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  1. Stacey D.
    Stacey D. April 26, 2011 at 9:00 am | | Reply

    Thank you for posting this. It contains helpful information for me as I was diagnosed with the beginning symptoms of PDN at my last endo appointment.

  2. riva
    riva April 26, 2011 at 9:23 am | | Reply

    I’m actually going to be doing the “Take the Next Step” workshop at 3 TCOYD events this year with fitness trainer, Kim Lyons. We’re helping people better understand the importance of keeping blood sugar in range, and introducing them to simple foot exercises they can do that may help. It’s totally unbranded, no mention of Lyrica.

    On a separate note, I have experienced DPN. I had tingling in my calf only a few years after I got diabetes. Without meters back then my blood sugar was likely always around 200 mg/dL. When meters came out a dozen year later I could finally get some control and the tingling became more intermittent. For some unknown reason, a few years ago the tingling seemed to be bothering me again so I took ALA for 2 months and I swear it went away. Again, that’s not medical advice, just my experience.

  3. Birgitta Rice
    Birgitta Rice April 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm | | Reply

    You have gathered some excellent neuropathy information and help in this article!! Thank you. I am a researcher/educator at Univ.of MN and like to share about an intervention called WarmFeet, which I designed and researched. It is a temperature biofeedback assisted relaxation technique, designed to improve peripheral blood flow, thereby providing additional oxygen and nutrients to “thirsty” nerve endings and tissues in the hands and feet. Research findings show that patients who used this technique in addition to medical wound care healed their chronic foot ulcers by 87,5% within 12 weeks compared to 43.5% of patients who did not use the relaxation intervention. For some patients it also relieved a lot of pain.

    The reason for these results is quite simple. When the body relaxes, peripheral blood vessels and arteries increase in diameter ever so little allowing more blood to flow through them. We measured that in several ways in the study. We also used visualization to strengthen the results. Relaxation is natural, non-invasive, non- pharmaceutical, and low cost, but certainly needing follow-through and self care. There is much more to say about this, but I will leave it here for now. To know more please visit: Birgitta

  4. Mark
    Mark October 4, 2012 at 1:33 am | | Reply

    Good article. I would just like to say say that Neurontin is also prescribed for neuropathy pain.

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