Knowing the difference between nerve damage from diabetes and pinched nerves

By 50Jewels Latest Reply 2011-07-07 21:24:29 -0500
Started 2011-07-03 14:50:58 -0500

I was in an auto accident 20 years ago that injured my neck and back. I have had numbness on and off since then. How do I tell if the tingling and numbness in my hands and feet are from this injury or from the onset of diabetes? I get massage every month to help keep my muscles from tightening up and causing the numbness. I have been noticing the tingling a lot more since I was diagnosed, I just don't know if it is my BG levels or if my back is out of wack.

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shoulders 2011-07-07 17:29:41 -0500 Report

50Jewels you mentioned might be the onset of DIABETES, the first thing you should do is get checked for diabetes. Then that will narrow your questions. If you are a diabetic then the Dr.s can check also for neoraphathy. Or, it could all be from the car accident. Good Luck to you.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-04 11:05:33 -0500 Report

It could be one, both, or something unexpected. For years I blaamed my crooked back for left hip pain. Thought it was a pinched nerve because it matched the discription. Last year my Gyn removed a whole lotta Endo. Since then no more hip pain.

CaliKo 2011-07-03 15:14:06 -0500 Report

I wonder the same thing sometimes. I also have MS and have numbness in one arm and hand that comes and goes. I wonder if it could be something totally unrelated like carpel tunnel. You just have to discuss with your doctor for a best opinion for your medical history. Sometimes there may be a test that could be done. Sometimes its as simple as "does the massage help?" Sometimes we tend to see everything in relation to our diabetes, and it could be something else. Good question.

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