By jessfo82 Latest Reply 2012-05-26 14:32:46 -0500
Started 2012-05-26 05:28:01 -0500

I was just curious is any type 1 diabetics have this and are willing to share their stories. I'm a 30 year old who has had T1D since I was 18 months old. I have started having issues with my hands and feet and no doctors can figure out what it is. My diabetic doctor isn't the best, she just kind of brushed it off when I told her about it, so needless to say I'm looking for a new doctor. Any information would help though. Thank you

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pixsidust 2012-05-26 13:32:42 -0500 Report

I am type II. I have Neuropathy and mild Arthritis. I am new at all of this but think the combination of both works against me. Swelling of the extremities could be from fluid. I have had swelling in my feet but never my hands. My hands do hurt and are inflexible to move. Is it arthritis or Neuropathy I do not know. The swelling however is not daily and rare. Pain is constant

Excess fluid issues points to the heart. An Echo vs and EKG or ECG is what is called for. The EKG/ECG only measures electrical transmissions and can tell some things about heart structure. They will always do an EKG though. An Echo will actually see the interior of the heart structure, the opening and closing of valves and if its physical operation is in order. When the heart is not pumping all the blood out of itself into the body, it leaves a residue of fluid, that builds up and enters your tissues. The extremities, farthest from the heart hands/feet start to show swelling. I worked in cardiology for 7 years. If you learn something different, please share as I am 15 months Diabetic and new to the Neuropathy side of life.

Sorry I replied anyway without being type I and interested to hear more of your story! Love to you on your journey!

cindygal1 2012-05-26 13:58:25 -0500 Report

I now that my sister in law had Neuropathy asnd she went through months of theraphy for it. I have a lot of arthritis, swelling of my feet and bottom of my legs, my doctor put me on Cymbalta and it has eased a lot of the pain from my arthritis, it is also for depression. It has worked wonders for me. Neuropathy they do have theraphy for it. Check with your doctor. I too have carpal tunnel surgery twice, so I know that it isn't that.

jessfo82 2012-05-26 06:43:08 -0500 Report

My hands and feet are swollen pretty much constantly, and I am unable to bend my toes much or make a fist with my left hand, my right hand is just my first finger that will not bend. I do have feeling still as far as I know. I had my gallbladder removed about 3 months ago cause I was having bad stomach problems with digestion and that seemed to help my stomach.

jayabee52 2012-05-26 06:57:03 -0500 Report

It may be related to neropathy, but may not be what I experience with my peripheral neuropathy. I typed "unable to close hand" into google search and came up with this article from wikipedia on median nerve palsy (MNP). You can read it here ~ . See if this describes what you are experiencing. I noted that it said MNP could be caused by neuropathy. But then again I could be all wrong too.

EDIT: I was not satisfied with that possible Dx so I checked out web MD's symptom checker. See it here ~

For a female about age 30 there are about 17 different Dxs potentially which relate to swollen fingers. Removing those causes of sudden causation like poison ivy, there still is a potentially serious list: Anglodema, Cellulitis, Gout, Systemic Lupis Erithrimosis ("Lupis" or SLE), PseudoGout, Rhumatiod arthritis (RA), Scleroderma, Water Retention (edema), Osteomyelitis, or CREST Syndrome (systemic scleroderma).

My 2nd wife had both SLE and RA. So I know from living with her kinda what it was like.

Is this swelling and stiffness constant or does it come and go? And does it help to put ice or heat on it?

cindygal1 2012-05-26 14:02:49 -0500 Report

I had a lot that with my carpal tunnel in my left hand and the pain was shooting up my arm, but a lot of it had calified and had to cut out before I could get any relief from it.

Nana_anna 2012-05-26 09:46:09 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. I read that. Its interesting. My thing is, on my left hand, my pinky and ring finger are always num. Some day's are better than other day's. But I can manage okay. My other hand is still good. :)

jayabee52 2012-05-26 10:11:08 -0500 Report

From your description sounds like you possibly may have carpel tunnel syndrome.

Please have it checked out by a MD or a Dr of Chiropractic as I am not licensed to diagnose nor do I play a Dr on TV (LoL!)

jayabee52 2012-05-26 06:39:18 -0500 Report

Howdy Jessfo! When you say you are having "issues" with your hands and feet, could you describe what is happening with you with regard to that?

I have burning neropathy, in my legs from knees to toes, tingling neropathy in my arms from elbow to fingertips. I also have nerogenic bladder and have intermittent gastroparesis, which are likely due to autonomic neuropthy.

Please tell us what you experience, and though we are not Drs we might be able to point you in a positive direction to possibly deal with it.

Blessings to you and yours


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