Playing with life and emotion of patients
October 19, 2011 7:58am CST
Well all my friends know that I and my wife have health issues. Due to diabetes peripheral neuropathy, we get burning sensation and pain in soles of feet and palms, this causes difficulty in free movement. For past one month I am having ‘itching’ sensation all over body, I feel as if some insects are crawling over my body; as per advise of some friends, I took anti-histamine like Avil, Alaspan etc, this gave partial relief. At times the sensation is very high, I feel so unrest and start scratching my body with a clean comb, this gives kind of relief but soon there is burning sensation due to scratching, blood comes out from the scratches. First I went to one homoeopath, he gave me a medicine that contains two medicines, that are ‘anti’ to each other as per homoeopathy; I refused to use that. Next I went to a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in the physiology and pathology of the skin, he said I have scabies!!! Well I know I don’t have scabies, this is a nasty disease in which minute blisters are formed on body with pus in it, and this is contagious too. I told him this, but he said rudely, ‘if you know, why you came to me’? He gave me tablets, lotions and soaps for 7 days, I used them but problem persists. I can’t help scratching body. My son took me to another doctor, a specialist in medicine, he said your lever has problem, he advised bunch of pathological tests, nothing was found to be wrong though. I made a search in net, ‘why I get itching sensation all over body’, there were so many things I saw, I was bit scared. Now I guess this is another side effect of diabetes; the nerves ending on the skin are affected. Well I am taking medicines for diabetes neuropathy, blood sugar level is normal. I remembered, my mom used to tell us to take turmeric paste in empty stomach as and when we had any skin problem and for itching, my dad was taking Grisofulvin tablets. I searched in the market, I was told Grisofulvin is not available but Gris O.D. 375 is there in its place. I am taking one tablet of this daily for one month and also one spoonful of turmeric paste in the morning, today is 6th day I feel some relief, guess it will go. At bed time, I take one Alaspan tablet and apply coconut oil to which camphor is added. Hope my problem may be solved. I am sharing this story here because I feel the doctors are playing with our life. Please suggest what to do? And please share your views, any such experience with doctors and comments on this. . Thanks in advance. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . 19/10/2011
20 Oct 11
Hello Professor, sorry to hear about your bad experience with Docs. The Holy profession has been tainted by many who're just after making money, by hook or crook. We should be careful n spread word about such people. That'll make others aware of it. As to the problem at hand, I think from the beginning you should have consulted with your family doctor. He would have refferred you to proper specialists, and when one is referred to, by another of their profession, these people play a little good. That has been my experience. Anyways, I'm glad that your problems have come to an end, finally.. Take care!!! God bless you with good health...
19 Oct 11
I do not have diabetes but, I know that when attacks of diabetes take place that is the feeling that one gets. Itchiness like insects are crawling all over the body. Fruit juice intake will do you a lot of good. Papaya, pineapple, grape, apple, herbal sugar cane, guava are among the fruits which are good for you to take daily. I have been taking lemon grass, ginger root plus lemon juice concoction to be able to excrete more urine and thus be rid of the unwanted toxins and so much more in my body. Most of us are already of the good herbs that can effect a cure for some illnesses. Make use of them. you will find them most beneficial for you in more ways than one.
• Boise, Idaho
20 Oct 11
Coconut milk is very good for a person. Also Aloe vera may help your skin. I have never heard of scabies being a disease with the blisters and puss. I have known people that had it. Could you be mistaken. Must be a different form or something. I think that is really weird.
• United States
22 Oct 11
I do think that doctors are really playing with the emotions and the health of some patients in many cases. For example, my husband is going through chemotherapy right now because he has Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Well, this has caused him to have pain that is associated with hit. His oncologist has been giving him medications for the pain and that does seem to help him. However, his general practioner wants to maintain control of pain management, which means that he will no longer receive pain medications though he does still need them.
• United States
21 Oct 11
Hello Papa! I am very sorry to hear that both you and Maa are still undergoing so many terrible symptoms with the diabetes peripheral neuropathy. I was hoping the both of you had some relief by now. It seems that you get some relief as if it is being masked but yet the problem does not go away. Although we have some very good doctors here we also have some who are completely oblivious of what to do. If only they could be very honest and say, they have no idea how to treat us. This is terrible that the doctor was rude to you, does he not understand how frightening this situation is for you. Sadly Papa some doctors have absolutely no bed side manner and forget that it is the patients who keep them in business. I will not excuse them, but don't they understand that as patients we entrust them and expect to be treated appropriately. On the WebMd site there is some information there about itching due to diabetes peripheral neuroptathy. Apparently it is not something that will go away but if only there is something to help with the discomfort. I am sure this is freighting and most likely making you feel helpless. http://www.webmd.com/managing-dnp/default.htm Due enjoy your Friday and hope both you and Maa find some relief soon.
