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Neuropathy Remedies

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Posted by Diane (Sherborn, MA) on 12/29/2013

I would like to know if anyone with stabbing electric shocks from peripheral neuropathy has cured/stopped them. I get them all over my body, feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, fingers even in my eyes and the top of my head. They're so strong sometimes I almost black out. I actually see stars or a white light. I get them 24/7 My doctor said last week there's nothing more he can do. I have been on fentenyl patches, morphine, B-12 sublingual amd patches. ALA at all strengths, various kinds of magnesium at all strengths. Thank you for reading. Many blessings

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada
Diane from Sherborn, MA-

I used to have those almost unbearable electric, stabbing shocks on the instep of my foot. Then I researched and now use Amla powder, a very potent vit.C from India. I make up about three tsp. in a glass with water to steep for the day and, using a straw, divide this quantity over a day and a bit right after a meal..

With this I use a cup with three full tsp. of turmeric with hemp oil and a full tblsp. plain whey powder in water. I have kept up this for, I think, two years. The pain disappeared soon, came back just a wee bit and vanished for good, so it seems.

I have this from Ayurveda and it is actually meant for diabetes without medication. It was stated that large amount of vit. C would cure the pain. It did. Om

Replied by Mt
Ottawa, Canada
Check your D vitamin level. Read about vitamin D influence on sleep and the effects of bad sleep on body recovery. You can Google apnea and vitamin D deficiency for a few articles.
Replied by Timh Donate

Ky, Usa
Diane: I have had those symptoms for many yrs but w/ much less severity; mine was directly related to heavy metal poisoning. You can purchase a lab kit to test if you have any heavy metals by submitting a simple hair sample thru the mail. Mercury in specific is very toxic to the nervous system.

Posted by (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/08/2013

I have a number of patients who suffer with peripheral neuropathy that causes some a minor inconvenience, & in others it is restricting their ability to move around freely & causes great pain & distress. I have found the following helpful to some degree to all of the patients... Some a little relief.. & others remarkable improvement. It is my philosophy that "it takes 2 positives to overcome 1 negative".. & therefore recommend that a medicine (natural) be applied on the 'outside' of the body.. over & around the area of pain & a medicine be taken for the 'inside' of the body...

..First to the outside

A herbal extract of LOBELIA should be applied liberally to the area where there is neuropathy.. Its a watery brown liquid.. If its very cold where u are u can heat the lobelia a little in the microwave & apply it warm... Or apply it cool... Heat loose comfortable sox up in the microwave... & apply them over the now moist feet. Once the liquid has dried rub in a liberal amount of WHITE TIGER BALM.. Massage in well... Warm sox or slippers on.. & your feet will purr with thanks.. This process can be repeated as needed. And 3 times a day (if possible) will keep the pain level managable.


As one member mentioned TUMERIC ROOT POWDER is a marvelous pain killer... Bar none! Studies have shown it is a more effective pain killer than any of the non prescription meds we avail at the local pharm. I have checked out the large majority of tumeric caps avail commercially & unfortunatley most have additives that will irritate & upset the stomach.. So... I recommend taking a heaped teaspoon of the tumeric with an equal teaspoon of LECITHIN GRANULES.. Before breakfast & lunch.. & tumeric without the lecithin before dinner (the lecithin is a food that stimulates & gives energy... Not something one needs at night. Despite articles online via google search engines TUMERIC 'DOES NOT' CAUSE GASTRIC UPSETS. Its only when 1 of tumerics active components cucuramin is isolated & added to the mix that the stomach is irritated. Its a FOOD not a drug... & 'DOES NOT' cause any side effects.. One uni study gave 8 grams (approx 10 heaped teaspoons) of tumeric powder a day to 24 patients every day for 18months... Not even 1 had any side effects or gastric upsets. Also there is a dazzling array of other health benefits that the tumeric gifts the taker with. These are alll proved through university studies & can easily be accessed via google.


This broth recipie has been around since shortly after man figured out how to make a fire & cook food. It is the only recipie I have on my medical websites for patients.. For some 'rigidly natural' patients suffering peripheral neuropathy this is the 'only' medicine they would take. Amazingly, they had marked improvement when they drank 3 or 4 coffee mugs full of the liquid daily. You can find it by googling "dr jensens potassium broth. It even taste pretty good. And drunk on a daily basis it will alkalize the body & relieve any painful &/or inflammed areas of the body And shorten the length of any colds or flu episodes that are darkening ones days.


