The faces of neuropathy

Turned out, there are plenty with the new ones emerging every now and then. Remember when I blogged about my first day on the job about a week ago? The neuropathy hit shortly afterwards and left me wondering why. No really. I didn’t do much of the walking, was mostly driving (and getting lost). Right before starting to head home, I had a snack of about two carbs worth of grapes. Came home and all I knew, I felt totally exhausted.

For a fairly long time or so it seems, I’ve been having an ongoing neuropathy in my feet. Usually I feel numbness in the toes and in the ball of the foot. I am pretty much used to it and barely notice. But this time, it extended all the way to the heels that made walking on the hard kitchen floor a challenge. Imagine a sensation that the skin on your heels is trying to separate from them. A way around this is to wear crocs that provide a bit of a cushion.

And then I had a feeling that I was wearing some sort of long socks all the way up to the knees. I know I wasn’t wearing anything of the sort but the sensation was there. Guess what, this is another face of a neuropathy.

And if this wasn’t enough, the joints in my feet were hurting but somehow this didn’t feel like arthritis. With the latter, the pain pretty much stays but this time it was alleviated by moving my feet. Not walking, just moving them. I was like, huh?

Googled and much to my surprise found out that this too, can be yet another face of a neuropathy as per Mayo Clinic.

For those unfamiliar with the subject, neuropathy means nerve damage. I really don’t want to say diabetic neuropathy, because I have actually snapped out of diabetes and now am in pre-diabetes according to my PCP doctor. My last A1C was 5.9.  However neuropathy is here to stay.

Hot shower brought a bit of a relief, and I managed not to take a pain pill. In the following day, I was feeling fine.  Until the next time, anyway.

 

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5 Responses to The faces of neuropathy

  1. chattykerry says:

    I don’t usually take anything for my neuropathy but rest. It is most frightening when I am driving and I feel my feet going numb. I am thinking of you.

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  2. Rick Phillips says:

    I use Gabapentin and it works out well for me. Well most of the time any way. Many blessings I know this is tough.

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    • Anna says:

      I did use it but stopped when the prices skyrocketed. Since then, I’m having good days & bad days but I had them back in the day when I was on Gabapentin, so I figured might try living without it. Thanks for taking the time to comment

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