Does anyone else suffer from diabetic neuropathy? When it was first described to me as numbness and tingling I thought that I could tolerate that quite well. They forgot to mention the pain. (I posted the next on the chronic pain forum)
Pain - it sneaks up on you in the middle of a beutiful spring day. The sun is shining and the trees are in bloom. Very insidiously the pain begins. It stalks you, creeping up when you are least expecting it. It gnaws and chews. its teeth grind together until all you can feel is pain. Joy is gone ,happiness is gone and fear sets in. The fear that there is nothing that you can do to stop this intruder from sabotaging you life. This intruder that causes you to not care what else is happening in the world. That your only quest is freedom from this destructive animal that wants to occupy your whole life -with no room for anything else. The burning pain, the feeling of dry ice, the sharp knives and the pitchfork that stabs relentlessly into the flesh of my foot. The aura of pain that surrounds my foot is almost visable and sometimes extends to my stump (fortunately not often). I m wearing narcotic patches. I have spinal cord stimulator. I have vicodin es for breakthru pain. Why is nothing working? I turn the scs up to its highest settings. I take the vicodin. It is not the day to change my patches. What in God's name is wrong? My patches have come loose. The bioclusive patch that covers them has come loose caught on my bra strap. I have someone put another bioclusive patch over to see if I can make them work. It will be at least a full day before I feel any relief. All I can do is take the vicodin es on a regular basis until relief begins. it begins very slowly and it leaves the way it comes. And suddenly I can breathe! The pain has retreated.
Severe diabetic neuropathy, 3 stents, arthritis, R/BK amputee
Duragesic pain patches, Vicodin ES, Elevil, insulin and lots of other meds