Again, I have checked out numbers of commercailly available b12 tablets. Being SUBLINGUAL is essential! Otherwise 90% of the tab. Is destroyed in the stomach. I recommend 2 tabs with breakfast & lunch (4 total) for 7 days.. Then 1 tab x twice daily with breakfast & lunch.. Remember to chew them up.. Don't just throw & swallow. And yep! Its another stimulator... Gives a boost of energy & a bigger appetite.. Don't take after lunch it will affect your sleep. Someone mentioned taking only the methyl form of b12. He's correct in that it is more fully available for use by the body, however, it is very expensive. And, my experience is that the much cheaper & more widely used cyano form of b12 absorbs quite nicely as a sublingual & the liver will convert it across into the methyl form as needed. I did read tonight that I may not mention brand names.. However if anyone is interested u are welcome to email me & I will be happy to give u the brand I recommend. With an open mind, nature DOES heal given the opportunity.

Replied by Joanne
Santa Monica, Ca
What strength do you recommend with the B-12? Also where do I get the potassium broth?

Neuropathy Remedies  

Posted by Bernice (New Orleans ) on 07/31/2013

Hi in need of help for neuropathy. My name is Bernice. I had back surgery in August 18 2008 for a herniated bulging disc, L4, L5, which left me with my right foot numb from the knee down. After a while, my foot came back to life somewhat. It was still numb and would burn, but was bareable. Over a course of five years with a limp I have learned to walk normaly again with exercise. Neurotin and lyrica did not help and I still had some back pain. This past May, I had to undergo another back surgery. After this surgery, my right foot has become worse. I get burning and tingling pains. It is still numb, even more so. My doctor has told me that it will take more time to heal. I'm 51 years old. I would love to know if anyone has any advice and/or remedies to help.

Replied by Renee
Bergen Co., Nj
Bernice, a friend of mine had peripheral neuropathy due to chemo treatment. I recommended B-vitamins, but knowing the seriousness of this, I was not willing to take chances. I advised her to buy a very good food-based B-Complex and an additional B-12. She had a very quick recovery (symptoms diminished in one day and resolved within a week or so, with no recurrence throughout chemo). Her neuropathies had just started a week or two before, so I'm sure that helped her heal quickly. The B-complex & B-12 supplements she took were Vitamin Code/Garden of Life. This is a raw, whole food formula with live probiotics and enzymes. Find it at any healthfood store in the US. She took it according to the package directions. The amounts are much less than typical supplements & it's a little pricey, but there is absolutely no doubt that this one was well-absorbed and effective for my friend. Her recovery was nothing short of amazing.

Having had plenty of back problems myself, I learned to be mindful of how mental stress causes me to tense up in my back and hips. Just being aware of this has helped me mentally combat the stress and relax my back. Easier said than done, I know, but I wish you all the best.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Middle Tennessee USA
Bernice, There are lots of different things people on Earth Clinic have tried... I would personally start with the turmeric and burdock root. They could be taken together. Also, the apple cider vinegar is good for many things, and I notice people use it for neuropathy. Burdock Root helped me with neuropathy a number of years ago. It took a couple of weeks of consistent use to see a difference. I didn't know about turmeric back then or would have used it, too.

Also, peppermint and St. John's Wort are good for the nervous system. You could make a quart of this tea and drink it daily. But I would give it a good month try before deciding it doesn't work. You could put 4 tea bags (2 of each type) into a quart jar and pour boiling water over it. Let steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Sweeten. Drink hot or cold through the day.

Lots of water is important to help the body flush itself of toxins. I would also try Epsom Salt Baths twice a week. (2 cups of the salt per bath.)

I hope you find some relief soon! Please let us know what helps you.

~Mama to Many~

Oxygen Therapy  

Posted by Rita (Wareham, Ma.) on 04/28/2013

Hi Bill from the Phillipines. I am a newcomer (3 months) to this site. This is my first post. I have terrible peripheral neuropathy. I was told that would help me. I just went trough a 3 weeks trial of arginine and the other amino acid recommended by Dr. Louis Ignaro on his site... 6000 mgs of argine a day and 1000 mgs of L-Citrulline... I was on this for 3 weeks and it set me bak 1 1/2 years. I can hardly walk and excrutiating pain. The supplements on are not cheap and I would like your opinion. Thank you very much and blessing to you.

p.s. Forgot to mention that I also have hep-c and have tried every protocol including BHT and only made my heart race 100BPM and every protocal for P.N. I have spent about $10,000.00 on supplements and am getting nowwhere and am getting broke as well. Thx again.

EC: Please note, the mentioned website appears to us to be untrustworthy in the extreme.

