Sly Kitty
By Sly Kitty Latest Reply 2017-11-30 16:39:48 -0600
Started 2011-12-12 13:37:58 -0600

I wonder how many of you suffer with neuropathy. I have read so many articles on it since I think I am showing some symptoms. I thought maybe I had a blood clot in my leg as I have been feeling a numbing and painful sensation and then a friend of mine sent me all these articles on it, now I am certain that is what my issues are. My friend is not diabetic, but has auto immune issues and is always facing health problems this too being one of them. I have been having difficulty keeping my BS down too for weeks now. Like many diabetics we know exact WHAT we should eat and HOW we should eat along with EXERCISE and portion controll, but I do want to say age and other health problems contribute to our lack of deligence. I hope you get the just of my question due to my lack of present spelling abilities. Thank you

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johnkyle12 2017-11-26 23:41:45 -0600 Report

The Nephropathy is also called as, Kidney damage. The kidney is damaged by diabetes then it’s called as diabetic nephropathy. The nephropathy has two types Nephritis and Nephrosis. The nephritis is an inflammatory kidney disease and Nephrosis is a non-inflammatory disease in kidney. In severe cases this leads to kidney failure. Actually the kidneys have many tiny vessels to filter the blood from impurities. The high blood glucose will damage these kidney vessels and further the kidney is not able to do the job precisely. The persons with high blood sugar level or a smoker will susceptible to nephropathy.

midnightflash 2014-09-10 14:24:26 -0500 Report

I have found that taking LYRICA 75mg tow or three times a week helps my Neuorpathy. While I'm not diabetic I suffer with the burning, numbness, and sharp pains. I asked my doctor for a sample and have been doing that for quite some time now. I don't think there is a cure-all, but LYRICA has really helped me. Hope it helps anyone else out there.

barb1712 2014-07-26 00:43:18 -0500 Report

Thanks to maclover 1524, for giving me hope for reversing neuropathy. I'm taking lots of b12, alpha lipoic acid, & 1 neuron tin at note. my type 2 has given me numbness my feet that is one of the worse things about this disease. I still don't exercise enough because of the fatigue, sleep apnea, & shortness of breath, just w/ taking 3 mg of melatonin. Are there anyone of you that have problems ''not'' being able to take any drug? The older I get, the more trouble I have w/ any drug.

Lady Quilter
Lady Quilter 2011-12-31 13:37:02 -0600 Report

Hi, I'm new to DC but I wanted to tell you that I have Neuropathy in both my feet. At this point the only feeling I have in them is in the heel. The rest of my feet are completly numb, plus I was having terrible sharp pains in my toes. The doctor put me on Gabapentin and it works great. If I forget to take it for a couple of days, the pain comes back really fast.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-09 19:09:33 -0500 Report

It's the same for me. I have it in both feet and it travels up my legs, but Gabapentine works really good, it also helps putting me to sleep. so I take it at bed time. which couldn't come to soon today…I'm very tired today.

maclover1524 2011-12-23 09:42:50 -0600 Report

How To REVERSE Neuropathy Rather than give you a rub or a treatment to alleviate the pain from neuropathy, how about a success story on how to get rid of neuropathy! We share this with you and ask that you share it with everyone you know that is a diabetic whether or not they suffer from painful neuropathy because if they don't have it now, they will in the future.

It's because my husband suffered from type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. In 2002, the neuropathy in both his feet was so severe that he was taking gabapentin (Neurontin) to try to relieve some of the pain. He could not walk more than 75 feet at one time without sitting down to rest his feet. He would go to bed at 7:30 p.m. and try to fall asleep so that he could forget the pain. He stopped going shopping with me (something we both enjoyed) because he would walk down the main aisle of the store, turn and look at me and let me know that he had to go back to the car to rest. This went on for nearly 15 years! It got worse and worse! He wore special shoes, he tried massage, he tried everything he could think of to relieve the pain. Other symptoms presented during this time as well but I will focus only on the neuropathy in his feet here. By this time he was well along in his journey with type 2 diabetes. He was on 43 units of insulin, diuretics, pain meds and more.

In 2002 I told my children that within 6 months I would be pushing dad around in a wheelchair and I meant it. His weight had ballooned up to 280 pounds and he is only 5' 10".

