Over a year ago I started having numbness, burning, tingling, pins and needles feelings in my feet. I went to my doctor, he did bloodwork, that showed I was not diabetic. I asked for a glucose tolerance test and the doctor said that was not necessary. He sent me to a neurologist who performed an emg test that showed I have peripheal neuropathy. I was then sent for an mri, which showed I have degenerative disc disease. He said this caused my peripheal neuropathy. My doctor told me I would never be able to work again (manual labor worker, majority of my life), and to file for disability. I have yet to be approved. I've been denied Medicaid, even though I am unemployed, and living with my daughter and her husband. Due to innability to pay my regular physician, he dropped me as a patient. Without Medicaid, without income, I am unable to find a regular physician. After having been dropped by my doctor, a free clinic was recently opened near me, and I've been twice. The first time they put me on: atarax (for severely itchy skin), Elavil (to help me sleep), Naproxen (for pain). Then the second visit the doctor took away the atarax and put me on: Mentax (for toe fungus), Amitriptyline (for sleep), Neurontin (for pain), and said I could still take the Naproxen (for pain), too. The doctor asked who diagnosed my neuropathy, I told him a neurosurgion using an emg. I told him about the mri diagnosing me with disc disease. He asked me if I had emphysema. I told him, yes, because I do. He said, that was causing the neuropathy, which could not be cured. I also told him about the glucose tolerance test that I had years ago and that showed I was Hypoglycemic. I told him that I was told that could develop into diabetes later on. He said no tests necessary, because he just diagnosed me; it was due to the emphysema, and my skin rashes, and itchiness were due to psorisys. For the psorisis he gave me creams, and told me I need sun exposure everyday and it will go away. (mind you I've had this problem with my skin all my life, even though I used to spend all day playing in the sun!) Go figure. I am 57, I used to play tennis, badmitten, walk, work hard manual labor jobs, enjoyed my family. Now, I have learned to walk with pain, and I can do basic household chores as long as I rest. I have many sleepless nights because of the pain. My sisters tell me to get on with my life, but they don't seem to see the pain I am constantly in. I have a friend who has peripheal neuropathy she is diabetic, and recieved disability immediately. Have I been wrongly diagnosed as not having diabetes, when so many of my symptoms seem to point to that. Am I just wasting my time since I am no longer productive in our society? Thank you for taking the time to read this.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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