Replied by Nolongersad
Queensland, Australia
Hi there, just reading your post and felt I wanted to comment about your periphal neuropathy. My husband also had this, started with the soles of feet and pain/ burning. He was diagnosed with POEMS disease. This is quite rare but maybe a visit to the G.P is needed. Most doctors have never heard of it so maybe read up on it first. His diagnosis took 3 years.
Replied by Rita
Wareham, Ma
I may have been unclear on the previous post. What I meant to say was I have spent $10,000.00 on supplements from other sources. I was trying to see if Bill from the Philipines knows anything about that site before I get involved. Thx and sorry if I created any confusion. It's sort of a new concept and I am skeptical of anything until it's been proven not just take their word for it...
Replied by Tiny Dancer
Dayton, Oh
Try B12 "PATCHES"..... it worked for me and is still working.
Replied by Kathy
the USA
Hi Rita--Blackstrap Molasses is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is also an excellent source of B vitamins. A nutrition almanac emphasizes taking B vitamins as a whole because if you take just one, you cause a deficiency in the others so if a B-12 patch is being used a TBP of BSM would very beneficial. The B vitamins can also reduce pain.

Binders and fillers of vitamins, supplements and medications cause more trouble than is being recognized. They can cause more pain than the active ingredient is helping. I learned over twenty years ago that I cannot ingest the gelatin capsule without causing problems. Another culprit was in my table salt. That tiny amount used to cause me excruciating sciatica. The flowing/anti-caking agent in the spices are another thing to watch out for. This has been a result of piecemeal learning for over twenty years. I'm just sharing what I have learned, applied and what worked for me.

I will add that I've had multiple head, neck and back injuries from horses, cars and hurried missteps. Since I have using food and spices as my medicine, with better results, even my PCP is impressed and after looking at an MRI, the MD for the head and neck traumas wondered why I was not in so much pain. He had me go to neck specialists questioning whether I should have surgery to no avail. I just wish I had learned what I know now long ago. That's what makes me sad.

Both of my babies were breech but only one was a caesarean. Learning how to eat to avoid pain has helped the bowel difficulties, but I wish I had known this twenty-nine years ago because there is damage that cannot be repaired.

Polyneuropathy Remedies  

Posted by Hartrose33 (Lansing, Mi) on 01/05/2014

Do you know what I can do for painful Polyneuropathy? I am not diabetic and the only thing the Doc's give me are pain meds. Please let know as soon as you can.

Replied by Mike 62
Denver, Colorado
Hartrose33: Google daily strength raw vegan diet for neuropathy. Take the hawaiin spirulina and chlorella in a 2:1 ratio. Whole Foods in Lansing has whole trade bananas at 60c a lb. These are organically grown without the costly organic certification. Most of the nutrients are in the peel. You can make soothies from 4 peels per day. They have grass fed liver. this is very high in b vitamins. You can take 3og/day with 5000 iu d3 or the a to d ratio is too much, 4oz/day raw grass fed hamburger, and 3 raw pastured vital eggs/day, 1 tsp. flax oil, green smoothies from organic baby leaves, high in b vitamins and growth factors, and raw honey. They have bee pollen in the fridge. Soak for 24 hours in an acidic juice before taking. Eat 80% carbs from fruit and honey, 10% raw protein, and 10% fat per calorie. 1/2 the fat is saturated. God's Goodies are the raw whole foods that He gives his lovable creatures because He wants them to be well and happy so they can adore creation.

R-Lipoic Acid  
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Posted by Delores (Kansas City, Mo) on 05/14/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Art/Vancouver/R-lipoic acid: I tried Art's protocol for neuropathy. He recommended 500 mgs 3/day...I got up to 700 mgs once a day and woke up with calf cramps on both legs front and back. From 4:00AM to 6:00AM screaming calf cramps. Maybe I'm using the wrong brand (natrol)? They do seem to differ a bit.

Severe Neuropathy Remedies  

Posted by Katie (Avon, Ct) on 03/12/2013

I'm hoping someone can please help me..

14 years ago I became very sick (25 yrs old). After 2 years of struggling with severe debilitation I was diagnosed with lyme disease (and co infections). I spent years off and on antibiotic treatment with limited improvements. One of the most annoying symptoms was skin burning at night. From my knees up to my chest it felt like I was on fire. Then about 4.5 years ago I developed symmetrical burning in my feet. Pain like I simply can't described (as I'm sure most of you know). I kept having to increase Gabapentin and have spent the past 3 years at 3100 mg's. Over the past year or so I've had breakthrough pain and it's showing me that the disease has progressed far past my feet. I have it up to my knees with knife like pains in my calves, numbing all over my feet and now pricking in my fingers. I've had 4 ports an taken months of IV antobiotics to attack the lyme since lyme can cause neuropathy. It clearly isn't working (if it did, it didnt last). I am now on IVIG and am still not improving. The neuro said I should see improvement after 2 months- it's been 5 and im only getting worse. It now wakes me up at night and most nights, prevents me from falling asleep. I've never had it this bad before (where it's interrupted my sleep). I don't know if the Gabapentin isnt working and/or if it's just progressing? I have stopped and started supplements 100X but have never stayed with anything long term bc I've always been on one treatment or another AND bc the doc's assume it's from lyme (but there's no way to truly know) and blow off the power of supplements. I'm a mom of two very little girls and am terrified. Truly terrified.. I don't know where this is going or what will become of my life. ANY suggestions would be beyond appreciated-

