Numb fingers and toes.

By diva53d Latest Reply 2011-09-27 18:32:33 -0500
Started 2011-09-13 12:59:48 -0500

I have had numb fingers for perhaps 4 yrs now. Dr. checked to see if there was nerve damage since I was in a MVA 2007. Now I have type 2, Dr. cant get a pulse on right wrist or right foot. My left food feels numbs at my toes. I am concerned that this is caused my my type 2. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it normal and will it go away if she puts me on meds or I control my #'s?

Did you all feel as lost as I do now? I have been searching and reading all I can. However I think one can over read all the info. Is the Dietitian going to be my best friend? My Dr. is wonderful and I like her.

13 replies

AuntieBear 2011-09-18 03:27:13 -0500 Report

You have a better chance of the symptoms disappearing if you gain control and take your meds like you should, but please remember that not every diabetes symptom goes away with medication and control of numbers. So do not get your hopes up and then be disappointed if it does not happen.

I have aquestin about the numbness you are experiencing. What all have you done to try to ease the symptoms? One of the things that I have found to be really helpful is to massage the numb areas on a regualr basis. For some reason the massaging action encourages blood flow and circulation. Hope this helps.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-09-27 18:32:33 -0500 Report

You're right AuntebBear. Sometimes the damage is permanent and the best you can do is stop the damage from spreading. There are supposely some food suppliments that encourage nerve growth and restore feeling. From what I have read and experiences you'll be better off just throwing your money out the window than buying these products. Sorry to seem so negative but thats our reality

Copperchef 2011-09-16 11:18:33 -0500 Report

Without going into detail, there may be several reasons for the neuropathy. I have used a neurosurgeon in the past for mine. (Due to spinal cord injury) Since getting type2, I just get checked more often.
You did the right thing by establishing yourself a baseline. Now, this way you will know if you experience any changes. They do have a doppler noninvasive blood study at most hospitals. One of those can tell you if you are getting a good supply to your peripheries, like hands and feet.
Mine will not go away, but I can do everything in life like I used to, just have tingling in the left hand and fingers and loss of feeling in my right side of right foot.

diva53d 2011-09-16 12:56:06 -0500 Report

I am going for tests on my extremities in a week . So hope that will answer some of the questions that I and my Dr. have. It's more frustrating than painful. My left foot bothers me most. It's just uncomfortable. My right foot the Dr. found out about. She can't get a pulse in either my wrist or foot on my right side. Tests will help! Thanks all for your input!

Copperchef 2011-09-16 13:10:26 -0500 Report

Good Luck, I understand the frustration. But staying on top of it will truly give you a better sense for what is happening. So, stay well and keep us posted.

Jan8 2011-09-15 09:47:40 -0500 Report

I am on lyrica and cymbalta for peripheral neuropathy and it has helped the numbness and pain go away. i think yes,your dietician can be your best friend. i went a couple of days ago and she was a wonderful help. I did feel lost as you do. Once you have more knowledge of what is going on ,and nutrition tips, you can feel ore in controll.

berrykins0 2011-09-15 08:18:06 -0500 Report

dietitian is your bet best for nutrion questions. i have asked alot a questions in the past when i went in the begining. it helps alot cause that way you don't feel unsure of your self if yourdoing things right. ifeel better that i have done this. that way i know i'm doing things right.i feel comfortable about the way i do things instead of worring if i'm doing things right or wrong.never hurts to ask questions if you are unsure about about what to eat or how much you can have of something. i get along with my doctor and my dietitian very well.been seening the same people for 2 1/2 years now. no problems at all.

digitaldoorbell 2011-09-14 11:52:37 -0500 Report

It's difficult to respond based on the limited information that you provided. I can tell you that I was diagnosed approximately one year ago. Never needed meds. Diet and exercise work. I maintain my BG usually in the high 80's and 90's. I was also diagnosed with neuropathy almost immediately. I struggled for about a year with the pain and numbness in my legs and feet. Ultimately, I went on meds and I don't have the pain anymore. I'm concerned that you're describing classic symptoms of neuropathy and, if that's correct, it does not go away. Not ever. You learn to live with it.

It's not true that only long term diabetes and high blood sugars causes diabetic neuropathy. In fact, that sometimes is the first symptom and you later develop and/or are diagnosed with diabetes.

Please get medical care. Watch what you eat. If the discomfort continues, please consider medication.

All the best

edrollins 2011-09-14 08:39:23 -0500 Report

Meg can you tell me some of you dinners they told you to eat.I'm trying to find out what is good for me.Went to a dietitian long ago portion size was for a bird i'm a good size guy and i told her u have to change this.Anyway now on insulin i'm eating turkey everything (not looking forward to Thanksgiving right now) so need and would like different things to eat.Thanks

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 13:15:02 -0500 Report

Hello Ed, I am 45 carbs per meal. I am expected to eat between 4 to 6 ounces of lean meat a day. Add to this 5 servings of vegetables a day that is about 2.5 cups. For me that is more then I can eat. My lunch consists of a Glycerna shake. Keep in mind that I live a sedentary lifestyle due to back problems. Activity levels greatly the amounts that are recommended for each person. Basically what it boils down to is I am supposed to eat 3 huge plates of food a day.
Good Luck,

MEGriff1950 2011-09-13 18:07:28 -0500 Report

Diva, you asked some mighty big questions here. Lyrica helps my nerve pain but the drs cannot tell if the nerve pain is from neuropathy or the nerve damage in my back. As many point out here diabetes is different for each individual. You may not go to lunch with your dietician but she should be able to help you with forming a meal plan that is correct for you. Most definately getting your blood sugars controlled will make a huge difference in how you feel all over. If you have the oppertunity to attend a diabetes education class it is well worth your time. The more correct information we can find the better. In the classes you will have an oppertunity to ask questions that are specific to you.
Lost, stuck out on a limb, confused, bewildered, and more,
Good luck,

diva53d 2011-09-13 18:14:56 -0500 Report

Thanks Mary, Yes I have asked some big questions.. I will be going to a class and meeting with a dietitian on Thursday. So I will ask all the questions I have there and perhaps they can answer or at least guide me to some answers.

Thanks again!


MEGriff1950 2011-09-13 18:20:04 -0500 Report

Very good Diva. I hate to keep bragging on this site but since getting my meal plan from the class that I attended I am now insulin free. I was taking 40 units of insulin a day and the doctor took one of the glyburide tablets away. It is time for him to re-evaluate because I am starting to get lows again. I started my eating plan on July 7th.
You are most welcome and you will get a lot more great advice to your post :)
God bless,