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Old 11-16-2006, 08:18 AM   #1
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Question Anyone Tried Homeopathic Remedies for Neuropathy?

Hello, I am a 40 year old man diagnosed with diabetes and many complications from it. Such as neuropathy, gastroparesis, high blood pressure and triglycerides, 125 lbs over weight and more. I have terrible pain from the neuropathy. My doctor currently has me on 21 different meds for everything that is wrong with me and it scares me to death. One doctor told me if things didn't turn around I would not live another 5 years. I want to stop as many meds. as possible and switch to something more natural. My question is has anyone tried homeopathic medicines or herbal treatments for neuropathy, diabetes, or gastroparesis with success? Thanks for any input.

 
Old 11-20-2006, 09:37 AM   #2
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Hi, Yes to your question. I went to a Naturopath, not a Homeopath, be sure the person is certified, and there are things for you to try. Rather than on your own, going to a Naturopath or Homeopath and giving him all the medical information for yourself is much better. Then he can target exactly what you need.
A Homeopathic person will also do the same thing. Some of them get certified in both Naturopathy and Homeopathy. The remedies advised for me helped. So whatever is prescribed for you would most likely help you.
Sometimes someone working in a health food store will know of several Naturopaths and/or Homeopaths.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:39 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone Tried Homeopathic Remedies for Neuropathy?

>>My doctor currently has me on 21 different meds

Can you list those meds here so we can see?

 
Old 11-20-2006, 05:49 PM   #4
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Yes I don't mind.

Micardis 80 Mg 1 a day
Fosinopril 40 Mg 2 x day
Lyrica 150 Mg 2 2 x day
Hydrochlorothiazide 50 Mg
Nortriptyline 25 mg at bed time
Fluoxetine 20 mg 2 a day
Metformin 850 mg 2 x a day
asprin 1 daily
metoclopramide 10 mg 4 x day
testim gel 1 tube daily
simvastatin 80 mg once
zetia 10 mg once
tramadol 50 mg 2 2x daily
oxycodone 20 mg TR 2 x day
ranitidine 150 mg 2 2 x day
pletal 100 mg 2 x daily
flunisolide 2 sprays 2 x day
oxycodone/apap 5 mg/325mg for break through pain
novolin insulin 15 units once daily
metformin 500 mg once at bedtime
I was also on a calcium channel blocker but I discontinued it as I was having a reaction to it.

I think that is everything.
No I forgot two:
Metanx
Topamax

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Old 11-21-2006, 09:20 AM   #5
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Re: Anyone Tried Homeopathic Remedies for Neuropathy?

My friend is in a similar boat where the doctors like
to prescribe alot of meds for every issue. Long story short.
I did some cyberspace research to see if dietary supplements could help lower high blood sugar, cholesterol
control, pain management {neuropathy pain in feet and legs} and I created a regimen of 40 dietary supplements per day consisting of vitamins, special vitamins, minerals, EFFA's, amino acids, antioxidants, and over 20 more herb pills. This regimen was started about 2 months ago.

Before all this was started, we had to make up a game
plan based on conmon sense.

1. We needed a new blood test to establish a new baseline
of data, so we can compare with later to see if the regimen
works. The doctor agreed.

2. Pain management was the first priority as the pain
level score was a 7 with peaks into the 9 range. After
looking at the pain regimen the doctor prescribed, we
went back to get it optimized. You have to look at each
pill and determine the dose and if it's a safe level for
long term use. We determined that too much Vicodin
was prescribed for long term use, so the doctor reduced
the dose, but added two more pills. One of those pills
was suspicious to me and I monitored the results of this
new pain regimen. Long story short, only Neurontin + Vicodin + Morphine was used and no Paxil. You need to
really spend some time optimizing the pain regimen
in order to have a normal life and no zombie effect.

3. Dietary supplements to help with pain? blood sugar?
cholesterol? That was the plan and I researched this for
months. A regimen was started {lots of pills}, the blood
sugar is tracked 5 times per day, the cholesterol is tracked
one time per week and my friends gives me feedback.

