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Burning Sensation in feet

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Lorraine Cannell, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Lorraine Cannell

    Lorraine Cannell Type 2 · Member

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    Does anyone suffer from a burning sensation in their foot. I've had it for 2 years now and it isn't improving and the GP isn't helping to find out the problem?
     
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    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I got deep nerve damage in my feet when I was a teenager, how I have no idea. Lived with 'burning' feet to some degree ever since. (Hell at night.) (And was pure hell when my blood glucose was very high, for some time before diagnosis.) Only realised it was nerve damage once I became a T2 diabetic, as it is a common complication of diabetes, alas. Your GP should know this, actually. Naughty GP!

    But there is a great treatment for it (IMO and experience) - R-ALA or ALA supplements. (There are many excellent threads on this supplement in this forum - so just plug in that acronym into the search.) The Germans prescribe them to diabetics with neuropathy - the clever things. The research and feedback is THAT convincing. And as many people suffering from neuropathy attest to - it works a treat. (Or at least - it can work a treat.) If I forget to take my pill, I feel it in my feet, so run to the pantry and take a couple. I find it works rather quickly. (I also have massage sandals, many cooling foot creams, and several foot baths!)

    A podiatrist will give your feet a proper test and check, and give you a diagnosis - get thee to a podiatrist!

    And in some socialised medicine countries they cover foot-care for diabetics. (Not my home country - NZ - for me at least, alas.)

    ps I won't go into why, but it doesn't make sense for countries NOT to help diabetics look after their feet as best they can, for humanitarian and financial reasons, but we live in interesting times, when it comes to official lines on T2 diabetes care and treatment.

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  3. Lorraine Cannell

    Lorraine Cannell Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you so much for your advice. Every time I have seen the NHS podiatrist she has sent me packing and doesn't want to help me I've also had dopla tests and X-rays. Aparrently I have boarderline arthritis but I know what arthritic pain is and this is certainly not the same. I have found frequent Epsom Salt foot baths do help and also increasing my magnesium levels but can never get rid of it. One GP was going to refer me to the spinal clinic in May this year but still no contact has been made. I feel I am failed by my GP as they can't make money out of me so have turned to some natural solutions. I think that even reversing my T2 wouldn't cure this pain.
     
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    Hi Lorraine I certainly agree with you in regards to the GPs,you are better off seeing the nurse they appear to have a lot more time for you
     
  5. AloeSvea

    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Lorraine Cannell - you have my deepest sympathy. I truly know how horrible that kind of nerve damage can be.

    I hope you try the R-ALA or ALA - it has worked wonders for many of us (and many Germans I gather!)

    I too have some arthritis and know what you mean about it being very different pain. The thing to remember with the burning sensation is it because the nerve endings are damaged that they are transmitting the sensation of pain to you, even though they are actually not overheated. I found that very helpful.

    Keeping your feet well moisturised is hugely important. And cotton socks, whenever you can, and good breathable leather shoes (unless you are anti animal products) ( poor you if you are!). No need to genuinely overheat your feet if you already have all the sensations of burning anyhow! This was the excellent advice I got from my Swedish podiatrist.


    I have had my feet tested in two countries - one that came up with 'no neuropathy' (worth caring about) diagnosis, and one that told me about the deep nerve damage. I had had the deep nerve damage diagnosis prior to the 'no neuropathy' diagnosis in my own country. It was hard for me then to respect the Kiwi podiatrist, as his testing my feet was nothing like what I got in Sweden. (I was doing it to get 'in the system' on my return home, as a diabetic with neuropathy. I believed it was the one and only time I would have to pay for it out of pocket other than my through my taxes. I was wrong.) I definitely didn't respect his practice, even though he was very nice, nor did I give him any more of my money (it was a hundred bucks). I let my appointment notice pass me by this year. Especially as he gave me the diabetes.nz pamphlets recommending their version of the high carb low fat diet to treat my diabetes, on my way out of his office, even after I told him I treat with LCHF, and after I told him my numbers (93 at diagnosis, currently in the prediabetic range). (I don't know anyone who treats with diet only on a HCLF way of eating, but am always open to hearing success stories!)

    I did email him about it, very nicely I promise, and said how disappointed I was in him giving me the pamphlets. Especially as his diagnosis ensured I will get no help from my socialised medicine system. This is what you got too I gather. (The Swedes, although not nice or charming about it, did give me a lot of help with my feet. And I would rather deal with nordic cool and keep my feet healthy quite frankly!)

    One thing about living in different countries allows you is a wider perspective how different countries deal with the same issue. In this case - medical issues. Our feet specifically! Sometimes, we get sold short.

    But at least there is supplementation that works for many! Sorry that we have to pay for it, and those capsules are not cheap. But we do get to have less hell with our feet.
     
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