Diabetic Complications

By Goddess Latest Reply 2009-01-16 10:37:42 -0600
Started 2008-12-04 08:57:53 -0600

Would you please list the complications you know about and how to prevent them? Also if you have any what you do about it?

58 replies

dj7110 2009-01-12 04:08:36 -0600 Report

for me the worse side effects have been the neuropathy in both feet, and eye sight problems, been fighting dry cracked feet for a few yrs and have medicated cream on them daily. for my eyes I put muro lotion in them twice a day, making another attempt this month at getting fitted with new glasses as I had too many highs last time.. my avg reading has been 184 so hopefully I can get new glasses this time.

Goddess 2008-12-11 12:32:35 -0600 Report

What all complications can you think of or have had because of Diabetes.

Anonymous 2008-12-11 13:58:40 -0600 Report

I think the topic should be who has overcome their complications. Better, tighter control of blood sugars, losing weight and exercising.

Anonymous 2008-12-11 17:29:54 -0600 Report

If you don't like the discussion, then create your own. Leave Goddess alone for a change.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-02 20:19:01 -0600 Report

Yes I myself have been type 1 for 46 yrs. I have had 2 surgeries on both eyes. (Vitreous surgery) I am a below the knee amputee, I had a sucessful kidney trnsplant(so far). I had many problems during my transplant though and loss all my muscle mass. It will be 2 years jan 16th for my transplant. Since then, I have been doing intense physical therapy. I am now walking with a cane and assistance. They told me I'd never walk. I deal with nueropathy and also have severe gastroparesis. I just want diabetics to not get scare and try and get your problems under control at the start. Don't let them go for so long its to late to do anything. Remember I have been through so much and still want to live. It is my goal to see them find a cure for Diabetes. If I let myself give in to diabetes I would of died many years ago. But I am a survivor and I will control diabetes and not let it control me…Debe

Goddess 2009-01-12 03:42:59 -0600 Report

What do you take for your gastroparesis? How long have you had itand how does it effect you?

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-12 04:32:53 -0600 Report

I take I take prilosec for GERD, I take reglan for the gastroparesis but when the vomiting and nausea gets so severe I go to the ER and have a standing order for a shot called Anzamet. It like a drug treated to use for chemo patients with severe nausea and vomiting. I also have a prescription in my purse for it , so if I am out of town and would need to get it…Debe

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-04 16:37:19 -0600 Report

how high does your sugar levels get,and how long do they stay that way before you start having trouble with neuropathy?

Frieda - 26966
Frieda - 26966 2008-12-04 17:32:31 -0600 Report

From what happened to me, it doesn't have to be long. I have had neuropathy in my left foot since 3/06. It not only depends on length of time, but also how high your sugars are running. The higher your glucose readings the more damage you have going on in your body.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-04 18:55:30 -0600 Report

thank you! my fasting sugar has never been over 150 and it didn't stay there long before i got it down. all the same i have polyneuropathy. i asked my doctor why? he said it was just my bad luck!

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-07 16:34:54 -0600 Report

Things like neuropathy happen over time. Faster for some than others. Keeping your A1c in the mid "6s" is the best. Into the "7s" and you start getting damage. The longer it stays in the "7s" and higher, the more damage is done.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-07 17:26:54 -0600 Report

my doctor has never said anything to me about A1c! in fact i have learned more from this site than anywhere! now i will go in and ask him about it. will be seeing him this month as i have to have an echo done on my heart. thank you!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-09 08:10:45 -0600 Report

Wow! I cannot believe your doctor has never mentioned or performed an A1c for you. You need to ask about that. It's good to know that this site provides information like that to folks who have questions and need a little help in getting their numbers - and their attitudes - in check. Good luck to you! Keep reading and learning.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-16 10:17:39 -0600 Report

Gee. I haven't looked at this discussion in a long time, and I just saw your comment. I hope you didn't think that I meant you had an "attitude"! What I meant was (in general) how people view having diabetes (and other illnesses)…their acceptance and willingness to tackle it and do something about it. Wish I had seen this sooner. I'm so sorry if this offended you in any way.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-16 10:25:27 -0600 Report

not offended, just wanted to make sure i was alright with you! i am always checking myself because i can be somewhat sour on life at times!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-16 10:30:37 -0600 Report

I always enjoy your comments. I should have worded my comment a little better, I guess. I had to read it a couple of times while ago to see what you were talking about. Anyway, thanks for replying. Hugs, Diane

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-16 10:37:42 -0600 Report

a okay! sometimes i don't even know what i'm talking about! much less anyone else! have you ever noticed that your meds. can make you be strange in your thinking at times? i don't know if its me or some of the meds. i'm taking!

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-10 13:46:44 -0600 Report

If your doctor doesn't mention having an A1c done, ask him/her. If they say you don't need one (and you are definitely diagnosed as diabetic) start considering a new doctor.

at one time, you could purchase an "A1c Kit" at your local pharmacy. I'm not sure if they are still available (I just haven't looked recently). If they are, I would consider getting one.

The "A1c" shows how your blood sugar has been doing over the last few months. Again, the higher the number, the worse-off your blood sugar has been. Ideal range is 6.0 - 7.0.

NormaJean 2009-01-07 14:12:56 -0600 Report

i have learned a lot from this site,my doctor had wanted me to go to these diabetes classes but since I have no insurance i'm not able to,this site is very informative and we should all feel free to discuss and share our ideas on any given topic.

Goddess 2008-12-07 19:21:44 -0600 Report

thank you for sharing Sparrow

Anonymous 2008-12-09 17:11:01 -0600 Report

Please stop thanking everyone for their replies and posts. It shows up in all of our tracked discussions and we have to waste the time to read your 1 or 2 needless and silly comments. Thank you.

