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Numbness in hands, feet and stomach, not diabetic. Taking tacrolimus, prednisone. Symptoms due to medication?

I am not diabetic but have had a kidney transplant 9 years ago and have developed lots of symptoms of numbness in my hands, feet and in my tummy just below my belly button. I take tacrolimus, prednisone and azathioprine ...could it be my drugs that are causing diabetic-like symptoms even though I m not diabetic? .. My fasting glucose is typically 5.8-6.3 in xxxx units
Asked On : Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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Hi Panda,

The problem of numbness in hands, feet and in tummy show that there can be chances of neuropathy bacause of the medication you are taking for the renal transplant. The drug tacrolimus is known to cause this type of side effects in patients and these symtomps you are developing can be bacause of this drug only.
I would suggest you to consult your doctor and explain all the symptoms to him and after examination he/she can make confirmation wether it is peripheral neuropathy or something else. In the mean time it is important that you contiue your medication and only after consultation with your doctor only stop or change the drugs, as these drugs are important to keep the immune system supressed in case of transplant such as yours.

Thanks and take care
Answered: Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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