Numbness in legs?

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   Posted 4/15/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 26 yrs old and new to diabetes,1.09.09. I have been trreating it and taking care of it good. My avg Blood Sugar is 110. The last few days i have been noticing some numbness in my legs. Is this normal? what can this be attibuted to?  any help would be appreciated.

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   Posted 4/15/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, is damage to the nerves that allow you to feel sensations such as pain. There are a number of ways that diabetes damages the nerves, but they all seem related to blood glucose being too high for a long period of time.

Diabetes-related nerve damage can be painful, but it isn't severe pain in most cases.

There are four types of diabetic neuropathy: peripheral, autonomic, proximal and focal.
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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi turnpkegates, sorry for your problem with numbness.  Sometimes diabetics will develop neuropathy after years of high blood sugar but I honestly don't know how "quickly" neuropathy will appear.  I thought it was rather gradual but maybe not.  Maybe it's not related to diabetes at all.  It could be another cause like pinched nerves or disk problems in the spine.  I'd suggest having your doctor refer you to a neurologist so it can be determined what the cause is.  Good luck with that.   

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   Posted 4/17/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
it basically came from nowhere...the weird part is my blood sugar has been doesnt hurt or anything and isnt completly numb...anyone experience this?

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   Posted 5/10/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   


You must take your diabetus very seriously yeah  . Ask your doctor about anything your not sure of.  That's what they are there for.  The only stupid question is an unasked one. They can send you to a specialist to get the care you need. Don't let it go like I did at first shakehead  .  I was in denial about diabetus for several years and thought it would never happen to me, although it runs in the family. My mother had it for many years before she died and had both legs amputated because of it.  I had gained alot of weight from overeating for many years and had an office job where I didn't get any exercise.  The only exercise I got was walking a block or so from the parking lot to my office and I was winded when I got there. All my extra weight along with the fact I had basically uncared for diebetus was killing me. I claimed I was always too tired for it after I was done with work.  The fact is if I had lost some weight I probably would have had more energy.  It hit me hard in 2007.  I had to take a medical leave from work mid Summer because my legs were getting so bad I needed to use a wheelchair to get around most all the time.  I finally was getting the regular medical care for my diabetus which I should have been getting for at least a couple years before this, maybe more.  It was too late though to save my legs.  They were both amputated in December 2007 more than a foot above my knees.  I now push myslef around in a wheelchair which is not a lot of fun. I am not writing this to scare you or ask for sympathy.  I manage pretty good  even without my legs.  The point is do whatever you can to manage and get good control of your diabetus so you don't wind up like me and many others who have needed amputations or gone blind from this disease.

Wheelchair Bound,  Linda

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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you a Type 1 and maybe inject in your thigh? My experience has usually seen leg numbness associated with back problems (i.e. sciatica, posture, sitting at a computer all day). Physical therapy is what helped my situation. If it last more than a few days or gets worse - call your doc.
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