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Fri Jan 04 17:55:14 UTC 2013

I have diabetic periphetal neuropathy & once or twice a month I experience a puslsating, stabbing pain at the same point on the top of my foot.
Asked By: babyd2012  
Category: Neuropathy

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I have diabetic periphetal neuropathy & once or twice a month I experience a puslsating, stabbing pain at the same point on the top of my foot in about the outside middle of either foot. When it does occur the frequency of the pulse is about every 15 seconds. Since it is an infrequent occurence there seems to be no need for continuous pain management medications. Is there anything that can be done at the time to treat this pain because it is impossible to sleep when it occurs at night & very disruptive during the day?
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Expert Answers (1)
2013-03-22 11:41:59.0

Since you don't seem to need medication all the time, your health care team may want to prescribe medication on a prn or as needed basis. There are several medications that can be used in this way and many have a drowsiness component which helps for sleep. I have seen all types of categories used such as codeine products and other types of pain medication. Those used for neuropathy are generally used on a daily basis and may have side effects such as drowsiness. There are also some topical products that may give you some relief such as Neuragen(R) which is a natural over the counter product. You can work with your health care team to see what works best for you!!
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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Community Answers (3)
2014-03-17 18:36:43.0

I get a similar stabbing pain occasionally in my toe. I have found that self-massage and stretching helps. If you can learn to do self-reflexology on your own foot, that might help. Having a session with a reflexologist/massage therapist would be enough to let you know what to do. Just let them know that you have diabetes, so that they will not do the really deep tissue work.
Answered By: seastar

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2014-02-14 14:10:41.0

I had the same problem for over a year. I needed to take a part-time job where I was on my feet 8 - 10 hours a day couple days a week. I was prescribed a medication (sorry don't remember) It really helped! Several months ago I quit the job and while I still have some numbness those sharp pains in the top of my foot are gone and I no longer need the medication. Just something to think about.
Answered By: lajowatson

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2013-01-11 18:40:58.0

I have experienced this exact type of pain. I tried pain pills and pain relief creams, both prescription and OTC with no results. So I bought a "TENS Unit" available on the internet for less than $50.00. It stopped the pain in about 2 minutes once I got it adjusted. I could still feel the pain beginning but the tens unit would over ride it, then eliminate it. It was wonderful! Was non invasive and drug free. And i can use it as long as needed, even take it to work with it connected. It is battery powered. I ran the wires up the inside of my pants and clipped the unit on my belt. I could function again. With out it, I would need time off from work as my pain was so intense, I could not concentrate. Give it a try!
Answered By: dubydd

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