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My lower legs and feet have been falling asleep. My doc said my bg isn't high enough to cause nerve damage, I think it might have to do with my spine pressing on nerves, so am seeing a chiropractor, having traction hoping to free the nerves. I just started the traction, so haven't seen any positive results yet.

My doc said if the chiropractor can't resolve it, I will need to see a nerve specialist to find out what is causeing the numbness. But he told me one of the tests is painful. If the traction doesn't work, I will definitely see the nerve doc, so that isn't an issue. I know some of you have been through the tests, so could you please give me a general description of what goes on and just how painful it is. I think the most scary thing about something like this is not knowing what to expect.
 

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Thanks a lot, beefy. You have set my mind at ease. This came from one of your previous posts:

Basically both the spinal and the diabetes complications are affecting it.

Either way you look at it, it's definite sensation loss/neuropathy, and I didn't even realize.
Did your doctor tell you anything that can be done to solve the problems with your spine pressing on nerves? Also, (besides keeping your bg under control) are there medicines or whatever that they can give to help keep diabetic neuropathy from progressing or to help heal the nerves or whatever?
 

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I did some research on the web and from what I could find, when it comes to diabetic neuropathy, gabapentin is for pain, not for healing nerves. (But maybe it does heal nerves, and maybe I just didn't end up on the correct websites during my search.) I did a search at bloodsugar101 and it looks like alpha lipoic acid is used to heal diabetic neuropathy. It also says you can heal D neuropathy by keeping bg low. I have been trying to do that and was wondering why the numbness hasn't improved, and might even be worse, but bs101 says while the nerves are healing, the neuropathy can get worse, so that explains a lot. It says to heal, keep fasting bg under 100, 1 hour post-meal under 140 and 2 hour post-meal under 120. I have been doing that, but it is sometimes difficult to get fasting below 100.

A few years ago I injured a nerve in my arm which made part of my hand and small finger go numb. The doc said it could take a year or more to heal. It did take over a year, but finally healed and there was no numbness for a few months. Unfortunately it has come back to a lesser degree, but I believe that has to do with the spine pressing on nerves or D neuropathy, not the old injury. So it does give me some hope that if I can get and keep my bg down, the nerves will eventually heal.
 

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Beefy, have you tried a chiropractor to help align your spine? My chiro. did X-rays to start, then another set a month and a half in. I saw the X-rays and my spine isn't far from being straight now, and the pain in my back is gone. I know a nerve is pressing on at least one place on my spine because my back sometimes falls asleep in that spot. According to my chiro, once the spine is aligned, sometimes it stops pressing on nerves, but of course there is no guarantee. At least I'm hoping for the best. I have another 3 weeks of treatments at 2X per week, then 4 weeks at 1X per week, then I'm done.
 
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