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    Old 08-09-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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    Peripheral neuropathy

    I have Peripheral neuropathy for two years due to chemo therapy treatments.
    I don't want to take medications, and I wonder if anyone knows of an alternative treatment which really works.
    The numbness in my feet makes it hard to walk and it really bother me a lot.

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    Old 08-09-2014, 08:14 PM   #2
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    Re: Peripheral neuropathy

    I have PN and not only are my toes extremely painful, to say the least - and it is hard for people to understand how you can feel pain (it is from the nerves inside the foot) and still not feel the ground.

    I have had this PN for over 8 years and it is progressively getting worse. However, I can personally attest that If I didn't push myself to do exercises (specific to PN like for the feet, ankles, calves, etc) I would not be walking. Yes, it is uncomfortable and no fun; but, you can break the exercises up into 10 minute intervals 3 or 4 times a day. Walking in a pool is really good therapy and the resistance of the water strengthens the muscles. I also take a solid dose of magnesium which has helped immensely.

    I suggest you get a Physical Therapist who specializes in PN and muscle strengthening and have her work with you and teach you how to remember how to walk (as properly as you can) - If you don't exercise, the motion you have now will get less and less because of lack of use. Gabapentin works for some people, but Vit. B12, D and Calcium along with B6 and magnesium have been the best for me. Good Luck,

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