Anonymous 2008-12-09 17:32:59 -0600 Report

No, you are not. People do not expect to be thanked for each and every remark that they post. That's just senseless and overkill, and it is impolite to those of us who keep checking our "tracked" items not knowing that your remarks are all we're going to see. I don't mean to be rude to you, just trying to make you realize that you are just going overboard in your attempts to be nice.

Goddess 2008-12-09 17:39:33 -0600 Report

I am not going overboard and I'm honest enough to show myself. You always hide behind anonymous.

Anonymous 2008-12-09 17:50:04 -0600 Report

What difference does it make who I am. I'm a member of this community, just as you are. I don't care to get into a personal confrontation with you, which is the reason that most people who use "anonymous" use it, I feel. In any event, I asked. If you wish to continue doing what you're doing, no one can stop you. You give me the impression you feel you own and run the site. Guess what? There are a lot of us on here!

Godschild - 27083
Godschild - 27083 2008-12-31 21:23:46 -0600 Report

Goddess I agree with you there is nothing wrong with being thankful to those who are kind and caring enough to answer you questions and as for you anonymous If you could only stop for a moment and make a list of the things and people you are thankful for you just might see why Goddess is polite enough to thank those who help her. How many people have you thanked lately for their help. You are in my prayers reguardless.And Goddess keep up the thankful attitude it really makes an impression on others you are an inspiration and an example

Anonymous 2008-12-09 17:40:07 -0600 Report

I agree with you, the other anonymous. I just had to purge alot of my tracked items because of this. It is really getting out of hand. My suggestion to all of us, is to simply ignore this hopefully it will stop on its on. But I have figured out that if she is not answered she goes back and finds where she can put in the 1-2 words. If you notice like this one, they are on old posts. i am now going to ignore and not answer anymore of them it just adds to the nonsense. I am going to stick to legittimate discussions that have real purpose for this site. Just my suggestion. And for your information Goddess there are several of us being anonymous not just one. we all feel the need because of past problems.

Anonymous 2008-12-09 17:42:55 -0600 Report

The problem is that you can't tell what your're going to find until you get there. If it's in my "tracked" items, I check it out, of course. And you're so right about going back and bringing forward tons of old discussions to which no one has replied at all or for long periods of time. I truly am not trying to hurt anyone's feelings, but it does get annoying.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-10 13:56:19 -0600 Report

I have several of the complications. As I have mentioned in other discussions, I have neuropathy in my feet, I have had a kidney/pancreas transplant (in chronic rejection), and I have had laser surgery for retinopathy. Thankfully, none have made it "unbearable", and to be honest, I don't think anything can make life "unbearable". Difficult sometimes maybe, but not unbearable.

Goddess 2008-12-10 20:08:45 -0600 Report

Sparrow or anyone else who have had complications like this or similar could you tell us more about it?

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-11 23:24:36 -0600 Report

Actually, there's not a lot to say.

I didn't know about my retinopathy until I had an eye exam by my opthalmologist. I hadn't really experienced any vision loss that I was aware of. But some of the blood vessels in the back of my eye had burst (part of the retinopathy). The laser surgery "coterizes" the broken vessels and stops the bleeding.

The kidney disease started MANY years ago, while I was still doing a LOT of studio work. My blood pressure had started going up and was getting harder to control. My primary care sent me to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) who determined (through blood work and an ultrasound) that my kidney was working at about 25%. Later, after moving to Sarasota (many years later), my current nephrologist determined my kidney function was only about 15%. I was put on the transplant list. (When your doctor does blood work, ask whayt your creatinine level is… that is a measure of your kidney function.)

The neuropathy sarted a few years ago because I was on my feet ALL the time (at least 8 hours at a time). Just a lot of pain and numbness.

Goddess 2008-12-11 14:05:10 -0600 Report

I have neurothapy, gastroparesis. My A1C runs between 5-6. What has happened to make me have these?

2008-12-04 10:21:32 -0600 Report

Can You Avoid Complications from Diabetes?
Diabetes-related complications don't have to be inevitable if you take steps to stay healthy.

As you learn about diabetes, you'll hear many mentions of complications. Some diabetes complications are the similar to the health issues that affect people as they age, such as poor circulation or blurry vision. Other complications are unique to diabetes, such as retinopathy and kidney damage. In general, diabetes is linked to complications because high blood glucose levels cause chemical and structural injury to delicate tissues, especially in blood vessels and nerves, over a long period of time.

Your best defense against complications is to keep your blood glucose under control — as near to normal levels as possible. Work with your diabetes care team to be sure you understand the blood glucose numbers that are your target range, tools and techniques to manage sugar levels, known causes of shifts in sugar levels and what to do in he event of a high or low reading. Even if you already have some complications, you can slow them down (and sometimes reverse the damage) by getting your blood glucose under better control. Figuring out how to manage your diabetes better is an investment that pays big dividends. It will make you feel better each day and keep you healthier over the long run.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-04 09:15:50 -0600 Report

Actually, here are SOME of the complications:

Kidney Disease
Slow healing
Prone to infection(s)

The best way to prevent them is by keeping your blood sugar under control. In fact, studies have shown that keeping the blood sugar under control can actually REVERSE some of the complications!

I actually have all of the above. I have been diabetic a LONG time and had a career that complicated keeping my sugar under control (I was a professional studio musician for MANY years).

I have had laser surgery on my eyes for the retinopathy. I use foot creams and Tylenol for the neurpathic foot pain. I had a kidney/pancreas transplant 5 years ago because my kidneys were destroyed by my diabetes.

Again, I can't emphasize more how important it is to keep your blood sugar under control.

(I'm actually doing quite well for having so many complications. I didn't mean to sound like I am at death's door!)

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