At the end of 2002, I picked up a book and read it —- it changed our lives! "Diabetes Solution" by Richard Bernstein, M.D. now in it's 4th edition. I have absolutely no affiliation with Dr. B except to say thank you for saving my husband's life.

We changed our lifestyle going from European cooking (Polish, Czech and German - with a lot of Italian too) to low carb. Within 9 months my husband lost 80 pounds, within 3 months he was off of insulin (and has never gone back), within 2 years he was off of the neurontin and has never had to take another pain medication for neuropathy. He says his pain level has gone from a plus 10 to a minus 1.

We teach classes on How We Beat Diabetes! We beat the awful affects of this disease by counting our carbs, eating a controlled number of carbs per day (like 2 or 3 only) and by exercising. Oh, I didn't mention that in within a short time after beginning our new way of eating, my husband was in 2 5K races and finished (walking of course). He goes to the gym 3 times a week and walks at least 2 miles each time. Uses Nautilus machines to help build muscles. He is 72 years old! We celebrated our 51 wedding anniversary in October, 2011. He is back to being the wonderful, lovable man I married - free of pain. In the last couple of months, he decided that he should lose more weight. He is now down to 184 pounds! When he loses those next 4 pounds, he will have lost a total of 100 pounds!

He has never gained the weight back, he has never gone back on insulin, he comes off of medication every time he goes to his doctor.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you are reading a true story. You can see our story at liveabetterlife dot org and see for yourself the success we have had. I give all the credit to Dr. Bernstein.

MOST important is the way you prevent / reverse diabetic neuropathy is by eating a low carb diet and exercise.

Take charge of your diabetes instead of it having charge over you!

SchoolPsych 2017-11-30 16:39:48 -0600 Report

WOW, what a story. You have given me hope!!! I'm new in here, and I'm going through my own journey. My life of eating anything I wanted, has ended. I will order the book. Thank you, and congrats!!! Fantastic journey!

Lady Quilter
Lady Quilter 2011-12-31 13:40:57 -0600 Report

I really enjoyed reading your response. I am going to buy Richard Bernstein's book today and start reading. I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life living this way, but now I have hope that I really can make changes for the better. Thank you!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-27 16:59:35 -0600 Report

Congrats to you & hubby. How did you get your husband on the right path to changing his lifestyle as he sounded like he had about given up? This Dr. Bernstein speaks the same story that we all know works, but it is actually takes us individually to know we need to change our lifestyle to feel better and be better. I do not have neuropathy (yet), but I have much arthritis pain. I lived the correct lifestyle for years ate right & exercised daily and did that my entire life until just a few years ago when my arthritis has become so bad moving is difficult. I take limited meds only what is absolutely necessary & am only on 8 units of insulin, but it is becoming more and more difficult to keep my BS down. I know what you are saying works, I am just curious how you got your husband to do what it takes to make that change. Thank you

Cj4 2011-12-27 15:14:36 -0600 Report

hello! thank you for your wonderful story. I am currently in pain in my upper thighs something awful. I recently lost 40 lbs but it was the hard way, I had to have my gallbadder removed I was unable to hold anything down. Now I want to keep it off & lose more. the class your teaching can this be taught through email?

maclover1524 2011-12-28 15:03:29 -0600 Report

We are working on getting our classes online. These classes have helped so many people and we couldn't be happier. At our web site you can see some of the comments from the people who have attended our classes liveabetterlife dot org. You will also see the amazing difference in our before and after photos. These are real. They are our family photos.

We have a DVD set coming out soon that gives everything that we share in our classes. If you'd like, I can let you know when that is ready.

We feel compelled to pass this information along. We have been blessed. We see how many people are suffering and most of them are suffering needlessly.

Get the book, "Diabetes Solution" read it and then re-read it and then re-read it. Learn what Dr. B is teaching and then implement it in your life. You will never regret it.