4. Acupuncture {with electricity} was started with signs
of positive results.

5. Exercise at the gym was started, 3-4 times per week,
plus 1 to 2 times per week swimming.

As a bonus, I took my friend off the statin cholesterol drug
as we wanted to see if the dietary supplements would help
in the long run. My goal is to remove as many pills prescribed from the doctor and replace them with the safer
methods - only if the safer method works!

We've seen some positive results in a short time. Blood sugar is now under control, 100 points lower on average.
It took only a few days to see the huge rewards of dietary
supplements. Insulin intake is only 1/3 of what it was originally.

After telling my friend to stop taking the statin drug,
the total cholesterol has risen, HDL remains the same,
but the Triglycerides dropped alot, from 300 to the 170
range. The supplements did a great job on the trig levels
right away. LDL cholesterol is tricky because the hospital
calculates this value based on the total cholesterol - HDL - (trig /5 ). To have low LDL cholesterol levels, you can
get a low reading if your trig level is high. It's almost like
a scam. Lets think about this for a moment using real
data.

My friend was 198 Total Cholesterol, 36 HDL, 302 Trig,
and LDL is 101. From first glance, it appears the statin
cholesterol drug is doing it's job. Total Cholesterol is
ok, and LDL is ok, but HDL is still bad and trig is double
normal.

Lets say my friend still took the statin drug, plus lets say
fish oils to reduce the trig levels. Hypothetically, lets say
the trigs are now 170 vs. 302 *while* taking the statin drug.

Plugs those numbers back into that basic formula,
LDL rised 27 points. See the comedy with statin drugs?
It can rely on very high trig levels to make the LDL score
look sweet. lol Based in this data, I took my friend off the statin drug because it didn't really make sense in that situation.

The pain score is still a number 7, but there is no more
pain peaks during the day. There other other little rewards
from the regimen. One of the harsh meds causes water
retention, the dietary supplements causes normal urination
and there is no more constipation problems. Other interesting rewards seen. My friend had a long history of
sinus problems and the dietary supplements 'heightened'
the awareness of the unknown allergy. As it turns out,
soaps and shampoos where the hidden culprit of this
sinus problem, unbeknowst to my friend until we did some
'sniffing' tests.

To summarize, analyzing all the doctors meds and organizing them into categories {pain, diabetes, cholesterol, etc} helps us optimize the pills for each category to make quality of life better. Then adding
dietary supplements, acupuncture, exercise really smoothed out the pain level. Take a systematic approach,
use common sense, and try to optimize the regimen.

It's hard to isolate which dietary supplements offer the
biggest rewards. We have so many. Aside from the normal
vitamin/minerals, I would place high dose fish oils on top of the list with higher dose alpha lipoic acid. For details on
our regimen, see here. I'm not so sure about the rewards seen from taking herbs. We have
some homeopathic pill bottles but it's on the bottom of my list right now.

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=436998[/url]

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Old 11-21-2006, 06:00 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone Tried Homeopathic Remedies for Neuropathy?

Bluewolf.....You didn't state type 1 or 2 but i'll assume for the moment that its type 2 with you being 125 lbs over weight.With you being diabetic and with severe neuropathy the most important thing to help is restoring your blood sugar to below 100. Diet is the most important thing to restore and not any supplement and i don't care if its chromium,vanadium,magnesium,biotin etc. in mega doses as nothing will restore those insulin receptors on your 100 trillion cells except going low carb and then slowly increasing carbs along with aerobic exercise.You don't have to go low carb forever but start that way now and in about 2 to 3 weeks you'll notice improvement.

I'm not diabetic and i exercise intensly and pump iron (since the 80's) and eat well and take tons of supplements but if i eat cakes,candy and icecream my feet ache and burn (dr's perplexed) so do your part and maybe in the next 10 yrs or so these new class of DNA medicines coming out will allow us to enjoy sweets again and not suffer neuropathy......
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:40 AM   #7
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Re: Anyone Tried Homeopathic Remedies for Neuropathy?