With gratitude-


Replied by Steve
Las Vegas, Nv Nevada
Magnesium oil should bring some relief to the areas of pain. Also my brother has had some success using a laser therapy pen to relieve his neuropathy pain. Steve
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Katie: According to our leading authority on Parasite disease, Dr Hulda Clark, we all have parasites or stages. For many people this isn't a problem, for others, however, it creates chronic diseases that do not respond to treatment with any significance. Parasites excrete all sorts of bacteria, funguses, and viruses as a byproduct of their metabolism. Heavy metals, or zenobiotics are also possible with you. Look a few yrs back in your life (recapitulate) and try to find any particular moment when you got out of your element (routine) and became "suddenly" ill. Something is dragging your immune system down.

First, do an herbal parasite cleanse, as well as any methods of general detoxification (info here on E.C.)

Second, boost your immune system by supporting your Thymus Gland. Here is a previous post I made for this: The Thymus gland is like the brain of the immune system as it is involved in both production and regulation of immune or white blood cells. Thymus function decreases significantly w/ age so any method to augment it is definitely recommended especially those suffering chronic infections. To boost the Thymus do these little exercises on a daily basis and significantly boost your immune power. First, use some type negative pole magnet (the side that sticks to metal) over the Thymus, which is directly between the lower neck and heart area; a common refrigerator magnet will do just fine; do this for approx 15 minutes. Second, do the "Thymus Tap" by making a fist and gently bump the T area a few times and wait a little then bump again several times daily. Thirdly, supplement Raw Thymus Glandular as recommended on label. " Also, if I might add, Zinc Lozenges will boost the Thymus.

Here is a link for Lyme Section:

Hope this helps. Come back and update us how you're doing.

Replied by Connie
Slc, Utah, Usa
Hi Katie;

This website provides alot of information about the signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency. Neuropathy is a primary one. Treatment of B12 deficiency neuropathy is intensive and life-long. Healing can take many months, even years.

Replied by Karen
Tampa, Fl
Katie, Dice a whole lemon, skin and all then liquify it in a blender.. Strain if you want and put in glass... Add one tablespoon of X-virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of lecithin and drink everything either at once or spread out over the day... Also put more lecithin - up to 4 tablespoons in the drink if you want to... It is most important for nerves... Do this for one month... You will see improvement and maybe resolution.

Report back to this site if you are so inclined... God bless.

Replied by J
Try r - alpha lipoic acid 300mg 3 x daily
Benfotiamine 500 2x daily
Acetyl l carnitine 2x daily
Methly b12 15000mcg sublingual 2x daily
B complex vitamin 2x daily
10000 iu vit d3 daily. Excessively lotion all affected skin twice daily since neuropathic doesnt sweat. Elevate feet at night above the level of the heart. Thick soft socks or footies
You can try the neuropathy oil they sell in cvs pharmacy, a tea tree oil neura.... Something like that sorry dont remember the name exactly. Stay away from alcohol consumption Forever! God bless you I will pray for you. J
Replied by Laura
Newark, Ohio
Hi, Check out MMS and Jim Humble. I really think this can help and possibly cure your lyme's disease. Let me know if you try this.

Splenda Related  

Posted by Art (Vancouver Bc., Canada) on 11/14/2012

Splenda as I just discovered can cause neuropathy and blood sugar spikes. This is probably the reason why I have come down with neuropathy over the past ten years. It snuck up on me and as I think back this is when I started using splenda because my doctor told me I was excreting sugar in my urine. He told me I was borderline diabetic. I felt the need to post here about this poison splenda and if you just google the name you will find out. I never thought to check it out and only found out about it from watching DR. OZ.

