Neuropathy or a real pinched nerve?

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   Posted 3/31/2005 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have something that has been bothering me a bit lately, I will brief you;
About a 1 1/2year ago I began to experience numbness in my feet and it slowly crawled up and covered all the way to my hips. I went to a chiropractor where they took Xrays and they showed a slipped disk and a pinched nerve, a month later exactly,  with Physical therapy, I was perfect again. Now I come to think was this neuropathy or was it really what the Xrays showed, how could I know this? please help.....

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   Posted 4/1/2005 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you better now? Neuropathy from diabetes is something that doesn't seem to go away. It may progress to pain, increased numbness, or footdrop but I haven't heard of anyone with the diabetic neuropathy becoming "perfect" . . . My husband had numbness, advanced to severe pain, developed foot drop, the pain has resolved to some extent but the numbness and foot drop are constants.

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   Posted 4/1/2005 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I am, thank you for asking.
Please explain, if possible, what is footdrop?
See the weird thing is, I was taken Xrays showing the problem are , L5 to be exact. It showed the slipped disk. I would love to know how could I know whether this was really the cause of the numbness or not. I never had pain.

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   Posted 4/11/2005 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
(Love your name!) Neuropathy often starts like a numbness or lackof feeling on the bottoms of your feet. There is usually a pale color to them because of lack of circulation. Also, as the nerves start to die from lack of nutrients and oxygen you may experience horrendous foot pain. The problem can be helped with exercise which increases circulation, drinking enough liquids to keep the blood fluid levels up, and tight sugar control as well as close attention to meds. The pain is often helped with capsasin cream in the early stages. Severe pain may require opioids.
~ Jeannie

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   Posted 10/18/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a form of neuropathy, the doctors dont know what kind.I have had this problem for forty years. It started with numbness in feet and lower legs,as well as cold feet and tingling. It stayed like that for about thirty five years and then the numbness and tingling got much worse and started climbing up my legs and finally to my waist.The tingling turned to more like strong vibrations, especlally in my feet.The vibrations even affect my genitial area and that is very painful.This problem is so strong now that it affected my balance, because they are so strong in my feet.I feel like i am walking on jello,and i have to always be always aware of my balance, when walking,  To control my  balance when i am on my feet, I now have to use a cane.
I also sit down whenever i can, and still have a certain amount of vibrations. I have seen many Doctors about this problem, with no help.
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