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Does anyone have any tips for living with ideopathic peripheral neuropathy?

Asked by loriruth (63 points ) October 13th, 2009

Specifically, I have painful neuropathy in both lower legs and feet. The TENS system only seems to mimic the pain and intensify it rather than relieve it. Prescription painkillers help (even a small dose) but I don’t want to become addicted to them. It’s a 24/7 problem and at times almost unbearable. Anyone else with this affliction have any suggestions?

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DarkScribe's avatar

I don’t have ideopathic but I do have what is referred to as “aggressive” medically acquired diabetes, with both peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. I get nerve blocks when it is bad – but am requiring less of them lately. Have you looked at nerve blocks? Some of the new ones (in trial currently) use soluble fats to delay the release and eliminate peripheral damage.

trailsillustrated's avatar

hasn’t your dr. had you try neurontin? at first it makes you slow and sleepy. but I understand this goes away in time.

jqlyn's avatar

Have you tried any alternative medicines. I would suggest going to a Naturopath and acupuncturist. See what they can do for you.

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