Lady Quilter
Lady Quilter 2011-12-31 13:43:21 -0600 Report

I would love to buy your DVD set when they come out also. Please let me know, because I need all the help I can get. I don't get a lot of support from my husband, so I need the support of all of you.

maclover1524 2011-12-31 16:21:48 -0600 Report

Will do. Should be out soon. Stay tuned. I am sorry that the support is not forthcoming from your husband. That support goes a long way towards helping the diabetic. However, you are still in control of you. Don't look back to see if there is someone there - step out in faith and show the world how much you care about you! It's amazing how everyone will sit up and take notice. Good luck and God bless you. We are all here for you. If you need that support, just give us a holler! :)

Lady Quilter
Lady Quilter 2011-12-31 16:26:56 -0600 Report

Thank you so much! That was very encouraging. No more looking back - I will only look forward from now on. It's nice now to have people who care about me and what happens to me. I am really going to enjoy being part of this great "new family". Thank you again and God bless you.

maclover1524 2011-12-28 11:05:32 -0600 Report

The only person you can change is you. I had to wait until my husband was ready to accept responsibility for his diabetes. It is, after all, your diabetes. It isn't my illness, it isn't your doctor's illness, it belongs to you and you are responsible for what happens with this disease. The good news is that you are in control of this disease. The bad news is that you are in control of this disease.

That said, I don't agree with you that most people know what works. I think they "think" they know what works or what they've been told by the American Diabetes Association what works (and this information is so wrong).

My husband had given up hope. His health was going down hill faster than the proverbial speeding bullet. He was seeing his doctor faithfully every 3 months, taking his meds watching what he ate and still his condition worsened with every passing day. Then he saw the endocrinologist and the nutritionist. The endocrinologist put him on the insulin starting with like 5 unit. The nutritionist (at a major and well-reknown hospital in our area) told us about carbs but she said he was to eat 13 carbs a day! He was a computer programmer! Hardly ever moved around and she had him on 13 carbs a day! The year and a half that followed were the worst in our lives. That's when his weight really started to climb and he got worse and worse.

You need and I will repeat that YOU NEED to READ Dr. Bernstein's book. You need to read what to do about controlling your diabetes. Yes, we present classes on How We Beat Diabetes but everything we learned was from research, study and implementation.

Your arthritis will clear up when you go on a low carb diet. I mean a diet where you know without a shadow of a doubt how many carbs you ate that day and the day before, etc. You keep a log of your weight (that you take in the morning after using the bathroom and in nude), your blood sugar readings throughout the day (2 hours postprandial), the exercise you did that day - and the exercise is workout type of exercise. Working around the house, running up and down to clean the house, taking care of the garden or the kids is not exercise. While those things are a bonus, you still need to set aside 30 minutes a day for exercise/workout. A 30 minute walk, 30 minutes of swimming - whatever you can handle and your doctor will allow.
My husband changed because of Dr. Phil! He and I would watch Dr. Phil. What my husband started to see on that show was that people would tell Dr. Phil that this is happening to them or that is happening to them. Dr. Phil would make these people understand that they are in control of their lives and what is happening to them has come about because of the choices they have made. My husband and I talked about that and I think he finally realized that it really is his responsibility and his choice to take care of his diabetes. I had read Dr. B's book nearly 6 months or more before my husband made this decision. I knew I could help him and I told him so but I had to wait for him to understand that he was in control. I can still see him standing there one morning saying to me, "Mary, I am ready to take responsibility for the diabetes!" That day everything changed. We have not looked back.
The energy levels that my husband has today astound me.
So you have to make the decision to take control of the diabetes. You need to question everything your doctor tells you - it's your body for goodness sake. You need to read Dr. B's book, Gary Taubes, books and Jonny Bowden's book. And you can go to our web site if you'd like to see us and our before and after photos. I think they will amaze you. liveabetterlife dot org.
Take control - do it today - tomorrow is way too late.
Good luck and God bless you.

Anonymous 2015-03-09 19:16:45 -0500 Report

I'm very pleased that you found something that works for you, but I have to tell ya that I DO know what works for me, I wear a pump and so I have to know how to count carbs. It sounds like the doc who told you to eat 13 carbs a day didn't know what he was talking about. anyway, thanks for the advice

