My mother will be 49 at the end of August. She was an EXTREMELY heavy drinker/alcoholic since her teens/early twenties. Within the past few years, tingling, pins & needles, stabbing pains, burning sensations and swollen feet have greatly disabled her.
She was diagnosed with neuropathy approximately 2 years ago. It has progressed quickly. After doing some research of my own, I came across alcoholic neuropathy. She would never admit that alcohol caused her problems, but she shows the classic signs. I have never seen the woman eat a full meal. Ever. And I'm 23 years old. She obviously has/had a severe vitamin deficiency, which eventually leads to the neoropathy.
She waited for 2 months to see a pain specialist. When she got there, the nurse said a mistake was made and the doctor decided he could do nothing for her. The doctor never even saw her.
She was also on some form of government insurance, but that was also taken away from her a few months ago. She hasn't worked in at least 10 years and she is not married. She depends on her live-in boyfriend.
Is this lack of help because she possibly caused this disease herself? How can she get the help she desperatly needs?
She made my childhood miserable, but she's still my mother and she's getting to the point of giving up all hope. I'm afraid suicide is on the horizon if she doesn't get relief. She said she hasn't slept for more than a few hours at a time in 6 months. She needs something...someone...