Foot and Leg pain diagnosed as Neuropathy

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-01-27 08:39:00 -0600
Started 2014-01-21 08:11:15 -0600

Hi everyone. I am recently diagnosed prediabetic from a family where just about everyone has type 2. I have been having foot and leg pain for months now - diagnosed as nerve pain. I just got my meter and will be attending class to learn to use it and also to learn more about diet. My Neurologist says this getting my blood sugar down will help with the pain but my Internist disagrees. So far they have found no other cause for the pain (EMG, blood tests, MRI, etc.) I would be interested in your opinions and any advice you could offer. What do you take or do for foot and leg pain? I hope this is not a stupid question. I really don't know. Thank you.

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candykitty 2014-01-27 08:39:00 -0600 Report

Don't know if this will help but a few years ago I had numbness in one leg and doc said it was nerve damage from diabetes, I wasn't convinced so I went to a chiropractor and turns I had a pinched nerve after about a month of adjustments it went away.

Bluegill88 2014-01-22 15:55:05 -0600 Report

I need to know the same thing. I am having pain in my legs but my blood glucose reading are low. That is why I don't understand about neuropathy.

jayabee52 2014-01-22 16:05:44 -0600 Report

I have been frustrated in that also. I had been keeping my BG levels in normal range and still do not have even a lessening of my burning neuropathy. In kicking around the net, I had learned that neuropathu can be a side effect of kidney disease as well (don't remember where it was). So for me I think I possibly know what is going on with me. However I understand that nerves are one of the slowest tissues to heal, so one can have normalized BG readings and still have neuropathic pain due to the slowness of healing for nerves.

jayabee52 2014-01-22 15:51:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Anon
The only stupid question here (IMHO) is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

Generally speaking, neuropathy resulting from diabetes results from being over 140 mg/dl for extended periods of time. Of course neropathy is not only caused by diabetes, but may occur from pinched nerves, from certain medications and other conditions. see ~

Unfortunately only time will tell if the neuropathy is treatable, or can go away and under what conditions.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-22 14:19:10 -0600 Report

Diabetes effects the nerve endings. Some people have neuropathy throughour their entire body. I had it really bad in my feet and legs just before I was diagnosed. My doctor would not give me medication because he said he wanted to see if it would clear up once I got my blood sugar under control. I went and bought a pair of well cushioned athletic shoes for work and walking and that helped a great deal with the pain. I won't take medication for anything unless I have absolutely no choice.

He was right, once I got my blood sugar under control the pain stopped. Now I know when my blood sugar gets high because the pain returns until it goes down.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-21 09:34:10 -0600 Report

No question is a stupid question. Just before I was diagnosed with Type 2, I had sharp shooting pains, mostly in my legs and feet. I also had numbness in my feet.

After I had been diagnosed, taking the one Januvia 100 mg, losing 55 pounds, and testing showed my blood sugar averaging 105 to 121, then the pains have subsided.

Then I started taking 5,000 mcg of Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin, and the numbness has decreased to now just on the bottom of my toes.

However, if I eat the wrong things, I get sharp shooting pains again. Which to me seems to indicate they may return when I do not do the right things.

I cannot offer you advise, but your situation is similar to mine. You be the judge between your doctors differing opinions.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-22 14:21:07 -0600 Report

The better control I was getting my numbers down cause my pain to vanish. If I eat too much of the wrong things the pain comes back. Since I rarely have highs, I have no pain at all. I didn't take any kind of medicine or vitamins for it.