Worried about how quickly neuropathy progresses

Posted by minniemya @minniemya, Jun 17 11:21am

Just found out I have neuropathy . I have tingling in my hands and some of my toes are numb. Using a cane for balance. Worried how quickly this will progress and how to slow it down if that is possible. I broke my foot in march and this showed up.

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Hello @minniemya and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can certainly understand your concern about neuropathy given your problems with balance and a broken foot. Balance problems are always a concern to us as we age. You are wise to be using a cane. The more support you have the safer you will be.

Since you posted in the Diabetes Endocrinology discussion group, I'm guessing that you have diabetes. Is that correct? Unfortunately, neuropathy is a side effect of diabetes.

I would like to invite you to the discussion groups that Connect has on the topic of neuropathy. Here is a link to those discussions, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/neuropathy/. As you can see there are many people dealing with this problem. I would like to invite @johnbishop to introduce you to these discussions as well as some members.

If you care to share more, do you have pain or just numbness? Has your doctor prescribed anything to help?

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Hello @minniemya, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with Teresa @hopeful33250 and other members. I think one of the best things you can do to help yourself is to learn as much as you can about your neuropathy diagnosis and available options you have for treating the symptoms. There is another discussion that you might find helpful by reading through the posts — Has anyone tried treatment for diabetic neuropathy ?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/has-anyone-tried-treatment-for-diabetic-neuropathy/.

@cehunt57, @bobf46, @davelobb12, @callalloo and others may have also have some suggestions.

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@minniemya, Hi I’m Cheryl (@cehunt57).
I am diabetic and have struggled with neuropathy. It was two kinds, peripheral (mainly extremities) and autonomic (effects internal organs). The thing that helped the most was getting and keeping blood sugar under control. My diabetes has been a complicated journey; still is. I ended up having a pancreas transplant. That story is elsewhere. After that the peripheral neuropathy resolved. I do still have flare ups of the autonomic neuropathy. Mine effects my stomach and is called gastroparesis. My best takeaway is that if your neuropathy is related to diabetes, make that a priority. Diabetes cannot be separated from any other aspect of health (like your broken foot). It only complicates things like diagnosis, treatment and recovery. My hope and prayer for you is that your foot heals, neuropathy resolves and diabetes is controllable.

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