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.
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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