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Posted by Bruce Hammond
on August 07, 2000 at 19:58:55:
Hi, I am a 46-year-old man who has had peripheral neuropathy for about 2 years. I have quite a bit of numbness and shooting pains in my feet. I take 3000mg of Neurontin at bedtime so I can sleep. I tried to space it out over the day but it leaves me doped and woozy and I can't function normally so I just bear the pain throughout the day. I seem to tolerate the dosage all at once in the evening. I have been to 3 sets of specialists, and have had many tests. Diabetes and liver disease have been ruled out as the cause of the condition. I have no other physical problems or take any other medication. I find wearing shoes extremely painful, even loose fitting ones. I had a back injury about 10 years ago that has stabilized but not gone away. My feet seem to be better or worse in symmetry, never one better and one worse.
1. Has anyone found anything besides Neurontin effective in pain relief?
2. Does anyone know if back injury can be related to Neuropathy?
3. One doctor said eventually the pain would lessen. Has anyone found this to be true? How long does it take before this happens? Will I even be able to feel my feet at this time?
4. Do others with this condition in their feet find that their feet are either both better or both worse but never one better and one worse?
5. Can anyone refer me to any helpful pain management methodologies?
6. Does anyone know of any reasons for neuropathy that are not pathological?