Tingly toes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2008-06-26 12:48:56 -0500
Started 2008-05-22 12:29:20 -0500

Several months ago, I had foot surgery to remove an ingrown toenail. About the same time, I noticed that my toes were not feeling right. I mentioned it to my foot doctor and he said it was most likely that the nerves were damaged. Now I have come to find that it actually is related to my diabetes. the uncomfortable feelings is what pushed me to investigate if I have diabeties in the first place.
What can I do to make my feet feel more comfortable? Is there any kind of treatments that I can look into?

6 replies

GabbyPA 2008-06-26 12:48:56 -0500 Report

John C. posted a great article on Herbs and Supplements for us. You should check it out. One thing it listed was:

  • Evening Primrose Oil -- studies indicate that the GLA (gammalinolenic acid) in evening primrose oil can help prevent -- and potentially reverse -- the nerve damage (neuropathy) commonly caused by diabetes. General recommended dose: 1,000 mg evening primrose oil three times a day.

I am going to get some and see if that will help my tingly toes. I will let you know once I have taken it for a while if it works. OR if there is someone out there who has taken it, how does it work for you?

ncnurse1459 2008-06-11 13:53:24 -0500 Report

Ask your doctor about Lyrica, which is given for fibromyalgia pain, and Cymbalta, which is for depression and diabetic neuropathies. They work for me ! They are not habit-forming, and non-drowsy for me, at least. I have been taking them for 2 months now and feel the difference. Foot massage also helps by providing circulation to your feet. As a diabetic, your feet are TWO of the MOST important body parts you have, so take care of them !

Diana.morgan 2008-05-23 13:59:03 -0500 Report

I would inform my primary doctor of the symptoms and ask your primary doctor if there is a medication that you can take for the pain. What you most likely have is commonly known as neuropathy. The nerves in your body are being damaged by your diabetes.

taz2020 2008-05-24 16:14:02 -0500 Report

I heard there's a medication that some doctor's perscribe. I just read it somewhere but I don't know the name. If you have a neruologist they could probably help. I was diagnosed last Aug. and have noticed a frost-bite sensation in my feet often. It's not painful but more annoying. Is that neuropathy too?

GabbyPA 2008-05-27 12:37:01 -0500 Report

Thank you for the input. I have yet to visit my doctor, since I have no insurance and the cost is not an option right now. Is there anything I can do until then? I add lotion at night and that seems to calm them, but I have also heard that it is important to keep my feet dry. I soak them once a week, and give myself a little pampering and that seems to comfort them some. Of course the best is when my husband gives me a foot masage. I am not a huge fan of medicine. Most of it is exchanging a toxin for a symptom, not always the best solution.

jupton1 2008-05-22 14:20:05 -0500 Report

Thats how I found out also,my toes and fingers hurt& were numb.It seem like this only happens to my feet when my sugar is over 150…My finger tips do it most of the day & this hurts..Im also looking for a way to relieve this.If I find out how Ill let You no..

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