Newly diagnosed but already lost all nerves in feet to ankles. Chronic pain, outer skin warm to touch yet inside feel like burning cold blocks of ice. No relief day or night.
I doubt that any doctor would consider amputation unless leaving the limb would be detrimental to your health due to infection or cancer. Has your doctor not given you any meds to treat the neuropathy? Gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, just to name a few. You need to insist that your doctor do something to control your pain or refer you to a pain management doctor. You will never be pain free, but your pain can be brought to a tolerable level. I've had neuropathy for 9-10 years. I can't take any of the normal meds used, so I suffer in silence. But I have found that hot, soaking baths ease the pain considerably for me. Others on the site have found that ice packs work best for them. Try them both and use whichever works best for you. It is temporary relief, but we will take what we can get. Talk to your doctor about meds to help your neuropathy.
I've got very bad neuropathy-am diabetic too- so I know what you're feeling. That burning cold thing is awful.
The one thing you REALLY need to pay attention to now is making sure that you check and re-check you feet every day for any hot spots, cuts, rubs etc. I don't want to scare you, but they can easily lead to ulcers that can turn into awful things, especially b/c you won't feel them. I'm going to disagree a bit with the answer above in that putting cold packs on your feet isn't great for diabetic feet b/c it can impair circulation.
I think it's a good idea to see a chiropodist regularly if you can- I see one every 3 months to keep an eye on anything weird that comes up.
Amputation isn't a huge risk if you take care of your feet really well and keeping your blood sugars well within range will help not only your feet but the better that they are, help lessen the nerve pain (but won't unfortunately get rid of it).
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