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    Finally some relief.

    I've suffered through moderate to severe neuropathy in my legs and feet for over a year now. The burning brought me to tears several times and even pushed me to the point of suicidal thoughts. I've tried every drug at every dose from Neurontin, Cymbalta, Lyrica and various opioid analgesics. I'm currently on 100mg of Lyrica three times a day, but don't think it's making much of a difference. After seeing a pain specialist he recommended compression stockings. He said the constant pressure would help and they are even tighter than TED hose. I said I would try anything, but didn't expect much. After the initial pain from putting them on, I was pain free for a few days. I still have pain from time to time, but nothing near what I had without them. I know everyone is different and what works for one of us might not for the other, but I strongly suggest trying them if your pain is in your legs and feet. Not long after, my mom even found a pair similar to what the doctor sold us at Wal-Mart. Just look for compression stockings/hose.
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    Zoso

    Thank you for posting your experience. Would you please nidicate the BRANDS which you have used and which seems best. I looked online and companies like Jobst have different compressions. Lightweight is called 15-20mm Hg compression. Medical compresion is more like 20-30 mm Hg. I am planning to try some of the stockings and hope you might suggest a type or strength of compression. Do you like the lighter or heavier hose?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoso
    After seeing a pain specialist he recommended compression stockings. He said the constant pressure would help and they are even tighter than TED hose. I said I would try anything, but didn't expect much. After the initial pain from putting them on, I was pain free for a few days. I still have pain from time to time, but nothing near what I had without them. I know everyone is different and what works for one of us might not for the other, but I strongly suggest trying them if your pain is in your legs and feet.
    Well you are right this sort of thing would not be for everyone. With the recent new problems with my left leg I have discovered snug pants are not good. I had purchased a pair of jeans the prior week and they were fine. Put them on and after 10 minutes I started getting bad feelings in the leg, like it was being compressed. I tried to shake it off, but 20 minutes later I couldn't ignore it. The leg was starting to feel like it was going to explode. Within 5 minutes of changing to looser pants, I was fine.

    My shoulder and neck are like this as well. I may have to give up turtlenecks this winter. WAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I love my sweaters.

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    Stockings

    15-25 mmHg is the pressure of the ones from Wal-Mart. I'll try to find the brand name later. Sorry it took so long to reply - now that the pain doesn't control me, I'm starting classes for the University of Phoenix Online Nov. 5th and have been busy setting up financial aide and so on. P.S. Be carefull of knee-high stockings. My 1st pair was and I got some nasty cuts on the inside of my knee. Just make sure you check them regularly. The pair from Wal-Mart only come up barely past my calves, and I've had 0 problems with them.
    No human society, present or past, has lacked music. Music is therefore one of the very few human universals, which puts it on the same level as food and sex.
    Fredric Lieberman

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    How long do you wear the stockings, as in how many hours a day? My SIL has terrible neuropathic pain in her legs and feet so I will pass this advise along to her. She wears Ted hose during the day because of low blood pressure, but takes them off at night. Do you leave your hose on at night too? Thank you.

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    I take them off to shower. Other than that, they stay on 24/7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoso
    I've suffered through moderate to severe neuropathy in my legs and feet for over a year now. The burning brought me to tears several times and even pushed me to the point of suicidal thoughts. I've tried every drug at every dose from Neurontin, Cymbalta, Lyrica and various opioid analgesics. I'm currently on 100mg of Lyrica three times a day, but don't think it's making much of a difference. After seeing a pain specialist he recommended compression stockings. He said the constant pressure would help and they are even tighter than TED hose. I said I would try anything, but didn't expect much. After the initial pain from putting them on, I was pain free for a few days. I still have pain from time to time, but nothing near what I had without them. I know everyone is different and what works for one of us might not for the other, but I strongly suggest trying them if your pain is in your legs and feet. Not long after, my mom even found a pair similar to what the doctor sold us at Wal-Mart. Just look for compression stockings/hose.
    I have a similiar problem with burning pain in my legs and feet. I also have edema and alloydinia"sensitivity to touch". Do you have the touch issue as well and do you find that the stockings do not aggravate that condition?
    mike

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    I talked to my SIL this weekend and yes, she does use compression hose and they don't alleviate the burning pain in her legs and feet. Rats

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    Touch

    Mike,

    My feet are so sensitive to touch I stayed in bed for over a year. Especially the bottom of my left foot. If anything touches it the burning starts instantly and who knows when it will stop. Since wearing the stockings, the sensitivity has gone down very significantly. It still hurts when things touch my feet, but not nearly as bad. I do still have the occasional flare up for no apparent reason, but they are generally less intense and shorter in duration. Putting the stockings on sucks because they cause pain by touching, but once they have been on a while I've been pain free for long periods of time.
    No human society, present or past, has lacked music. Music is therefore one of the very few human universals, which puts it on the same level as food and sex.
    Fredric Lieberman

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    I'm going to have to give these compression stockings a try. Combine the flu with neuropathic pain and suicidal thoughts are anything but far away. I hope I'm done with the flu this year.

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