Great results! Treating neuropathy naturally...

In December of 2002 I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. As most people who encounter type 1 diabetes later in their life, you go through several months of shock and denial. Those first few months were quite hard but it did not take long before my blood sugar was under control. The following year I discovered the insulin pump. It is a great tool and a huge blessing. I feel very sad for people in other parts of the world who do not have such a medical device. It is such a wonderful tool to help me control my diabetes.

In October of 2004 I noticed something strange about my left foot. I do a lot of work at my computer so my feet are on the floor a lot. On this particular day I was at my desk working and I felt a small vibration on the bottom of my foot. My computer tower sits on the floor and the floors are wood. At first I thought the vibration was simply from the computer vibrating against the floor and that my foot could feel it. But I soon discovered that even when I walked away I could still feel a small vibration on the bottom of my foot.

Some weeks later I went ahead and saw my endocrinologist and she somewhat dismissed that it could be related to diabetes since I had only been a type 1 diabetic for less than a year. But five years later I still have this small vibration on the bottom of my foot with additional cold sensations and up the outside part of my leg-  above my ankle. Over the years I did see a podiatrist and foot and ankle specialist as well as nerve specialists. The first few years seeing these specialist did not really help. There were plenty of tests and x-rays but no real diagnosis. Then I finally met Dr. Cheng. If my memory serves me correct she was a foot surgeon for the United States Army before she came to our Arnett clinic facility. She finally narrowed down that this was definitely nerve related and possibly an injury from the past, when I was a small child - a posttraumatic injury.

In the end she concluded that it would take time for the nerve to heal, it could take more than a year. So a year passed, and some healing did take place but still vibration on the bottom of my foot. I least the cold sensations had dissipated for the most part. A few months ago I went and visited the nerve specialist. This time around, his nerve tested indicate that I have small nerve damage, the very beginnings of neuropathy. He prescribed Neurontin to me and it did seem to help, although I slept more than normal and gained about 5 pounds. Once I knew that it was nerve related I want to make sure that it was not so much from me being a diabetic but maybe an injury. So I scheduled to see a foot specialist from another city who concluded as well that this was definitely an isolated nerve problem and not any other tissues or bones causing the nerve problems.

The foot doctor did conclude that this was definitely nerve related and due to neuropathy and my diabetes. When I heard that my heart broke a bit, I am young and neuropathy normally takes place in older people (50 and above). Early on in my and her knowledge is said that it would take years for this kind of health issue to come up due to my diabetes. Keep in mind, for the most part my blood sugar is controlled quite well. There is room for improvement for my A1C (blood glucose levels) but nothing that would cause neuropathy in the early years of juvenile diabetes.

I was concerned and questioned the status of my health even more. The foot specialist went on to suggest to increase my dosage of Neurontin or try a new medicine called Lyrica. After doing some major research I decided that I did not want to take these prescriptions unless I had to. Both types of medicine cause weight gain, slurred speech, sleeping more, less motivation and many more things that would require me to change my lifestyle and my working habits. Since this problem is on the bottom of my foot, the last thing I need to do is
carry more weight around. Working less hours was not an option. I had lived with this problem for five years, I can live with that for more - until something better came along. During my research I also found some surprisingly natural solutions. I am quite surprised that none of my specialist were even aware of these alternatives. Let me iterates solutions, because many group studies have taken place regarding these natural alternatives.

My research found that there are several vitamins and nutrients  that can help with the nerve damage and in some cases reverse the nerve damage. I was quite leery to believe that something could reverse my nerve damage, especially since I had it for five. Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl-L-carnitine, B vitamins, and Benfotiamine are the main supplements that you mentioned a lot when dealing with neuropathy treatment. Benfotiamine is the main supplement the helps the nerves reduce microvascular damage from high blood sugar. Acetyl-L-carnitine helps with peripheral nerve trauma. Alpha Lipoic Acid also helps a bit with diabetic neuropathy and plays a role in blood sugar control. A good vitamin B supplement is thought to help the nervous system stay nourished and healthy.

After doing my research I went out and bought all of these supplements and began taking them on August 4 (2008). At the same time I was also taking the Neurontin prescription. On the fourth day I noticed that my foot vibration was much less. I decided to not take the Neurontin for several days to see if the supplements were actually helping. The following days the bottom of my foot began to feel less and less vibration. And now as of today I can say I am Neurontin free and the vibrating intensity have reduced significantly. I am still taking all of the supplements and I plan to for another four to six weeks. The research said that most group studies took the Benfotiamine for at least six weeks, so that is the deciding factor for the amount time I will take these supplements.

I am a praying man, and there have been many times I've prayed for comfort for my foot. Sometimes those prayers were answered but only for short amount of time. We can never know why God doesn't answer our prayers (miraculously) as we would like him to. But, I do still give him credit, the creator of creation, to this new neuropathy relief that I am experiencing. Benfotiamine is not a man-made substance, but a derivative of vitamin B1 or thiamine, also called orbenphothiamine. And for that, I want to publicly say "Thank you God for this relief I am experiencing!". After dealing with this problem for 5+ years, I was beginning to think I would have to deal with it for the rest of my life. Coincidentally that is what both the nerve and foot specialist said as well. It does my heart good to know that a God made - natural solution can play a better role in my health, and possibly reverse my nerve problems. The man-made prescription only diminished the problem - a short term and less healthy solution.

Feel free to ask questions about my progress or neuropathy problems in the comment form below.

