Tingling or numbness can be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. Your best defense for preventing and treating peripheral neuropathy is getting and keeping your blood glucose in the normal range.
You may notice that as your blood glucose improves and your nerves heal, you experience more tingling or pain instead of less. This is usually a sign that you are getting better so keep up the great work. However, if the pain persists or concerns you, check with your doctor.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
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