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Old 10-08-2013, 09:22   #21
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Low-carb/high-fat will definitely improve your glucose, as others have pointed out.

I also have various neuropathies, including red and painful feet. Neither Cymbaltal nor Gabapentin have touched it beyond side effects. Was given Oxccarbazepine to try next. My neurologist is hesitant to use Lyrica as it has more side effects

First step is to get glucose under control, which I confess to having difficulty doing. I exercise assiduously as well which has cut down on insulin usage, if not preventing altogether highs and lows.

I am prayerful that your results will be better and that mine will improve!

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Well for the last few months i have been able to keep my blood sugar good and low. i started metformin again with my insulin. wonder drug for me, other than the some time horrible side effects :P but i still have the same problem with my foot.. still red all the time and kind a burning or just very irritating.

Doctor told me he felt a strong pulse on my ankle or foot.. said it was good.. just not sure what to think about my foot.. no doctor really looks in to it or at it.. the only real thing that help the feeling and cooler is cold water or just cold air.. any ideas?


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After reading your post, I looked on the web and found something that sounds like what you described. The article even mentions that running cold water over your feet makes it feel better, and you said that helps you.

Keep in mind that I am far from being a doctor, and if you think this article describes your condition, please don't self-diagnose, but talk to your doctor about it.

erythromelalgia

Red Toes

The info about erythromelalgia is towards the end of the article. The text is pink, so hard to read. I hit Edit/Select All and that made for easier reading.

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Thanks for the link i am gonna give it a good read, just wish my doctors would maybe look past the neuropathy as the only reason. i do have numbness on my big toe so i know i have some form of it. the link has some of the symptoms i have like how lotion does not work and makes it feel irritated more and hot feeling. been trying the wife's hydrocodone cream to see if that helped and it did not..

the cool water helps the feeling and bring the redness down, cause it can get pretty red.

it is a pain in the ass trying to keep my foot cool all the time :P summer or winter it makes no difference

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It is so nice to be able to talk about this here. sometimes, well mostly no one listens and it can make you feel very alone.

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I hope you have stopped drinking Glucerna. Regardless of what the manufacturer says, it is not good for diabetics and the only thing it does is add more carbs to your diet. I know you were drinking it for breakfast because you were afraid of having things like sausage and eggs because of the fat. Just in case you still have doubts, I'll post this link. Surprise! Saturated fat is good for you, say cardiologists

It is likely that some or all of these foot problems are caused by diabetic neuropathy. If that is the case, it is nothing to mess around with. You said you have been able to keep your blood sugar good and low for the past few months, but the question is, have you been keeping it below 7.8 at all times? That is the only way to avoid further damage and hopefully reverse your current neuropathy.

Since you have been around here for a while, you probably know that the blood sugar 101 website is pretty much considered to be the diabetic bible around here. Here is a link to that site that talks about diabetic neuropathy and how to reverse it.
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Sorry about that red foot. You say you are afraid of the side effects of Lyrica. My mom had a really horrendous bout of shingles and only two things helped. Lyrica and Preparation H. She took the pill and spread the ointment on the shingle area. Prep H sounds weird but it helped. For mom, Lyrica worked a little like marijuana does for some people with cancer--"stoned" I'd call it. But after a nap, she woke up with less pain. Every body is different.

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JT, I also use Lyrica for PHN (nerve damage due to shingles). Besides an initial weight gain of 3 kilos I have no other side effects. As mentioned in an earlier thread my neurologist recommends Lyrica as the best pain treatment for neuropathy.

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I'm glad to hear good reports on Lyrica!

Lyrica (pregabalin) is in the same drug class as gabapentin (Neurontin), and requires much lower doses for efficacy, I'm told.

I have to take at least 1,800 mgs of gabapentin a day to get any effect. At that point, I appear pretty much drunk and very much not myself. Not good for work!

I'll be calling my neurologist tomorrow to ask about increasing my nightly dose of Amytryptaline from 20 mgs titrated to 150 mgs or so which I can tolerate much better without the side effects. Research I've seen seems to indicate good results. I doubt its that good for shingles, however.

We'll see.

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Hi Guys-been away for awhile. Redness hasn't cleared up and doctor doesn't seem to be worried-or is it he can't figure out where to look?
In the meantime, I have discovered a change in my diet that is getting some decent results. I brought in the New Year with various plates of Chinese food which has been tradition in our family. Since then, I have been eating a vegan diet-no meat, no dairy and my glucose numbers have really started to come down.
I an taking insulin and Victoza injections, but have dialed them both back a bit and the numbers are responding. I'll visit my Endo on Tuesday and hopefully get my meds tweaked. I will hold off celebration until I see my next series of lab work and my A1C smear.

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