If damage has been done to the nerves in your hand and feet from the ' Dia beast', can these damages be reversed once you get your levels under control ? And what medications are used for such damages?

By nzingha Latest Reply 2011-11-30 06:28:17 -0600
Started 2011-11-24 22:04:58 -0600

There has been some damage done to the nerves in my hand and all this time I have been complaining about the weakness in my legs which I have diagnosed myself as caused from the Diabetes. They have been getting stronger thank God as I have not allowed them to hold me down and with the swimming and walking I can even lift them high in the air but it is still a challenge climbing steps. will my legs ever feel the same again or the 2 fingers on my left hand which tend to be numb and I have to be constantly exercising them?n

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meowbat 2011-11-30 06:28:17 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed Feb,2010, but have most likely had "D" for many years. My neuropathy has been with me for years. For my part it doesn't get better but I've been told that treatment slows the DN down. I hope for all of us that this is so. So far meds for it have made it more tolerable but have not reduced it. the pain is worse at night and my legs have lost strength. the only thing that has ever really helped was an epidural directly into the nerve bundles beside the lower spine. when i had insurance this would stop the flames and pain for sometimes as long as 6 months.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-26 15:17:23 -0600 Report

Nzingha, yes nerves can repair themselves. I have chronic back pain and a back specialist cauterized 3 nerves in my back. They were burned to kill them. This helped me for a short time. After having this painful procedure done I learned that 80% of the times the nerves grew back within 2 years.
I assume that if nerves can grow back after being burned electrically then those that are only damaged can regenerate.

lifedriver 2011-11-26 14:49:33 -0600 Report

Welcome, in response to your question my doctor told me that the damage done thus far cannot be reversed. However thru proper diet you can reduce further complicaton. I experienced that 4 years ago when I had very high BS and was Hospitalized for over a week. I have rencently begin to bare and even get use to the pain. I have been on Gabapentin 600mg at night. This really helps me and soaking my feet and keeping them from getting dry with Shea Butter. LIVE

nzingha 2011-11-27 08:22:24 -0600 Report

no thats not true..I hear it can be reversed and stopped with proper treatment.. and others have had that experience..Im working on it.. my feet were so weak couple months ago, I couldnt even lift them to get on my pants.. now Im kicking anything that comes my way.. and I do it thru swimming and walking excercises alone. with the vitamin B that my doc has added I know it will be reversed ..so Im not buying into that one.. thnks tho

Kirla 2011-11-25 08:01:58 -0600 Report

When diagnosed type 2 I didn’t think I had a problem with my feet. Then after several weeks when my blood sugar came close to normal numbers my feet first felt cold most of the time. Then they were sore for a while. Found myself putting 2 pairs of the cushions you put in your shoes. Then the stabbing shouting pains started. This lasted for several weeks. Now I just have the tingling numb feelings in my feet all the time. I started to take a B complex twice a day and recently been taking B12. It’s been over 2½ years now and I still got the numb tingling feelings. I read an article from David Mendosa and he figured it was going to take like 5 years for his feet to heal. So I guess I have a few more years to see it the damage reverses itself. I think there getting better but just don’t know for sure.

From my research I learned that the best thing we can do is get our blood sugar to as close to normal blood sugar as possible. Then nature should take its course and heal us. There is no guarantee that if you control your blood sugar that you will heal or even get better. Some believe if we control our blood sugar the damage should not get worse. But it may already be to late. I’m just happy I don’t have the sore feet anymore and the stabbing shooting pains went away. If all I have to live with is the numb feelings and tingling feet I will be happy. Many get diagnosed when the damage is beyond being reversed and must live with the pain.

nzingha 2011-11-26 05:37:42 -0600 Report

thnk God I dont have pain..just weakness in the feet and numbness in the 2 fingwers and i note that my grasp in said hand is not as firm as it used to be.. things tend to fall out of that hand.. but its not very bad.. I hope it does not take 5 years to heal…the vitamin B should help..thnks for ur response.

eristar 2011-11-25 06:02:50 -0600 Report

A vitamin B complex was recommended to me, to help heal nerves, and I have been able to stop taking Gabapentin; although I do have some numbness, tingling, and residual leg weakness at this time last year I was unable to walk, so something has been working!

nzingha 2011-11-25 06:09:22 -0600 Report

yes my doc started a B complex injection and I felt better almost immdiately.. the weakness in my legs was not as severe so i think this is the way she will be going.. but i realise that these docs dont seem to know what they r doing..help i need a doc who's diabetic ! lol!

Caroltoo 2011-11-24 22:16:49 -0600 Report

I have found taking 600 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid and 5,000 mcg of Biotin daily have helped overcome the neuropathy I had on the bottom of my foot when I was first diagnosed. It feels normal now.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-25 23:11:57 -0600 Report

I also take the Alpha Lipoic Acid and have noticed that I don't have to take as much of my nureotin, unless I have run alot at work.

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