finally some good news

By krystalm Latest Reply 2011-03-20 23:10:20 -0500
Started 2011-03-18 22:51:56 -0500

i was diagnosed a few weeks ago with type 2 diabetes! it was a big shock because before since childhood ive always had low blood sugar. then the sugar spikes started! i started having crazy things happen like craving sugar like it was going out of style. seeing transparent dots and just feeling very tired and weak all the time. i finally made an appt after taking my bs and it was 254 one afternoon. my meds have been adjusted 3x and i think we finally have it under control. now if they could just figure out what is causing my foot and hand to go from numb to tingling to hurting really bad i'd be happy, the not knowing is really is aggravating

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digitaldoorbell 2011-03-20 15:54:37 -0500 Report

I've had type 2 for seven months now. Shortly thereafter, I was diagnosed with neuropathy. It feels like you're describing. I went to a neurologist and had nerve conduction tests, was on medication and I now take r-alpha lipoic acid. It helps and makes the pain/discomfort/freezing feelings managemable but I always feel it. I just didn't like the side effects from the medications.

We're both newbies here…and with this condition. Please see your doctor. Each day that you wait could create a greater problem for yourself. You sound like you're doing the right things, but please take care of this too.

krystalm 2011-03-20 23:10:20 -0500 Report

i've already discussed it with my dr and he's scheduled me for the test, just takes awhile around this area to get in. the avi is the 23rd but first available appt for neurologist is may 5th. dr already prescribed neurontin though, he says he figures its the neuropathy and the fact that i had the uncontrolled bs and high cholesterol combined is why its happening so fast. im on meds for both conditions now. i have 7-8 pills to take a day. he doesnt want me taking the neurontin during the day while i work until my body gets used to it. and i hear you on the side effects. im not used to taking meds for much of anything and that pill actually makes me feel high.

AuroraMoonbeam 2011-03-20 17:33:00 -0500 Report

Type II here, brand new member - After Gestational Diabetes in 1988, iDiabetes returned in 1994. I now have bilateral bleeding retinas, am permanently catheterised (more nerve damage - nerves don't tell muscles to empty properly) had gangrene in my gall bladder from diet drinks & now warn everyone about aspartame, & it was YEARS after that, that I first got Peripheral Neuroptahy - but after several years of PN, I now have a Charcot's foot (researching which, is how I found this site - & a big thank you to John & all for doing this - I have no diabetic friends!) Thank you ALSO because this site is NOT just an excuse to sell products, supplements etc. like so many others!
I find that has been 3 major problems with my Diabetes:-
1. Had a spell a few years ago where I REFUSED to accept it (stopped trying!)
2. Friends & Family always kept giivng me milkshakes, chocolates, ice creams!
3. Stress in my life exacerbated my readings (even hospital couldn't control it!)
Well I can tell you all first-hand, how bad uncontrolled BS is (that's Blood Sugar, not bulls—t, folks lol) I have been in plaster now 13 weeks (changed every week)& in April my PERMANENT C.R.O.W boot will be fitted! Gone will be all my beautiful shoes, as on the other foot will be a sensible orthopaedic shoe! I have kept all my leg casts (in every colour of the rainbow) & I hope to one day be able to commence education to Diabetic Groups about Charcot's Foot (AND GP's as mine didn't know & let me walk on my foot for FIVE weeks!) I have a huge post-surgical hernia from my gall-bladder op, which they won't operate on to repair, until I lose 15kg from my stomach (which is the ly place I carry weight!) & because I am in plaster & have the hernia, of course I cannot even WALK let alone EXERCISE! However, having died twice after the gall bladder op, (You know the story - Heaven doesn't want me & Hell's afraid I'll take OVER!) the upside is that I'm still ALIVE & laughing! I just have to somehow get an automatic car (a bit hard when you cannot work) & change my motorcycle & sidecar to a
HAND-SHIFT instead of a foot gear lever. Please forgive the lengthy epistle folks!
- Margaret (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)

realsis77 2011-03-19 13:14:20 -0500 Report

Hi. My diabetes also started with low blood sugar when I was young then turned into full blown diabetes. I want to say I'm so happy for you that you are getting your numbers under controls! That's great!. As jayabee said the tingling could be the start of diabetic neuropathy. Id discuss this with my doctor! Hopefully if you continue to keep your numbers under control it could be reversed. As I said it would be best to speak to your doctor about it! I wish you the very best! God bless!

krystalm 2011-03-19 14:18:43 -0500 Report

i have and waiting on the appt dates to get all these test run, around this area sometimes its a long wait to get in to see specialist. i have an avi test on the 23rd but neurologist appt isnt until may 5th

jayabee52 2011-03-19 14:22:18 -0500 Report

I don't know what an AVI test is, could you briefly tell me what it is?

krystalm 2011-03-19 14:25:55 -0500 Report

well i cant spell it but its a test to see if my arteries are clogged any. i have high cholesterol. they are checking every angle to see what it is. thank God i have a dr that is that way. even if i hate going to dr's and getting millions of test run at least he is making sure!

jayabee52 2011-03-19 14:31:32 -0500 Report

I didn't have an AVI done, but, yep I went through a period after my 3 TIAs where I had what seemed like "millions"of tests run to find out why my balance was so challenged.

jayabee52 2011-03-19 03:25:15 -0500 Report

From your symptoms you share about your foot and hand, I suspect it may be the start of Diabetic Neuopathy. I'm not a Dr, so I cannot be certain, but it sounds like what I experienced when I first got diabetic neuropathy.

If you get your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") under good control for a good long while, you may be able to reverse it if you catch it early enough.

My feet and lower legs "burn" and my hands tingle, but feel numb all the time. It would have been worth it to me if I knew what it was when it started and knew what to try to do to correct it.

Only a neurologist can Dx this for you, but from the sounds of things, it is DN.

Blessings to you and yours, Krystal


krystalm 2011-03-19 09:52:54 -0500 Report

thanks and thats what the dr is suspecting, but cant offically diagnose untill i have the avi and see a neurologist. both of those appts have been made! he did put me on pain meds for it so that i can get some relief. i am a hospice cna so it makes my job difficult. its hard to lift a person if ur hand hurts, goes numb or is tingling

jayabee52 2011-03-19 13:31:44 -0500 Report

I was a CNA and worked both Home Health, Nursing facilities, Hospice facilities, and Hospitals. I pretty much did it all, EXCEPT home hospice. So I know what you mean about lifting.

I am now permanently disabled by CKD and other "medical challenges" I had never dropped a patient until my last day working Dec 15, 2005. I had had 3 TIAs and my balance was affected. When I dropped my patient because of my "balance challenge" that was it, no more for me. I developed DN after that.

Blessings to you Krystal! You do such needed and under recognized work for folks who need an extra helping hand. I think CNAs are underappreciated for the work they do. I loved doing what I did (I worked as CNA for 11 yrs.) Most CNAs do, or they don't last long in the work.

James Baker

krystalm 2011-03-19 14:21:40 -0500 Report

your right. i love my job of helping people. if something happens and i cant do it anymore( its been rough trying to work and my arm suddenly goes numb) i will definitely miss it. i still have past patients families that come up to me when they see me. it makes you feel good to know u made a difference in their lives.

jayabee52 2011-03-19 14:25:30 -0500 Report

I have been out of the work since 2005. I still go back and visit some of my patients and their families and am counted among their good friends. I have the same feelings about them.

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