The pain is horrible in my feet and part of lower legs.
Hello Deavi and welcome to the site. I hope you find what you are looking for in the way of supportive answers and a warm, inviting type of environment. It depends on what the root cause is of your problem. I have drop foot, for instance, plus dealing with nerve damage following a surgery. For that, I get nerve blocks in my lumbar area plus now take Amitriptyline 25mg each night to stave off that burning, searing pain in my feet. That does work, too.
I also am on certain pain medications and do see a pain management doctor.
It really depends on why you have this condition. Is it a diabetic neuropathy, for instance??? Injury related neuropathy could be helped differently, too. I am also on a Fentanyl patch and oxycodone 15mg at 4 times daily (1 every 4 hours).
Hello Deavi, Just as Kaismama stated, Lyrica or Gabapentin. Some doctors also prescribe anti-depressants for pain. There is also another medication that can be ordered on the internet that claims to even help heal neuropathy. I don't know though as I have not tried it and many doctors say once you have neuropathy it will not heal, only certain medications will help you deal with the pain. It is full of vitamins and herbal ingredients. Some people who suffer from diabetes neuropathy as well as other causes of neuropathy say it has really helped.
I hope you feel better soon ... pamela
I have peripheral neuropathy from cholesterol meds not working right--- If this is from a medication-you can do hamstring exercises-count to 45 for each leg, do it 4 times each, and then pack each leg in ice for 15 minutes each, after the hamstring stretches are done-also after trying to walk or be on my feet.
I'm almost pain free. I used to burn and creep and crawl from my toes through the hips. It took about 3 months for it to begin reduction. I wouldn't do this for diabetes or any condition where circulation is a problem, but it's good for tendon, muscle, and nerve damage. Ice is cheap--it's not messing up my kidneys, and I'm not addicted to anything. Considering that many people say that the pain meds don't work at all, using ice packs seems like a pretty good deal. As I increase my activity every so often, the burning and creeping comes, back-then it goes away after a few days. Then I up what I do. I started trying to get the trash out, instead of waiting for someone to come over. Now I take out the trash and walk the dogs around the block. I will always have to use ice packs-but that's better than the problems in using meds. Good luck-
Neurontin, Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella are all nerve-pain meds. Yes the old time antidepressant, Elavil - (Amitryptaline) does help some. You might want to consider a trial of a Spinal Cord Stimulator if your nerve damage is severe. It is an implanted device that creates stimulation (much like a TENS unit) to block the nerve pain impulses. I have neuropathy in my legs and have tried all of these except the Savella. I've also had my pharmacy create a compound (a prescription made by the pharmacist when there are no other options to get it elsewhere) of a lidocaine-Amitryptaline lotion I put on my legs and feet and it helps some. I've also tried Hypericum (a homeopathic ingredient mixed with petroleum jelly) that gives some relief also. So there are several things that can help - some. If there is pressure on a nerve, etc that is causing the neuropathic pain then perhaps surgery can relieve it.
I have procedures done 4-6 times a year to deaden nerves - RF frequency Ablation procedures or sometimes called Rhizotemy's - ask if this will help you. Best wishes - if I can help, please let me know. ElizaJane
Hi Deavi, you certainly are hearing a lot of different ideas to try here!! I would tend to agree with Meyati and C.E., as I would try natural first. I have neuropathy from malabsorption syndrome. It is caused by a lack of vitamins. I take extra B-100's, B-6, and B-12 shots. CE is right that the liquid is absorbed the best, and that Swanson's has the BEST and most reasonable prices anywhere. Nutrition is a huge cause of neuropathy, and I do understand how much pain it causes!! Also, nutrition is best gotten from foods, not pills, so a really healthy organic diet is imperative. Mass grown foods simply are not nutritious anymore. If this does not help the pain, then a topical med to try is lidocaine patches, or jelly. The patches can be cut to cover your feet in the most practical way.
(Avoid getting the ointment, as it's base is vasoline, and you will ruin shoes, and pick up every speck of dust, dander, fur, hair or anything that your feet come into contact with.) I was able to successfully reverse carpel tunnel syndrome from nutrients, and it is the B vitamins that deal with nerve problems.
Should the neuropathy be caused by diabetes, again, good nutrition, and controlling your blood sugar can actually reverse some of the problems. You do have to give up many carbs though, not just simple, and make it your lifestyle.
Best wishes to you, and I hope that you feel better soon!
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