Take care, art


Posted by Al (Alvena, Sk., Canada) on 10/20/2013

I read over the entire postings on neuropathy to see if I was missing anything. I noticed that someone posted about MSM and Lecithin being used together and I had noticed that after eating a chocolate bar that my feet would often improve for a while. I have been taking glucosamine with condroitin sulfate and MSM for quite a while for cartilage repair-tears and arthritis-so I added Lecithin to my supplements as well and it seems to be helping. It is amazing how being deficient in one or several nutrients can delay/prevent healing or even cause health problems. Don't discount anything without trying it first. You may get a very pleasant surprise. I have been lucky enough to have had several pleasant surprises with nutritional supplements and am looking forward to more. I have found out that some may not work by themselves and have as a result discovered the value of experimentation. I recommend that everybody experiment to find what works for them. Start with a little and increase if it helps.

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Posted by T Byrd (Milan, Tennessee) on 10/04/2010

I am a caregiver for my 93 year old mother who has neuropathy. I started giving her turmeric for hip pain (cured it 2 diferent times). I ran out and it was 12 days before I could get anymore. I hadn't noticed before I ran out, but, after it got out of her system, she started complaining about her legs numerous times during the day. It dawned on me that she had not been complaining so much of late. Once I got her back on the turmeric, she stopped having the complaints. She hurts in the morning when she first gets up, then virtually none afterward. I give her 2-500 mg a day. I take 3 a day as it greatly helps my arthritis.

Replied by K
San Antonio, Texas
I belive my neuropathy is caused by a course of Leqavuin 2 years ago. It started with a numb big toe and spread out. I've taken b-12 patches, Alpha Lipoic, Lecithin, MSM, acupuncture, Bach remedies, NAC, but what feels like a cure:

This week

5 pieces of Turmeric juiced into my morning carrot juice, along with 2 packets of Liposomal glutathione.

I actually credit the Turmeric more than the gluathione, but the two in combination are alleviating all my numbness and prickling for the last 7 days.

Replied by Janet
Fernvale, Queensland, Australia
[YEA]   I also swear by Turmeric but my understanding is it needs to be heated and taken in conjunction with black pepper for activation. If I have fresh Turmeric I simmer it for approx 10 minutes but if it is powdered making a tea with boiling water is another way to go, I add ginger, black pepper and agave to sweeten and it is a very pleasant drink. I have this drink daily and the pain relief properties are amazing.
Replied by Al
Alvena, Sk., Canada
I have been using curcumin which is an extract of turmeric. I used one that states that it is a standardized extract. The active ingredient in turmeric that helps is much more concentrated in the curcumin and can directly reduce pain as well as helping pancreatic health.

Vitamin B-1 (Benfotiamine)  
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Posted by Joannem (Vancouver, Wa) on 12/28/2015

[YEA]  Finally! My feet are returning back to normal. Getting off the B vitamins helped within a months time. Started taking Benfotiamine, a lipid-soluble form of thiamine (vitamin B-1). I have been taking if for about 3 weeks, 600 Mils, a day. I now have feeling in my feet again!

Posted by Hamza (London, UK) on 08/11/2014

[YEA]  My mum had severe pain, pins and needles, numbing, throbbing and tingling in her feet whenever she would try to sleep for about 20 years. I wanted to help her, so I looked it up online and found that vitamin b1 would help. Within a few days of supplementing with 1 vitamin b1 100mg capsule daily her pain is gone and she sleeps much better.

Posted by Diane (Sherborn, MA) on 01/21/2014

Can anyone tell me what is the differnce between B-1 and Benfotiamine and which is better for neuropathy...I am confused with all the various opinions out there...Thank you very much...

Replied by Mike62
Diane: Saying that an isolate made in a lab is better than God's Goodies is misleading. Everything they say is misleading. Put 5g nutritional yeast in a green smoothie made from organic baby leaves, chili, and parsley and take every 4 hours. For food eat raw organic produce, the super foods, and some raw grass fed animal products. If you have not been taking d3 then you are very low. Many people get very sick this time of year because of this. Take 5000iu per hour. If you get an adverse reaction stop. Take 5000iu vitamin a from fish liver oil the first day, 10,000 the second, 15,000 the third, 20,000 the fourth, and 25,000 the fifth. After that take 5000iu d3 per day and 25,000iu a per day. Get some k2 from skate liver oil. Hawaiian spirulina has both k1 and k2. K2, a, d, and iodine need to be in the right ratio. Organic produce and grass fed animal products has iodine.

Posted by Eugene (Portland, Oregon) on 04/15/2011

Hi Folks:

Benfotiamine appears to work to reverse Neuropathy, such as those who can no longer feel their feet, etc. Please read all about it here:

Although you can purchase it at the above website, I got mine from because it is cheaper (bulk powder).

