Patient Comments: Diabetic Neuropathy - Symptoms and Signs

What symptoms and signs did you experience with your diabetic neuropathy?

Comment from: 40 and hurting, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I have been a diabetic for several years, mostly unknown, I now have tingling and burning in my legs including surface numbness. This last weekend the pain got so bad it was overwhelmingly painful, I had to force myself to walk. It was the first real attack I've had and it started at work; I had to leave early taking me 3 minutes to descend 6 steps. My diabeties is getting under control with 4000mg of Metformin daily, I also have calcified tendons in the arches of both feet...

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

The symptoms I experience with my diabetic neuropathy include burning, tingling and pain.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I have had Type 2 diabetes for eight years. My blood sugar levels are under control, but for the past year I have suffered terrible shooting pains through the bottoms of my feet, and stiffness in my legs, my right leg more than my left. If I sit for any length of time, getting up to walk is difficult. I am taking Amitriptyline for the Neuropathy pain which has helped me sleep at night and helped the pain temporarily. Now I've noticed in the past couple of weeks the shooting pains and weakness in my legs and feet are returning. Back to the doctor, I hope I can find some relief. I'm 47 years old, I really worry about my later years, if I'm already having these problems before I even turn 50.

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Comment from: freeportken, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

Sharp pain in my back and both buttocks when I walk, now right foot has numbness and loss of motorskills. Have been doing therapy in water has helped foot but still have pain in back and buttocks only when walking with walker now.

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Comment from: Martin, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 18

My husband's neuropathy does not seem to give him any pain. He is a type 2 diabetic and it is related to Agent Orange. His legs just give out on him and he is unable to walk. Sometimes he falls. It usually goes away after a period of time but he does not know when it is going to happen.

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Comment from: hjminpain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I have neuropathy so bad in my hands that they are hardly usable. It worsens at night so I hardly sleep. My diabetes is not under control. Ii takes 80-90 units of insulin per day and it is still not under control. I have changes my eating habits and still can't get control.

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Comment from: Dee, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: March 10

My thighs ache to the point of stopping me walking. Standing still for a few moments enables me to continue. I can stand to do home duties for only a few minutes before having to rest - then I can continue. I sit around a lot and my eyes do not want to stay open. Needing help badly. I am an 84 year old diabetic on insulin for the past eight months. Good control of sugar levels. Perhaps it is just old age!!!

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Comment from: sister, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 08

My brother is a type one diabetic with severe symptoms. His neuropathy is severe and he takes many different medications. He also has kidney failure and is on a waiting list for a double transplant. He is very weak. Right now what is getting him down is severe cold sweats. Especially after eating. I was wondering if anyone out there has this symptom and if they have any solutions.

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Comment from: darlene501, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I am 62 years old and I hate Diabetic Neuropathy. I have suffered for many years and had to retire from my job. I am now on a drug that is Tegretol (200mg 4 times a day) I also take Amitripyline (100mg once a day). These two drugs work and they work well. It will make you groggy but I can't deal with the pain, so I take them. These drugs are not habit forming; I have been taking them for over 10 years. Often they don't work and I suffer through the night. My blood sugars are good, but once the damage is done nothing I can do. This is the worst pain I have ever felt and would not wish this on my worst enemy. Good luck to all who suffer with neuropathy.

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