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Fri Feb 11 20:00:07 EST 2011

Can neuropathy move into another part of the body or is it stroke related?
Category: Neuropathy
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i have type 2 controled with metformin, 5.2aic, had stroke ,left my left side completely numb,tingly, .worse in cold , now seems to be geting into right leg.
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2011-02-22 21:26:33.0

Good Evening Mr.OddManOut: Thank you for continuing to include dLife in your diabetes care plan. Yes, neuropathy can unevenly impact areas of the body.

A stroke refers to an episode that impacts the brain. A rupture in a blood vessel, or a clot that breaks loose or leakage from a blood vessel into the brain, this event results in an oxygen deficit to the affected area, causing death to tissues/adversely affecting proper transitions of messages. A stroke will impact one specific area, generally one side of the face and affect the opposite side of the arm and leg. A type of stoke occurs when the blood flow is cut off by the buildup of fat and cholesterol that rupture leading into the brain. This type of stoke is called and ischemic stroke, and appears to be the most common. If blood flow is interrupted briefly, this small stroke is referred to as a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. Lastly, another type of stroke is a hemorrhagic in nature, the blood vessel in the brain leak or break, primarily due to high blood pressure or the weakened blood vessel. While, I would strongly encourage you to contact your PCP/Cardiologist about the sensations in the other leg/movement of sensations, (a stroke tends to impact one side-generally not both),this may not apply to your individual vascular conditions. Potentially, the sensations you have in the other leg are due to neuropathies.

I'm certain you know the warning signs for a stroke:

  • sudden weakness, a fall, (a stroke can occur up to 3-5 days after a fall), dizziness, numbness, diming, blurring or loss of sight

  • speaking, confusion, or understanding appears to be a problem,
    dial 911, **remain calm, **do not drink or eat anything.

    (Be sure to share this with your support team, the first 2 hours of the event are crucial). Continue to be your best, regards Sue
    Click here stroke info

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    2016-08-12 22:03:24.0

    Dear auto1356000189714, Neuropathy and strokes are unrelated. Neuropathy is nerve-ending damage and strokes are circulatory in origin. There are several different types of neuropathy. The two that are MORE LIKELY to affect someone with diabetes are diabetic peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy affects the extremities ... the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands, and arms. Autonomic neuropathy affects things that are normally controlled 'automatically' by your body ... things such as sexual function, bowel and bladder function, blood pressure control and heart rate, temperature control, and digestion. (The one that affects digestion has its own name, it's called gastroparesis, which indicates delayed emptying of stomach contents.) As you can see, diabetic peripheral neuropathy CAN affect different areas of your body. Your doctor should be able to carry out cursory tests to see if you do suffer with neuropathy, but s/he MAY be more likely to refer you for specialist testing as this is much more accurate. (Your doctor, in all likelihood, would not possess the specialist equipment needed nor the specialist knowledge required to interpret the results, hence the need for him/her to refer you on for specialist testing.) Do please be aware that I am NOT a medically qualified person, but I do suffer with both of the types of neuropathy I mentioned above. I know the testing that's involved. I wish you well, and I hope that you do decide to see your doctor. Mick
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    2016-08-12 17:41:28.0

    The question was about neuropathy not strokes; it should have been answered by an MD NOT a dietician (who obviously doesn't know the answer and thus gave an irrelevant response)!!!!!
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    2011-07-04 14:54:09.0

    Why go on a rant about strokes when the question was about neuropathy? I'm sure Mr. Oddmanout is still wondering the same thing.
    Answered By: duke3z

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    2011-07-01 11:42:25.0

    My peripheral neuropathy has stayed primarily in my feet and hands but I know that it can be autonomic neuropathy that attacks your organs. Is this what you were asking about? Johnny Cash died of autonomic neuropathy because he wasn't diagnosed correctly at first.
    Answered By: auto1356000012616

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