I have fairly severe peripheral neuropathy in my feet, as well as autonomic neuropathy, and three years ago I had amyotrophic neuropathy. I have never, however, had any pain. Reading everyone's stories, I almost feel guilty about that, and it makes me wonder because I've never read of anyone else who has no pain. My A1Cs have been 5.3 or less for 3 years. The muscle damage from the amyotrophic neuropathy has pretty much recovered, but I haven't noticed any improvement in my nerves, even with good blood sugar control. I take metformin, alpha lipoic acid, and benfotiamine, but nothing else. My gait is pretty stumbly and I have to watch my toes closely, but I'm upright and walking these days. My feet are actually pretty bony, if they swell something is up. Earlier this year I had Charcot in one foot. The podiatrist said it was because of the neuropathy. Some days it's like I woke up with someone else's feet at the end of my legs. They're certainly not the ones I grew up with.
I have come to beleive that there are two factors that contribute to complications with peripheral neuropathy. The first is obviously that high blood sugars cause nerve damage. But the second is that high blood sugars impair circulation and poor circulation contributes to nerve problems and most importantly impairs the healing process. Dr. B believes that you can heal from peripheral neuropathy although it may take years. It may be that your healing is just slow. Perhaps you could work on improving the circulation in your feet. Perhaps something you could discuss with your podiatrist? Activities such as swimming may be really good as they are safe and effective. And never give up, have faith that you can get better.
I agree get an appointment with a foot doc who knows something about diabetic foot problems. I had neuropathy for awhile, but it never hangs on, what I found I had was gout in my feet, and the neuropathy wasn't helped by that. Took some meds and for two weeks (they actually helped the pain immediately) and haven't had any problems since. But let's face it GP's, Family docs, can't know it all, so check with the specialist.
Hello, Kristy :-)
Did th swelling appear slowly, over an extended period of time? Is it just your feet or does it start in your lower legs? Do you have any shortness of breath? Has your urinary output changed? Are you on any new meds? Is the swelling always present or only at certain times of the day?
It may be due neuropathy; could also be due to nerve problems in your lower spine, or fluid overload.
P.S. Be wary of doctors who are only too happy to shut us up by prescribing more meds or advising some OTC meds. She should be investigating and take your complaints seriously!
Hope you will keep us posted.
I went to a foot doctor for pain, and he confirmed I have diabetic peripheral neuropathy. He recommended a Vitamin B supplement which is prescription only (Metanex). This seems to have really helped me (it takes a while to see a difference). Unfortunately, even though this is prescription, it is considered medical food, and most insurances won't cover it. But it's been worth it for me (order directly from the manufacturer; it was about 1/3 what my pharmacy would have charged.)
I also had custom orthotics made, and they also help my feet a lot.