Take Care, Eugene

Replied by R.
Dallas, Texas
Eugene, Its been 4 months since you started, how is this Benfotiamine working for you? I am interested in trying this out! I have tried everything else and nothing seems to work for very long periods of time! Thanks in advance!

Posted by Richy (Sunland, Ca) on 10/15/2009

[YEA]  I have found that B1 and B12 works well on neuropathy. There are certain types of B1 that are fat soluable (benfotiamine) so it doesn't just go out of the body, but the body can actually hold onto the B1 and use it to repair the nerves. There is also B12 that can be found that is methylcobalamine or methyl B12.. The body has to convert the B12 to methyl B12 before it can use it, thus getting it already converted means the body can use it. You can find these online, not usually in health food stores.

Replied by Kelli
Sioux Falls, Sd
Definitely try B12 for neuropathy. It must be methylcobalmin and must be sublingual (under your tongue lozenges). It is unfortunate that you can't list brands because there are several brands out there but only two that I have found that are really good. I suspect it is the quality of the methylcobalmin. You must be consistent with taking it everyday but eventually the neuropathy will get better. It takes some time so be patient but it definitely works. B12 is water soluable so you don't have to worry about getting too much, your kidneys will simply remove the excess.
Replied by Lilly
Washington, D.c.
If Kelli could please email me the brands of b12 which you have found most effective, I would appreciate it. Email is Thanks
Replied by Cindy
Buckhannon, West Virginia
I just wanted to comment on the B12. This is my first time on this site. My friend told me about it. I thought I would check it out. I have neuropathy. No doctor will diagnose why though. I do however have a TPO count of over 1000. TPO is the level of thyroid antibodies (which will eventually lead to Hashimotto's disease). Anyway, since my TSH level isn't high yet (which would mean hypothyroidism), they won't diagnose me with it. So, I did some research on my own. I am 29 now but the neuropathy started when I was 20. I didn't go to the doctor about it until I was 27. They put me on B12 shots. I did that weekly x 4 wks. My count went down! Eventually the number came up. Anyway, when my endocrinologist mentioned Hashimotto's, I did some research and found that Hashimotto's causes everything that wrong w/ me--neuropathy, B12 deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency. For some reason, Hashimotto's affects the lining of your stomach and you're just not able to absorb the B12. So, in my case, I can't take supplements--they won't work. I have to just keep taking the B12 shot until some brilliant doctor finds a cure for Hashimotto's disease (which I don't have, even though they didn't check my T4 count to make sure it was jiving w/ my TSH). I have found doing my own research is much cheaper & more beneficial.
Replied by T
Maryland, Usa
Your antibodies are a big red flag for Hashimoto's. How are you so sure you don't have Hashimoto's? What kind of ignorant doctor is trying to diagnose Hashi's by TSH levels?? Your TPO is way higher than mine was. Did you have anti-TG Ab testing as well?

I highly recommend Dr. Datis Kharrazian's thyroid book for those with Hashi's (or suspected Hashi's). That is the one that finally put many pieces of the puzzle into something that makes real sense.

Re: B12 - I take a sublingual B12.

