By arizdove Latest Reply 2011-04-21 10:53:37 -0500
Started 2011-04-02 13:22:02 -0500

my doctor told me i had neuropathy but didnt explain what it meant so i didnt think any more about it. just read amy's article on the prob. now i know why my balance is off sometimes and my feet hurt for no apparent reason except i have been walking more than usual. one thing i didnt notice in the article is does it spread up your leg or hit other areas of your body and is there a cure? at least i know why i feel like a drunken sailor once in a while :) oh and what does bs mean besides what many people use it for?

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Carlene49 2011-04-02 14:29:29 -0500 Report

I have neuropthy in my right leg and foot. The doctor has given me medication for it, but I have to be check for damage to my kidneys and liver every two months due to the medication doing some damage to them. It is very painful and I have a hard time keeping up with my excersise routine due to this. They say there is no cure so far so I must be very careful that I do not cause any damage to this leg and foot . I can not feel them most of the time. I really do not know how to help you, except to explain what is happening to me. I do wish you better luck with this than I have had.

Hopieland 2011-04-02 14:03:54 -0500 Report

BS stand for blood sugar and BG is blood glucose. You'll see a lot of these. Just ask what they mean. Sometimes we make them us as we go. Neuropathy is no joke. I believe it can start in feet, legs and hands, but can also affect other nerves in the body. I'm feeling pain at times in my feet, mostly when they get too cold or too hot. I read somewhere cold and hot affect our feet more than we'd think. In bed, if my feet hurt, I stick them outside the covers briefly. Usually the pain stops. Managing our BG #'s is crucial to our health overall. D can be very destructive, but good nutrition, exercise, the right medication regimen and keeping our weight down can do wonders, especially if we get them all in some kind of balance early on. Still working this myself, but making some progress. One thing I've learned— I have to pay attention to my body a lot more than I ever did. Happy trails until we meet again.

Kirla 2011-04-02 13:41:53 -0500 Report

Neuropathy is nerve damage. When diagnosed I didn’t have a problem with my feet. That’s what happens with high blood sugar. The high blood sugar is doing lots of damage and you don’t even feel it.

It didn’t take long for my blood sugar to drop several hundred points. 6 weeks after being diagnosed my blood sugars were close to normal. At first my feet were cold a lot. Then I found they were hurting all the time. Felt like I worked a 12-hour day on my feet without a break. I bought some of the cushions you put in your shoes. It helped a little. I finally put 2 of them in each shoe.

Then the stabbing shooting pains started. Felt like someone was sticking needles in my feet. The pain came and went. During the day they didn’t feel that bad. Mostly hurt at night after getting home from work. Didn’t seem to bother me at night while I sleep.

Now after 2 years of good blood sugar control my feet don’t hurt anymore. Haven’t had to put the cushions in my shoes in some time. Very rarely get the stabbing shooting pains anymore.

Now they just feel numb and have a tingling kind of feeling most of the time. I believe they keep getting better. But I really don’t know. According to David Mendosa it may take years for the numbness to go away and the nerves to heal completely. Then again it may never go away. At least they don’t hurt anymore.

arizdove 2011-04-02 14:55:47 -0500 Report

thx for all the replies. must have had diabetes a while before i was diagnosed as this prob was there when diagnosed. is it important to get the a1c (i think its called) test? it's been several months since my last one.

MewElla 2011-04-02 13:37:12 -0500 Report

The "bs" stands for blood glucose and often people talk about checking their bg#'s when they are testing. Since I do not have neuropathy I do not know for sure but think this is only associated with the feet and legs. I understand that the feet can be very tingly and hurt, and can lead to major complications..Sorry could not be of more help. Good Luck..

Kirla 2011-04-02 13:51:16 -0500 Report

I read somewhere that it usually starts in the feet and sometimes hands. But it can affect most nerves in the body.

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