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Can Diabetic Neuropathy Get Better Or Go Away If Blood Sugar Control Is Better
A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more
Diabetic neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure, even when blood sugar is in control. Fortunately, there are treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatment mainly focuses on slowing progression of the disease, relieving pain, and restoring function. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vit B, stop smoking: Diet and exercise to control the sugars. Stop smoking as this can lead to worsening of the circulation to the nerves, limit alcohol as it can damage nerves. Get your vitamin b levels checked and supplement as necessary. For the type of diabetic neuropathy that leads to burning tingling sensation, a prescription (topical or oral) may be required to help control the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What approaches work best to help diabetic neuropathy, other than watching your blood sugar levels?
Could a blood sugar level of 104 fasting cause diabetic neuropathy? My legs are dry, shrinking and feel weak. I'm walking slower than normal.
Unlikely: In order to be diagnosed with diabetes, you have to show abnormalities in one of several ways: fasting glucose over 100 mg/dl, or HgA1c over 6.5% at two separate testing, or a random glucose test > 200 mg/dl. Therefore I would consider the level of 104 fasting mildly abnormal and unless it was elevated at other times in the past, that level by itself is unlikely to cause a true neuropathy. ...Read more
I rec'd a TTC (talus, tibia, can.) ankle fusion. I am pre-diabetic. My daily blood sugar test b4 brkfst. Is pain in ankle consider neuropathy?
No: If you are neuropathic and are having sharp pain in your fusion site go see your surgeon. If you are neuropathic sharp pain comes through indicating a different problem. There are good supplements for Diabetic neuropathy such as Biotin, Benfotaime and B complexes. Diabetics have great improvement with these. ...Read more
Neuropathy Relief: That's a good question. Do you mean relief from the condition, or relief from the symptoms? It is said that getting the blood sugar back to normal can eventually help the nerves heal. That is a worthy goal, and unfortunately difficult. Comments are appreciated. Symptomatic relief often occurs with medicine, either topical or oral. Gabapentin is a popular option, amitriptyline, etc. ...Read more
When there is too much sugar floating around in the blood, the nerves get drunk on it and go foggy, mumbling their electrical impulses back to the brain, tingly, and aren't aware of stimulus trying to warn them their is stone in your shoe or that heating pad has been on too long and is burning your skin or you have an infection in your foot when you stubbed your toe, because ...Read more
The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more
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