Foot in a vice, diabetic nerve pain, ease foot pain, help neuropathy, remedies for nerve pain, benfotiamine

Have you ever dropped a heavy can of food on your toe? The nail turns purplish-black and the foot hurts like crazy. After a few days, though, the pain calms down and only hurts when you wiggle or stub the toe. Pain that is caused by nerve misfiring tends to last a lot longer and is difficult to treat. One reader is hoping that an alternative approach, benfotiamine, might help ease terrible neuropathy.

Will Benfotiamine Help Against Nerve Pain?

Q. Would benfotiamine help my neuropathy? I have severe nerve damage from my toes to my knees. My doctor says he can’t prescribe anything for my pain.

What Is Benfotiamine?

A. Benfotiamine is a synthetic variant of the B vitamin thiamine. It has been used in conjunction with alpha-lipoic acid to alleviate diabetic neuropathy (Varkonyi et al, Minerva Medica, Oct. 2017).  This compound can prevent damage to small blood vessels, which helps explain its usefulness in diabetic neuropathy (Javed et al, Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism, Dec. 2015).

As far as we can tell, this compound has been studied primarily for treating diabetic neuropathy. It does appear to reduce inflammation of microglial nerve cells, however (Bozic et al, PLOS One, Feb. 19, 2015).  These cells are active in producing neuropathic pain (Popiolek-Barczyk & Mika, Current Medicinal Chemistry, Aug. 2016).  In addition, one study in rats indicates that benfotiamine can reduce inflammatory pain as well as the pain of diabetic neuropathy (Sanchez-Ramirez et al, European Journal of Pharmacology, Jan. 13, 2006).

Should You Try Benfotiamine?

Benfotiamine is not expensive and it does not have serious side effects. As a result, it might well be worth a try, starting with a dose of 300 mg twice a day. If it proves helpful, you can cut back to a maintenance dose of 150 mg twice daily. Not all studies indicate that it is helpful for neuropathy (Fraser et al, Diabetes Care, May 2012).

We can imagine that nerve pain like yours might make walking or even driving a car more difficult. We hope you can find a way to alleviate your neuropathy.

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  1. Patricia W.
    Rockwall, tx
    Reply

    I now take gabapentin 4 times a day for numbness & pain in leg & foot following 2 back surgeries. Will try Benfotiamine to see if it’s more beneficial.

  2. Susan R
    VA
    Reply

    If Benfotiamine is a synthetic version of Thiamine, B1. Wouldn’t it make better sense to just take Thiamine and/or eat food high in thiamine instead of the synthetic version?

  3. WK
    Cary NC
    Reply

    It costs $41 at my local compounding pharmacy which is the only place that could locate it

  4. susan d
    Indianapolis in.
    Reply

    I know that Benfotiamine as well as Alpha-lipoic does eliminate neuropathy.

    I had it so bad in my feet that it felt like I was walking on the sharp part of a huge spike! I have been taking both of these for years now and have not had one pain! I could not walk without them.

  5. Marla
    Wa
    Reply

    I began using Benfotamine for a damaged nerve in my arm. I had amazing results with it! I am still using it and have no idea if I need to, but am afraid to stop it! It does provide an interesting smell in urine though, so beware! Worth it for me, for sure!

  6. Virginia
    Georgia
    Reply

    I tell all my friends & family to keep a tube of Bach’s Rescue Remedy Cream handy for injuries causing bruising and contusion. Apply as quickly as possible- you will be astounded at how well i works.

    It has prevented purple painful nails & makes the pain go away. My husband hit his thumb twice with a hammer and by the next day hardly any sign of injury. Amazing stuff! My Lidoderm cream helps my neuropathy on the soles of my feet, by the way.

  7. Marla
    Dallas, TX
    Reply

    I have been taking bentotiamine for a few years for mild neuropathy – ordering in from this website (https://benfotiamine.net/aboutus.aspx) and have definitely noticed a difference. I recommended it to a friend who has severe neuropathy and he said it worked for him.

  8. Laura
    Ohio
    Reply

    I experienced moderate to severe intermittent nerve pain following foot surgery some years ago. I read about benfotiamine and gave it a try. Worked like a charm. I took it for about a year, and now I have no nerve pain whatsoever in my foot!

  9. Margaret A R
    Arizona
    Reply

    My husband & I have been using benfotiamine for nerve pain from sciatica for well over 2 yrs, and it takes care of it 100%.

  10. Marty S
    Charlotte, NC
    Reply

    I have been taking Mega Benfotiamine (250 mg once a day) for 2 months with great results. The sharp pain in the ball of my feet was crippling after short walks.

    As I do not have diabetes I was at a loss for relief until I read about Benfotiamine. Just returned from a trip which included walking approximately 4 miles per day on cobble stone streets.

    No pain! I also use “yoga toes” a soft gel device that separates the toes gently 3 times a week. 30 minutes per session does it for me.

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