Dear Dr. Splichal,
The following is copied directly from your “definition” of “PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY”!


“Of the 16 million Americans with diabetes, 25% develop foot problems related to the disease. This is primarily due to a condition called neuropathy. Diabetic Neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the nerves. The most common type of diabetic neuropathy is called peripheral neuropathy and affects the peripheral nerves”.

However, I am NOT and have NEVER been a Diabetic! But I am suffering “severely” from Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) in both feet, for approximately nine (9) years! I have made attempts at reducing and / or eliminating the PN in my feet through the use of Injections; Accupuncture; Stem from electrical foot radiation; Use of “many” analgesics for “just” temporary relief “ONLY”; Ultra-Sound to measure the blood flow in my legs between my knees and feet, which was reported to be “very good”!; Prescribed Medications, including Metanx; Different types of feet massage; Foot bathes with warm water and ice cold water with mechanical foot massage; and absolutely “NOTHING” has helped me with the exception of temporary relief with analgesics; and I continue to suffer severely 24/7!! It normally takes me about one (1) to three (3) hours to fall asleep, as my feet are in such pain from burning and swelling, I am constantly having to not only use the analgesics, but to move my feet to help them relax from the pain! I have acquired my own special diabetic shoes and I acquire my own special memory and / or gel inserts, however, it does not relieve me of the constant pain and suffering from the PN!

If you have any suggestions or recommendations (* other than “cutting” both of my feet “OFF”! LOL! *), I will be gratefully appreciative to receive anything you might believe could be beneficial to me in this very severe and painful condition!

Thanking you in advance for your time, understanding and cooperation. I genuinely look forward to “hopefully” your most favorable response.

Most sincerely,

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    I am sorry to hear you are experiencing such painful peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Please do note that not all neuropathy is diabetes-related. Patients can get neuropathy from chemotherapy, certain medications, B12 deficiency or even what’s called idiopathic.

    Idiopathic neuropathy means that there is no known cause as to why the patient is experiencing these symptoms. It is very unfortunately and the longer the patient experiences it the harder it is to get it under control. Sounds like you have tried almost everything that is available for neuropathic patients. Outside of what you have mentioned I could only suggest additional treatment options which do not provide immediate relief but rather gradually.

    You can consider options such as Class IV lasers, L-methy folate and acetyl-l-carnitine supplements. You do need to allow up to 3 months for any of these treatments to begin to show signs of improvement.

    I’m sorry I am unable to provide any additional insight.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

  2. Foot-com

    I have CMT which includes PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY as one of the symptoms. I started using Barley Green in 1994 and have since switched to VitaBarley. It most definitely helps with the symptoms you describe. CMT is a hereditary genetic disorder so all my sibling and most of their children have the problem. I recently visited my brother who is going through the same things you mentioned. He has tried many things which none help. Even pain medicine does a minimal job of relief. I asked me to try the barley and with a little encouragement from his wife, who is a medical dr, he agreed to try it. I had the capsules with me and let him get started. To our surprize he was getting significant relief within a couple of days. He ordered his own and has started taking them. It doesn’t completely relieve the numbness but it does help with the icey/hot sensation. Barley crosses the cell barrior and feeds the nerves that are otherwise not getting the nutrition they need to stay healthy. My brother is thrilled to finally have some relief. He was able to sleep for the first time without difficulty in years. You can get VitaBarley from Use the code RED10 to get 10% off your order. Hope this helps you as it has us.

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