... finished a bout with an upper respiratory virus and subsequently came down with stocking glove neuropathy several days ago. Dr. says it's rare for pre-diabetics to get such neuropathy and he's not sure if it's just post viral or related to the fact that I am now in the prediabetic range. Has anyone had peripheral neuropathy symptoms? Specifically the stocking glove symptom? Thank you I look forward to getting this under control and working on my diet to prevent diabetes.
Good morning, BlondieCO,
I was a 58 year old active female when, out of the blue, I developed a stocking (no glove) peripheral neuropathy. That was almost 2 years ago and in that time I have consulted a podiatrist, then my family physician and finally a neurologist. Despite having a series of normal fasting blood sugars and HgbA1c's, the podiatrist informed me I was pre-diabetic and the neuropathy was a sequelae of the condition. The neurologist did a very careful and thorough physical exam, clinical history and series of blood tests and determined that the neuropathy was of unknown (idiopathic) origin. He explained further that about 50% of cases like this fall into this category of "unknown causes". He did not recommend an EMG as he explained that in the vast majority of cases, the findings are normal or otherwise non-contributory. He started me on a very low dose of neurontin,100 mg twice daily, which has been gradually increased to 400mg bid. The neurontin has helped take the edge off the pain, which for me feels like wearing socks knitted from steel wool, but has not eliminated it completely. Some days are worse than others, but at least there has been a next day to greet. I also did some physical therapy to help with balance and flexibility of my toes, mid foot and ankle. I try to do the stretching and balance exercises first thing in the morning. The physical therapist also recommended swimming for exercise or riding a recumbent bike. She told me to try and redirect my focus on what I could do rather than what I couldn't. Trust me, that has not been the easiest thing to do when you take the act of walking as a given. It is easy to fall into a funk and spend time and mental energy on "what-ifs" and "what caused this?", but honestly that kind of thinking hasn't improved my symptoms or health one bit. I've realized I have to switch my thinking from "how do I get over this" to "how do I live with this". Hopefully, this will be of some help to you. Best of luck. SB
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