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Type 2 Diabetes: I have neuropathy in my feet and legs

Neuropathy | Last Active: Jan 5, 2021 | Replies (25)

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@jrayk

I have a few questions for the group:

1. What is Small Fiber Neuropathy? None of my physicians have ever mentioned this before.
2. I take 300 gabapentin once nightly. Does this drug aggravate PN? Been taking it for the past 5 years or so when I originally thought I had RLS. Occasionally, I have night issues with cramping, but always have the tingling, muscle twitching constantly.
3. I do not have pain of any kind. Am I in the minority of PN people?

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@jrayk Having neuropathy without having pain does put you in the minority but you are not alone. I also have idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy without pain. I just have numbness. Not that I'm complaining since without pain means there are no drugs you can take to help since drugs only mask the pain signals in the brain (my non medical interpretation/opinion). Gabapentin is normally prescribed to treat neuropathy pain.

You may want to take a look at the following discussion:
– Neuropathy: Numbness only, no pain: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/neuropathy-numbness-only-no-pain/

If you want to learn more about neuropathy and how it's diagnosed, here is an easy to understand explanation of small fiber peripheral neuropathy by Matthew B. Jensen. Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Wisconsin:

Good afternoon @jrayk …..I kind of want to jump in here and relay my life partner's story of gabapentin which he took for quite some time for RLS. So……that checks out. As his RLS became more troubling and interfering, his medication was changed as well as the timing of the dosages.

He does not have pain just the "jerkies". His first choice for a good night's sleep in addition to his RLS dosage is medical cannabis right as the lights go out. So….perhaps that will help with your research.

May your day be one of peace and ease.
Chris

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