Neuropathy

You can live a normal life with proper treatment of neuropathy
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Neuropathy Pain

Living with Neuropathy pain

I was awakened one morning with a horrible pain in my feet. It was like no pain I ever experienced.

I made numerous trips to doctors only to be told I can't help you.I knew somebody had to know what this pain was and what was causing it.So I kept at it. Finally the pain was so unbearable I wanted to commit suicide to end the pain. I was admitted to an outpatient mental facility. The pain felt like someone took my feet, put them in a metal bucket,filled it with ice, put duct tape all around the top securing my feet in it, and tying my hands behind my back.Then left me there.

Once I was in the facility , I believed someone would tell me what was going on with my feet. I would walk in circles 8 hours a night to get some relief from the pain.When the md came, as like the other doctors never examined me, just walked in and told me,"I can't or won"t help you with your feet". I pay good money for premiums for my health care and was appalled at how I was treated. It was the same thing with the doctor. in the mental facility. He sat me down refused to examine me or call a doctor that could diagnose me, and told me "I can't do anything about your feet". I was defeated. Here was this huge hospitial in the same building and noone could help me?

This doctor went for his meeting with the nurses and everyone of them pressured him into helping me, next thing I know , here comes a nurse in my room smiling saying "There's a neurologist on his way down to see you." I cried . In walks this doctor with a doctors bag and I knew then, I had a good dr. who was going to help me. he diagnosed me with neuropathy.

Neuropathy is a nerve damage pain, there are different types.Peripheral Neuropathy is damage to the nervous system, the nerves not from the brain or spinal cord.

People with Diabetes commonly suffer from it, it has other causes too poor nutrition. severe tramatic injuries,infections, traumatic back injuries and others.

Peripheral Neuropathy affects the hands, legs and feet.It affects the sensory nerves giving the feeling of coldness or pain. it can affect your muscles and their movement, this is damage to your motor nerves.

Other types of neuropathy ,affect your internal organs. For example; bladder, heart, intestines to name a few.

Neuropathy may go away in some patients , such as correcting a diabetics diet. It's not given it will go away , but it could.

Most doctors can't tell you why you hve neuropathy pain or if it will ever go away. It could go away in months, years, or some patients have it all their lives.

I am one of approximately 20 million Americans who suffer from this disease. I treat it in many different ways, I eat better, take vitamins, B, B6, B12 and D. I also have medicine for it. the most common used is Neurontin, Which I use in conjuction with opiate therapy. I hope by writing this a person suffering from these symptoms or should obtain this diease is informed , unlike I was. I suffered without help for 2 months until the pain literally drove me out of my mind and to suicide. Once I was diagnosed and treated I am doing much better. My hope is someday I'm one of the lucky ones who it will go away.

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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Interesting and useful hub. I am sure some people will find it a big help to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Voted up.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Neuorupathy is brought on by diabetes a lot. I was constantly asked if I was diabetic. Best wishes to you. I am thankful for your reading my article and the nice comment. Best of luck to you

Rusti. Aka Ruth


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

I am diabetic and my feet hurt me most of the time, so I can sympathize with how you must have felt. When I have been sitting awhile and then get up to walk it feels like I am walking on pins and needles. It lets up after I've been on my feet for a couple minutes and then starts back up again if I stay on them too long. Thank you for sharing your story with us here on HubPages. I am voting up!


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Thankyou I read your link and am interested.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Kashmire I thankyou very much! I love your hubs!I have been having trouble lately. my computer was sent malware and they fried it bad. so much so my computer lace told me it would be cheaper to buy another one. i am getting a mac. anyways my touchpad for some reason refuses to load this page and my dr.s. i am on a friends computer. I will be coming back!


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Thankyou Billy! you are such a nice man and an interesting writer. I love your page. In fact I was just there reading the one on the veterans!


