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Old 02-04-2015, 00:08   #1
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I am 40 year old male. 5.9 205 pounds. My A1c is a 5.7 , I failed my 3 hour ogtt , 202, 170, and 80, were my numbers. I had sixth nerve palsey February 2014 which lasted for 3 months and healed completely in 3 months in May. Then july 2014 I started getting tingling and burning in my left hand and arm and gradually in my right arm , hand, both legs and feet all the way till now Feb. 3 2015. I also get the burning sensation in back, chest, and face? Is this diabetes or something else? I had an MRI of the brain and was normal, lots of bloodwork was normal except 25.8 on my rheumatoid factor? Any one have these troubles? What is it? Ive seen a neurologist where I live, he hasn't helped, so he is sending me to Wake Forest in N.c.

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Welcome Wendell

We can't diagnose here, but...

IF the nerve pain is from high blood sugar levels, it might improve if you got your BG down to more normal levels and kept it there.

Do you have a glucose meter and are you testing your BG? If so, what numbers are you seeing - and when are you testing (helps in interpreting the BG numbers).

Are you doing anything specific for your diabetes, like meds or a change in the way you eat?

A site we recommend for new members is Blood Sugar 101 which is a comprehensive resource on all aspects of diabetes, and how to manage it.

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Yes, I'm on metformin 500 mg 2 times a day. Just started last week. Carbs, bread or pizza, etc. will spike to 180. I've never seen it over 200 until I did the ogtt. Fasting has been 115 or less before the meds? I have a glucose meter and have np been testing it. What is a good number to keep under, even an hour after I ate? Thanks

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Medical science is still exploring what 'high' BG is. But it seems to be accepted that whenever BG goes over 140 mg/dl a bit more damage accumulates.

If you spend time reading BloodSugar101 you will find lots of information around this. With that knowledge, and with the info you get from testing, you can gradually decide what BG feel best (and are safest) for you.

I am insulin resistant T2 and keep my BG under 110 mg/dl most of the time. It took months of tuning and trying and testing to get there, and that is where my energy and health feel the best. Over time, you will learn much more about your body - all valuable information.

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Medical science is still exploring what 'high' BG is. But it seems to be accepted that whenever BG goes over 140 mg/dl a bit more damage accumulates.
If it were me who was suffering from neuropathy brought on by high BG levels, I'd want to immediately get my BG down well below the upper limit of 140. I'd shoot for below 120 as quickly as I could get there. But that's me - aggressively pro-active.

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gaba pentin worked for me... after I found that some B vitamin brands worked others didn't... but none worked as well as the G.P.

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If it were me who was suffering from neuropathy brought on by high BG levels, I'd want to immediately get my BG down well below the upper limit of 140. I'd shoot for below 120 as quickly as I could get there. But that's me - aggressively pro-active.
Getting your numbers down don't really stop the pain. The only thing I've tried is the gabapentin. Eventually the nerves will repair, but it took me 15 years to get the neuropathy and probably will take 15 years of normal blood sugars (which I have been unable to achieve) to heal those nerves. Gabapentin works in the brain to alter the signals to the nerves. I take sublingual b 12 along with biotin and other b vitamins to heal the nerves, Also a Alpha Lipoic Acid helps about 1800 mg a day.

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