Numbness in my feet

By Candle1966 Latest Reply 2012-04-04 16:15:09 -0500
Started 2012-03-30 18:08:52 -0500

I am type 2 diabetic and for the past two days both feet have been numb and tingling around the heels and the top outsides too. My BG is under control but I am concerned it could be neuropathy. My eye sight seems to be a little more blurry especially when I am trying to look at something close up. Should I be concerned? Help please!!!

28 replies

KarynCandy29 2012-04-04 13:27:54 -0500 Report

Don't get ahead of yourself ,stress is so bad for us..get in touch with your doctor and take it one step at a time..( pun not intended )
I wish you well Candle!

pandalays 2012-04-03 00:05:46 -0500 Report

Hi how long since you are diabetic?If its just 2days since you have this symptoms dont get panic Tthe more you worry the more damage. Relax..Be onguard and visit your doctor .He will guide you.

Candle1966 2012-04-03 10:52:28 -0500 Report

I been diabetic for 3 years now. I saw what happened to my fathers feet, "he was diabetic too" and it scares me to death.

pandalays 2012-04-04 12:29:37 -0500 Report

Hi candle ,I can visualize what you are going through.My mom was diabetic .She died at the age of 72 five years ago.5yrs prior to her death she became blind she had neuropathy and she was on wheel chairs.Omg Iwas also in your same position.But when one of my aunts who wasnt diabetic had a fall ,had eye injury lost her sightand also broke her thigh bone and was bedridden i realized you dont have to be a diabetic to have all these handicap.And same way just because you are a diabetic you need not have all these.If you are destined to have these you will whether you are a diabetic or not.So dont worry unnecessarilyIif we live a disciplined life with good diet regular exercise and medication will keep us in good health.Take care.Be u lot. geetha

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-02 22:07:58 -0500 Report

You should see the dr as it can be from different reasons, and if need be you'll get medication to help. I have neuropathy and have those symptoms, but that doesn't mean you have it. Also, how long have you been diabetic?

GabbyPA 2012-03-31 11:42:04 -0500 Report

Anytime your body is telling you something, you should pay attention. I bugged my doctor for months about my feet with the tingling and burning. He said I didn't have neuropathy.
So I finally made an appointment with my podiatrist and he did a much more through test and told me I do have it.

If you are having trouble with focusing, that too is something to check out. If your levels are in good control, then those things need to be looked at, as there may be damage already there.

KarynCandy29 2012-04-04 13:16:15 -0500 Report

Gabby,(a little off topic)
I see in your post where you say your doctor said you didn't have it but your podiatrist said you did,does your doctor know and this and do they except the saying of another doctor?
reason I'm asking is no matter what other doctors say my doctor always dismisses it..

GabbyPA 2012-04-04 16:15:09 -0500 Report

I went to my primary and told him that I had gone to my podiatrist and he explained why I can feel in my little toes and foot, but have a harder time feeling in my big toe. He said that is where it starts.

I guess, since I don't really have a team...he can dismiss it if he wants, but I work on things for me. I didn't want him to treat me for it, just acknowledge it. He made a note in my records, I guess that is all I can ask of him.

Candle1966 2012-04-02 14:27:54 -0500 Report

Do you ever have pain in your legs? My legs ache in my thighs and calves and I get really bad leg cramps when I am sleeping. I thought that if you keep everything under control, these types of things wouldn't happen.

GabbyPA 2012-04-03 13:36:48 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, control helps, but it is not guarantee. If it is bad now, imagine what it would be like if you were not taking care of yourself.

I too get cramps in my feet. Usually when I am stretching is when they hit me. I don't get pain in my legs though, except the occasional cramp, but nothing like an ache or pain that is on going.

Young1s 2012-04-02 15:26:19 -0500 Report

Is it possible that you're just experiencing leg cramps. I used to get them all the time when I did strenuous exercises involving my legs. Running, squats, etc.