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Thankyou debbiepinkston, I felt strongly about this topic because of the suffering I endured to get help. ! was truly with all my heart tying to help others not go through the agony I did. if they have symptoms they can ask their doctor to do the tests.My hmo just didn't care they just got to bill medicare for services and didn't want to diagnose me. I was in so much agony. I couldn't even go to the store. it got so bad i wanted to die, if not for the nurses at Brookside, i might have really taken my life. I couldn't live with the pain anymore. I thankyou for all of your wonderful comments. I will have more on this subject as I continue my journey.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Thankyou for your nice comliments! Austin star thankyou so much!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I can sympathize with your pain for sure and you are right, our worst enemies should not have to be in so much pain.

If marijuana helps you, I think you should get it whichever way you can and to heck with their drug tests. I doubt a judge would put you in jail for less than an ounce for medicinal use. That's just crazy. You might get a fine and some probation. But then again, you might not ever be charged because it's such a minor "crime". But it is a personal choice for sure.

As for writing errors, I went to college for four years to learn how to write and I don't expect everyone to write well. The way to becoming a writer is to write every day and improve as you go along. I still make errors often. No one is perfect. Just keep trying.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

I thankyou for finding my mistakes. I am on a lot of medications for conditions as well as for my neuropathy. I just now was told by my doctors nurse I had made the appointment I was making last week. So I will go back through this hub and correct the grammar mistakes I made.I also am grateful you took the time to read it through, and taking the time to comment and help me. I'm no great writer as I see some of you. I read some of yours and you can tell you are one of the great ones. I firmly believe we learn from eachother. My neuropathy has accelerated badly, I am having another nerve conductor test to try to figure out which nerve or nerves it is that's going bad. I wouldn't wish this disease on my worst enemy. I hope you are doing well, and continue to be well. Thanks for the help!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Interesting hub about neuropathy. I have two distinct causes of my neuropathy which include diabetes and nerve damage to the sciatic nerve in my right leg. I treat it in much the same way you have described. Neurontin and the B vitamins are the best treatment I have found.

On a side note, and do not take this the wrong way please, there is room for grammatical improvement in your hub. The first sentence contains a misspelling (eexperienced) and there are a few other misspelled words. It's more correct to write out 'doctors' than it is to write 'dr.s' or use unconventional abbreviations.

You might want to try writing your hub in Microsoft Word first and use the spell and grammar checker to find issues.

I don't normally try to offer writing advice, but your style and content are good and do not deserve to be graded down because of grammar issues.

I hope you keep writing and continue to improve your writing and I will continue to read more of your hubs.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

My mom has neruopathy as a result of her chemotheraphy. As a result, she has to be aware of her body not working like it used to. The sensation she describes sounds so bad- alternating between stinging pain and numbness. I'm definitely hoping there's a cure one day so people no longer have to suffer. I'm glad you got the help you needed.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Glad I could help LA Elsen,

Made writing this worthwhile if it helped two people. Hopefully, there will, be more like you! Thankyou for sharing with me. I never thought of myself as a writer, until I came here and realized I could actually help people! Thankyou all for giving me a chance!


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LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Thank you so much for sharing. My husband and I both suffer from this. We are in the process of getting diagnosed. Hopefully we will get some relief.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Thankyou everyone! You all give me the courage to keep writing! I can't believe my writings are worth reading. Thankyou. Your comments make me feel good and proud of myself. My next article will explain why I don't think I'm not worth bothering with much less people caring what I have to say.


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Liz-reviews 4 years ago from Vancouver, BC

Hi Rusti

Thank-you for sharing your story. I can't imagine what it is like to live in constant pain. My Dad suffers from constant pain needing hip replacements which he can't have due to recurrent infections...I've sent you a link for a product he is using that has reduced his pain levels considerably.

Take care and keep talking...we're listening !!

http://www.ohana-health.com/sp_index.asp


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great well written hub that will help people who have neuropathy but like you can't find a doctor to give them a right diagnoses on what they have.

Vote up and more !!!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A very important hub and hopefully it will help someone else before they reach the point of suicide. Well done Rusty and thank you for sharing your story with others.

Sending you friendship and hugs,

bill


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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

Thank you for writing on this topic that affects so many people. It's amazing how some Dr.s can completely overlook something that is obvious. Many don't think outside their little box...I know this is going to help a lot of people, thank you!

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