I am an 82 year old male, former long distance runner (marathon at age 72). I had minor (needle) surgery for a painful degenerating disc about 20 years ago which gave complete relief from back pain ever since. I have had PN since 2001, which seems to have been exacerbated by running that last marathon, with numbness and tingling of the feet and hands progressively moving up the legs and arms until today the tingling encompasses my entire body, from scalp to the soles of my feet. I have experienced no pain, but have frequent painful leg/thigh cramps. No cause has been determined after years of testing by the VA Medical Center, so no treatment has been authorized. It continues to progress as the months and years roll by. I have tried supplements (R-Lipoic Acid, etc) and lately have tried magnesium oil applied topically to legs and feet (which seems to eleviate the numbness, but no way to measure this). What about Metanx? No one ever mentioned this to me and I just found mention of it in an online forum.
Is Metanx efficacious for non-diabetic idiopathic peripheral neuropathy?
Question posted by legsdickson on 25 Jan 2014
Last updated on 8 November 2016 by toopokey
I was diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy by my podiatrist after years of worsening foot pain. Workup was negative for pre-diabetes. I was given samples of Metanx and to my astonishment was pain free within a week of beginning a once a day regimen. You have nothing to loose by trying it even though it is off-label for idiopathic etiology.
There are pros and cons on Metanx Vitamin B supplements.
Some say it only works for diabetic neuropathy; however, my neuropathy is so excruciating I am willing to try anything. I also have idiopathic neuropathy, mine is from my lower back down to my toes and now its going up into my back. I have been doing research before paying the $178.50 for 3 months. I have also taken Alpha Lipoic Acid. Another medication that may help is cymbalta. Here is a link for reviews on the metanx.
https://www.drugs.com/comments/multivitamin/metanx.html .. sometimes the links will not open, if that's the case copy and paste.
I wish you the best,
My Doctor put me on it yesterday. I have the exact situation you have. It started with years of back problems, then neuropathy in legs and feet, and then that burning has gone all over my body. I was having it all over my body about every 4 to 6 days. Then I was having it about every two weeks. Now I am having it nearly every day.
My feet don't look good and really don't feel good. I am 73 years old.
I hope this or something else works for both of us.
My Dr. wanted to put me on Cymbalta but said it wouldn't work with other drugs I am on.
My Dr. is a Endocrinologist and has a very good reputation. He thinks the Metibx has a good chance of helping me.
Good luck, John
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