Candle1966 2012-04-03 11:00:10 -0500 Report

It could be just leg cramps. "I hope!" I did just start a new job where I sit alot. I have made an appt. with my Dr. but I am petrified of what they might find. I watched my father suffer from diabetes for years and saw what it did to his body. I don't want to live my life the way he had to. I am so scared!!!! I don't mean to sound like a big baby, but I take my diabetes very seriously and I don't know how to stop the effects of it. If I can at all.

Young1s 2012-04-03 13:31:42 -0500 Report

No need to be sorry. Your fears and concerns are healthy and shouldn't be ignored. The best way to avoid future complications, or put them off for a while, is to learn to get your D under control. The better your BG's are, the better your diet is, the better your physical health is…the better your chances are to control and maintain your D in a healthy way. You say you have a job where you sit a lot, find time to get up and move, especially at lunchtime. Use that 25-30 mins to get some walking exercise in.

Candle1966 2012-04-03 18:37:32 -0500 Report

I just got back from see my Dr. and she told me not to panic. She did the foot test and she said it's all ok. She thinks my potassium is low causing my legs to cramp. She also said it could be from sitting to long. "Just as you said". She put me on Lisinopril to lower my potassium. I hate that I panic everytime something feels different or hurts, but my father died a miserable death due to diabetes complications so it freaks me out a little. Thank you for your advice and listening.

jayabee52 2012-04-02 16:34:28 -0500 Report

the reason it did that was lactic Acid buildup. I have had the overexertion cramps too when I was much younger.

Young1s 2012-04-02 21:59:54 -0500 Report

I got you the first time. Just saying that I chocked it up to the basic training because I didn't know it had a name. Glad to not be experiencing that anymore, but wish I was still in shape like that.

jayabee52 2012-04-02 14:55:51 -0500 Report

How are your kidneys Candle? If your kidneys are weak they may not clear the lactic acid buildup fast enough.

I have stage 4 Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and am almost into stage 5 where dialysis is necessary. I have over done on protein intake a time or two and notice the cramps wake me up in the night after that.

I am sure that is not the only reason for cramps but perhaps if you haven't gotten your kidneys checked out perhaps it would be a good idea if you would!

Harlen 2012-03-30 19:46:23 -0500 Report

A ray of sunshine or hope lol
First I go thru this from time to time when my feet get dry (end of winter it seams to be when it hits me so I rub my feet every day befor bead and lotion them every thred day ,for the last two years I havent had it
Try it it may help you too
Best wishes

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-03-30 19:10:22 -0500 Report

Dear Candle: The old saying " if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck" Neuropathy happens whenever it chooses. Age and length of time you have had diabetes, have no baring on nueropathy. When it happens it happens.
I'm sorry to sound so harse but nueropathy is what it is. Sounds to me you have it.. Next is the nerve contact test. Or something like that. They have good medications that will really help. I take 90mg. of cmybalta for the pain and tingling. There's Lyrica, Nuerontin just to name a couple. You need to see you Dr. as soon as possible. Caroltoo seems to have a solution, but yours seems as advanced as mine was. It's entirely up to you how you deal with this, but my suggestion is to get to your Dr. as this progresses and quickly. I'm sorry you may have nueropathy. I wouldn't wish it on my worse enemy. Hugs to you, Valentine Lady

Caroltoo 2012-03-30 18:18:55 -0500 Report

It could be neuropathy. Have you talked with your doctor? One of the onsite professionals said once that some neuropathic pain happens when our partially numbed limbs are healing, so while painful, it's not always a bad sign.

Mine was very slight pain and I started taking alpha lipoic acid (600 mg 2xday) and 5000 mcg biotin. Alpha Lipoic helps with BGs and with removing damaged cell structures; the biotin is needed because alpha lipoic uses up the biotin already in our systems. My sensation of "walking on a small stone" lasted for 2-3 months and has not returned.

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