Just a comment that we should not deal in absolutes. The reason I say this, is I have lost my feet, ankles and half of my both my lower legs, with an A1c of 5 to 5.5 BP 100/60 for the last 5 months, and I am six foot tall, and weigh 195 pounds, after a dx of a 'mere' 6.8, yet still the neuropathy continues to get worse, so yes, Danny, you are probably right in most cases, but as one totally saddened, depressed, disabled, and suicidal by this ailment, I thought I would point out that the nerves will not always heal, and there is NO stopping neuropathy. That is pretty much spelled out in the research. In my case, I might as well eat, drink and be merry, and the hell with my A1c, for such a good number, has done nothing to abate the process.....
Evening primrose, ALA, you name it, I have taken or am taking it, to no avail. Even Metanx, at $65 a month did nothing for me.
Sorry if that sounds obnoxious, its not meant to be. Its just a reaction I have when people say the way to stop it, is to get the BG, BP, and weight under control. That is not true in all cases and folks should be aware of that.
John, I've had the same experience, to the point I sometimes wonder if I'm really diabetic at all. I have autonomic neuropathy as well. Usually this makes my blood pressure low, except in the doctor's office where it is fairly high. It's annoying to have a nurse lecture you about high blood pressure when it was 67/43 that a.m. So far I'm not anything but annoyed. Hope your situation has improved since your comment last year.
I'm taking the same things Danny mentioned. Just started the Benfotiamine a couple of weeks ago. Not sure if it will really help or not, as its too early to tell. Its supposed to peak at 3 months, according to the research.
The others I've been on for a few years and they did help at first, even seemed to reverse it somewhat, but it takes time, and if your blood sugar control isn't good, that will work against you. Before I was diagnosed, my feet felt like they were wrapped in Tensor bandages. My big toe was completely numb and so was my little toe on the same foot. I had horrible shooting pains in my feet, legs, hands and arms. I now have some feeling, but its not perfect. Still, its a big improvement and the shooting pains are mostly gone, except when my numbers go up.
One thing is certain, getting my blood sugar under control, and taking these supplements stopped most of the pain from neuropathy. It comes back if my blood sugar gets too high, goes away again when I get it back down. When I'm ill, it really acts up.
After having read the many suggestions to take various supplements which I am sure is well intended assistance, I'd check with my PCP, Endocrinologist and Neurologist prior to taking any of them. Always keep in mind that they might have other effects, to include drug interactions that might impact the effect of any other medications that have been prescribed for you. In addition, some remedies have not been scientifically studied and might have unintended consequences. Your medical team will undoubtedly be the best available experts in coordinating and managing your care, and should be consulted prior to embarking on any treatment, including vitamin or other health therapy.
That's the same thing, if the ingredient label lists it as R-ALA.. R-ALA is more expensive. I'm assuming the + means the addition of biotin. Afraid I don't know the dose for biotin helping neuropathy. 100 mg isn't very much in general. Biotin is also supposed to help hair growth.
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