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Old 12-24-2007, 06:14 AM   #1
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Question New to Neuropathy - What can I expect?

Hi gang; I'm nearly 60 years old and I've been battling Type 2 diabetes for more than 15 years. I've manage to do it with pills (presently taking Januvia and Avandamet). No insulin yet. My blood glucose meter readings average in the 150-160's and my A1C is usually acceptable but not great. I exercise but my diet could be much better. Here's my question...

I'm having slight numbness and some pain in my legs and feet. Probably signs of the beginning of Neuropathy. My last visit to my foot doctor was over a year ago and all was well back then but I need to schedule an appointment since these symptoms are beginning.

So, what can I expect him to do when I see him?

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Old 01-11-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
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Re: New to Neuropathy - What can I expect?

welcome to your next plateau involving pain and numbness.
You are very lucky to get pn in this day and age when there are
so many remedies for both pain and numbness. I have had my
pn for about 27 years ago from type 2 d., and suffered greatly during thos
years with lightening strike pains for days on end. Now, I don't have
any more pain. I took neuronton for many years and it worked fine
for about 10 years or so. Then it became ineffective. I now take
lantus insulin, one shot a day in the am. Glucophage, 2 tablets
per day, and, specifically for the pain: 10 mg nortriptyline daily in the
evening before bed, and 2 mg tablets twice a day: dilaudid. Started taking
these meds about four months ago and they have kept me pain-free.
re: numbness: You can beat it by doing extraordinary exercise, if
you can take it. I run on the treadmill two hours a day and weightfift.
Been doing that for years Result: 26 years ago I could not feel my feet,
it was hard to drive. I started to run slow, then got up to marathons
over a period of 10 years. Now I have virtually no numbness now.
Also try to keep my sugar readings down. If you have any specific
questions, send 'em over. woondog ps I am 70 years old

Last edited by woondog; 01-11-2008 at 11:39 PM.

Old 01-19-2008, 10:39 AM   #3
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Re: New to Neuropathy - What can I expect?

I would go to a neurologist for your foot pain now instead of a foot doctor...its the nerves in your feet that are acting up from the diabetes....A neurologist will get you on the right type of pain med for that type of pain...keeping your sugar down helps it is the guy thats causing the neurapathy.....good luck
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:18 PM   #4
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Re: New to Neuropathy - What can I expect?

it would be hard to say what anyone could expect. some people develop pain, others burning sensations, others such intense tingling they can't keep still, while others have no discomfort sensations, only progressing numbness. Your combination of symptoms and the intensity you feel them might not match anyone else. I would avoid some of the more common pain medications that are prescribed if you are able to cope with the discomfort you might feel, as over time they lose there effectiveness and can actually cause further nerve disruption.... after all, they are designed to deaden sensitivity so you don't feel the pain. And i'd be very wary of being presecribed pain meds if you have no actual pain and discomfort. I know of neuropathy patients who have only had numbness issues and were prescribed Neurontin and Cymbalta because they are "neuropathy" medications. yeah.... neuropathy medications for pain!.

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