2 fold: why are the feet so important, and does anyone else suffer from stomach aches often?

By JenS12 Latest Reply 2011-06-01 23:19:21 -0500
Started 2011-05-28 17:29:18 -0500

I would like to know (Im still new at this Diabetes thing), why is there so much focus on the feet? Why are they so important when you have Diabetes? I just dont understand. Maybe I havent researched enough, but I havent been feeling all that great either to do so, cause Ive been suffering off and on with stomach pain. I currently have a stomach ache and dont know why, really. I know I shouldnt have this, but me and my husband had some stuffed Nancys Pizza last night. I only had 2 slices as to not overdo it. I had no problems. Then today for lunch, we both had 1 slice a piece for leftovers and within about a 1/2 hr or so, my stomach became upset. Too much back to back?

21 replies

beauty416 2011-05-30 11:32:53 -0500 Report

Feet are so important because like all the other people you can lose feeling in them and when they become infected you can lose them so make sure to check them everyday and if you see a sore or a cut make sure that you go to the doctor if the sore doesn't heal. I had atheletes foot last year and I didn't know it until I went to my doctor, my feet were not healing up so when I went to my doctor they told me to spray tinactin on them. As for the stomachaches I say go to your doctor to see what they say to do.

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2011-06-01 13:04:04 -0500 Report

The pizza probably is loaded with yeast,with many too much iin a short period of time can disturb many things,my wife calls it a spider effect.

dietcherry 2011-05-30 00:49:10 -0500 Report

An Endo I used to see told me high blood sugar can cause stomach pain but I now have no recollection as to why.

JenS12 2011-05-30 01:33:45 -0500 Report

hmm, maybe someone on the panel can educate us both as to why

dietcherry 2011-05-30 10:06:43 -0500 Report

Are your recurring stomachaches happening when your BS is high? :)

JenS12 2011-06-01 23:19:21 -0500 Report

Honestly I dont know. I havent been checking when that happens and right now my supplies are very low. Im waiting for a shipment of the strips to come in, which s/b in the next few days. I guess it would be a good idea to ck my BS when Im feeling that way.

Tigereyze209 2011-05-29 13:41:25 -0500 Report

I can answer that personally. Can we say, diabetic neuropathy? I knew we could!
Seriously though, fingers and toes are always checked because you can lose feeling in them, and you can get a wound that is slow to heal and never know you were hurt.
I have an unusual combination that I just found out about: I have crippling pain in my feet due to arthritis that will eventually result in the need for surgery to fix it. The ironic twist is that due to diabetic neuropothy in my feet, I can't feel it. Mind you, if I bend my toes in a certain way, I CAN feel that, sort of. My podiatrist was amazed at how advanced my condition was, and I had no pain. (until he found out I was also a diabetic.) Since the operation is primarily done to relieve the pain, and I am not feeling any, and I can still walk more or less normally, the surgery is postponed until later when my ability to walk is actually affected.
When they check toes, that are looking for color, and condition of your toenails.
There are articles available that give the full checklist of what they look for, and why, and they say it better and simpler than I can.
Hope this helps.
You know, now that I have re-read you post, I need to suggest you tell your Doctor that you are having problems with your digestive system. I started out with those identical symptoms, and wound up getting my gal bladder removed. If this were only occasional, I'd say, it might be something you ate, but if this is regular, you NEED to get it checked out, seriously, and soon.

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2011-06-01 13:10:00 -0500 Report

Just so all will know there is a test that can confirm if our type of neuropothy can be reversed,Oh ,yes 7 months and a bone removed in foot to heal left foot,checking feet very important!

Tigereyze209 2011-06-01 22:41:09 -0500 Report

Really? I was under the impression that neuropothy was not reversible, but if it can be, that is very good news, and worth following up on.
Any idea where I can find out more about that test? it sounds very promising to me. Thank you for the heads up!

Gemm 2011-05-30 10:09:07 -0500 Report

I too can give a more or less personal experience for the importance of taking care of and being vigilant about your feet. Several years ago my father-in-law got a small cut on one of his toes from cutting the nail. Well, it didn't heal but he didn't feel any pain so figured it was alright. A couple of months later he finally went to his doctor for a regular check-up and was sent straight to surgery. The small sore had spread and was severely infected. He had to have his leg cut off about 1/2 way up to his knee. That didn't heal properly either and he had to go back into surgery to have it taken off above the knee. He ended up dying a couple of months later directly as a result of that tiny little cut that didn't heal due to his diabetes. He didn't take care of it, ate whatever he wanted, wasn't vigilant about the cut he got and it ended up killing him.

