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Posted by Lou on December 10, 1999 at 00:10:21:

In Reply to: Re: diabetic muscular neuropathy posted by Chuck--- on November 10, 1999 at 09:09:15:

Alright...here's what I know about neuropathic problems and diabetes: Just over five months ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Granted it's means a big lifestyle change, but when you're told your diabetic while you're in the middle of dying from pancreatitis, thrombocytopenia and hypertriglyceridemia, it's certainly the least of evils.

Anyway, they saw fit to discharge me from the hospital eight days after my admission to my base hospital (yeah, that's correct--I'm in the military) and since then I haven't been able to raise my right arm above my head. Of late, I'm told that it's a polyneuropathic problem affecting my right long thoracic. I've had an EMG performed (and although it's a great way to diagnose a suspected problem, I don't recommend it because it's really no picnic). This has confirmed the nerve damage and I've been told that, like my diabetes, there may be no real reason for said nerve damage, given that neither exists for me in a hereditary fashion.

I've been told by a host of military doctors that given the fact that there may be nothing I can do to alleviate the problem, there is a chance that the damaged nerve endings may regenerate and my problem may eventually lessen.

Best of luck in your quandary and feel free to email me with any questions.

Lou


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