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So I just got back from a full examination from a specialist at the Chronic Pain Center here... The exam was in relation to my spinal/pain issues, not my diabetes...

But during the examination he was testing for neuropathy (common in spinal issues as well as diabetes) and I was shocked at the results...

I couldn't even feel the cotton he was brushing on the sides of my feet... could feel it somewhat on the tops, but not with anywhere near the sensation I could feel it on my upper legs...

I was unable to distinguish between the flat side or sharp end of a safety pin when pressed to my feet... it just felt like 'pressure' either way.

During a toe up/toe down test I couldn't tell with my left foot whether he was moving my toe UP or DOWN... In fact, I could barely tell he was moving it.

Then he did a vibration test - basically getting a high-tech 'tuning fork' humming, then pressing it on my legs and feet... I could feel the buzz on some parts of my legs, and on the tops of my feet, but not on my toes or the sides of my feet. NO buzz there.

Was a real shocker to me - I actually thought I caught this before neuropathy, simply because I could always 'feel' my feet, and they didn't feel 'numb'. He says the loss of vibration-sensitivity and other things is more common in diabetic neuropathy, and the fact that my left foot is diminished (and my left leg weaker) when compared to my right has to do with my spinal issues.

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.

Go figure.

Oh well, better to KNOW than not. And at least I know what to do to control the diabetes-side of the complications... Still a little upsetting though.
 

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WOW, I wonder how many of us have the same thing but just haven't had a super , thorough screening like you had. Just another reminder not to give in to temptation and keep bgs as normal as possible.
 

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What'll you bet a few more of us are checking our feet tonight?! That's a very rude wakening, Beefy, and I thank you for the update. I totally agree with you that KNOWING is much better than not knowing.
 

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The strange thing is I also have had that test, but in spite of 'passing' it with glowing results, my feet feel cold all the time and I do suffer with a feeling of numbness...and with no explanation...Yet.
 
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