katnkits 2011-12-20 06:51:57 -0600 Report

Hi everyone!
I go for an EMG Wed to check for the neuorpathy in my hands. My feet are fine they say, they did a test where I could feel the touches on my feet. My doctor gave me Amitriptyline and Tramadol for the neuropathy.
Does anyone else have constant ringing in the ear? It is highly annoying some days.. Any suggestions for that?
My A1c was 14 — so i qualified for oral surgery to remove what is left of my teeth. This will be on the 23rd.
I'm not quite as scared as I first was. Sometimes i do real good with my diet. Sometimes I rebel, and eat and drink the things I used to love. But then I feel guilty, like I'm being bad. I feel I do pretty good most of the time.
I am getting my care from the VA, and I don't qualify for full coverage, but it is better than nothing. If I didn't have it I would be diabetic and not be doing anything about it, Can't afford it. I used to say that I wouldn't change anything anyway, so why go to the Dr? I will die eventually, no matter what I do, so why not enjoy what time I have? But in July/August I felt so bad I thought I was going to die and found out I didn't really want to.
I wanted to test my blood sugar more than the VA wanted me too, they said 3 times a week, so I got more test strips on eBay.
Have a Happy Healthy Holiday Season!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-20 10:06:16 -0600 Report

We all go through this emotional roller coaster just as you described. Please do the best you can at keeping your BG down and eat more veggies by making yourself some vegetable soup which is very healthy and low in calories. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a pain free 2012.

Armourer 2011-12-19 01:40:15 -0600 Report

Have neuropathy in both feet, left being the worse. It is weird to walk on sleepingish feet, and to scratch the skin. Take to additional meds to deal with the pain. Didn't realize how bad it was till three weeks ago. Was on second day with the meds for I was waiting renewal of scrip and it was the weekend. Never had a problem before being without it. On the second day in the afternoon it felt like large needles being inserted in each toe down the length, U they were ice cold. When meds came a few hours later, in fifteen min. after taking meds pain gone. Also have beginning in a couple fingers and also retinopathy in the eyes. Not a fun side-affect.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-19 09:57:08 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing. How long have you been diagnosed and what are the name of the meds you are taking and what meds have helped you the most. I hope you continue having more pain free days.

Armourer 2011-12-19 19:13:57 -0600 Report

I've been diabetic since 1997. I take insulin of humalog & lantus. for 18 years took zocor & generic, but several days ago doc changed to fenofibrate 160mg, the statin use appears to have been attacking my back muscles to the point that I can't walk a half block without my back locking up and affecting my legs. Some people get this side affect from statins. Also take gabapentin 300mg (neurontin) for back. An aspirin 325mg, lisinopril 40mg for blood pressure, furosemide (lasix) for water retention in legs, and for the neuropathy in feet meloxicam 15mg & the kicker tiZANidine HCL 4mg. Thanks for the well wishes.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-20 10:09:22 -0600 Report

Thank you for educating me on statins as I have been unaware of their side effects. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and more pain free days in 2012.

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 01:43:44 -0600 Report

Glad your pain medication is working for you. It sounds like the pain was really bad. How does retinopathy affect your eyes? Is that pain also, or does it somehow affect your vision? Carol

Armourer 2011-12-19 18:58:44 -0600 Report

The blood vessels in the eye cannot pass blood very well and they burst, the only way to fix the problem is to have laser surgery. When one has enough of this happen vision is lost, blindness sets in. Right now I haven't had any eye problems and to keep it that way is to have A1C under 7. My last A1C was 7.4, down from a former 10.3.

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 20:22:43 -0600 Report

Ah, so that's what happens. Thankfully, my eyes are fine and my A1c is 5.7, so I'm not anticipating problems. My husband is blind though because of a macular hole and a retinal detachment, so my eyes are precious to both of us. Glad you are doing well also

Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-19 22:28:20 -0600 Report

I just had my A1c checked and it was 6.6 I thought I was doing well, but not sure now. What's the trick guys?

Caroltoo 2011-12-20 01:45:30 -0600 Report

Simple sounding question with a not so simple answer. It really is a lifestyle, not a trick. Here are some of the pieces:

1. Food choices: primarily low glycemic index fruit and vegetables, lean meat, fish, cheese, mostly almond milk, olive oil and other MUFAs (avocado, almonds, etc.), quinoa and lentils. Lots of fiber in the fruit and veggies. Lots of water and some tea and coffee. (no soda). Seasonings are pepper, turmeric, garlic, onion, ginger, cinnamon, french herb mixtures, curry, primarily, but have lots of others I use occasionally.

2. Food selection: cook from clean, natural, whole foods. I use organic because I have allergies to many chemicals that are in our food supply. I use filtered water for the same reason. I do not use prepackaged, precooked, prepared foods. I cook like my grandmother used to, starting with raw, not boxed.

