Is oxycodone or other narcotics any good for pain from diabetic neuropathy?

Not really. Narcotic medicines are curiously unhelpful for the pain of neuropathy. One problem with them is that most have a time length of action. Another problem is that a person builds tolerance to them. There are many non narcotic treatment options. It is rare that providers who treat this would consider narcotics for it.
As a last resort. While narcotics are very effective against a wide variety of pain syndromes, their side effects, tendency to cause tolerance, and addiction potential make them agents to use only if more targeted treatment (such as treatment for neuropathic pain) has failed. Often, narcotic medications must be written for and monitored by a dedicated pain clinic.
Not first choice. There continues to be debate regarding the value of opioids in the management of neuropathy. They are certainly not a first line treatment. A targeted treatment like neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta would be better first choices.
Yes but... Narcotics may mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored. To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required.

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Is oxycodone effective for relieving pain from diabetic neuropathy?

Not first choice. Opioids are not the first line treatment for dpn. Start with Lyrica (pregabalin) and/or cymbalta. Read more...
Addictive. It is addicitve and would try to avoid addicting medication for long term pain if there are alternatives? Narcotics are the answer in a long term problem only if other avenues have been exhausted. I try to avoid them because in the long term you have pain still but also added addiction. That is not a good combination. Read more...
Yes but... Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored. To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required. Narcotics will mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue. Read more...

I have diabetic neuropathy and oxycodone is causing breathing and anxiety - help please!?

Discuss with doctor. You should stop any medication that is causing you breathing abnormalities. Consult with your physician. Read more...
See doctor. You may be experiencing an allergic rxtn such as asthma, and you need to stop the oxycodone now before you have a full-blown anaphylactic reaction. Also, the only fda approved narcotic is nucynta! you may do better with lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, or cymbalta, or even the medical food metanx, but the latter may take months to help.. Read more...
Stop Medication. You may be having a reaction to the pain medication. I would suggest stopping this medication and consulting your prescribing physician. There other medications that you can take for the neuropathy. If the symptoms persist please get in contact with your local er. Read more...

Is metanx good for diabetic neuropathy and should I talk to my doctor about it?

Diabetic neuropathy. Metanx contains the following active ingredients: l-methylfolate (metafolin): 3 mg, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate: 35 mg, and methylcobalamin: 2 mg neurologists use neuropathic agents to treat the disruption is nerve health with snri's, gaba-agents, anti-convulsants and various newer agents such as Gralise and nucynta (tapentadol). Read more...
Metanx. Yes. Metanx is one of the few treatments that can actually help with nerve regeneration and healing. (many of the other medicines for neuropathy are helpful only for nerve pain.) if you are unable to find or pay for metanx, try a b-complex vitamin as a more affordable alternative-- pick a reputable brand, and don't take more than one per day, since b6 can be toxic in excess. Read more...
May be ... . If you are treating a particular nutritional deficiency, metanx may be of benefit. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. Read more...
You bet. MetanX was studied in small fibre diabetic neuropathy and showed improvement in nerve fibre density and less adverse symptomatology at end of 9-10 months. This medical food is FDA indicated for diabetic nerve issues. Read more...

What are some home treatments for dealing with pain from diabetic neuropathy?

Neuropathy. Walk with shoes, keep feet dry and clean, check your feet daily, sleep with socks, don;t wear tight shoes. Pain: keep in mind the effect of medications lags behind effect (once sugar is controlled, inflamation is gone, the relieve of pain may take months b/c nerves are retarded/take a while to respond. Analogy: earthquake last min, effect of rebuilding take years. Dont change med too quickly. Read more...
Home remedies. Home remedies for the pain of diabetic neuropathy can include soaking in cool water, using topical cold packs, breaking up prolonged sitting with walk breaks, rubbing/massaging feet, and desensitization exercises. Over-the-counter zostrix (capsaicin) cream can also provide pain relief when used regularly (some cannot tolerate the cream). You could consider adding a daily b complex vitamin supplement. Read more...

What are symptoms of diabetic neuropathy? Is it a gradual change?

Gradual onset. Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may include: tingling numbness (severe or long-term numbness can become permanent) burning (especially in the evening) pain. Read more...
Sensory, motor, Auto. There are multiple types of diabetic neuropathy, and yes they are gradual. Sensory neuropathy is divided between large fiber (loss of sensation, proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling). Motor neuropathy causes weakness & instability and may lead to deformities of the hands and feet. Autonomic neuropathy causes stomach emptying issues and erectile dysfunction. Read more...
Diabetic neuropathy. There are four types of diabetic neuropathy: -peripheral neuropathy -autonomic neuropathy -radiculoplexus neuropathy -mononeuropathy symptoms vary depending on the type of diabetic neuropathy. Read more...