Neuropathy in the hand

By JaxCreations Latest Reply 2014-06-12 13:38:59 -0500
Started 2014-06-07 18:02:43 -0500

I have recently - as in for the past 3 days, been surrfering with what I can only describe as a cotton wool feel to my left thumb, all the way down the left side it it. It's tingly and doesn't feel right. I'm thinking of speaking to my GP - just to get it checked out.
My sugar levels have not been all that great recently, as I suffer with mental health issues following a breakdown 5 years ago. Therefore, occassionally I get diabetic burnout, and just 'forget ' I'm diabetic and eat what I know I can't - but at the time, it's as though, I forget.
I was recently diagnosed with background retinopathy so it is now vital to keep my bloods in check - which I am doing again.
I know I should have been a lot more careful to prevent complications, unfortunately, I am battling with other health issues that make things just a tad difficult at times. However, this is no excuse, and I really must not get complacent with my health any more.

6 replies

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:23:21 -0500 Report

I know I am constantly worried about my hands and eyes as I have neuropathy in my feet already. I try hard to keep things where I can prevent those complications. I would talk to the GP about it. Even if it goes away, make them aware of what is going on.

JaxCreations 2014-06-12 13:13:09 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, I did speak to my GP. Turns out where I knit so much, I have tendonitis in the hand, and I've managed to trap a nerve in my thumb :O
So I have to wear a support bandage when I am using my hand a lot, which, as being left handed means I use it a lot.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-06-12 13:34:59 -0500 Report

Ouch. Due to several years of grooming many dogs, my ulnar caused me lots of pain.
While mostly better, still have some problems.
Sometimes changing the way of holding things helps. With knitting I discovered circular needles balance the weight of the project better than straight needles do. I can knit again when the urge hits.

Type1Lou 2014-06-08 12:59:33 -0500 Report

If I remember correctly, this might be a symptom of carpal tunnel problems. I had surgery on both wrists for CTR (Carpal Tunnel Release) nearly 10 years ago. I would get numb/tingly feelings in my thumb which would wake me up at night. The CTR surgery was microscopic day-surgery and done through a small slit in the wrist leaving no scarring and minimizing recovery time. They can do tests to determine if this is your problem. However, no surgery will be undertaken if your BG's aren't in good control…incentive to manage that?

JaxCreations 2014-06-08 13:07:18 -0500 Report

Thanks for replying Type1Lou, it's not carpel tunnel, I had neurological tests not long ago, and my wrists are both fine.
I do however have cubital tunnel syndrome in my right arm at the elbow - I am facing an operation to release my ulnar nerve later this year.
My blood sugar has been really good today, fingers crossed I'm getting somewhere at last.