... neuropathy? Symptoms are burning, stabbing and throbbing pains. Seems to be worse at night when trying to sleep. I've had these awful pains to the point I cannot sleep at night. Does weather play a part in neuropathy pains? Any info would help!
Definitely! Neuropathy can crop up anywhere, depending on the problem. Your question grabbed my attention because I've been dealing with the exact symptoms you stated since 1983--in the EXACT areas you mentioned. I think you are the first person I've seen describe the symptoms I have and in the same place! One other symptom I have that you didn't mention and that I'm curious about is whether you also have itching? In this case it's an itching that can't be relieved no matter how much you scratch. In fact, twice through the years I made my thigh black and blue--well, the one time it was basically more like just all black--and I had NO idea what I did to myself until I went to put my pajamas on. I actually was scared when I saw it. I guess because it's human nature to scratch whenever and wherever we have an itch, but I obviously didn't realize I was scratching THAT hard. But I do remember how much my thigh was hurting, burning, stabbing and throbbing that day. I never showed a doctor or told them about it to this day because I'm afraid they would think I needed mental help because they wouldn't understand how a person could possibly do that to themselves (and not know it). I wish now that I would have taken a picture of it--not for myself because I can STILL picture how ugly my thigh was--but to show doctors how severe the symptoms get. Fortunately, gabapentin (Neurontin) reduces the neuropathy a lot for me. It now only gets that bad if I stand or sit for a while, or stand, sit or lay in certain positions (even for just a few seconds).
You didn't mention what the cause of your neuropathy is? I know mine is related to the disc problems in my lower back. The neuropathic symptoms shoot from my back into my hip, groin and then into my right thigh (inner and front). I also have the symptoms in my left foot. But along with the other symptoms, it almost feels like a piece of wire coat hanger is stuck in my foot. Using a Futuro athletic ankle brace (or a similar type in any brand) that you can get in most drug stores sometimes helps relieve it a bit.
I've heard and read about people who suffer from neuropathy, but you're the first I've come across who has the SAME symptoms in EXACTLY the same places I do on my right side. I am SO thankful for gabapentin. When I suffer from the neuropathy, it's still severe, but at least it's not severe 24/7 as it once was. Now if I could only get help with my back pain, along with my right arm and hand, neck and shoulders. I don't know how long I can hang in ever since my pain medicines have been so drastically reduced. There hasn't been a day that I have not shed tears at least 3 times.
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