I had a microdiscectomy at the L4-L5 level on 01/04/12 to excise a massive herniation that had rendered most of my left foot and calf numb and had created bilateral sciatica. For the most part, my recovery has gone well, but there's one thing that's driving me crazy lately. I have neuropathy (pain from nerve damage) in my left pinky toe, of all places. I didn't have this pain before the surgery. The toe was a little numb (I could still feel sensation), but now, the best I can describe the feeling of the outside of the toe is a burning/goosebumps/icy-hot kind of sensation. It's bizarre. I've never felt anything like it before. It's not constant during the day. It does, however, flare up about a dozen times each day, mostly when I'm at rest, and it makes it difficult to sleep at night. Most of the time I can ignore it, but there are times when I'd like to just cut the damn toe off! I know that Lyrica and Neurontin work well for neuropathy, but I'd like to avoid prescription medication, if at all possible. Does anyone know of any natural remedies for neuropathy? I'd be happier with a topical solution, a supplement, or something other than a pill that messes with the GABA receptors in my brain too much. All suggestions are welcome!
With kind regards,