• 5 months ago

    I never knew this was here

    I've been reading WebMD quite a long time & gained a lot of knowledge from it, but this is the first time I've been here. I've been diagnosed as having Diabetes about 36 years ago. I now have Diabetic Neuropathy. It began in my feet but now above my knees. It's a horrible way to have to live. I highly recommend getting weight down before it's too late (when exercise is extremely difficult).

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  • 5 months ago

    RE: I never knew this was here

    Right on the money...

    Thanks for the visit and hope you can contribute something, again, and soon.

    My father developed diabetic neuropathy in his legs and feet, too. I used this website ( https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfVLRd9ug0fUJLSW1-cs_h6F43wfy9Ii0) to learn massage therapy techniques for diabetes. Not only does massage work in relieving pain, I will also tell you from personal experience; nothing's more gratifying than hearing your mom or dad ask, "Can you massage me, now?"

    Today, massage therapy is finally gaining acceptance as a valid form of diabetes therapeutic care by the insurance companies. The value and power of "touch" cannot be overstated. If you can't improve blood circulation to the nerves through regular exercise, massage is another way to "sheer that sheep". Good luck.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: I never knew this was here

    I also have diabetic neuropathy in my feet. I recently had a major surge in my neuropathy after being prescribed an antibiotic that causes neuropathy. I also learned that OTC and prescribed medications to treat acid reflux or heartburn can cause neuropathy!
      • 4 months ago
        Here's one other thing that falls under the category of, "I bet you didn't know..."

        Are you familiar with the relationship between diabetes and constipation?

        One of the major side affects/complications of uncontrolled blood sugar is how it methodically destroys good digestion. Without good digestion, food tends to stay in the lower G.I. tract for too long a period. Most people who suffer constipation are quite familiar with painful cramps and tiny, compacted "rocks" for turds. Food that hang around too long in the "system" tend to fester and spoil. It is this spoiling of food that results in "inflammation".

        Now, any inflammation combined with diabetes is a lose-lose scenario. Not only does inflammation cause blood sugar to rise, in the case of constipation, I've seen this phenomenon in two separate incidences: Painful swelling of the joints in the hands and feet.

        This is why I've said a 1000 times, here: You have to move! Once you stop moving and stay active, you lose a huge weapon in the fight against inflammation. Normal bowel movements* are a function of an active life. It's simple physics; that's just the way our digestive tract is designed. Gravity is required to continually push digested waste down through the colon.

        Laxatives and stool softeners are two of the most abused OTC drugs, today. For young people who think they cause no harm and result in no negative health consequences, eventually, they will see just how much damage they've done to themselves. Once they stop moving and start putting on weight, it will be just a matter of time. Most drs will tell you, constipation is one of the most serious health condition for seniors, today.


        *Constipation is defined as having fewer than 3 bowel movements per week. Optimum healthy bowel activity is between 1 and 3 per DAY.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: I never knew this was here

    My Podiatrist recommended Folinic Acid with B12 to help with neuropathy. After taking for a month or so, my symptoms are nonexistent. I've been taking one/day for a year now. I only experience pain if I've over-indulged. I think some type of exercise in concert definitely helps, e.g., walking. Consult your doctor.