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10/8/11 11:25 A

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I had some tingling and itching in my FACE that was bothering me... I talked to my doctor, and she sent me to a neurologist--who told me it was a rare form of 'trigeminal neuralgia' that was actually an ATYPICAL manifestation of diabetic neuropathy! Yep, any where there is a nerve, it's possible!

The neurologist also told me I had some neuropathy issues in my hands and feet (I was aware of it, but not that it was so severe!... it sneaks up on you!) and said I could take meds that might also help the fibro and I could go to physical therapy to try to improve muscle response and regrow some of the damaged nerves... apparently the latest research is showing that despite former beliefs in the medical field, a certain amount of nerve regeneration IS possible! Since most medications have side effects issues for me, I didn't want to go that route until it's absolutely the only option... and I'm taking physical therapy now, and making some interesting improvements... odd little things I never associated with the neuropathy have just disappeared! LOL

Do as Mary says, stay as healthy as you can. It won't NECESSARILY mean a ride totally free of diabetic complications, but it does improve your chances considerably of having a long and fruitful life!

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9/27/11 11:18 A

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the stores are doing that out of goodness in the winter months they started out with the free antibiotics with the doc orders that is good because really it shows they are trying to do something for the consumer for sure and the drugs offered free are generally the 'gold' standards for the diseases..i think that is great for sure
as for the neuropathy question i have autonomic neuropathy caused by long term diabetes..apparenetly even if you kleep it under control you have diabetes long enough and it can happen nothing you can do for this except wait for it to turn off one system or another the heart the brain the lungs the digestive system..when they quit they quit there is no going back
so keep that blood sugar in check and drink water and be as healthy as you can for sure
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9/26/11 9:46 P

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I am due to see my family doctor for a 3 month A1C check, but do not have a diabetes educator to talk to due to lack of insurance. I pay out of pocket for everything, and that is one more thing to add to the list. I am fortunate my M.D. charges me a sliding fee and the local supermarket gives out certain diabetic meds for free (how they can do this I do not know), of which Metformin is on their list. I am reading everything I can get my hands on about diabetes to better educate and take care of myself. This site has truly been a lifesaver with the info shared among all the members. I don't feel as hopeless with this diagnosis as I once did. emoticon emoticon

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9/26/11 7:44 P

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As neuropathy is to do with nerves, I would assume that it could affect any part of the nerve. But I am not a doctor.

Talk to your doc or diabetes educator. And if it is felt that you have this, get a referal to a specalist. (neuropathist)

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9/26/11 6:43 P

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I always thought you have Neuropathy only in your hands and feet. I hear you can have it in other parts of your body too. Is this true?

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9/26/11 2:21 P

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Neuropathy can affect people slightly differently. My dad's first indication that anything was wrong was getting tingly and numbness in his hands. He went to his doc and was told he had T2 diabetes. Other people feel actual pain.... And I am sure there are many other manifestations.

You must see your doctor or diabetes specialist (doo you have an endocrinologist?) or diabetes nurse. They can answer to your questions and test you to see if you have it and if so, how bad. They will also give you tips and hints on how to handle the condition.

Good luck to you and keep us informed.....

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9/26/11 10:08 A

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I'd go with first checking with your Dr. or diabetic educator. Then I'd read the sites recommended to learn more about it. DEFINITELY get activity in to boost circulation and help control sugars. Good luck.

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Talk to your DR or Educator about your concerns so you can be checked out and it will most likely help you to understand the complications better. We all sit or stand and get the tingles but with a diagnosis like this we have to take care. Remember EXERCISE really does help circulation so do try to get some in if you are not already doing so. Ask your providers and insist they explain it well. ALWAYS ask questions then you will be better able to live with your diagnosis. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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9/26/11 9:43 A

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Did your doctor check your feet for feeling to see if you have the beginings of this? I was dx in June of this year with type 2 and thats one of the things he did right off. I would call and talk with your doctor, diabetic educator of the doctors nurse. You can also check the site listed.

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9/26/11 8:18 A

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Good Morning I agree with Nellie...Here are a few links on SP you should read about diabetes...
Health Condition Center...
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_
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nditions.asp?condition=9


Health A-Z...Diabetic Neuropathies
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_
a-
z_detail.asp?AZ=139

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9/25/11 10:52 P

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It's possible -- or they may be falling asleep from staying pretty much in the same position.

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9/25/11 10:34 P

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Is the neuropathy associated with diabetes signaled by tingling/numbness in hands and feet at times? I have a 2 hr commute to work and often feel numb if I don't flex my hands and feet while driving. I'm newly diagnosed and don't know much about diabetes symptoms.

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