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Can diabetic neuropathy give a feeling like you legs are numb?

Can diabetic neuropathy give a feeling like you legs are numb?

Yes: Neuropathy is suggested by the numbness. An evaluation will clarify whether it is due to diabetes of other causes. We can also see paresthesias which are skin sensations but not due to neuropathy. If you have diabetes one would be concerned this is diabetic neuropathy but not all neuropathies in people with diabetes is due to diabetes. You need an appropriate evaluation to clarify this. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

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


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Hi. . My mom is 59 years old and is suffering from diabetic neuropathy primarily affecting her legs. Is there any highly recommended OTC medication?

Hi. . My mom is 59 years old and is suffering from diabetic neuropathy primarily affecting her legs.  Is there any highly recommended OTC medication?

Neuropathy?: Diabetic neuropathy is too important a problem to just try some OTC things! Work with your doctor and take on some dramatic lifestyle changes if necessary. Big problems deserve big actions. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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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.

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

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I am having diabetic neuropathy. It is very painful. My doctor wants to try neurontin (gabapentin). It may also help with my restless legs syndrome. any ideas?

I am having diabetic neuropathy.  It is very painful.  My doctor wants to try neurontin (gabapentin).  It may also help with my restless legs syndrome. any ideas?

PN & RLS Rx: Neurontin (gabapentin) is used to treat both those conditions. It is possible that you have both, but be careful. The symptoms overlap. There are special symptoms for RLS that PN does not have- such as it improves with walking. People with RLS often have a low ferritin level, and such cases improve with iron therapy. ...Read more

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I went to see my dr my middle finger it feels numbness and pain dr said is diabetic neuropathy is this curable any physical that you recommend me ?

I went to see my dr my middle finger it feels numbness and pain dr said is diabetic neuropathy is this curable  any physical that you recommend me ?

Many options.: Topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medication such as Pregabalin (lyrica), Amitriptyline (elavil), duloxetine (cymbalta), Gabapentin (neurontin), Carbamazepine (tegretol), or valproate (depakote) to reduce the painful symptoms in the feet due to neuropathy. Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. ...Read more

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Feet and hand numbness. Diabetic. Neuropathy?

Feet and hand numbness. Diabetic. Neuropathy?

Perhaps: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. When it gets to the level of the knee you start to get the loss of sensation in the tips of the finger ANS then the hand, . ...Read more

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I am suffering from severe pain in my feet due to diabetic neuropathy I take gabapentin 800 mg ×3 per day.But pain and numbness persist. Any tips?HELP

I am suffering from severe pain in my feet due to diabetic neuropathy I take gabapentin 800 mg ×3 per day.But pain and numbness persist. Any tips?HELP

Many options for DPN: Keeping your A1C in line will help. FDA indicated Meds for DPN are Lyrica (not gabapentin) Cymbalta, Nucynta (tapentadol) ( an opioid), and Metanx ( a vitamin mix) Also frequently used are Elavil, gabapentin, alpha lipoid acid (herbal). Spinal cord stimulation is very helpful but requires a small implant in the body. See a pain doc in your area to discuss these and other pain options. ...Read more

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I have hypoglycemia due to HKPP is it possible to get diabetic neuropathy? Feet are always cold, purple tint, hands got numb, sometimes no symp in 50s

I have hypoglycemia due to HKPP is it possible to get diabetic neuropathy? Feet are always cold, purple tint, hands got numb, sometimes no symp in 50s

Hypoglycemia: If you have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia the cause must be found and management started. If that is not happening see another doctor. The smartest thing would be to see an Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy give a feeling like you toes arent there?

Can diabetic neuropathy give a feeling like you toes arent there?

Yes it can: Diabetic neuropathy can cause symptoms such as those you described, and also has been associated with symptoms of pain, numbness, burning sensation, and tingling to name a few. The feeling you describes makes neuropathy dangerous since patients can get sores or wounds and not feel it and then it gets infected. I would also suggest you check with your doctor regarding your circulation. ...Read more

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What can I do for diabetic neuropathy? My feet burn all the time and losing some feeling in my feet.

What can I do for diabetic neuropathy? My feet  burn all the time and losing some feeling in my feet.

Many things: Diabetic neuropathy can be awful to endure. First it's crucial to control your diabetes as well as possible. Many nutrients and supplements can help including benfotiamine & alpha lipoic acid- see www.drwhitaker.com/treatment-for-diabetic-neuropathy Frequency specific microcurrent may help-see frequencyspecific.com Also consider acupuncture and homeopathy. See www.tinyurl.com/nhza6vd re: diabetes ...Read more

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I have diabetic neuropathy and i'm currently on lyrica (pregabalin) but i've been feeling a lot of muscle soreness is this normal from the pill?

I have diabetic neuropathy and i'm currently on lyrica (pregabalin) but i've been feeling  a lot of muscle soreness is this normal from the pill?

Lyrica (pregabalin) side effect: Even though it is not common, Lyrica (pregabalin) can cause muscle cramp. If you believe you have muscle soreness from lyrica, (pregabalin) please talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Mom has tinnitus cos of hearing loss caused by diabetic neuropathy.Left ear 30% & right ear 35% loss.ENT has giver her tinnex.Will it work.Advise.thx?

Mom has tinnitus cos of hearing loss caused by diabetic neuropathy.Left ear 30% & right ear 35% loss.ENT has giver her tinnex.Will it work.Advise.thx?

Unclear: A recent trial to examine this drug was suspended and trials of other drugs have not shown efficacy. Importantly, she should speak to her doctor for help managing her blood sugars to reduce the risk of further diabetic complications. There are alternatives to helping reduce the the severity of the tinnitus as well as associated side effects of the tinnitus. Please have her speak with her doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, i'd like to know some healthy pain reducers for Diabetic Neuropathy that is available in Canada. This information is for my mom. Thanks! -Brae?

Neuropathic pain: responds to Gabapentin. It should be gradually titrated so as to not cause over sedation. It is relatively inexpensive and has virtually no drug drug interactions. Lyrica (pregabalin) also works but is more expensive and has a ceiling of dose in women especially if kidney function is impaired from diabetes. There is a once a day form (Gralise) that can be used if taking medication 3 times a day is a problem. ...Read more

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What does diabetic neuropathy in the feet and toes feel like? Does taking prescription metanx help? ..Been type-1 for 30+ years

Bad: Diabetic neuropathy in feet and toes, usual symptoms include burning, tingling, numbness, and pain. One or a combination of the symptoms may occur. I have had mixed results with metanx which is mainly a Folic Acid on steroids which aids nerve health. ...Read more

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Can anything be done to reverse diabetic neuropathy?

Can anything be done  to reverse diabetic neuropathy?

Some times: If you are treating a particular nutritional deficiency, metanx may be of benefit. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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What symptoms typically go along with diabetic neuropathy?

What symptoms typically go along with diabetic neuropathy?

Numbnessvand tinglin: Diabetic neuropathy usually affects the feet first and then the hands. It starts with sensory changes such as numbness or tingling in the toes. At first these symptoms come and go, but then they become constant. Over a long period of time, the person may experience such a loss of sensation that he might not feel how tight his shoes are, know whether the bath water is hot or cold, or whether or not. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Diabetic Nerve Problems (Definition)

Also known as diabetes neuropathy, this is a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes thta can cause symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, ...Read more


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Diabetic Neuropathy (Definition)

Diabetic neuropathy is a problem of the nerves seen in patients with diabetes. Diabetes damages the small blood vessels of the nerves, which may result in ...Read more