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bsinmich

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Dw & I both have some neuropathy. Hers is from the Chemo when she had breast cancer and mine is diabetic. Vitamin B6 was prescribed for her on it works for me also. I use a walker for short distances and I feel much more secure with that in front of me. I carry a scooter in the back of the Vue for longer trips. I have lost 60 # and that has helped a little also. I was 5'11 1/2" and 295#. Now I am 5'8" and 235#. I am afraid of losing anymore because I don't want to get much shorter. I started out as a tall fat guy and ended up as a short fat guy.


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bsinmich wrote:

Dw & I both have some neuropathy. Hers is from the Chemo when she had breast cancer and mine is diabetic. Vitamin B6 was prescribed for her on it works for me also. I use a walker for short distances and I feel much more secure with that in front of me. I carry a scooter in the back of the Vue for longer trips. I have lost 60 # and that has helped a little also. I was 5'11 1/2" and 295#. Now I am 5'8" and 235#. I am afraid of losing anymore because I don't want to get much shorter. I started out as a tall fat guy and ended up as a short fat guy.


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LOL!!!! I enjoyed reading that too bsinmich. Just think though, if you hadn't lost the weight, you would have been a short REALLY FAT guy!!!! Maybe it was the fat on the bottom of your feet that added the inches?

I appreciate all your feedback, it's unfortunate that so many have to deal with this but at the same time good to have people to share with. Dh takes the gabapentin 300 mg too, it helps. Thanks again.

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I have diabetic neuropathy in both feet. I was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Around 2001 my feet began to burn at night. I would uncover my feet at night trying to keep them cool. I searched the internet and found people that were using Alpha Lipoic Acid for diabetic neuropathy. After I started taking ALA my feet no longer burn at night. Every now and then my feet will burn a little during the day and I use Hydrocortisone Cream.

I take 600 mgs of Alpha Lopoic Acid each day and ALA keeps my feet from burning most of the time. ALA can cause stomach upset in some people. I buy my ALA at Walmart but it can be found in a lot of other drug stores. At Walmart 75 200mg capsules cost about $8.00.

My wife also has neuropathy in both feet caused by Charcot Marie Tooth disease. Her neuropathy is much worse than mine. She started falling down a lot. About 10 years ago she had an ankle foot orthotic (AFO) made for her left foot and it helped her a lot. After she got the AFO I no longer had to worry about her falling down. Recently she had an AFO made for her other foot.

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emzee wrote:

LOL!!!! I enjoyed reading that too bsinmich. Just think though, if you hadn't lost the weight, you would have been a short REALLY FAT guy!!!! Maybe it was the fat on the bottom of your feet that added the inches?

I wore size 11 shoes EE for years and now I am up to 11 1/2 EE. So much for fat feet.

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DH has it - vietnam. (If your dh is a Vietnam vet and is diabetic then he should apply for veterans disability if he hasn't already.)

As folks have mentioned before, Alpha Lipoic Acid helps with the neuropathy. I buy 600 mg pills online. It has helped DH a lot - he has not complained about the burning in a long time.


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roadlife, dh isn't a vet, I'll look up Alpha Lipoic Acid and see what it says.

bsinmich, blew my theory then lol!!

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I only saw the last part on TV the other night but one fellow said that he would take some jalapeno pepper pieces out of his freezer and rub them on his feet for relief. I may have been using them on the wrong end.

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I wonder if jalapeno peppers would be in the same category as bee stings, I remember that became popular, but can't remember what it was for.

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Curious. Has anyone tried Marijuana? I'm a Type 1 (LADA) and my doc has this in mind at some point.


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