Pre diabetes and side effects

By sewblessed Latest Reply 2014-04-11 10:16:11 -0500
Started 2014-04-08 09:18:12 -0500

I was told several years ago I have pre diabetes but praise God I am not diabetic. I am on metformin to keep my blood sugar stable so all is ok there. My question or rather concern is I have this itch that comes on my feet several times a week and its an itch that is like nothing I have ever my life. The only way to describe it is it feels like I stepped in a fire ant bed and got bit about a zillion times. Its so intense I just about go out my mind and nothing I have used will stop that this itch. I do not have any bite marks, no rash, no scaly skin , no athletes feet, no bug bite so my doctor and I are just in limbo. Nothing phases the itch, no creams no Benadryl, nothing but extreme cold water will calm it down a bit but it has to run its coarse as they say. I am wondering if I have some nerve damage but can anyone please shed some light on this subject please.

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wild man mike
wild man mike 2014-04-11 10:16:11 -0500 Report

If any of you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy or just neuropathy, take Vitamin B12 2000-3000 mcg/day gradually increasing it to 5000mcg/day. If you start to get the jitters, cut back on the dose. B12 is good for regenerating nerves.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-11 02:20:01 -0500 Report

My itch is not in my feet but inside the calve of my left leg, and there was no way to even scratch on the inside. It later turned to tingling and burning. I did find out that mine was caused by sciatica and nerve damage. I hope you find out what is causing your itch.

Kaydoo 2014-04-09 18:30:54 -0500 Report

I'm sorry your spouse is ill, and I certainly understand stress, I would love a diabetes cure also. I'm pretty angry at my pancreas for letting me down.
Part of what I love about DC is the genuine concern from other members.
Please keep asking questions and we will all do our best to support you.

sewblessed 2014-04-09 07:01:22 -0500 Report

Hi, maybe he was trying to be helpful but to me it was hurtful and I felt like I had done something wrong. I mean no disrespect to anyone but I would liked to have had him ask me a few questions rather than "assume" I was not aware of what diabetes is and that I was not being taken care of by my doctor etc… No its not the end of the world living with diabetes, although I would like to see it being totally cured so no one has to suffer the effects diabetes has on a person. I know he does not know me,, but I have been under a tremendous amount of stress last few month with a sick spouse, very little sleep and its been an emotional roller coaster with that along with this awful itch on my feet so if I am a little edgy forgive me. Last thing I want is to hurt or offend someone, its not my way , I am just very tired and was in hopes of maybe connecting with someone that is having the same issue I am having,

Kaydoo 2014-04-08 20:29:02 -0500 Report

It's a shame that you feel like you can't come here to ask a question. Frankly I personally don't think there was anything wrong with what JAyabee was saying to you, he was honestly just trying to be helpful.
I would highly suggest talking to a podiatrist about what could possibly be the problem with your feet.
I sincerely hope that your prediabetes doesn't turn into diabetes type one or type two but even if it does it's not the end of the world all you have to basically do is learn how to carb count and understand that websites like this exist for moral support

jayabee52 2014-04-08 14:12:50 -0500 Report

Excuse me Sewblessed,

I would hazard a guess that you now have diabetes, Type 2. Of course I am not a MD so I can only guess.

What you describe seems to be like I experience with my burning neuropathy. I have not yet found a medication, suppliment, cream or lotion which eases the burning of my Neuropathy. There are, however, things I have has worked for others but I have not yet tried. I have it from my knees down to my toes on both legs. I also have a tingling neuropathy from my elbows to my fingrtips on both arms.

I am wondering about the care you are getting from your MD. You are on Metformin, yet I don't hear you giving us glucometer (meter) readings. Hasn't your MD given you a meter and instructed you to keep a log of your BG readings taken at appropriate times? I would suspect not if your Dx is "prediabetes" since health insurance companies don't like to pay for meter strips for prediabetes.

If that is the case you may well have had high Blood Glucose (BG) readings and not know it. Perhaps even high enough (over 140 mg/dl repeatedly) to trigger the peripheral neuropathy.

I consider Drs who put a patient on a Glucose lowering medication (like Met) yet gives no meter or instruction to take BG readings at least 3 or 4 times a day to be practicing "borderline malpractice". How else do we Persons with Diabetes (PWDs) or prediabetics know what is going on in our bodies other than test?

I wouldn't be surprised if you went to a different MD and got a workup that MD would discover you have Diabetes type 2.

I am sorry to be such a downer, but someone needs to raise this issue with you. And you can't start properly taking care of yourself, (no matter what your Dx happens to be) until you know what you are facing.

Praying you find your best path!

James Baker

sewblessed 2014-04-08 15:26:53 -0500 Report

Let me first clarify something here. I have a wonderful caring doctor who monitors me very carefully. I do not have type 2 diabetes either, I just had a complete physical and at 52 I am in excellent health with no high blood pressure and no high cholesterol . Like I said I am pre diabetic, there is a difference and I have read ALOT about diabetes and watch carefully how I take care of myself. I do not have a burning or tingling anywhere just an itch. I was asking if anyone else had this type of itch with pre diabetes. Personally I find your reply very hurtful, judge mental and rather rude. You do not know me and I did not think I needed a whole medical chart posted to get a question answered. I regret even coming here to ask a question.

jayabee52 2014-04-08 15:47:34 -0500 Report

I am sorry sewblessed for atttempting to answer your question to the best of my ability. No offense was intended on my part.

I know there is a difference between diabetes and prediabetes, since my mother is also afflicted by pre. I also know how quickly "pre" can develop into full blown T2.

Also I didn't ask for a full medical chart I was just concerned about whether you have regular access to a meter and whether or not you took Blood Glucose readings.

Excuse me for going by your description in your original post. What you described as " I stepped in a fire ant bed and got bit about a zillion times. Its so intense I just about go out my mind and nothing I have used will stop that this itch." That sounds like more than merely an itch, it sounds to me like what I experience every day for the past 5 yrs or so and that has been Dx'd as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. So excuse me for taking your word for it.

I will back away now for I suspect anything else I may say may be met with disbelief.

I truly did not intend to offend and I apologize for any hurt I may have inadvertently caused you.

James Baker

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