3. Cooking: raw, when possible; I do many stir fry and omelets in olive oil in a cast iron skillet; I also bake, broil, and grill.

4. Supplementation: D3-2,000-4,000IU, alpha lipoic acid-600mg 2X daily, biotin-5000 mcg, CoQ10-capful (mine is an easily absorbable fluid), Mega rRd-1 capsule, Vitamin code raw vitamins per package instructions. From time-to-time, I use other supplements as needed.

NOTE: I am glucose intolerant, so have damage to villi of the intestine which affects digestion/absorption of nutrients, so I do add in vitamins I might not need otherwise. It is also why you will not find wheat, rye, barley, or oats in my meal plans but you will find quinoa and some lentils and corn.

5. Sleep: 8 hours/night.

6. Exercise: walk 3 miles most days; also swim, play tennis, jog while pushing my 220 pound husband in a 40 pound wheelchair (that is aerobic, let me tell you!), use a cardio-fit or treadmill when its raining, have an assortment of bands, tubes, medicine ball, and weights for specific exercises when I need a change.

7. I do not use medications. My Alc is now 5.7.

8. Practice stress reduction and positive mental health. This is, I think, one of the main reasons I am successful. I have major stressors (husband has Alzheimer's and is dying; I've been out of work for a year so I could care for him; may have to move because of our finances because I am caring for him—-these are big issues and decisions that will affect the rest of my life and are not to be made lightly), but am able to maintain a calm and rational attitude.

I meditate, pray, focus on the good things in my life. I simplify what I can. I bask in the natural beauty of Hawaii and drink in the serenity from any source I can find in my life. One of my mottoes is: if it isn't life threatening, it is negotiable. This helps me keep peace with my husband despite his failing mind. I look at the big picture and evaluate my choices rather than doing what I have always done.

My son (TX), friends, and pets are also sources of support. I reach out to others (even strangers) with a ready smile, friendly comment, and laughter. I try to share my joy with others. The sharing is also healing for me because it helps me focus on what I have, not what I have lost or am losing. When I need to, I grieve, and then I move on with life. Life, after all, is for living and we only get one chance.

jigsaw 2011-12-22 08:34:44 -0600 Report

A wealth of information from you! I incorporate many of the things that you have expressed here although not all. At this point I'm probably not as diligent as you when it comes to my diet. I have (past tense) gone to extremes with managing my diabetes and with professional help. My a1c is currently 6.1. Since being diagnosed as a diabetic, I have not been able to get my a1c below 6.0. I would probably have to exist on water and lettuce and exercise about 4 hours a day. I am awed by those who are diabetic and keep their a1c almost normal.
Not to be nosey, but how long have you been diabetic? Thanks again for all your worthwhile input!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-22 21:11:57 -0600 Report

I can't seem to get mine below 6 either & am wondering if I shouldn't just be glad it isn't higher. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas & hope we can get our A1C lower in 2012.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-23 11:12:40 -0600 Report

I wonder what it is when it is not tested though or if it stays like that. I guess you would like me paranoid, but I am only tested every 6 months so I wonder what it would be during that 6 month period. Thank you

jayabee52 2011-12-24 08:13:41 -0600 Report

If you don't find much fluxuation in your day-to-day BG readings during those 6 mos then you wouldn't find your A1c changing all that much even if you took your A1c within the 3 month period as one normally would. So outside of the expense of doing the A1c every 3 months, that would probably be the only difference.

jayabee52 2011-12-24 08:14:57 -0600 Report

If you don't find much fluxuation in your day-to-day BG readings during those 6 mos then you wouldn't find your A1c changing all that much even if you took your A1c within the 3 month period as one normally would. So outside of the expense of doing the A1c every 3 months, that would probably be the only difference.

jayabee52 2011-12-24 08:15:00 -0600 Report

If you don't find much fluxuation in your day-to-day BG readings during those 6 mos then you wouldn't find your A1c changing all that much even if you took your A1c within the 3 month period as one normally would. So outside of the expense of doing the A1c every 3 months, that would probably be the only difference.

jayabee52 2011-12-24 08:15:13 -0600 Report

If you don't find much fluxuation in your day-to-day BG readings during those 6 mos then you wouldn't find your A1c changing all that much even if you took your A1c within the 3 month period as one normally would. So outside of the expense of doing the A1c every 3 months, that would probably be the only difference.

