I recently had been noticing the numbing of my feet and hands, but it started moving up my legs and arms about 3 days ago. My lips and tongue and inside of mouth are numb also. Within 5 hours it had covered my body and my speech was slurred for about an hour. It then subsided. I am also having hot flashes about every 15 minutes or so. I had gone to the emergency room; their diagnoses were neuropathy and menopause. Does this sound correct? I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes around 3 years ago.

Dr. David Erani


Diabetic neuropathy often starts with numbness in the feet and hands and may move up the extremities. It does not typically progress over the course of a few days. While hot flashes could certainly be related to menopause (Are you having regular periods?), your other symptoms are not typical. In an emergency room, the focus is on ruling out any acute or emergent problem. It is good that you went to the emergency room so that could be done. Now you need to see your primary care provider so you can have a more thorough evaluation.

March 11, 2013 at 6:06 am

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