Thank you thylantyr and everyone who has responded very much for your input. Thylantyr I have taken many of the supplements you mentioned but not together as a program. I will look into using them all at once. You are right to say though it would be extremely expensive. The cheapest online place I have found for vitamins is Vitacost. They sell at wholesale to the public.

I recently found emu oil works quite well on my foot pain. However it must be used faithfully
(3 times a day) or it doesn't work as well. Also beware all emu oil is not of the same quality.

6foot3 you are right about diet. Believe it or not I limit my carbs and do not use any type of sugar or its derivatives. But I admit I could eat "Less". Thank you for the input.

As far as a good naturopath I wish to God we had one near but the nearest one is hours away.

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Old 11-23-2006, 03:43 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone Tried Homeopathic Remedies for Neuropathy?

Thylantyr I have taken many of the supplements you mentioned but not together as a program.

Something to think about is the dietary supplement dose.
After researching, there are normal doses {ie, body preventive maintenance}
and there are higher treatment doses. Also research the upper limit of
dietary supplements, ie look at vitamin A for example. Many vitamins on the
market exceed RDA. Many mega vitamins that contain high vitamin A have
disclaimers about high vitamin A intake, it's bad for you. lol ....

Dose examples;
Biotin found in a multivitamin pill may have .03 mg.
We are using 5 mg pills, 3x daily.

Vitamin B1 found in a multivitamin pill may have ~50mg.
We are using a 150 mg pills, 4x daily.

Alpha Lipoic Acid - Maybe 25 mg - 100 mg is recommend
for preventive maintenance, but we are using a special
R form {d-hydro} at 450 mg daily, perhaps equivalent to
900 mg of ordinary ALA.

Acetyl-l-carnitine - These pills seem popular in 250 mg
to 500 mg per pill. We are using 2000 mg daily.

When I was researching, I noted doses used for treatment
and tried to find 'overdose' limits so I understand the dose
range.

You have to analyze the illness and find out what dose is
being used for treatment and see if it works.

The interesting part of taking high doses on my friend
is that no side effects are apparent. I ask my friend daily
how the regimen is going looking for signs of side effects
and none are found. Compare this to the harsh meds
the doctors prescribe, side effects manifest all the time.

The ultimate question remains, is the diet pill regimen
working for you? Nobody knows unless you experiment.


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Old 08-04-2008, 07:34 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone Tried Homeopathic Remedies for Neuropathy?

I have found a wonderful product that works for the severe stabbing pains of neuropathy called "Neuragen". This product is an oil, one to two drops, that is applied to the area of pain. Follow the directions for best results. I have been using it for a while and have decreased my oral medications as well.

A bit of information that may address the rest of your needs: I was 514 lbs a year ago and had many of the same problems that you have at about the same age. Today, I am 270 lbs and only take two prescribed medications, a good multi vitamin, a B12 supplement, potassium (for cramping) and fish oil to help with some of the side effects of the prescribed medications.

You stated that you were 125lbs over weight. I know that you have heard this many, many times before but most of your problems are steaming from your weight. I had gastric bypass surgery. It was and has been a life saver. I did not come to that choice lightly and don't think it is for everyone but I solved many medical problems by loosing the weight. I have also gained my life back, both in respects to physical activities but also psychologically.

The point I am making is that anyone who is severely and medically hurting due to weight, needs to make a decision about their own life and life style. Like an addict, I had to resign myself to one of two certain possibilities, I was either going to die at 50 or I was going to take back my life. I chose a drastically course that has been, for me, the right one. We all are dying from the moment of conception but we control our own lives and to be extremely over weight is both medically, physically, and psychologically debilitating. My weight has caused me to have to live with constant pain because of my neuropathy, for the rest of my life. I have to accept that but I am living life again and not just waiting for death.

If I can take control of my life then please do whatever you have too to take back your life and loose the weight. That will help you more then anything else towards getting you off all the meds and you will be the master of your destiny instead of a slave to food.

 
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