Caroltoo 2011-12-22 12:29:18 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed as diabetic in 2003. I was told I was prediabetic in about 2000. I didn't believe it could happen to me, so didn't really make any changes until I was found to have blood and pus dripping from my toes and a blood glucose reading of 396. That was a message I couldn't ignore and made changes rapidly!!

I allow myself some slack, like when I celebrated my birthday on Monday. I was just laying all this out as a goal that I strive for, while I acknowledge I'm human and I don't do it all the time. I let my BG and A1c readings be my guide, but, at least, I do listen to them now.

jigsaw 2011-12-22 18:29:58 -0600 Report

Happy belated birthday! You have obviously done an amazing job, managing your diabetes. Very, very impressive!!!!!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-22 09:01:51 -0600 Report

It has been three years now for me and I am struggling to keep my BS low. I was sick taking metformin so my doctor put me on insulin. Some days are easier than others for me. I have always loved vegetables so eating a lot of them is not any problem for me, but I must saw since I have been diagnosed with diabetes I do crave carbs that I never had a problem with previously. Because of my arthritis exercising is a problem for me and I contribute many of my issues with being unable to move more. I too am curious how long everyone on here has had diabetes. Thank you

Lady Quilter
Lady Quilter 2011-12-31 14:13:43 -0600 Report

I have had diabetes since 1993. I take Metformin, Insulin (43 units twice a day) and Gabapentin. I started out really good following my diet but lately it seems harder for me, sometimes I even forget to take my meds and insulin. I been under a lot of stress lately and in pain, so I think that may have a lot to do with it. Which all of that also causes my blood sugars to go up.

jigsaw 2011-12-22 09:23:53 -0600 Report

I have been diabetic for 17 long years. I do take Metformin, and I have had some uncomfortable side effects from this medication. The extended release form of metformin helped to alleviate them for me. I am very fortunate in that I have had no serious complications from my diabetes so far. I have always kept my a1c well under that magic number 7.

meowbat 2011-12-20 03:36:39 -0600 Report

You and James are the champions among us. To be that controlled without medication is fantastic. I'm jealous.

Desert Di
Desert Di 2011-12-18 09:16:59 -0600 Report

I have had neuropathy for many years now. For me it is progressive having gone from slight tingling sensations to intense pain in my hands, arms and feet. The numbness has progressed to the tops of the calves of my legs as well and I am beginning to loose some balance due to not feeling my toes. Moreover the disorder now includes my stomach (gastroperesis). I am on gabapentin and pain medication for the pain as well as meds for the nauseau caused by the stomach issue.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-18 20:20:42 -0600 Report

Thank you and unfortunately there are side effects with pain meds. I have had much nausea with pain meds and many meds. I know out of desparation to get relief we need to take something, but let your doctor know your meds are making you nausous and your doctor maybe able to change your prescription to something else. I hope you have more pain free days ahead.

Desert Di
Desert Di 2011-12-19 13:16:36 -0600 Report

I agree, the pain meds do add nauseau, however the daily nauseau I experience is due to the gastroperesis. Thank you for your good wishes and please stay well :)

meowbat 2011-12-19 03:44:47 -0600 Report

I've had some stomach problems from meds. I take potassium 2x a day with my metformin. it seems to help.

zeitghost 2011-12-17 15:10:24 -0600 Report

I have bit of dulled sensation on the outsides of my big toes, but I haven't had anything else. This surprises me as my A1C has been over 13 for the past three years.

Young1s 2011-12-18 08:38:40 -0600 Report

An A1c over 13 is extremely high. The number to shoot for used to be somewhere around 7 but I think that has been lowered to somewhere between 5 & 6. But you are just starting to get things back on track, so with better effort you should be able to get it down. You need to mention the lack of sensation on your toes to your doctor though.

Itallian Kitty
Itallian Kitty 2011-12-15 00:27:42 -0600 Report

I have neuropathy in my hands and feet mostly my feet.But I have spells of no feeling at all in both my hands and feet. I have scars in the oddest places of my hands and feet and can't remember how I got them. lol. I am on Zoloft as well as taking Trazadone for sleep when needed. I hate the fact that with my 6 week old sons health issues I might sleep through his heart monitor going off. Just the thought of that happening scares me to the point of being sick to my stomach.