Replied by Cindy
Buckhannon, Wv
To FU on my 5/18/10 post... Well, my mystery hasn't gotten any clearer. I am now getting neuropathy in my hands. I switched doctors and this one isn't much better. In the beginning he was going to run all these tests b/c my previous doctors had "completely missed the boat. " So, for my first test he scheduled a thyroid ultrasound. After that he said he would address any possible circulation problems. The US showed that I have mutliple nodules on both sides of my thyroid. I thought this doctor was really going to be the answer. Boy was I WRONG! I went back for my FU appt last wk. No more tests. All my levels are "stone cold where they're supposed to be. " So, his answer was to increase my Gabapentin. So, now I'm more tired that before (on top of feeling awful normally). I just don't know what else to do. There has to be a reason I feel like this (neuropathy in feet & hands, tired, fatigued, generalized aches & pains throughout my body, and per my previous post TPO >1000, B12 deficiency, Vit D deficiency) and no one seems to care... They just want to give me a pill. The closest holistic doctor is 2 hrs away & costs $190 for the first visit & FU visits cost $60-$190 every visit after that depending on your diagnosises. I live practically in the center of WV. Does anyone have any suggestions? I just don't want it to be something that could have been prevented from getting worse.
Replied by T.
Maryland, Usa
It strongly sounds to me like you have Hashimoto's. Please check out Dr. Datis Kharrazian's thyroid book; it's excellent. Right up front I'll tell you that you'd need to go completely gluten-free. There are tons of resources online to aid you in doing that (seems tough at first but it's certainly manageable - I did it in April because of Hashi's and it has definitely helped me). Check out celiac sites for lots of help and advice on going gluten-free, and do read the book if you can as it's really loaded with detailed information and practical advice. Best of luck, and update us again soon!
Replied by T.
Maryland, Usa
I should have expanded the thread before I replied... I see I already replied to you back in May ;) Well I just gave you the same advice as I did then, only I'll add that I am even more of the belief that it is Hashimoto's as you've got the nodules now as well. The longer you let this attack your system, the worse off you are going to get. You already have obvious autoimmunity going on and this predisposes you to other autoimmune problems such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Please check out the book; I believe your answers are there but it's down to you to learn and make the changes you need to make.
Replied by Cindy
Buckhannon, West Virginia
Thank you T from Maryland. I just looked up that book. It seems I have already bought it (I probably bought it after you replied in 5/10) but haven't read it yet (my memory isn't that great anymore either). I'll make time this weekend. Thank you for the advise on going gluten free. I'll try anything at this point. Thank you again.
Replied by Jc
New City, New York
You might want to try food grade Hydrogen Peroxide 7%. works excellent with epsom salt. you need 2 cups of 7% peroxide to 1 cup of epsom salt. soak in a hot tub of water 113degree. you can soak for a min. of 25 min will work longer 1 hour if have time. when filling tub they sell flat thermometers in hardware store best also to buy a small round fan and I hung it on th bathroom entrance door blowing towards the tub. it maks it extremely comfortable to relax longer. you best get a ground falt electrical breaker home depot. it adapts between outlet and fan cord for safety, the unit is yellow my lasy go to model buy a swim cap made out of soft material this will prevent your hair from bleaching. good luck, it works excellent.
Replied by Monique
Elllington, Ct
Hi there, I have terrible neuropthy in both feet and the pain has become unbearable. I've tried lots of "cures" and keep searching and researching, It is by no means a cure, but I have been going to the YMCA on Mondays for 1/2 foot massages. It doesn't take away the pain, but there is something about a gentle foot massage that feels good to me. My children, 7 and 8 also massage Mom's feet every night before bedtime. My feet are incredibly sensitive to touch, but just knowing someonone is caring about them helps a tiny bit. I tried to get my insurance to cover the foot massage at the YMCA but of course they wouldn't. Any other suggestions anyone has, would be greatly appreciated. Also, I live in Ellington, CT does anyone know of a support group in my area? I was thinking of starting one myself but don't know the first things and really wonder if I should undetake it with how I feel. I don't want to get together and just complain of our pain but would like it to be a positive forum to exchange helpful hints to one another.

Thanks, Monique

Replied by Juliamary
Johannesburg, South Africa
People who have burning feet - do you realise that it can be caused by too much caffeine? Caffeine prevents the absorption of vitamin B, so that even if you are eating well and having vitamin B supplements, that vitamin B is not being absorbed. The reason why some sufferers are not getting any better when they take various remedies may be because they are drinking eight cups of strong tea or coffee a day! Give it up and see the difference it makes.
Replied by Gatordennis
Bradenton, Fl
I just finished reading the thread on "Remedies for Severe Neuropathy" where I noted the many cure/relief suggestions. My pain started in 1 foot 13 years ago before taking statins, moved to both feet, to both lower legs, to both hands, both forearms, both ears, across my face through my cheeks over the last 13 years. It is like my feet are freezing to death while they are setting in a campfire.

I asked doctors if it could come from fire ant bites, walking barefoot on new Berber (contains (formaldehyde), insecticides/herbicides, & every thing else I could think about that may had changed just before the pain started (none of them were accepted as a reason). I often do not feel other pain from cuts, insect bites & etc.

I have been through 3 neurologists & 2 nerve tests - no help. The prescribed meds (each one taken 6 weeks) either kept me awake for days, slept for days while getting no relief from the agonizing pain. I do not use caffeine, have been on meat/cheese/leafy vegetable diet for 2 years (no gluten). I have tried MANY salves, even mixed in cayenne pepper (some for race horses & other old time remedies). I take 5000 mg of daily D3 for 2 years now (started with 50, 000 mg of D-2). I take multi-vitamin, fish oil, sublingualB-12, tried the Co-Q 10 for years, etc etc.

Nothing has worked or given relief. My 120 mg of daily Oxycodone (for neuropathy & 3 year back pain) only make life bearable. I relate with all of you for your suffering. I will give Alpha Lipoic Acid & Lecithin a try. I am at my wits ends & getting desperate for anything to cover over the PAIN.

