The pancreas detects the fall in the blood glucose level and releases another hormone, glucagon. Peripheral neuropathy is a debilitating disease that causes a severe impact on the quality of life of its sufferers.  Neuropathy refers to a disease of the nerves, and about one third of peripheral neuropathy cases are caused by the uncontrolled blood sugar levels of diabetes mellitus. My personal experience with tingling, burning, prickling, and numbness in the hands and fingers. The initial symptoms are a tingling or burning sensation in the extremities, usually the feet but in a lesser percentage of people it begins in the hands or fingers. When I went to the doctor, they were initially unsuspecting of neuropathy because of my age and relatively normal weight, plus my lack of a history with diabetes and uncontrolled blood sugar levels.  They suspected that the pain was caused by over-exertion or strain of some kind although I intuitively knew that that was not the case. It took several more weeks of persistent pain and trips to the hospital with the accompanying lab tests before it was determined that I had a blood sugar level that, while not extreme, fell in the diabetic range and was most likely causing the numbness and tingling in my hands.


I knew that I desperately did not want to live with this horrible pain, but the doctors were unable to assure me that it would ever go away.  Talk about a nerve-racking diagnosis that had me worried that my quality of life would never be the same. I formed a new found dedication to proper nutrition and exercise, and was determined that if it was possible to reverse the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in my hands, that I would do it.  I exercised almost every day and ate no sugar and only whole, unprocessed foods. I tell you this story to give you hope and a personal testament to the fact that peripheral neuropathy symptoms can in fact be healed in some cases.
I urge you to heed your symptoms with the utmost seriousness and make lifestyle choices to undo the damage that has been done to your nerves.  If not, the symptoms will progress and become more painful and can lead to abscesses on the hands and fingers as well as loss of proper motor function.
Dexamethasone suppression test—A synthetic cortisol called dexamethasone is taken by mouth; blood and urine samples may be taken overnight or over several days.
These tests may show whether there is a tumor in the pituitary or adrenal glands or another area of the body.


The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. In my personal experience with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the symptoms first manifested themselves in my hands and not in my feet.
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