My husband and I both have diabetes and that lesson was one that we both have learned from. We are careful when doing pedi-care not to cut our flesh just the toe nails. We try to eat right, which can be hard at times being on a small budget with 4 mouths to feed as the higher carb foods are cheaper than the more healthy foods most times. I have learned to make jams & jellies using Splenda (or generic equivalent) rather than sugar so we can have flavors that aren't sold in stores that we enjoy. When I stated making them there were none in the stores so it was a necessity. I've also learned to bake some of our favorite desserts with Splenda so we can still enjoy them in reasonable amounts without the added sugar.

As for the stomach pain - check with your doctor. There are many things that could be causing it, including the diabetes. I've had problems with GERD for years and if I don't take meds for it I can't even stand to drink water without severe pains.


JenS12 2011-05-29 16:50:47 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information. I hope your feet feel better and thanks for sharing. I will definitely get it checked out if it continues to be a problem. I had such a rough day yesterday with the stomach ache. It lasted all day into the night. I didnt feel better till this morning. My husband thinks I had food poisoning cause I had 2 eggs for breakfast and the expiration date was May 13. They werent that old, but thats what probably did it.

ston3xc 2011-05-29 08:06:50 -0500 Report

OK, here I go again, check out the pictures on my profile page to see what will happen if you don't take care of your feet - zoom in real close and take a good look! That is my son. He is fine now - minus one foot, but the lesson learned, priceless. Tip about pizza - no stuffed crust, order smaller pizzas, or be prepared to throw out leftovers. If it's not in your house, you won't be tempted. Good luck to you!

JenS12 2011-05-29 16:52:55 -0500 Report

Regarding my dinner, just to let you know, it wasnt stuffed crust. It was stuffed pizza, but still, yes, smaller pizzas and no leftovers. We usually order think crust when we order out, but we just wanted to try something different that we havent had in a while, and it was deliciious! So much for leftovers lol.

jayabee52 2011-05-28 22:35:16 -0500 Report

Jen, Feet are important because they are your foundation! (There's an old saying: One can't build a barn on an outhouse foundation!) But your feet are the furthest body part away from your heart, and they have a lot to overcome working against gravity pushing the blood back up to the heart again. So when the circulatory system starts having problems one's feet (diabetic or not) quickly pays the price.

I have no idea about the pizza. A bit of food poisoning, perhaps?

JenS12 2011-05-29 16:55:16 -0500 Report

Yes I believe it was food poisoning, but from an egg breakfast earlier that day I believe, not from the pizza afterall. I thought maybe the extra grease mightve done me in or something, but the eggs were dated May 13, that could be it, 15 days later. Im feeling just fine today, thankgoodness, after a night of stomach hell. My husband almost took me to the er.

Harlen 2011-05-28 20:07:34 -0500 Report

I have fends that have lost there feet do to not taking care of D aswell as I lost my mom to her not taking care of her D .
As for your tummy it can be D but most likely something els .
What are you taking for D???
That can have a lot to do with your tummy.
Hope this helps
Best wishes

JenS12 2011-05-29 16:58:24 -0500 Report

Harlen, I was 1st taking Metformin in the very beginning. It was either 500mg/day or 1000, I cant remember, but I do remember it was too hard on my stomach, so my doctor put me on Glimipiride 1 mg once a day and Ive been on that ever since. Every so often my tummy acts up, but yesterday, oh man. I dont know what it was for sure, but I was not doing well. I had 2 scrambled eggs for breakfast that day that had a date of May 13, so who knows, maybe thats what it was.

realsis77 2011-05-28 17:41:42 -0500 Report

Feet are usually the first target of the diabetic complacations. Its so important because bloodflow can actually be cut off to the feet and towes and this leads to AMPUTATION of toes, feet, sometimes legs. This is why it is sooo important to keep our numbers within target range because when we are high we are at a higher risk for loosing your feet, going blind, kidney failure just to name a few complcatations. Peoples toes have actually turned back and had to be removed! So its a serious matter. We must care for our feet! As for my stomache, no I don't have problems. Maybe other people might but I don't. I hope I've helped in some way buy my answer. Have a great day!

JenS12 2011-05-28 18:15:49 -0500 Report

You have, yes. I understand a lot better why the feet are so important. Basically thats where complications start. Well Im glad it doesnt start in your back, cause I already have enough pain there lol, and my stomach too for that matter. I hate stomach pain. I have a very low tolerance for pain as it is. Thanks realsis77.