Replied by Steve
Las Vegas, Nevada
You may want to consider googling energy healers. There are many that may be able to reduce your pain significantly.
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Gatordennis, experiment w/ different medicinal oils like Flax, Borage, Black Currant, Evening Primrose because they influence the body in different ways. Also try an homeopathic nerve tonic. The natural alternative to gabapentin is the amino acid GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) is very benificial for nerves. Since many cases of PN are caused by some type of toxicity, I would definitely try some detox methods like Oil Pulling, Detox Foot Pads for starters.
Replied by Hertsman
Feltham, Middlesex
So many different suggestions on this thread, difficult to know what to try. So many folk talking about feet but can't find any mention of lower back pain neuropathy? The pain is awful, horrible sore pain that won't go away. I've read that r-lipoic acid is better than the standard lipoic acid. Can anyone give advice for nerve pain in lower back. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks
Replied by Steve
Las Vegas, Nevada
EFT works very well many types of back pain. Here are the points you tap as you focus on the pain:
Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Philippines
1206 Posts
Hi Hertsman... You could do no better than to research everything written on ALA by Dr Burt Berkson. He has been researching ALA since the late 1970s and is now a world authority on the use of Alpha Lipoic Acid.

Dr Berkson also makes mention of the type of ALA that he prefers to use -- and that is the RS form of ALA and not the R form. His reasons for this are simply that to manufacture the R-ALA form entails many more chemical processes and steps than it takes to make the RS-ALA form and therefore the R-ALA form will contain, for instance, more trace hexane as chemical residues which are not good for the liver. The manufactured R-ALA form is also much less stable than the RS-form. The R-ALA form is also about 10 times more expensive than the RS-form.

Dr Berkson also advises that the best and purest forms of RS-ALA are made in Europe and not in America or China -- so a good European brand of RS-ALA is what you should use.

Dr Berkson is well-known for using ALA as an anti-oxidant adjunct in his therapies to help cure cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancers. His record as an honest researcher and doctor speaks for itself.

Replied by Maya
Silver Spring, Maryland, Usa
After having suffered several acute lower back pain episodes and many visits to the doctor that helped little except the little releif from the strong pain killers prescribed. One night, during a really bad excruciating episode and out of desperation I took a good amount of castor oil and rubbed it on my back. Covered the area with a clean towel and lay on my stomach. The whole area felt immediately very warm and I experienced almost instant relief. It was a miracle! I was almost pain free in the morning. Even went on a 2 hour car trip to the country side and by night I was curling up by the fireplace as if nothing ever hurt. Prior to this, each episode would last for about a week. A week postrated in bed and suffering such horrific pain. Since then, whenever I get the feeling a pain attack is coming, I rub the blessed oil. I always, always carry some with me at all times. Hope this helps you. It doesn't hurt to give it a try. I suggest you read the Edgar Cayce cures using this miracle oil. Blessings!
Replied by Al
Alvena, Sk., Canada
Gatordennis, I have used grapeseed extract, curcumin (an extract of turmeric), gabapentin/Lyrica, alpha lipoic acid, acetyl-l-carnitine, hydromorphcontin and morphine. Nothing has worked as good as ALA and ALCAR although grapeseed extract reduced the need for narcotics ALA and ALCAR ELIMINATED THE NEED FOR NARCOTICS. I still use Lyrica but hope to be off of it soon and just started using benfotiamine. Just a note to those with gluten intolerance, my wife was diagnosed with celiac disease and I had just heard about an old variety of wheat that could be tolerated by celiac's. I bought some whole grain flour made from "RED FIFE" wheat and six months later she had no further indication of celiac disease. Seems the old varieties of wheat have different composition of glutens/proteins that make a difference. My supplier tells me that "MARQUIS" wheat is quite similar and is showing the same results. Al
Replied by Rae H
Charleston, Wv
I have suffered with neuropathy for about three years and it has become progressively worse within a short time. I do a lot of independent research mostly because it seems the professional community is not aggressive or energetic enough to pursue explanation or core reasons for having this incredible pain and debilitating medical condition. I do see a neurologist and he prescribes the usual lyrica, metanx (prescription type multi-vitamin), pain meds, encourages alpha-lipoic acid, panthenogenic acid (correct spelling?). Not much relief and has recently become much harder to manage the pain. He has prescribed lido-Caine patches and those are very helpful. Non-addictive and no side effects. Just a route to try. Folks that have this condition I find to be desperate for any kind of relief. I know I am.
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Rae H:

On the issue of neuropathy .... I've used AEP (a phosphate). Google "Calcium AEP Nutrition Review" for so many of the benefits of AEP I sometimes use AEP at 4 to 6 a day to help flare ups. Dr. Robert Adkins used AEP in IVs with his MS patients (see Vita Nutrients, the book, written by Dr. Adkins).