Jan8 2011-12-15 08:14:04 -0600 Report

You are a new Mom and post-partum depression plus sleep deprivation can really put a damper on your life plus the stress of the heart monitor . call your OB-GYN. They deal with this all the time. Maybe a homecare nurse can help you get through this.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-15 07:37:31 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing your comments and that too would scare me. Are you taking as little of the sleep aid as possible? Did you share your concerns with your doctor? You should.

digitaldoorbell 2011-12-14 18:54:31 -0600 Report

I have peripheral and proximal neuropathy. I was diagnosed about 1 1/2 years ago and got this right away. The prior responses are interesting. I take gabapentin three times a day. I take no meds for Type 2 and control myself with meds and exercise.

Please take care of yourself. You are the beneficiary of your own good habits and self care.

Jan8 2011-12-14 07:36:22 -0600 Report

Hi sly kitty, I have neuropathy in both legs…knees to feet.I never am reminded of it though because since i have been taking cymbalta and lyrica I have no pain. I do start to notice it if my Bgs are too low or too high. Then,I eat to correct the low,or bolus for the high. i also take trazedone at night.

shani elyse
shani elyse 2011-12-13 13:12:16 -0600 Report

hi sly kitty…I too have neuropathy in my feet actually had it before I was diagnosed with diabetes t2…I tried all the rest of the meds like the other posts but for me what worked the best was tramydol (generic for ultram)wich is mainly for people with back and spine pain…but…all of are nerves stem from our spine…it did'nt take all the pain away but it definetely made it bearable!…everybody is different just wanted to give you another option to consider cause I know how dabilitateing and painful neuropathy can be…it's made me feel like I just want to die at times when I did'nt have my meds…let me know what happens…we are all here to help…:)

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-17 11:12:22 -0600 Report

I am curious as to the mg of tramadol you take? My doctor prescribed 50 mg & I have talked with some people that only take half that dose. Can you tell me how much you take and if you have noticed any side effects. Thank you

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-13 19:07:10 -0600 Report

I refuse to take any pain meds. I did for a while, but to be honest with all the side effects they all have I don't want to take anything. Another reason I am on insulin because the Metformin made me so sick as do most meds. I don't take anything except Lisinopril for HBP. Thank you for your input and I sure hope you get some relief as it is no fun living in pain.

jayabee52 2011-12-13 14:10:09 -0600 Report

I would like to give you a heads up about Tramedol Shani.

I had a friend, "Suzannie" who was on Tramedol for back pain. She had her back go out and she had to have her spine encased in metal. The pain must have been tremendous, but she would take the Tramedol (to my mind) like candy.

Just about Thanksgiving of 2010 she was taken to the hospital. She had a bleeding ulcer which breached her stomach lining and the stomach itself. The breach continued into her pancreatic artery (so I'd been told by her daughter). And they put two full sets of blood transfusions into her, but she bled out into her stomach and passed from this life.

Coincidentally I was in the hospital at almost the exact same time in another city. I also had a bleeding ulcer. I didn't know this was going on with Suzannie. When I got home from the hospital on thanksgiving afternoon I got the call from her daughter, telling me of her mother's demise. I started doing some research on the net about bleeding ulcers. One footnote in one of the papers I read implicated Tramedol in bleeding ulcers which breached the stomach wall.

My bleeding ulcer didn't breach the stomach wall. But mine was caused by asprin. That led me to post a warning about NSAIDs on this site. You may want to check it out here: ~

shani elyse
shani elyse 2011-12-13 15:45:54 -0600 Report

thank you for the information as with every medication unfortunately they all have side effects…I've weaned myself off of the tramydol about 7 to 8 months ago…simply because i hate pills and how they make me feel…it was rough for about 2 weeks but my feet actually feel better without meds…and when my pain is severe I just deal with it…I was just simply giving her another option…personaly I think all the medications out there possibly help…but…do more harm than good!!!!!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-13 19:09:08 -0600 Report

I think we all come to this conclusion when we have been desparate to take something to relieve the pain. Glad you have come to terms with it and are learning to deal with it.