Stairs or no stairs?

By svengali35 Latest Reply 2009-01-13 05:39:55 -0600
Started 2009-01-12 14:37:41 -0600

I have very bad neuropathy in my feet. Although I do feel a great deal of pain in them they have almost no external sensation, meaning I could step on a nail and not know it. Last evening I was going downstairs to have a drink and I stepped too far forward on the 2nd step and I almost went down.. (thank God for the sturdy banister) This never would have been a problem in the past as I could feel the darn steps and would not have put weight on it if it weren't firmly planted on a step.. Anyway is there any way to reverse the effects of Nuropathy that work (the net is full of junk) or am I doomed to getting a house without stairs.

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Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-13 05:39:55 -0600 Report

Erik, I do believe you have discovered one of the reasons that when you are diabetic you move slower. A fall doesn't only mean recovery from a break, sprain, or strain, it can lead to much more severe consequences. Glad you're alright, but I don't know of any way to undue the damage that has already been done.

Avera 2009-01-13 00:32:10 -0600 Report


I'm also glad to hear that you did not have ill effects from your fall. I copied this for you from a great web page that discusses "diabetic neuropathy." Here is what they said about reversal.

*Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy*

"Left untreated, elevated blood sugar causes further nerve damage. There currently is no well-established treatment to reverse nerve damage. However, patients who have excellent sugar control may experience some improvement. Therefore, the primary goal is to control sugar as well as possible."

If you would like to visit the site, here is the link…

dyanne 2009-01-12 23:37:15 -0600 Report

Well I am glad you didnt fall !!! The only help I know of is the anti depressant cymbalta it is supossed to help with neuropathy. It is worth asking you dr. about I have some neurpathy and it may very well be worse if I were not taking the cymbalta. Hope this helps…

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-12 17:56:26 -0600 Report

I don't know what you can do to reverse neuropathy but I know you need to have your Blood Sugars in good control. It will take a little time but some sensation should return…Debe

2009-01-12 17:50:31 -0600 Report

I have the same problem and I use a cane with a claw base so it firmly sits on steps and the rails on my right, hold tightly. Looking down at my feet, and watch water temps too. I can get in a hot shower, my hands,legs and feet don't feel it, then my body gets burnt real fast. Hope there is a little help for you; Claudia

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