... fingers, arms and legs as the paraesthesia and limb falling asleep sensations to decreased feeling in said areas in addition to the aforementioned symptoms. It has now spread to my right hip all the way down my leg. It starts out as a shock feeling in my hip which radiates down to my toes. Then it feels like a charlie horse that will not release. It isnt constant, just when I move. I have considered getting a cane to assist me in walking :S
My question is this: what can I do to relieve the pain? Preferably not with painkillers. Is neuropathy reversible? (my dr told me no but I think that was just a scare tactic to get me to take better care/control of my diabetes)
You are 25. You are already displaying one of the things uncontrolled diabetes can do. He should not need scare tactics to make you control it better. Its not a scare tactic. In addition you can end up on dialysis, have heart disease and other damage to your organs. If your blood sugar is over 200 for 5 min or more its doing damage to your body. This is a fact, not a scare tactic. PN is irreversible. Stopping it from getting worse is possible, but you have to control your blood sugar.
I have PN from taking Sutent for stave 4 kidney cancer with mets to both lungs which is working very well after 3 yrs.PN is one of the worst side effects for me and affects my balance.I use a cane to stay on a straight line and helps very much. I feel it is much better than falling and the canes are 9.99 at Walmart. Good luck and use the cane if you feel it helps in any way.
I am sad to say but typically peripheral neuropathy is not reversable. Drugs that should probably be part of your pain management are gabapentin or lyrica and cymbalta. Narcotics are only minimally effective for neuropathic pain. That said, typically peripheral neuropathy from diabetes is as the name indicates, in the periphery--- the feet and lower limbs, sometimes the hands... not the hip. It is a peripheral issue not relieved or initiated by movement as it is the result of oxygen deprivation/dead and damaged nerves local to the area. Are you sure you are not pinching a nerve or that you dont have something else going on???
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