In the case of nerve damage-Get in Touch with YOUR FEELINGS!!

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-11-26 03:36:08 -0600
Started 2011-09-09 19:14:46 -0500

Closely controlling our blood sugars can reduce the risks for complications. Among the steps we can take to minimize damage and discomfort:
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FEELINGS…The sooner you pick up on nerve damage, the more you can do to keep it from escalating. Don't dismiss feelings that something is just not right, or that the feeling will just go away…Symptoms can come and go and swing from mild to severe. Tell your Doctor immediately if you experience:
Tingling, numbness, burning, or pain in your arms, legs, hands or feet. Stay alert. Always be aware of symptoms in the feet, which are often the first place affected, or at night, when the symptoms seem to be the worst.
Sensitivity to touch - even the light brushing of sheets against you when you are in bed.
Leg cramps that may come and go, especially at night.
Difficulty sensing the position of your feet or toes, or a sense you can not keep your balance.
Calluses or sores on your feet

6 replies

Young1s 2011-11-25 16:38:02 -0600 Report

A couple of times, last week I woke up, in the middle of the night, to my left leg feeling numb. But it hasn't happened since. Also, I like to sit on my bed with my legs crossed under me but lately I get an intense tingling in both feet if I sit like that for a long time. That never used to happen before. Are these situations what you are talking about? Or could it just be the way I was sleeping on my side or sitting?

meowbat 2011-11-26 03:36:08 -0600 Report

Hi guys its me again. I think my DN started 11 yrs ago when I was working long hours on my feet at Amazon. At the time I had no idea why my feet would feel like they had gone to sleep and then burn so bad I to run outside at each break in the winter, take my shoes and socks off and melt the ice on the sidewalk or the snow on the ground to get relief. in the summer it was ice-y water in the restroom sink. both drs said "poor circulation". now the stabbing, burning, numbies start about 3PM. the RLS joins the party around 8-10PM and stays all night. the 24hr tenderfoot started about a yr ago. If I sit, walk, or just let my feet hang down, they swell to double or more. Low BG doesn't matter. I just deal. I hope you all have much better luck.

GabbyPA 2011-09-10 08:52:34 -0500 Report

This is so very true and a great way to look at it. It is those little signs that told me that I might have diabetes and get myself tested.

The other thing is to PRESS your doctor to listen to you about your own 'feelings'. I kept telling my doctor that I had neuropathy in my feet and he kept telling me I didn't. I finally went to my podiatrist and he tested me taking more time and with more finess. I have it in my big toes and the way he explained it to me was great. I took that to my doctor and he added it to my records, but he really should have listened to me because I was listening to my body.

cjulai 2011-09-10 05:20:31 -0500 Report

I have a question. Does Diabetes affect the nerves or is it the long term affects of the Diabetic medications that affect the nerves? I've battled that issue & concern for a while.

Type1Lou 2011-09-10 18:23:47 -0500 Report

Continued higher than normal blood sugars will cause damage to the nerves, as I understand it. I have mild neuropathy in my feet. I discovered it several years ago when I got a fire ant bite on my toe and didn't feel it…good that I didn't feel it because they hurt like the dickens, bad that I didn't feel it because I have neuropathy. The only medicine I've ever taken for my diabetes is insulin.

jayabee52 2011-09-10 03:30:42 -0500 Report

My neuropathy started out as random electric shock-like sensations in my feet & legs. It didn't take long, as I recall to go into full blown burning sensation from my knees through the feet to the toes. Fortunately I don't have the kind where I am hyper-sensitive to touch with the sheets on the bed.

All I can do is to keep my BG levels in good control and pray I don't get worse.