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    Does anybody have a remedy for diabetic neuropathy? I use Neurontin (Gabapentin) by prescription and Neuragen and Frankincense and Myrrh (over-the-counter oils). I also soak hands and feet in very warm water. Nothing works completely.

    Also, had shingles starting June 2010, and they never went away - still sensitive/itching but not much pain. Docs don't seems to have any remedy except Neurontin, which I'm already taking.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    I have it in the top of both feet and for awhile I coudn't even wear shoes. I took a NSAID and a diuretic (water pill) and it went away. The only time I have pain now is if I let my feet get swollen. I don't take any meds at this time, I just avoid wearing anything tight on my feet or standing/walking for too long. This probably will not help you since you are under a doctor's care but I wanted to let you know that you are not alone.
    I hope you find relief soon!

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    I, too, suffer mild neuropathy. I find all root vegetables cause my feet and hands to have pain - like it does gout. So I avoid potatos, peanuts, carrots and rice. More but can't think of it right now. But, the death of a nerve starts at the tip ends. Guess you really can't stop it, just control the pain. Just don't stop moving, they'll either paint you or bury you !

    Blessings, Ruth

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    Thanks. I take 4 water pills daily, and wear support stockings. My fingers really bother me more than my feet. It's hard to do any hand work. I have to pick and choose my days for that.

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    Thanks, Ruth. I will avoid those foods and see if it helps.

    All suggestions appreciated.

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    Lyrica

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    Lidoderm patches. They are actually approved for shingle pain however my pain management doctor prescribed them for my nerve pain. You put it on in the area of pain and leave it there for 12 hrs, then off for 12. You can use up to 2 at a time. No side effects (for me) and work more than any pain pills, etc.

    I also take lyrica (which is similar to neurontin) you might want to discuss the pain and sometimes switching meds can help.

    And I'm sorry you're experiencing this. Nerve pain is a bugger! People who don't experience this pain don't realize how it can easily drive you insane. *hugs*

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    hope you feel better soon hugs

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    Had a similar situation last year and my doctor also told me to take sublingual B12 (has to be sublingual) and after a month or so, the nerve pain went away. Still have a tingly feeling but much better than that pain! You might talk to your doctor about adding the B12 and how much because apparently too much is not good for you either!

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    Pain doc told me the same thing when my shingle pain didn't go away. It still bothers me when I'm fatigued or stressed and it's been 13 years. I guess damaged nerves just do not repair.

    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    Had a similar situation last year and my doctor also told me to take sublingual B12 (has to be sublingual) and after a month or so, the nerve pain went away. Still have a tingly feeling but much better than that pain! You might talk to your doctor about adding the B12 and how much because apparently too much is not good for you either!

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    Dr put my Mother on Lyrica for nerve ending pain.

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    I have nerve damage pain in my left foot since my last surgery. The doctor gave me a cortisone shot last Friday and in three weeks, we'll reevaluate it.

    As far as the shingles are concerned 500 mg of Lysine a day keeps them under control. 1500 mg when you are having an attack. I was on a preventive dose of Valtrex, but it's too expensive. You can get the lysine at a natural food store or WalMart.

    Interesting about the Lyrica. I was considering talking to my doctor about it for my fibromyalgia.

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    I take the Lyrica for the nerve pain and Savella for the fibromyalgia. It's the best combo I've found so far for me.

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    I wish I had an answer for you. My youngest DD suffers terribly with nerve pain. She is also taking neurontin with only minimal relief. Magnesium helps some people, but too much will give you diarrhea. I will watch for an answer too! :?

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    I'd like to suggest that you ask your doctor about METANX and cymbalta.

    http://www.metanx.com/

    Metanx has helped someone very dear to me tremendously. It is a vitamin combination. Cymbalta is also said to help with neuropathy and has also helped my friend.

    This METANX is something else! A lot of docs are not even aware of it so take some info in with you.

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    Cymbalta is a bad idea for diabetics as it is known to cause high blood sugar! Lidoderm patches are great but not sure you can use them on your feet very practically. Lyrica may help - I know they use it for patients that have
    neuropathy after back surgery, but not sure if it works as well for diabetic neuropathy. Hope you find a good solution for your problem.

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    [quote=Sweetness]Lidoderm patches. They are actually approved for shingle pain however my pain management doctor prescribed them for my nerve pain. You put it on in the area of pain and leave it there for 12 hrs, then off for 12. You can use up to 2 at a time. No side effects (for me) and work more than any pain pills, etc.


    Darn they wouldn't have a patch big enough for me I hurt from head to foot most days it's just the degree of pain that varies.
    I can't remember the medication they wanted me to take but it was supposed to retrain the nerves so they didn't feel pain but I had a reaction to it so can't take it

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