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Numbness in hands and feet

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  • Posted By: Numbmom
  • November 20, 2007
  • 00:48 AM

Over the last 18 months, I have had increasing pain and numbness of my feet. My primary care doctor sent me to a podiatrist, who in turn sent me to a neurologist. He did an array of tests including urine protein electrophoresis and lab tests. My glucose was slightly elevated at 115. The pain in my feet increased and I went to a podiatrist (another one) who diagnosed plantar fascitis. The plantar fascia was indeed tight and painful to touch. We tried stretches, orthotics, injections and eventually surgery for plantar fascial release on the right foot. Now, 6 months after the surgery, my numbness and burning have increased involving my fingers. I can relate the pain and numbness with walking across a burning cement driveway in the summertime.
By the way, my aunt (mothers sister) and my uncle (mothers brother) have burning and numbness in their feet (my uncles symptoms include his hands). Both non diabetic.
This is usually worse in the nighttime. I have modified my diet and am taking Cymbalta, lyrica for the pain and also metformin to keep my glucose down. I have insulin resistance with an abnormal 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I have had to take a 12 week leave of absence from work due to the extreme pain in my feet. All along this time period, I have had normal HgA1C's (5.0, 5.5)
Has anyone heard of debilitating peripheral neuropathy in non-diabetics?
I raised the question on hereditary peripheral neuropathy but my doctor dosen't think it is the cause and reluctantly ordered hereditary testing. The symptoms seem to be getting worse every day.

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