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    Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) and Diabetes
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    lifes posted:
    Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is directly related to the high blood glucose levels found in diabetes. PN is mostly irreversible, but the symptoms can sometimes be improved by tight control over the diabetes. But often, this is very difficult to achieve.

    I have a non-diabetic neuropathy from a spinal cord injury. My pain doctor and I were talking one time and I said if neuropathy affected the scrotums of male physicians, we'd lready have a cure for neuropathies! But sadly, most doctors do not understand neuropathy or realize how utterly devastating it can be to live with every day.

    As far as meds, the most used is Neurontin (Gabapentin). But a 2004 study showed that it was often no more effective than a placebo! Lyrica is a newer drug but it can cause panic in some people. I use Trileptal -- it has a side effect for ME of pounding heart for 1 hour a day. All of these (except Lyrica) are anti-seizure meds. No studies have been done to know the effect of anti-seizure meds on a brain that never has had seizures. However, the meds do control some of the horrific pain symptoms, so, it's a trade off.

    The website www.neuropathy.com gives information on symptoms, meds, treatments, and studies.

    Lifes
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    blablagirl responded:
    have you tried this treatment method for peripheral neuropathy ??
     
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    lifes replied to blablagirl's response:
    Hi,

    The items described are tests related to aspects of neuropathy; they are not treatments.

    The only true "treatment" for neuropathy is to correct the underlying cause. But even correcting the cause does not mean the neuropathy pain will disappear--- most becomes permanent in a very short period of time. Very few meds control neuropathy pain.

    Lifes


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