Bill from Philippines. Looking for a suggestion on which magnesium to take for peripheral neuropathy. I have been taking magnesium malate (280 mgs 3/day) and magnesium chloride (520 mgs 3/day) together with no results with my horrendous calf cramping 2 years worth and counting... I just started taking magnesium citrate 200mg 2/day and think it is giving me diarrhea. I still take the mag malate.
I don't take any calcium. Should I?? and and if so what kind... I'm so confused about forms of different vitamins to take. There are so many... Thank you. I've also been through acupuncture (twice) and physical therapy and got nowhere... Except lost a lot of money. I get cramps 24/7 all over my calves and feet and now my leg biceps.
Vancouver, British Columbia
I have had peripheral neuropathy for years. I have discovered several things along my journey. The absolute best supplement (but not a cure) for me has been transdermal magnesium oil or gel. One of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency is numbness/tingling. The reason to use the magnesium transdermally is that you can get more absorbed directly into your system without the possible side effect of diarrhea which can occur with oral dosages. I have tried many brands, but Ancient Minerals is hands-down, the best. It is made from condensed sea water. Since it can sting a little if you have sensitive skin, I just rub it on my feet twice a day and then put on socks. You should not use the magnesium if you have kidney problems or low blood pressure. If you do end up trying this, you may want to give it several weeks to a month before determining if it is helping you. Supposedly once magnesium is depleted, it is notoriously difficult to replete.
I have also discovered, that the main reason that I am so magnesium deficient is because my body is too acidic. Most people (myself included) consume a Western diet that consists of a of processed foods, meat, dairy, etc. , all of which are acidic. In the body's attempt to neutralize the acidity of the blood, it takes copius amounts of calcium, magnesium and potassium from different places in the body (bones, etc) and uses them to buffer the blood (make it more alkaline). If your problems persist, you may want to try an alkaline diet. You can also drink water with 1/2 tsp of baking soda dissolved in it (on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes prior to eating), as this greatly helps to alkalinize your body. Hope some of these suggestions help. I know how miserable it can be to experience these symptoms!
I have hepatitis c and peripheral neuropathy... My neuropathy is very painful with many different types of pain. I have tried everything- believe me... My doctor said I should try fentanyl patches.. They don't bother the liver and will remove much pain.. Does anybody have any experience in this? I just don't want my liver enzymes to go up through the roof. thank you for reading.
EC: Extensive list of side effects found here: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/fentanyl-transdermal-side-effects.html
Does anyone have any first hand experience with Keppra, a medication used for epilepsy? I have hepatitis c and horrible peripheral neuropathy with HORRENDOUS pain. I have tried tumeric 3 heaping teaspoons a day and nothing... My dr and my pharmacist both said this will not bother my liver... I have tried 101 things for my neuropathy and it's still there. I can hardly walk and the shooting, stabbing, electrical shocks are 24/7 and I do mean all night long... I also have neuropathy in my arsm and torso with someimes stabbing pains in my chest or sides... I didn't ever think life could be this bad... The last 3 weeks I have gotten about 3 hours sleep each night...
Fountain Inn, Sc
Opinion from Bill or Ted requested...
A health care person told me that Meso platinum would heal the myelin sheath for my peripheral neuropathy. He said it cured a quadriplegic by taking 1/2 bottle per day and it took over a year. I just was taking one teaspoon/day..I tried it and it seemed like it was making neuropathy worse...Have you ever heard of Meso platinum healing the myelin sheath? Thank you. Was hesitant to put this possible cure on the site for obvious reasons. It might be taken off the market tomorrow.
Will MSM help with peripheral neuropathy pain. I have it in my feet, calves, thighs and arms and hands and even get electrical shots in my torso in the middle of the night and on my fingers. I even got one in my eye. It seems to be getting worse.. Thank you for reading...
I had neuropathy in my feet for at least 15 years. From what I read, I am controlling it better than most. While I have the usual symptoms (tingling, pins, sensitivity, numbness, burning, some cramps etc etc) I can walk, jog and sleep well at night. All that I list below I used for at least 6 months and are effective for me.
Cure? No :-(
But I am working on it :-)
Gabapentin 300 mg 1x/day. If I forget to take it before going to bed, while usually not excessive, the symptoms keep waking me up.
While during the day I often don't notice the symptoms, around 5 pm they start getting bothersome. At that time I rub some Chinese liniment called Zheng Gu Shui (avalable on ebay) on the ball and sole of my feet. It increases blood flow and the result its less sensitivity. It contains camphora among other ingredients, so wash your hands afterwords or your eyes may water :-)
Before going to bed, I use another Chinese liniment, called Shaolin I-Ching Ling. I used to get bruised while practicing Tae Kwon Do karate and had some remnant in a bottle. Sure enough, it calmed my nerves. Available on the Internet, just search on I-Ching Ling. I now make my own. Takes about 3 months but it is worth it. When my shoulder, knee, finger etc ache or I pulled a tendon or my muscles ache, a small application usually helps within minutes.
Somewhat less effective, but still useful for neuropathy pains is a gel called Diclac. I bought them in Hungary but seen it on Internet. That one was made in Germany.
All of the above are effective shortly after application.
Since I am using several remedies simultaneously, I can not prove the effectiveness of the following 2 remedies. But they seem to slow the progress of neuropathy.
