I developed diabetic amyotrophy 3 years ago. I would be walking along and suddenly it was like my whole foot was missing, I'd fall down. In about 2 months, the muscles on the tops of my thighs had weakened considerably. I lost 40 pounds. I couldn't stand up, I couldn't walk. I was in a wheelchair for about 4 months and it was depressing. I finally was sent to a physical therapist, however, who helped me start to rebuild muscle. It took 2 years to get to the point where I could walk without a walker. During this time I brought my A1C down to 5.0 and kept it there on a low carb diet. I can get around just fine, but I don't have a normal gait. I walk with my knees fairly stiff, maybe because I don't trust them to do their job. It's practically impossible for me to walk in the diabetic shoes I was prescribed, they are too long and too wide, my feet hit each other. I haven't found a good solution for this yet, the light mesh shoes that I can walk in fairly well cause callus buildup, and the podiatrist doesn't like that. While the effects of amytrophy were mostly to my upper legs and butt (which almost disappeared!) there were also problems with my shoulders. I still have some weakness there, but overall I get along quite well. Hang in there. Get your blood sugar under control, do your exercises, and things will get better. Oh, and the neurologist recommended Alpha Lipoic Acid, which I take.