We have discussed neuropathy in the feet but I am wondering if anyone has also experienced it in the hands. My dh has begun to feel tingles in his hands and the circulation isn't good as his hands are cold all the time. This just started around 5 or 6 months ago. It has been gradual much like the neuropathy in his feet and legs. He told the doctor and all he did was up the Gabapetin. He isn't too fond of taking more meds especially when they don't seem to help.
I did a lot of reading about neuropathy for my Mom in law. She has tried everything with no results. She does put on "heat" (sports cream for sore muscles) Just helps with pain and cramps in hands and feet but does cure it. If you google it up, there is a lot about it. What has helped a little with her is riding her staionary bike. When she talked about with her doc, it seems that getting blood flow to the area is the real key.
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sounds like, maybe blood vascular, not neuropathy, you may consider ruling out, 1) raynauds sydrome 2) thoracic outlet sydrome 3 sympathetic nervous system disfunction 4) carpel tunnel. In the mean time one 1 B100 tablet per day (100mg of B-6) which is a vasodialator. Could be of help if it is vascular
And a good chiropractor would be of great help in diagnosis and treatment in my opinion
And the disclaimer!! advice is general and not intended to treat or diagnose your DH or anyone else who may read it
thanks for the feedback. winnie, dh has it in the feet and legs, he walks everyday for at least an hour. He sees the doc every month right now as he has just started insulin. At the moment he's working on his A1 c's. We did consider other things but the feeling is all too familiar. I was just reading about a synthetic vitamin for B1 but haven't looked at B-6, we will. We have B complex and B 12. I don't know what is included in the B complex, I'll check it out.
Been around here long enough to take the info and research what I have read in feedback. We can Google and ask doctors but sometimes we get the questions in here. I trust all the feedback but always check first before going ahead with anything.
Stanford has been doing some work with capsicum (spelling???). I beleive the process involves applying a concetrated hot pepper like cream to the skin to stimulate the nerves.
In desperation, a friend took her 15 year old daughter down there to have it done. Unfortently, it didn't work...for her. Still, it may be worth looking into. Caution; I understand that it is very painful.
I hope it is not neuroapathy.
I have carpal tunnel and that is the way it did. They fixed the left wrist. Haven't had the right one done.
If I exercise that arm quite a bit it does the tingling numbness thing like circulation is cut off.
They had me do exercise, of forcing my hand backwards under increasing strain to try to stretch the tendon. I don't know it did anything for me. I probably didn't force it hard enough or long enough.
Steve, thanks, I went looking for some info on Capsicum, got this....sounds promising.
Capsicum, also known as red pepper or chili pepper, is an herb. The fruit of the capsicum plant is used to make medicine.
Capsicum is used for various problems with digestion including upset stomach, intestinal gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, and cramps. It is also used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including poor circulation, excessive blood clotting, high cholesterol, and preventing heart disease.
Other uses include relief of toothache, seasickness, alcoholism, malaria, and fever. It is also used to help people who have difficulty swallowing.
Some people apply capsicum to the skin for pain caused by shingles, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. It is also used topically for nerve pain (neuropathy) associated with diabetes and HIV, other types of nerve pain (neuralgia), and back pain.
Capsicum is also used on the skin to relieve muscle spasms, as a gargle for laryngitis, and to discourage thumb-sucking or nail-biting.
Some people put capsicum inside the nose to treat hay fever, migraineheadache, cluster headache, and sinus infections (sinusitis).
One form of capsicum is currently being studied as a drug for migraine, osteoarthritis, and other painful conditions.
A particular form of capsicum causes intense eye pain and other unpleasant effects when it comes in contact with the face. This form is used in self-defense pepper sprays.
How does it work?
The fruit of the capsicum plant contains a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin seems to reduce pain sensations when applied to the skin
Downhome, the doc seems to think it is Neuropathy. We just hope getting his blood glucose under control with the insulin helps to slow things down.