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Mon Jul 25 20:28:55 EDT 2011

Can a 60 year old female still have painful neuropathy even though a recent brain MRI with contrast came back normal. I have had neuropathy since 2002
Asked By: stephen892  
Category: Neuropathy

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I have had increasingly painful neuropathy since 2002. Numbness, pins and needles, muscle weakness, RLS, conversion disorder. But recently had a brain MRI with contrast come back normal. Can I still have neuropathy? Nov 2010 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes also.
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Expert Answers (1)
2011-07-27 19:28:19.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

A brain MRI takes images of the brain only. Neuropathy occurs throughout the body.

Nerve damage impacts up to 70% of people with diabetes. Those who have lived with diabetes for many years are more likely to have some degree of neuropathy. Symptoms vary with each person.

The best way to prevent nerve damage is to maintain safe blood glucose levels. Good blood glucose control will protect the nerves throughout the body.

Learn more about diabetic neuropathy!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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