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Hello everyone, Lots of valuable information being exchanged here. I haven't posted in a while. I've been trying to get out of doors these past couple of weeks to get walking again after 8 months of very little activity. (Does anyone else get chilled easily? I get cold so easily and then lock up in pain - am I the only one who has to move slowly due to pain).

Another big hurdle to overcome was facing the dentist's drill - I just didn't know how I would get through the freezing needle and the drilling of a molar. It was no picnic and I took T'3's beforehand. Keeping my mouth open was a huge challenge and after a while my jaw started to spasm uncontrollably.

That was last week and this week I "bought myself" a spinal MRI. It took me 2 days to get over the headache nausea and strange sensations that powerful magnetic field causes the human body - I was inside it for 90 minutes. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise - there is an impact (side effects) on the body - although I am always COLD - I cooked in that machine especially during the lengthier images. The MRI did not tell the story of my neuropathy. As you all had indicated - that was not the best method of Dx. But for me the spinal cord is the epi-center of my pain.

Re: Acupuncture - yes I went for two sessions 2 days apart at the end of January, the Acupuncturist warned me that I would likely "get worse" before getting better...I did find the needles painful but I did see some relief from the first treatment but suffered after the 2nd treatment and elected to take a break for a month or two until I felt I could tolerate it better. I haven't ruled it out completely but felt too uncomfortable to continue at this time.

This diabetes issue - there is no diabetes in my family history. My fasting glucose was 5.0 mmol/L before I became ill -- before I took all these medications -- and now it's 5.7 (in Canada our range is 3.6-5.6 mmol/L). I'm 5'8" tall and only weigh 109 pounds - eat next to nothing and very healthy whole foods. The cause of this spike? Well it has me wondering once again about the meds. (I am under 50 years of age).

Best wishes to you all.
[QUOTE=2morrow;3909977]Hello everyone, Lots of valuable information being exchanged here. I haven't posted in a while. I've been trying to get out of doors these past couple of weeks to get walking again after 8 months of very little activity. (Does anyone else get chilled easily? I get cold so easily and then lock up in pain - am I the only one who has to move slowly due to pain).

Another big hurdle to overcome was facing the dentist's drill - I just didn't know how I would get through the freezing needle and the drilling of a molar. It was no picnic and I took T'3's beforehand. Keeping my mouth open was a huge challenge and after a while my jaw started to spasm uncontrollably.

That was last week and this week I "bought myself" a spinal MRI. It took me 2 days to get over the headache nausea and strange sensations that powerful magnetic field causes the human body - I was inside it for 90 minutes. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise - there is an impact (side effects) on the body - although I am always COLD - I cooked in that machine especially during the lengthier images. The MRI did not tell the story of my neuropathy. As you all had indicated - that was not the best method of Dx. But for me the spinal cord is the epi-center of my pain.

Re: Acupuncture - yes I went for two sessions 2 days apart at the end of January, the Acupuncturist warned me that I would likely "get worse" before getting better...I did find the needles painful but I did see some relief from the first treatment but suffered after the 2nd treatment and elected to take a break for a month or two until I felt I could tolerate it better. I haven't ruled it out completely but felt too uncomfortable to continue at this time.

This diabetes issue - there is no diabetes in my family history. My fasting glucose was 5.0 mmol/L before I became ill -- before I took all these medications -- and now it's 5.7 (in Canada our range is 3.6-5.6 mmol/L). I'm 5'8" tall and only weigh 109 pounds - eat next to nothing and very healthy whole foods. The cause of this spike? Well it has me wondering once again about the meds. (I am under 50 years of age).

Best wishes to you all.[/QUOTE]

You must be talking about your A1C levels and not actually your blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels are normal if they are between 70 to 110. Your A1C is 5.7 and that is good, mine is 5.5, the kicker for me is that I weigh 165 and I am 5'7". When I was diagnosed with diabetes 9 years ago, I weighed 110. Your blood sugar levels actually rise when you are fasting. Your liver is signaled that there is famine and it shoots out a ton of sugar and since your diabetic body doesn't produce enough insulin to take all of that sugar into the cells where it belongs to be used as energy, it gets turned into fat. If your levels get high enough, the sugar molecule will actually punch wholes into your kidney in order to escape, in turn causing weight loss and kidney damage. If your sugar levels are usually normal say under 110 and then 5 days out of the month they are say 200, that is enough to raise your A1C level.

My doctor is now telling me though that my diabetes is not causing my SFN, he believes that it is caused by my immune system attacking my mylin sheaths which is the protective protein surrounding your nerves, leaving it wide open to attack causing pain and other stuff. Maybe that is what is causing your problem.

Here is something funny for ya, everytime I have an MRI, I fall asleep. I have been in that machine for over 2 hours, I fall asleep every single time. You need to ask for some valium next time you have one done, they will give it to you. I am an RN, we give patients valium all of the time when they are having an MRI.





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