mobility issues?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2012-06-25 19:35:59 -0500
Started 2012-06-21 16:04:12 -0500

Not that we need anything else to worry about. Living day to day with diabetes has enough challenges involved. Have you had to add mobility issues to your list of problems related to your diabetes? What mobility issues do you have? Do you think that diabetes is the cause of your mobility issues?

Here is a link to an article that talks about what may be the cause of mobility issues and what you can do to reduce them.

7 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-25 19:35:59 -0500 Report

So far Diabetes has not hindered my mobility. Double vision and horrid depth perception has been a lifelong issue because my eyeballs have a weird shape (not on the part everybody sees, but every Eye Doc I have ever gone to has made this comment "Oh, your eyes are more of a football shape." after they peep into my peepers.) No driving as I would have been a weapon of mass destruction. No going over 15 MPH on my bicycle as corners, curbs and other objects approach faster than I can compensate for.
Started life with a few mobility issues due to one leg being shorter than another Had a series of casts to stretch the shorter one, per The Cake Lady, when I was 1 to 2 years old. So I was slow to learn to walk. Then had an evil contraption I had to wear at night for several years to help straighten my legs some more until I was 8. Seems any time I had a childhood illness - measles, mumps, chicken pox, the legs would decide to hurt and make walking a little hard. Also back pain because to straighten the legs my back was made crooked. But I have fewer mobility issues than two cousins who have the same crooked legs that did not get corrected.
A battle with West Nile Virus made a long struggle to walk without pain, remember how to stand if I got down on my knees. and balance. Among other poblems. Got most of those skills back then the leg vein pump MRSA episode made mobility an issue again.
Had to retrain the brain to do stairs, how to react if someone suddenly stepped in front of me, how to walk up or down a slope, etc. And get balance back yet once more.
Sigh..I hope I don't have to fight any battles of limits to mobility due to diabetes.

milesrf 2012-06-24 22:01:58 -0500 Report

I've had mobility issues since perhaps an hour before I was diagnosed with type 2 - the main reason I was diagnosed was that I was in the emergency room due to a stroke that kept me from moving my left arm and left leg. Partially recovered since then, but don't expect any more recovery; I can now walk slowly and carry light objects with my left arm.

I did not recover the ability to drive to work and back, though.

Not much pain.

pixsidust 2012-06-23 22:16:53 -0500 Report

I wake with my feet and fingers hurting very bad every morning. I have to put on comfortable supportive slip on shoes to even walk to the bathroom. I never had anything like this before my 16 months of Diabetes. My A1c is 6.3 so I am presuming my sugars are under control. Its hard to walk and I often limp. I definitely blame my Diabetes partner.

jayabee52 2012-06-23 06:55:39 -0500 Report

Yes I have mobility issues, most likely due to diabetes. In late 2005 I was hit with TIAs (ministrokes). The theory was that my blood was too thick due to my diabetes and it temporarily shut off blood to a part of the brain responsible for my ability to keep my balance.

I have learned how to counteract that in certain ways, but I still feel like I am not walking on a solid surface (even though I know I am) but instead it feels like walking on a bed or a trampoline.

My 2nd issue is with Neuropathy (burning pain). Every step is painful, and exhausting. Therefore I don't like to walk, and I don't as much as I should, only as much as absolutely necessary.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-22 10:41:05 -0500 Report

Hi Jeanette..Yes… besides being T2 for 11 yrs, I am also dealing with having peripheral arterial disease of the legs (PAD)…Which was brought on by years of smoking and was little more then a tired or heaviness feeling in my legs..For the longest time I never paid it much mind and I had my D under control.
Then 9 months prior of turning 65 I found myself out of work and no more health coverage.. I stuck my head in the sand more or less for the next 9 months till i was picked up by medicare..By that time my diabetes was out of control and what was a slight annoyance with PAD was now a major mobility issue..I was no longer able to walk more then 50-75 yards and then the pain shut my legs down
While diabetes was not the primary reason I developed PAD it was certainly a contributing factor..When I let my BGL get out of control the Pad followed right along

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