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.