Peripheral Neuropathy

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GrammyG
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   Posted 1/13/2017 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I've recently been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy in my ankles, feet, legs and knees. My doctor originally said that it was from Fibro but now says it also could be from the fact that I am pre-diabetic. My A1C is 5.9. Is that too high?

Anyway, I saw on FB there is a protocol that they say helps heal the neuropathy. Is anyone in this group aware of this protocol? Have you used it? Did it help?

Lastly, (thank you for your patience) is there anything you have found that relieves the pain beside medication? I recently came off of Gabapentin and don't want to take medication for it.
Grammy G
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Lanie G
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   Posted 1/14/2017 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, GrammyG. I'm sorry about the neuropathy. 5.9 A1c is about an average 125 blood sugar which is not a critical average, but it's only an average. This means your blood sugar could be much higher and then lower to get this average.

Neuropathy which is caused by diabetes is the result of very high blood sugar over a period of years. How high the blood sugar has to be in order to cause neuropathy differs in people, however. This is why even elevated blood sugar needs to be controlled.

I don't know of neuropathy being reversed. The pain may be eased by some drugs. Here is a link to what the Mayo Clinc has about this: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-neuropathy/basics/treatment/con-20033336

If this is caused by your blood sugar, then you should also be tested for glaucoma by an ophthalmologist. Glaucoma can cause blindness.

Since the doctor believes this is diabetes, you need to be testing your blood sugar everyday and you need to have a food plan in order to keep your blood sugar lower to normal levels. This is something your doctor needs to follow-up on. Please make sure this is done.

The sooner your blood sugar is brought to normal levels, the better it will be for your overall health and possible stop the increase or spread of the neuropathy.

I'm glad you posted! Please post any questions you have!
Lanie
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eat2bwell
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   Posted 1/14/2017 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr. Axe gives seven things you can do to help with Peripheral Neuropathy.

https://draxe.com/diabetic-neuropathy/

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/14/2017 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, his suggestions are reasonable: control your blood sugar, eat a healthy diet, exercise, stop smoking and don't expose yourself to other toxins, manage stress, take some supplements (although some of these may not be effective to every person) and protect your feet.

First and foremost, control blood sugar. Uncontrolled, high blood sugar over an extended period of time can lead to neuropathy. However, since each person is different, it varies as to how high the blood sugar has to be and for how long. Not only can uncontrolled high blood sugar cause neuropathy, it can cause: glaucoma, heart disease and kidney disease among other conditions.
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

GrammyG
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   Posted 1/14/2017 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Fibro can also cause neuropathy so I have a double whammy. But, it has encouraged me to tighten up my diet. I'm a bit scared because last time I went lower carb I started passing kidney stones. I'll try one more time and drink more water and hope I won't start having kidney problems again.

Any suggestions for your favorite low carb recipe site?
Grammy G
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Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, food intolerances, sleep apnea and kidney stones

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. (Isaiah 53:3) NIV

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/15/2017 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again. Yes, it's a double whammy! You just need to do the best you can to get control of your health! Lowering your blood sugar is not hard but I will say it's a commitment to a life of eating in a certain way 90% of the time. What that means is nothing made with flour (even whole wheat or whole grain - these still drive blood sugar high), nothing with sugar, no potatoes or rice. Most other food is fine.

The easiest suggestion I have for food is to have a piece of protein (any meat, fish or poultry), side veggies (but again no potatoes, limited carrots and peas because of the carbs), salads. Some beans but not a meal of beans if you follow. For example if you have some beans on top of your salad, fine but baked beans have too many carbs because of the beans and the brown sugar or molasses. Breaded food is a problem because of the breading. Eggs, cheese and nuts (in moderation) are fine. Dairy products are fine in moderation.

Besides the meat/fish/poultry, here are some veggie ideas:

mushrooms
bell peppers
eggplant
asparagus
zucchini squash
okra
cabbage
broccoli
cauliflower
Brussel sprouts

all greens (lettuce, turnip greens, cilantro, parsley, spinach, kale)
turnips
radishes
cucumbers
tomatoes
olives
pickles

Here is a website dedicated to low-carb. There are many many forums there besides food/cooking.
forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?f=25

I don't know why you have had kidney stones but I'm sure there must be some dietary guidelines for avoiding them, too.

Don't give up if you feel overwhelmed! I can help you get on track food-wise! yeah
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

GrammyG
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   Posted 1/20/2017 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Eat2bwell! I love Dr. Axe! Great article!

Thank you, LaineG! I am heading over to visit this website!
Grammy G
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Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, food intolerances, sleep apnea and kidney stones

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. (Isaiah 53:3) NIV

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5924
   Posted 1/21/2017 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck, GrammyG. Be well and take care of yourself! Keep us updated! Thank you for posting!

yeah
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

GrammyG
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Date Joined Jan 2015
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   Posted 1/21/2017 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Laine! Have you ever visited LOW CARB FRIENDS? They have a forum where they share recipes. I also like a website called, ALL DAY I DREAM about FOOD. (See the hot links below for these site! )

alldayidreamaboutfood.com/


www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/forumdisplay.php?s=9f8d6ad473a077b146a1bcb36bacf948&f=3

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 1/22/2017 1:47:55 PM (GMT-7)


Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5924
   Posted 1/22/2017 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again! Thanks so much for these two sites! I have not seen them at all, so these are great additions to our resources. I'm going to make your links in your post 'hot' so they're clickable and then I'm going to incorporate them in one of the Resource posts at the top of our Diabetes Forum.

yeah
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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