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Peripheral neuropathy basically killed my quality of life

Posted 07-27-2023 at 10:13 AM by TNSLPPTSO13

I've been treated for diabetes/HBP for over 20 years now. Have taken all the recommended OTC supplements to be had over the last 20 years for neuropathy...ALA,LCARN,BENFO,B12 etc.etc.. Up to 2013 I was walking up to 5 miles 3 times a week,even with the pain of claudication;until I just couldn't walk without the danger of falling and breaking a hip due to balance/gait issues. Started a stationary bike since.
Last year had 2 stents placed on each of my legs,by 3 different doctors in 2 different hospitals/clinics....I've actually gotten worse..I can barely walk 20 steps before my legs spread out as if I were riding a horse,and my gait changes and my legs feel heavier than ever and my shins feels like they are being pressed by a vice grip.
Been walking with a cane for 5 years now...When at home have to be constantly grabbing walls/doors furniture as not to lose my balance or trip over my own feet. Didn't help that last year I had a big toe amputation because of gangrene.
Yet;I wonder all the time if this could be more orthopedic than neurological. It only hurts when I stand up or when I walk. When I'm sitting or lying down...there is absolutely no pain. And is only in my lehs..I've read about people who can no longer hold stuff with their hands.
I barely leave my house other than work/groceries...I have to count the steps from my doorway to the parking lot/the trash bin just to make sure I can make it ...Can barely do the bike anymore..Just 5 minutes...stop for 10 or more...do 5 more minutes...The pain my shins/calves/ankles is unberarable..Of course this makes it useless to exercise...Progress is non-existent for whatever I exercise for. Hoping for a quick and sudden death to escape this hell on earth. I've lost all hope...It's quality not quantity of life. If I believed in God I would pray for a widow maker heart attack.

Thanks for listening....
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