Numbness in both big toes

By Fon Latest Reply 2012-01-16 16:40:16 -0600
Started 2012-01-10 11:16:53 -0600

I haven't posted anything on here for ages… but I really need some advice… I have type 2 and I give myself an insulin shot once a day. Both of my big toes are numb but my blood sugar has been lower than it ever has been (my 30 day average is 131). Is this numbness (neuropathy) due to my diabetes? I do not eat like I am suppose to and it is a long story… if you want to read my lousy excuse then here ya go:
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes one year ago this month.. I worked hard with correcting my diet for the first few months, then I found out my 25 yr old daughter had Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer… soon after that… a drunk driver hit me, totally my SUV and put my in the hospital for 9 days. I almost lost my spleen, but thankfully, I didn't. However, my top priority has been on helping my daughter through her ordeal. I just got lazy about taking care of myself…

15 replies

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-16 16:40:16 -0600 Report

It may be either your diabetes or the car accident. One thing to remember is that diabetes may not be diagnosed for up to 8 to 10 years after its onset. A lot of damage can be done in that time. Only your doctor can determine the actual cause of the numbness. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your daughter.

JSJB 2012-01-16 08:17:07 -0600 Report

Fon remember, if you do not take care of yourself, you can not help others. Sorry to hear about what you went through but my prayers are with you and your family and please stay healthy for them

trc0705 2012-01-10 20:22:33 -0600 Report


So sorry to hear about all that you and your family are going through, prayers for you. Your condition does sound like Diabetes neuropathy, but I agree with lil-­wolf­ie that it could be from the accident. The best thing would be to check with your doctor. There are actually 3 types of Diabetes neuropathy. Here is a link that will give you more information. God bless you, take care.

Caroltoo 2012-01-10 15:11:23 -0600 Report

Your reasons are certainly valid. Perhaps re-framing might make it easier. We who have diabetes (at least type 2 diabetes) are reaping the results of environment, food chain, and food choice issues that have developed over the last 25 year or so. If we come from that perspective, the changes we make in our diets are changes that will benefit our families as well as ourselves. They may not have to count carbs and do insulin injections, but the food choices benefit all…so caring for yourself via family meal preparation is really caring for your daughter also.

Good luck with this. I hope you both do well with these situations. They are big challenges to overcome.

jigsaw 2012-01-12 06:40:02 -0600 Report

Your words are blessings for all to cherish !

Caroltoo 2012-01-12 14:57:42 -0600 Report

Thanks, Jigsaw. I really feel this is so important because without this long range perspective our children and their children will have even more problems than we do.

Caroltoo 2012-01-12 20:28:40 -0600 Report

VA does recognize agent orange as a cause of diabetes and neuropathy. Why don't you friend and then email tcandey about his experience?

jimLE 2012-01-10 12:46:22 -0600 Report

well fon.from what little i've learned about diabetes and insulin.your numb toes could be from the insulin..and at the same thinking it could be from the car accident.if thats the could be some thing simple as a pinched nerves.either way..i beleave that you should talk with your doctor(s) about might even try useing google.just type in numbness of toes to see what you come up with

Fon 2012-01-10 13:25:17 -0600 Report

You're right.. I shall ask my doctor. I did discover about 8 weeks after my auto accident that I had a protruding disc in my lower spine which caused me extreme back pain and sciatic nerve pain in my left buttock and down my left leg. I received an injection in my lower back/spine to sort of "numb" the area. I will receive the injection about 2 more times (1 per month) before the full treatment is finished. Something for me to consider. Thank you so much for responding, lil=wolfie!

jayabee52 2012-01-10 12:05:23 -0600 Report

If you have ever been on a commercial flight, Fon, and paid attention to the safety lecture before takeoff they tell you some thing I have adapted for my life with the multiple medical challenges I face.

They tell you that if/when the oxygen mask drops from the overhead you are supposed to grab your own and put it on FIRST and then help someone else who may be having trouble with theirs. Once you've taken care of YOURSELF then you are in a better posiition to help others.

When I was with my late bride "Jem" a couple of years before my brother in law would occasionally ask me if I was taking care of myself. It was important to him because my bride was totally blind and relied on me to do for her what she could not do. If I wasn't taking care of myself, I couldn't be doing a good job of caring for Jem, and then he would be responsible for her care. (I think he was genuinely concerned. I don't want to think his motives were less than honorable.) He and my mother in law were so relieved that I came into Jem's life when I did. I believe that Jem's mother held on to life until she was comfortable that Jem would have someone to care for her.

(A side story: I had just come to where "mama G" and Jem lived for the thanksgiving holiday and planned on staying through her birthday in mid January. Well 2 days after I arrived, MamaG had gotten sick. she had just been Dx'd with non-Hodkins lymphoma and had been admitted to the home hospice. Well MamaG became non responsive soon after I got there. So Jem & I started to care for her. The hospice nurse told us it would not be long before she passed, and if we wanted MamaG to see us get married (we were engaged at the time) we'd better hurry. So one of Jem's friends was a hospital chaplain so she called him to come out, and called her family locally, and a couple friends, and we had a little "wedding service" right by her bedside for MamaG and the family and friends who came.

Mama G had not opened her eyes or showed any expression of emotion for 2 or 3 days. Someone noticed that mama G had opened her eyes sometime during the "service" and smiled a big broad smile. —- MamaG died the next day. I like to think that our "service" made her happy and her transition to eternity much easier to bear, for she was really concerned for her blind daughters welfare after she passed.)

My point is TAKE care of yourself FIRST! Then you will be better able to care for your daughter! I would suggest a re-ordering of your priorities. This is just my opinion, of course.

I will have you and your daughter in my prayer list.

To your Better health!


PS, yes it sounds like neuropathy. If you don't take proper care of yourself you may end up with what I have. burning neuropathy from my knees down to my toes. Not fun!

pixsidust 2012-01-10 23:19:41 -0600 Report

They say…
The hearing is the last to go
They are aware and can hear you
My grand mother coded
She said she could hear my sister and I calling her back
Funny thing, she was mad at us and asked why did we do that to her!

trc0705 2012-01-10 20:15:34 -0600 Report

Wow that's beautiful. You are probably right in the fact that she was waiting for your service to let go of this life and move on. On the other side they still watch over us and know what is happening here.

Fon 2012-01-10 13:42:30 -0600 Report

Wow! Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful story. I am, however, so sorry for your loss of Jem. My deepest sympathy.
I appreciate very much for reminding me just how important it is for me to reset my priorities! I've always know ya gotta care for your own health first or ya can't help care for someone else. Guess I needed someone to remind me of reality. I am going to buck up and have the right diet I'm suppose to have! Very sorry about your neuropathy pain!! I can relate to the burning. When I wake up, the soles of my feet burn, and sometimes the palms of my hands. I think I'm scared straight now!
God Bless You.

jayabee52 2012-01-10 13:55:53 -0600 Report

May god bless you and yours too, Fon!

Control your BG levels well and perhaps you may get rid of the neuropathy. I am working on keeping my BGs down too and doing some supplimentation which supposedly will lessen and perhaps eventually take away the pain completely.
I now manage my BGs through just eating a low carb high protein meal plan and
I take no diabetes meds at all. Should that interest you, I will send it to you via DC email.