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Peripheral Neuropathy

Magnets : A recent study found that socks containing magnets relieved diabetic neuropathy in most cases. However, they were less effective for foot pain due to other causes. Other Resources More information on PN is available from The NeuropathyAssociation at www.neuropathy.org and in the book Numb Toes and Aching Soles: Coping With PeripheralNeuropathy , by John A. Senneff. The Bottom Line Peripheral neuropathy is a disease of the...
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elavil and neurontin

Dr. BoyleI have had some pretty bad neuropathy for the last couple of years. I stopped taking zerit about 2 months ago. I was taking videx and zerit together. I have a feeling that this was causing the problem. I am now on videx, tenofovir and...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Yeah, why not use Neurontin (gabapentin)? Studies show that Elavil (amitriptyline) is of virtually no value in treating neuropathy, while Neurontin is quite effective (at least in diabetic neuropathy). These data reflect my clinical experience and... Read more »

Dose of neurontin

I am not up to 6 pills a day for my neuropathy. I am taking the 300mg pill. I take 3 in the am and 3 in th pm. I don't feel like things are much better. ( I had been on 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening.) Any other ideas...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
The maximum dose is 2400mg daily (generally divided into 3 doses). If that doesn't work, and you should give it a little time, you can consider lamotrigine.... Read more »

Dose of neurontin

I am not up to 6 pills a day for my neuropathy. I am taking the 300mg pill. I take 3 in the am and 3 in th pm. I don't feel like things are much better. ( I had been on 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening.) Any other ideas ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Higher doses of Neurontin are often used (up to 3200 mg/day). Gabitril is sometimes effective. Topical capsaicin or lidocaine can help. There are studies opening soon in the US by the ACTG looking at a new treatment for HIV related peripheral... Read more »

NEURONTIN

I HAVE BEEN ON NEURONTIN FOR 11 MONTHS, FOR A PINCHED NERVE IN NECK. CAN NEURONTIN CAUSE CIRCULATION PROBLEMS? I HAVE A FINGER TURNING DARK ON THE TIP AND SKIN IS DYING. I HAVE OTHER FINGERS THAT ARE STARTING TO DO THE SAME...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Neurontin can be helpful to treat some forms of neuropathy but is not usually advised if there is actual nerve damage occurring from a pinched nerve (mechanical relief or physical therapy often recommended). You need to see your HIV doctor or... Read more »
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Neuropathy

Posted by ScotCharles, 7 Replies
I have developed very bad neuropathy in my left foot that makes it difficult to walk without a cane. Several times recently, I have lost all strength on the left side of my body. My hands are cramped and painful, making shaking hands a wrenching... Read more »

Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have had neuropathy in my feet for 4 years now in varying degrees of pain, sometimes light, sometimes crippling. I had some decent results using acetyl-L-carnetine, which seemed to have helped the pain some, but now it has come back in full force.... Read more »

Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Anyone out there suffering from neuropathy in the legs & feet? Give me some solutions as to what helps?
Thanks a million.

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NEUROPATHY

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i am experiencing what i think is the beginnings of hiv neuropathy. in the mornings, i can see the blood fill my lower legs and standing becomes uncomfortable. standing anywhere for long periods of times becomes uncomfortable. my legs are weak. ... Read more »