So, did you do your homework and read the articles about peripheral neuropathy (PN) I suggested yesterday?
Just in case something came up and you didn’t get a chance to do the required reading, here is a list of basic supplements which are often suggested to help ease PN symptoms:
- Vitamin Super B-Complex
- Vitamin E
- Folic Acid
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Acetyl L-carnitine
- Cocoa Butter cream
Now let’s take a look at some of the more unusual ways my readers have suggested to help ease peripheral neuropathy symptoms over the years…
If the neuropathy get to0 annoying, ask your Doctor to put you on a small dose of nortriptline; it really works to ease the annoying rubber band feeling that neuropathy can give you.
I promised to send you a couple of “helps” that I use. They are Gabapentin, 600 mg am – 600 mg PM and a topical ointment, consisting of amit (2%), keta (0.5%) and lido (2%)… I rub this on my feet in the early evening and the results last through the night. Both of the above are prescription medications. Hope this helps you as it is helping my neuropathy. Gabapentin works for me, too, Karl. Thanks!
Danny, a recent stem cell transplant patient:
Helt alpha lipoic acid lipoic acid cream both help him. The lipoic acid cream, rubbed on his feet, help most.
CAUTION: Alpha lipoic acid shouldn’t be taken on the day of a Velcade infusion. Best to avoid the day after as well. Enough lipoic acid can reduce Velcade’s effectiveness.
Fellow multiple myeloma patient and blogger Nick Van Dyk sent me this yesterday:
I take a compound called MetaNX which is simply prescription vitamin B supplements. This has been demonstrated to alleviate neuropathy in alzheimers patients. Interestingly, the generic did not work for me but the brand name does.
How about the prescription drug, Lyrica (pregabalin)? Several readers with severe PN related pain use that and say it helps a lot.
I use magnesium oil as a topical treatment. This seems to work better for some than others. That seems to be the case for most of these suggestions. It’s all about trial and error. One more thing about magnesium oil. As an added bonus, it can also help slow down night time cramping.
Speaking of cramping, I will share some ways our fellow patients deal with that issue–along with some additional PN tips on Monday.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat