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Unread 04-19-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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I am struggling today...im so uncomfortable and in pain that its taking over everything. I am back at work and i have no sick time so i am trying to suck it up and do what i need to do but im having all i can do not to completly lose it. the lidocane patches for my feet arnt helping as much as i hoped and the constant limping is causing weakness and discomfort in my legs. Im waiting to get test results back to find out what is causing such major problems with my neuropthy and in the mean time my doctor doesnt feel comfortable starting me on a new med for during the day beacuse what the new symptoms may be. I am here but im so distracted and misrable that i cant even keep my thought straight.
I just want to know what and why this is happining to me
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Unread 04-19-2012, 12:40 PM   #2
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So you have peroneal neuropathy? Try putting a 1/2 patch behind the knee where the peroneal nerve is. Put the 1/2 patch across the back of the thigh just above where the knee bends.
The nerve is very close to the skin there. I often do that for my feet. (I found it helpful because I was really doing my KNEE and my feet felt better, too).

Also I hope you are putting 1/2 patch on each instep (top of the foot). This is where all the nerves are going to the rest of the foot. Putting the patches on the bottom of the feet doesn't work IMO.

This photo on a very good website shows where the peroneal nerve is at the top of the foot. It also shows ankle locations which you can try too.
It takes a couple or 3 days for the Lidoderms to start working.
It is not instanteous.

This photo shows Tinel's sign... which signals entrapment of the nerve. Tapping there will cause "shocky" feelings.
So wearing shoes that tie tightly over this part of the foot is not a good idea.
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Unread 04-19-2012, 03:54 PM   #3
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Cass30, I have a really full on job and have really struggled both physically and mentally at times. I find the more run down I get the harder it is to cope and the worse the symptoms get, it's a vicious circle. And you have kids to deal with so there is no break.

Something that has really helped me and changed my life is a book by Jon Kabat - Zinn called 'Full Catastrophe Living'.

Hang in there you can do this, you have strength that you never knew you had. It may not help today but this short video often gives me a lift gratitude
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