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Were you diabetic/non diabetic before WLS with numbness/neuropathy but now it is less severe or has it gone away now. If so to any of the above which surgery, how long after, how much weight had been lost, etc. when the change happened?

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I had hand-foot syndrome during chemo that has left me with significant neuropathy in my feet and fingers. I'm crossing my fingers the surgery/weight loss will help, but the doc said it's a maybe...

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I inherited a not-so-lovely condition where my body does not cover my peripheral nerves correctly, so I have significant neuropathy and very weak muscles at the end of long nerve runs (feet, lower limbs). My feeling is that unloading 75 pounds will be tremendously beneficial to my feet, even tho neuropathy will still be there (for me).

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Unfortunately, the nervous system is notorious for its inability to regenerate (that's why paralyzed people tend to stay that way). Weight loss and diabetes improvement will likely not completely cure existing neuropathy. However, it may prevent it from getting worse, and having less weight means less pressure on those damaged nerves, so they may feel a bit better.

I notice you are a DS patient. That procedure packs the most "punch" of the bariatric options. If anything can help your diabetes, that one will.

Having just done a bunch of research on Vitamin requirements, I do feel inclined to mention that the Vitamins are not optional. Some vitamin deficiencies can cause permanent neurological problems, the same way that diabetes can. But, there are worse things than popping a bunch of vitamins ;)

Congrats on making the decision to change your life! Good luck!

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Thank you

The Wife & I both are having DS WLS the same day on this Tuesday 17th, our goal is to lose approx. 200 lbs. each, with a lot of determination & work at I think we will meet our goal in about two years according to the Dr. so our journey has & is being to become a healthier couple. May God see is through our new journey of life.

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The Wife & I both are having DS WLS the same day on this Tuesday 17th, our goal is to lose approx. 200 lbs. each, with a lot of determination & work at I think we will meet our goal in about two years according to the Dr. so our journey has & is being to become a healthier couple. May God see is through our new journey of life.


I love that you are doing it together, best wishes to you both!


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I was diabetic prior to surgery. My diabetes is now in remission. I have severe diabetic neuropathy in my hands and feet and it has not improved post surgery in the least. It never will. Unfortunately, nerve damage is permanent and there’s nothing we can do to repair it. You can prevent it from worsening by controlling your diabetes, but the damage that is already done, is there to stay. I’m sorry to say.


As of October 12, 2017, I am 4 months post op and have lost 100 pounds. I have reached my goal weight and could not be more ecstatic!

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