Comments

I have type 2 diabetes,and neuropathy too. I am going to try this for six weeks too. I will let you know how it worked. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I plan to start on 9-1-08.

Thanks for commenting. I hope you find relief from these vitamins/supplements. I still have "pain" on the bottom of my foot but I occasionally have the vibration - just on days when I do a lot of walking or moving around. But, the plan is working. Before taking the supplements I didn't have pain so I am thinking this may not really be neuropathy alone, but an injury that caused neuropathy like effects. I will confirm in a few weeks with the nerve specialist. I wish you the best!

I was diagnosed with NON-diabetic neuropathy 3 yrs ago. I take the B vitamins, a product called NeuropathyRX which contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl-L-carnitine, Selinium and 2 other ingredients and have had very good success for a year or so. But now something is acting up and not sure if its neropathy related or could be. I had taken the Benfotiamine for a time but the symptoms returned and then changed to the above. But I am wondering if I could add the Benfotiamine back and take all of them at the same time or add another homopathic product in addition to what I am alreadu taking? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

If I were you I would contact my doctor or a heath food store and ask. There are some doctors online which discuss Benfotiamine and what else to take with it. That might be a good start too.

I have found that when I lack excercise for several weeks my foot begins to bother me again. The same thing happens when it gets cold. My guess the problems arise when there is less circulation than normal.

Wish you the best and hope the pain leaves soon!

Hi I was recently diagnosed with non diabetic neuropathy. I have it in both legs and its painful...My Dr. put me on Neurontin. I have just started taking it...I feel very groggy and unbalanced in the morning...What can I do to push this along? I used to bike every weekend and now im afraid to bike because of the unbalance..Any suggestions would be helpful.

Hello I saw your blog while searching for informaiton about neuropathy...I am 42 and was diagnosed with non diabetic neuropathy..My neurologist put me on neurotin 3x a day...It makes me groggy and unbalanced. My last appointment I met with the PA I asked about various homeopathic alternatives. Her advice was there was nothing i can do about this..it wont get better and could get worse...When I left that day I was depressed, before my neuropathy i used to walk, hike and bike...Now I cant walk that much because of the pain. I am uncomfortable biking because of the inbalance...I strongly believe that the body is designed to heal itself, you cut your finger the skin grows back, you break a leg and the bone heals. So why wouldnt a nerve regenerate itself....I am curious to see what alternatives have helped you and others..I will try the suggestions you proposed and including NeuropathyRX to see how that works...All suggestions are greatly appreciated... Thanks Rick

Hi, in my opinion Neurotin is a terrible drug. I know it helps those with physco problems but for verve damage, I do not think the benefits outweigh the side effects. I can only tell you what I did. Before purchase the suppliments I did a lot of research. I would encourage you to do the same before taking these. But I can tell you that what I did above did help and my pain is much much better. I still get some pain on the very bottom of my foot but it is nothing compared to what it was.

Oh, and one thing I noticed, for me, was to stay away from hot / cold water (running under the foot) as it immediately gave me pain.

Here is what I took: Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl-L-carnitine, B vitamins, and Benfotiamine. Do some research on each one of those words along with "nerve" and you will begin to find the right sources.

Here are some reports on Benfotiamine from the US government:

I hope those are helpful. Don't give up. And don't always believe what your doctor says. Even if they know that natural products can help they can not come out and tell you. They need to protect their practice...

Best of luck.

My Mother (84 yrs old) has had NON diabetic neuropathy for
about 2 yrs now, and it has gotten considerably worse in the
last year. She had a stimulator put in (on the spine area)
for the pain, and it did not help. She has been on Neurontin
and Lyrica and didn't get relief from either. I came across
the idea of Alpha Lipoic Acid in a diet (syndrome X) book
and think it might help her. Being its natural I hope it won't hurt her =) thank you for all the info you have shared with us. I have also read all your replies to others who have written to you and I feel hopeful. I am going to
do as you suggested and really read up on the supplements
you suggested. If you have any other suggestions I sure would appreciate them greatly. I am happy that you are receiving some relief...NO ONE deserves to suffer from this kind of pain. Thank you again.

Hi, I have had pain for years, mainly in my neck, back, and hips. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 12 years ago. About 3 years ago I started getting pain in my left foot. It got worse and worse. I also had numbness on my outside right thigh. Then the pain started in my left foot. I went to my doctor, a rheumatologist, 2 neurologist, 2 podiatrists, and a physical therapist. The pain has gotten progressively worse. In the past 6 months it has moved to include my ankles and in the past month my hand, wrists and forearms. I am taking Lyrica and an anti-inflamitory. Nothing seems to help. I swim (as much as possible) 3 days a week and try to also do 15-30 on a stationary bike. I would really like to try this vitamin and supplement regimen. I used to work at a supplement store and hate taking medication. However, although I have a job I am not making quite enough to pay for essential basics, so I have no money for supplements. I am looking for a job in my field at present (Medical Billing) so I will not be on my feet all day. Once I have ANY extra money I want to try this. Doctors have tried many other things that haven't worked. I am very hopeful that this will. Thank You!

Thanks for your story. I to suffer from neuropathy but mine is not diabetic related. I endured my condition for nearly 10 years before discovering the miracle of benfotiamine, and alpha lipoic acid. I found a formulation that contained all the right ingredients and amounts. It can be found at neuropathytreatmentgroup.com. Good Luck.