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Old 06-18-2010, 06:46   #1
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Hi guys. My feet swell daily and hurt. I take gabapentin so the burning has subsided. However, my feel have hard calluses and are painful. Do the swelling and have have anything to do with my diabetes?

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This isn't anything I have much experience with, swgirl, but it's certainly possible that there's a link to diabetes, and along with all the other people on our medical teams, it's recommended that diabetics see a podiatrist regularly. That might be your best option, and perhaps there's a way to minimize the calluses.

I think I'd just let your doctor know how much discomfort you're in after working all day . . . you're seeing him soon, aren't you? Let him know & then let him decide the best treatment. He might even refer you to a podiatrist.

Take care & keep us posted. Sore feet can make even the happiest person miserable.




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Yes. I'm going to see my PCP on Tuesday. I will be sure to tell her about it.

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Hi guys. My feet swell daily and hurt. I take gabapentin so the burning has subsided. However, my feel have hard calluses and are painful. Do the swelling and have have anything to do with my diabetes?
I used to have pain in the top of my feet. Swelling in hands and feet. And arthritis symptoms in most joints. All that is 85% gone by controlling my blood sugsr through a strick diet and metformin.
I only eat complex carbs that are also low on the glysemic scale.
I haven't had to lose any weight to acheive perfect test results.
4 on the A1C, normal blood presure, good cholesteral high(bad is low). etc.
good luck

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Hi guys. My feet swell daily and hurt. I take gabapentin so the burning has subsided. However, my feel have hard calluses and are painful. Do the swelling and have have anything to do with my diabetes?
Hi swgirl! I take gabapentin. The gabapentin can cause peripheral edema. I have some swelling in my left foot. My podiatrist told me that there is a reason why the left foot will swell more than the right foot. I will go through my notes and see if I charted the explanation. I will get back to you and hopefully give you the explanation. My podiatrist told me that I could wear compression stockings if the swelling got really bad. I don't stand on my feet all day, bit if I go out for a day of shopping, I am ready for my foot bath when I get home, this is very refreshing.

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I just checked my charted notes and I did not write down the explanation that my podiatrist gave me regarding the left foot swelling. I have an appointment to see my podiatrist this week and will ask him about the foot swelling. I will ask him if the diabetes can cause foot swelling in general. Just curious, do you normally retain water?

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Every time I seem to over do the salt intake, my feet let me know that I, well, that I over did it! There is also the fact that several of my meds cause peripheral edema, too, so, try not to freak out. But as Shanny suggested, let your doctor know immediately.

I take gabapettin too, and morphine for the peripheral neuropathy. I also take a calcium channel blocker (very low dose) for blood pressure. The first time I noticed my feet had swollen up to the size of a baby elephant, I was on the phone to my doctor, fearing that I was coming down with Congestive Heart Failure. Both my parents had CHF, and I fear this almost as much as I do the complications of diabetes.

If you haven't already done this, call your doc. Than do what they tell you, because they always know best. It is my prayer for you, that this is simply a passing thing, and that you get complete control over the edema, and the fear I sense in your post.

Keep us posted as to what is happening, after all, there are probably many other board members who have edema and are holding their breath to find out what happens in your case.

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Paul, I thought you said that you stopped taking Gabapentin? Did you start taking it again?

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... me stopping the Rx. Until then, I am taking 1 tablet, twice a day. This Neurologist is very slow at returning my calls, as its been two weeks on Tuesday.

You are not mistaken though. I want to cease taking it because it doesn't seem to be helping me. I just want to make sure I don't have some negative reaction to just stopping the medicine.

How are you doing ??? and how are your feet holding up in your battle agaisnt pain ???

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... me stopping the Rx. Until then, I am taking 1 tablet, twice a day. This Neurologist is very slow at returning my calls, as its been two weeks on Tuesday.

You are not mistaken though. I want to cease taking it because it doesn't seem to be helping me. I just want to make sure I don't have some negative reaction to just stopping the medicine.

How are you doing ??? and how are your feet holding up in your battle agaisnt pain ???

Paul
I am tapering off of Gabapentin and I am down to 100MG at night. The pain has come back with the tapering of the Gabapentin. I will start taking Lyrica in about 2 weeks. I am hoping that the Lyrica will also help the neuropathy in my left hand. I have constant tingling and pain. I am not able to use my left hand the first thing in the morning, I have a difficult time just turning the faucet on and off. My hand goes numb and it doesn't stop. I shake my hand and rub it but the sensation is just not there. Very frustrating.

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