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Diabetic neuropathy or a pinched nerve?
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Diabetic neuropathy or a pinched nerve?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if what I have is diabetic neuropathy or a pinched nerve.

About me:
Im 33
Im male
I am a diabete
I also a bi-latteral amputtee( from a fire not from being a diabete )
Ive had c5 - c6 fused.

My problem:
The problem started on christmas with just my arms being warm but went away. About a week ago it started back up and now its all of my body.
I have total body numbness, tingling, and or warming effect. It goes from legs to my head.
Even my privite part are effect with the warming feeling.
I have a spilting headache that feels like I have a vice grip too.
Ive also feel weak in my legs and arms.


So I was wondering if diabetic neuropathy would effect my whole body like this.

My doctor doesnt want to even consider anything else since I am a diabedic. But from what ive read online diabetic neuropathy should manly effect my legs and arms not my whole body.


Thank you
Garrett
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First of all, keep in mind that I am unable to diagnose you because I am unable to examine you, this forum is for educational purposes.      
   The symptoms and story that you describe are most likely related to nerve damage related to your diabetes.  Diabetes can affect the nerves in several ways, one is peripheral nerve damage (the so called 'diabetic neuropathy'), and the other is automonic neuropathy (the autonomic nervous system controls things like tempature regulation, heart rate variability, blood pressure regulation, and gastric/bowel transit).  I do not suspect that you have a pinched nerve for the story you have related ( a pinched nerve should give a focal defect, not the whole body).  I would recommend that you get and EMG(nerve muscle test), QSART test (for autonomic neuropathy) and screening blood work (to look for other causes than diabetes) including b12, ana, tsh, monoclonal protein in serum and urine, copper level, ceruloplasmin, vitamin E level, and B6 level. I hope this has been helpful.
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I would also like to add some more symptoms

I now have a swore tongue tip. Its like its numb and when I drink something hot/cold it has a buring sinsation. ( I didnt burn it )

I was wondering if my symptoms could also be B12 deficiency.
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Garrett,I AM A DIABETIC AND HAVE BEEN FOR THIRTYSIX YEARS. I WAS DIAGNOSED AT 18 MONTHS OLD. I HAVE NEUROPATHY AND IT IS A DIFFICULT DIEASE TO LIVE WITH. WHEN MINE FLARES UP THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE, IT IS IF U WERE TO TAKE A PIECE OF SHEETMETAL AND PLACE A BLOWTORCH UNDER IT AND WALK ACROSS IT. IT FEELS LIKE U R ON FIRE VERY VERY PAINFUL! goodluck to u
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I am also a diabetic and have been for 14years.  I deal with neuropathy on a daily baisis but what helps me is neurontin.  I have been on it for about 2 years and has helped me a great deal.  Check with your doc about different meds to help with the pain.  I have some symtoms (symptoms) but not like before.  Much better.
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