathy in legs - both thru meds and home remedies

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   Posted 7/31/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi - I am a 28 year old 3 time cancer survivor with T2 diabetes and severe neuropathy. I am currently taking Gabapentin (Neurontin), but am looking for other ways to relieve the pain - any suggestions would be really appreciated.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome cansurvive.....
I'm thrilled you have found us but not under the conditions of pain  smhair    You will find as much support as you can handle here.  We are a family and will accept you with open arms.
Now concerning your conditions.  I'm not to familar with it but I have read many post regarding it.  Other members with similar pain will be along shortly.
Nice meeting you and hopefully you will join us
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   Posted 7/31/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
If neurontin is not taking care of the pain talk to your doctor about Cymbalta and Lyrica. It seems people generally have good luck with one of the 3 in getting rid of 95%+ of their neuropathy pain with one or the other.

Massage is also a nice way to help alleviate the pain. It increases the blood flow which helps decrease the pain.

At night, in bed, putting a pillow under your feet can also help with leg pain, or putting a pillow under your arms with arm pain.

For some people analgesic creams and lotions can help some. Things like Sportscream, Bio-Freeze, Ben Gay, etc.

Avoid tight fitting pants, socks, and shoes, shirts, etc that can restrict circulation to the parts that hurt.
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   Posted 8/1/2009 2:51 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear CanSurvive,
 Good morning-ish... My name is Dani. It is a pleasure to meet you. I am glad you found the Healing Well Community. So many people from all over the world. I am sure someone will stop by with some ideas.
     I am afraid I know very little of medical treatments. But, I did want to stop by and say "hello". I hope to get to know you better as time goes by.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

Stella Marie
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   Posted 8/1/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Neurontin did not help me at all. Nor did the son of Neurontin, Lyrica. However, Cymbalta did help with not only the odd sensations, but also with the pain. I would not give this medication up without a real fight. Keeping your feet elevated seems to help me too. I find foot soaks in warm, not hot, helpful sometimes. Massaging them also helps - having someone else massage them is even better!!! I have never found any over the counter topical ointment or creme that helped at all.

Good luck in your search.

Stella Marie

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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain,  spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, pain, swallowing and respitory  involvement,  Implants: intrathecal pump  & neurostimulator.  Extra features: O2 & wheelchair


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   Posted 8/2/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi CanSurvive...Welcome to our family!  I have Neuropathy in both legs, have disc bulges and stenosis in the low back but was told not severe enough to cause this problem (go figure).  Neurontin did not help, had a severe reaction to Lyrica!  I was in great pain along with the numbness/tingling, what finally calmed down the pain was acupuncture and a procedure called Neural Therapy (like acupuncture but done with homeopathic remedies and Procaine injections).  If I overdo then the pain flares, I also use a homeopathic ointment called Traumeel ingredients are Arnica which is for pain and bruising, speeds healing also Hypericum which is for nerve involvement/injury.   Sometimes, if I push certain points on the leg I get some relief.

I feel for you because I never found anything that even took the edge off till I did the above.

I fall frequently from the numbness in the feet, one minute I'm standing or walking next thing I know my foot or leg gives out!  I am still recuperating from a fall I had in June!! 

Hope you find something that helps you too!

XXOO Patti


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