31 Oct 11
Hello Professor, My sympathies with you and your wife. The one thing I can say for sure, not very comforting, is that with age it's one thing after another. I'm 54yrs old. That wouldn't be considered old; but the problems are already setting in; I have rheumatoid arthritis. My mother is 78, and her suffering is similar to yours. We only watch helplessly. Everyone suggests various remedies, but nothing works for long. There is short-term relief; then it's the same thing again. I agree absolutely with what you say regarding doctors. In this day, I think the best thing is to be your own doctor. All the information is out there on the Internet. And no one can understand your problem the way you do. It's a matter of trial and error. But at least it's better than doctors experimenting on you. That's all they do, basically. They try one medication after another. In the meantime you're the one suffering the side-effects. As to the itching of the skin, I wouldn't dare try to suggest any remedy. But I'll just share my experience. A few years back a rash broke out all over my body. It was unbearable. I was scratching away till I was bleeding. The first doctor I went to prescribed corticosteroid. It worked instantly. But the scratching was a recurring problem. I went to another doctor. He said the corticosteroid was alright to use for an extended period, but he said the one I had from the previous doctor was too powerful. He suggested an over-the-counter version, which was mild enough to use continuously. But after a few years I decided this was not right. There had to be a reason for the itching. I did some research and came to the conclusion that it was a combination of stress and lack of Calcium. Also, I read that Carl Jung used to treat such problems by recommending contact with the Earth. He would actually ask patients to hold a small clay ball in their hands. I applied all three measures. Began relaxation techniques; took Calcium supplements; and kept a pet stone. I haven't had the problem since. None of these is invasive, or has harmful side-effects. It might be worth a try. Karim.
20 Oct 11
I have a small suggestion-- take a bunch of tender neem leaves , grind this to a fine paste[just one tablespoonful and have it on an empty stomach].You can start with one teaspoonful of paste and if there is no adverse effect on the digestive system, increase dosage. Use some moisturising lotion on your body or apply til oil gently before your bath and use moongdhal [green ] powder instead of soap. T his may relieve you of your dry skin. Have a simple family doctor[even an old MBBS is better than the specialists of today]
19 Oct 11
really sorry to hear your going through so much, with age ,the body tends to slow down it's overall function ,so then medication also becomes less responsive, other then that Doctors these days really do have a problem,their too ambitious in there goal to get higher pay in less time, so they rush things while others tend to depend on there so called experience rather then properly look into things, but what i really think the problem is , is the numbness they gain over the years due to seeing so much people suffer , some deaths, which although are part of their profession aren't things all human beings can easily digest, any how hope everything gets better for you.
19 Oct 11
I am sorry to hear the problems you are forced to undergo on account of diabetes. I also made a search in the internet and I landed with this page: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/skin-complications.html I wish you speedy recovery. I am not sure. Probably increasing the dosage of insulin and reducing sugar in blood may reduce the itching. Please consult your doctor and go by his advice.
20 Oct 11
hello professor, i have type 1 diabetes and have had it for a long long time and have, as yet, no symptoms. my advice is to do a web search and look at vitamins, as too high blood sugar impacts on our bodies ability to process vitamins properly and diabetes can result in a shortage of certain types of vitamins, because it affects our metabolism. i just had a quick search and found one website that suggests talking extra ala and gla, which can be found in evening primrose oil, is a good idea. but i think there are some others, i think vitamin A and C are also important, but i can't remember, and the problem is that our body processes vitamins as the same time as processes insulin and so the system doesn't work as well as it should. recently i found a very good website explaining what vitamin supplements are useful for people with diabetes, i can't find it now as its bookmarked on a different computer. but i would do some research on this, but be very careful, and make sure if you take any you stay within the safe dosage, as too many vitamins can be as harmful as too few.
20 Oct 11
I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you find relief. I'm up there in age and suffer from burning of the feet, legs, Arthritis, chills, severe cramps in my legs. I have gone from doctor to doctor and i get the impression they just dont know what to do with me. I worked all my life but a couple of years ago i started with all these symptoms. I wont take pain killers, but i do take Neurontin which i guess helps the nerve endings. I dont have diabetis, but i understand very well what you must be going through, I have come to the realization that most doctors, do not know very much. Yesterday i had a very bad day. Today, i felt a little less pain so i cleaned and when i got done, i was a wreck. If all these mystery ilnesses are around, i would hope medical schools will start looking at all these symptoms and research them better. I'm thinking i may have muscular dystrophy or something like this. I wish you luck and regain your health.