Twice a day I take 150 mg Benfotiamine. Read https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10219465. Appearently it has been used in Europe for a long time.
Twice a day I take 1300 mg Borage (for LA, GLA OA) + 300 mg timed release Alha Lipoic Acid + 500 mg Vitamin C
Read https://www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/neuropathy/29911-harvard-article-neuropathy-gla/ and do search on GLA
I know it may be boring BUT it is worth reading:
Ok the above is what I practice right now in December of 2017
So what else is there?
TENS unit helps. I used to attach it to my feet while working at the computer. Check the Internet. Not too expensive. I had it handy since I originally used it for my lower back pain.Successfully I might add.
I have a toilet brush :-) With it I keep hitting the sole of my feet for a couple of minutes at night to increase blood flow. Yes it helps.
Capsaicin in any form (liquid or cream) works but the skin gets sensitized after a while so I dropped it.
Physical theraphy felt good but helped none. Acupuncture did not do much good either. But the Chinese massage I received after the treatment was worth going for :-)
I am looking into MSM, stem cells but do not hold out much hope for either right now. And please, believe in valid research not wishful thinking cloaked in scientific sounding mambo-jumbo!
Well, have a Merry Christmas and no pain!
Does anyone have any suggestions to ease the discomfort or to cure Peripheral Neuropathy? I have been using ACV(twice a day), Baking Soda(once a day), Vitamins B6, E, Selenium, NAC(N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine) and these are not helping yet. I am taking some prescription meds that are suppose to help, Gabapentin, and Amitriptyline and these are not helping either. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Manhattan, New York
Dallas, Texas, Usa
Louisville, Ky, USA
Vancouver Bc, Canada.
Hi Everyone. I'm new to this community and also new to posting online so I'll be brief and to the point. First; thank you to all who have contributed to this site. Peripheral Neuropathy can quite daunting.
Next; after considering several options I settled on the following protocol: B12 5,000 mcg/day, Acetyl-L-Carnitine 750mg/day, R+Alpha Lipoic Acid 100 mg/day, Calcium Magnesium D3 333/167 mg/day 2:1 Ratio, Enhanced Absorption. This combination worked fast and very well for me, eliminating 90% of my pain.
Fortunately, I am one with a B12 deficiency brought about by a series of diets including Paleo, Vegan, Starch-based and finally Low Carb, Moderate Protein. I am now back on track thanks to members like Al and Art who have shared their experiences here. I hope this information is helpful to those who are new to the site and trying to find their way. There are several causes for Peripheral Neuropathy and not everyone is B12 deficient but it should be worthwhile to try to determine if you are by trying this simple plan. Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones.
All the best,
Vancouver, British Columbia
To Art from Vancouver: Art, I also have hep-c and peripheral neuropathy. I see where you take oxycodone or oxycontin?. I am considering taking it as I have tried everything and have much much pain 24/7 and stabbing things all day and night.. It's horrendous.. How much oxycodone or whatever are you taking and how do you deal with constipation? How are your liver enzymes doing taking that? And what are they now if you don't mind sharing. Thank you much...
Vancouver Bc., Canada
Waynesboro, Va, Usa
Vancouver Bc., Canada.
Vancouver Bc., Canada
Fort Collins, Colorado
Vancouver, British Columbia
Does anyone know if physical therapy will help with my peripheral neuropathy. I have tried everything to no avail. Thank you and God bless this site.
I have been using a simple exercise I learned on Youtube to give myself temporary relief from foot pain caused by Peripheral Neuropathy. Simply pump the front of the foot up and down 30 times and repeat this exercise three times a day or as required. This forces the circulation to increase in your leg and foot and will give quick relief from pain. It also works while pumping the heel up and down although pumping the the toes and front part of the foot is more effective.
Serrapeptase For Peripheral Neuropathy
Serrapeptase is a relatively new treatment utilising an enzyme to remove non-living cells. This has a dramatic effect on reducing pain and inflammation. It has been used successfully in Europe for thirty years but is just becoming known in North America.
I have started with 120,000 SU (2 capsules) - twice a day and plan to gradually increase the dosage after watching several clips on youtube. I would be interested in hearing about any experiences by members who have tried it.
Vancouver, British Columbia
HI Bill, I have peripheral neuropathy and have tried everyting to no avail and I do mean everything...I also have hepatitis-c which is under control...It has been suggested to me to take B-1 100 mgs 5 times a day...along with Serrapeptase 1000 mgs 5 times a day... along with MSM 20,000-40,000 unit five times a day and eat saturated fats, which kind of caught me off guard as I have always read that it's not good for you...My cholesterol is 135 which is low and maybe they have a point...It has also been suggested that I eat no high glycemic fruit which I'm already am doing... First time post although I have been on this site before...Respect your opinion and don't want to make any mistakes..Thank you and bless you 1,000 times...
San Fernando, Philippines
I have been taking alpha lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, sublingual liquid Vit. B12 and omega 3's for about 10 months. I found the combination helped lots but I still had symptoms. My neurologist told me to add MAGNESIUM . After lots of research I bought a transdermal gel magnesium that I apply to my feet and lower legs morning and night.That helped more. Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin. I also take a dose or two of the effervscent magnesium each day. NOW I have added turmeric capsules 3 times daily and wow lots of relief .I have been adding turmeric powder to as many foods as are suitable too. Research says that if you eat something with black pepper when you take the turmeric it boosts the power of the turmeric.