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Old 08-15-2014, 06:42   #1
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Having a tough pain day today. I have burning in my feet, left palm and the right side of my face from what I believe is small fiber neuropathy from my high blood sugar. My doctor diagnosed me as prediabetic and will not accept that I have "prediabetic neuropathy" even though it is well documented in the medical literature.

Anyway, I am feeling anxious and depressed about this pain today and having a hard time dealing with the thought that it may never go away. Just for info my a1c at diagnosis was 6.0 and was 5.7 on July 17th after 5 months of strict low carb eating.

So I'm just wondering if anyone has any victory stories about their neuropathy. Anyone see significant improvement or total recovery? I could really use some HOPE right now.
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Way back in 2006/7 I had some excruciating pain in my right calf muscles. I had to undergo a color Doppler scan and all that. Dr told me that I was suffering from DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) & a lot of unnecessary medication was thrust upon me.

In Aug 2010 I enrolled in a forum like this one, learnt that carbs raise BG, got that under control, and never looked back. Looking back I'd say I was suffering from PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) brought on by high BG.

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I had burning and itching on the inside of my legs. Turns out after seeing a nerolagest that I had a bad disk pinching a nerve.Many people fin ALA (Alpha lopaic Acid) helps nerve

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In my experience, yes neuropathy can be reversed.

My a1c at dx was 12, I probably had d2 for at least 3 years before that. About 1 year before dx, I had a very small scrape on my shin that took about 3 months to heal and I had a scar as well. I also had burning in my feet. If I had an entire day on my feet, the balls of my feet hurt so bad I couldn't sleep. The pain went from my feet all the way up to my knees.

After transitioning into lchf and very tight bg control, things started to improve.

It doesn't happen fast, but it was noticeable by the end of the first month.

By the 3rd month that persistent scar went away. I still had a lot of burning in the balls of my feet after an entire day on my feet, but I was no longer having any trouble sleeping.

As of right now, I'm around 6 months on lchf and great control. I cut my shin last week way worse than the one I mentioned above, it completely healed in a week (no scab, nothing, it's gone). I also cut one of my toes, it also healed in less than a week. As for the burning pain, I still have it in the balls of my feet, but if I rated that a year ago at 10, it's about a 2 or 3 now.

It may or may not be gone in time, but the improvement I've experienced so far is all I need to keep me focused on good control.

Good luck on your journey, it will get better!

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I am healing from celiac disease as well as from my diagnosis of pre-diabetes, so I am not sure which disease was causing my symptoms. My tingling legs and phantom itching (no rash) in one spot are gone! My vision has improved per my optometrist. My numb finger tips are no longer numb. I have been on the LCHF diet for about six months. Everyone heals at a different pace so I would give it more time.

Sorry, to hear that your doctor is not supportive. I was told to lose weight and exercise more at my initial diagnosis. Ha! I had a normal BMI at the time and I ran, swam, and cycled (50 mile +). I found Blood Sugar 101 and started testing and charting. Took my results back to the doctor. He agreed that I have a carb intolerance. He was also interested in the LCHF diet that I was on, along with my husband. He agreed to give the diet a chance to see if it improved my husband's blood lipid panel before talking about statin use. I am waiting on my most recent tests results.

I am glad that I became proactive. I can now see and feel how sugar is not good for anyone! I was the queen of sugar, since I never gained any significant weight!

I have lost 15 pounds though. My BMI is now at the low end of the range. But, that was my weight prior to having a baby at 40 (I just thought some weight gain was due to old age!)

I finally am starting to feel great, but I am sure it is also due to my gluten free diet as well.

Hang in there!

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I used to get a sharp stabbing pain in one foot or the other, a feeling as if someone had driven a railway spike through it. I started taking Alpha-Lipoic Acid; between that and getting my blood sugar under control, it's been months since my last "railroad spike" attack... and the last few of those were much milder in both intensity and duration.

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Before lowering my BG, I was getting hot prickly feelings in both big toes. That's completely gone away now.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!
It's so good to hear first hand stories! I've been 6 months on low carb with no improvement but it's true we all heal at different rates. I'm so happy for each of you and I hope to soon add my own story

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Plus nerves heal MUCH more slowly than other body tissues. Hang in there, Aly.




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