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    I'm dealing with constant and chronic pain at the moment due to nerve damage, in my feet.

    I've been put on a two different types of painkillers to see if they help make walking and life overall a bit more bearable. I didn't want to go down this route but the pain beat my willpower in the end. :-(

    I was wondering if there are others on this forum who have dealt with a similar issue and who can share any diet, exercise or lifestyle tips that have helped them, as the pain is still horrible.

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    I'm sure you already saw this since you ask for personal experience, but figured I'd share just in case:

    "Iím looking for alternative ideas for dealing with neuropathy pain in my legs and feet. Any suggestions?

    Sharon

    Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy, so thatís worth exploring with your doctor. Be sure youíre practicing the basic best practices for blood sugar control: eating adequate protein, exercising (strength training and sprinting or HIIT, especially), managing stress (meditation, various anti-stress herbs and supplements if necessary), sleeping enough and well.

    Youíre probably already avoiding it, seeing as youíre reading Markís Daily Apple, but itís worth reiterating the importance of gluten avoidance in all types of peripheral neuropathy. Of all extra-intestinal symptoms of gluten intolerance, peripheral neuropathy is probably the most common. Iíll sometimes discuss the occasional bite of bread or cake I have, or tell folks that regular soy sauce is probably okay for most and the residual gluten is mostly inert, but thatís intended for people without overt gluten intolerance or celiac disease. If you have problems with even minute amounts of gluten, or if youíre experiencing symptoms commonly associated with gluten intolerance like peripheral neuropathies, you should avoid all sources. So make sure youíre off gluten entirely.

    Vitamin B6 status can also affect neuropathy, so make sure youíre getting enough. Thatís why patients who take the tuberculosis drug isoniazid must also take vitamin B6 pills: the drug depletes B6 and causes peripheral neuropathy. This is an easy fix, if itís indeed the cause. B6 supplements are cheap and plentiful and safe, and fish, poultry, pork, and red meat are the best dietary sources of the vitamin.

    Vitamin B12 deficiency is a potential cause. Check out Chris Kresserís podcast episode on neuropathy for an extensive treatment of the B12 issue. Chris also mentions a few other possibilities, like chronic Lyme disease or fungal infections.

    And then thereís vitamin D deficiency, which is an independent risk factor for diabetic neuropathy. Grab some sunlight whenever possible, get your vitamin D levels checked out, and supplement with vitamin D3 if it looks like you need it."

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/perip...bs-in-ketosis/
    "Don't sweat the small stuff and relax about the whole process"

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    • #3
      The above contains some very good advice. I would add that underlying cause is always the factor that you must know for best intervention and results. While diabetes is the most common cause just wanted to make sure that was what you where dealing with?

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      • #4
        Nope, no diabetes.

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        • #5
          Poor circulation causes my foot pain; several heart attacks don't help. But when I doubled my magnesium glycinate by mouth to 800 mg daily just recently, I got a bit more relief. ?this encouraged me to add magnesium oil to my copious v&m routine, but I am still waiting for my magnesium flakes to arrive in order to make my own oil. If it helps, I'll continue with bypassing my digestive system in order to use my transdermal route.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Orange View Post
            Nope, no diabetes.
            In that case it does beg the question what is the underlying cause? Best to figure that out. Could be circulatory or mechanical if it is not metabolic.

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            • #7
              I have a feeling the pain is a result of both mechanical and metabolic issues. Two orthopaedic surgeons seem to think the damage has come about because of my foot fractures of six months ago. I haven't been able to walk much in that time, so the complete lack of movement probably hasn't helped. My red blood cell count results from three or so months ago were not right apparently too, so the pain management specialist sent me for another blood test a few days ago to get an update.

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              • #8
                Hi Orange, I'm sorry to hear you have nerve pain on top of your foot issues. I had severe nerve pain in my feet for over a year. It would flare up first thing in the morning, when I'd get out of bed, or any other time when I'd been sitting a long while, or whenever I tried to exercise. Basically it was almost anytime I stood up, so I really understand how painful it can be. It can really impact your quality of life, can't it?

                Here's a couple thoughts/ideas:

                Nightshades? Do they bother you?
                I discovered here on MDA that I was sensitive to nightshades, and now that I don't eat them the nerve/foot pain seems to be much improved.

                Do you have a naturopath?
                Before removing nightshades from my diet, I found a naturopath who did extensive blood work, and then helped get me on some good supplements, many of which lovebird mentioned.

                Or a good Physical Therapist?
                I mentioned my nerve pain to my PT when I was getting started on my leg rehab. She suggested it could be further aggravated by my incredibly tight IT bands, which was something I'd never considered. To be honest, the IT stretches my PT gave me are helping with a lot. Neck pain and shoulder pain I experienced these past two years seems to be vanishing. I'm not suggesting the cause of your nerve pain is something so simple, but perhaps your Orthopedic surgeon could recommend a Physical Therapist for you to see, just to cover all your basis?

                One other thought is have you taken the antibiotic, CIPRO, lately? I took that and it caused an alarming number of symptoms, including horrific foot/achilles pain.

                Hopefully your recent blood work will provide some answers for you. Let us know how things turn out.

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                • #9
                  Orange,
                  See my thread about IBS, Allergies, PF...

                  I have eliminated Nightshades and it is definitely affecting inflammation. I still haven't figured it all out yet but I am on my way.

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                  • #10
                    Orange,
                    See my thread about IBS, Allergies, PF...

                    I have eliminated Nightshades and it is definitely affecting inflammation. I still haven't figured it all out yet but I am on my way.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks stacks for the suggestions Mimi and yup, you hit the nail on the head there... this pain is so debilitating! By the way, I hope your daughter is ok. I'm having issues accessing this forum at times, and so I haven't been able to check into your journal :-( .

                      Justsomedude - Will check our your thread now but good to know you second Mimi's suggestion of eliminating nightshades.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks stacks for the suggestions Mimi and yup, you hit the nail on the head there... this pain is so debilitating! By the way, I hope your daughter is ok. I'm having issues accessing this forum at times, and so I haven't been able to check into your journal :-( .

                        Justsomedude - Will check our your thread now but good to know you second Mimi's suggestion of eliminating nightshades.

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                        • #13
                          It is very weird that some threads show that there are new posts added and some don't. Hope it will get solved soon.

                          Glad to see you got some useful information. There are more suspects for causing pain (in general) than nightshades btw, but it's a big one.
                          "Don't sweat the small stuff and relax about the whole process"

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                          • #14
                            i dont think so, no diabetes.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Orange View Post
                              I'm dealing with constant and chronic pain at the moment due to nerve damage, in my feet.

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                              i dont think so, no diabetes.

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