Feeling scared

By mannixlab Latest Reply 2014-06-20 14:32:04 -0500
Started 2014-06-19 12:58:36 -0500

Went swimming yesterday and as I kicked I realized that I couldn't feel the lower part of either leg. I've had diabetes for 37 years and have always been in relatively good control. In the last month my blood sugar has been the best it's ever been in my life. With early stage Diabetic Retinopathy and now potentially neuropathy which is inspiring the beginning of shooting pains in my calves, I am getting truly pissed for the first time in my life about having Diabetes. I am very overweight (a relatively recent development and out of shape. I have three boys and I want to be here to see then grow up and not be in a wheel chair-something I never seriously considered until recently. Not sure what to do, but I feel like I am at a crossroads in my life. I feel like I have to make a lifestyle change and eat much healthier and get in shape or I am going to face a slow and painful death. Not really that into the latter, so I guess I'm on here to ask for methods of making dramatic lifestyle changes. How do I get there and make a frantic impact on my overall health?

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-19 21:06:14 -0500 Report

The best thing to do is not panic and call your doctor. If you are overweight and want to be here for your children, you have to first take care of yourself. How much do you value your life and your health. Ask to see a registered dietitian who can help you with a healthy meal plan. Attend a diabetes education class, learn to count carbs. Ask your doctor how many carbs per meal you can have and add exercise then change your lifestyle. Is it going to be easy? No, not at first, but if you are determined to do this, you have to have patience and determination.

The best way to get there is to simply just do it. I just talked to a man last week while waiting for testing at the hospital. Diabetes is killing him because he did nothing about it. Never changed anything. He is on the kidney and liver transplant list. He is now legally blind has lost one leg and about to lose the other. He said he knows he is not going to be alive for either transplant and he is probably right. He is 38 and looks 70.

Diabetes is about choices and responsibility. You and only you can make choices that will help you become healthier and you and only you are responsible for taking steps to accomplish your goal. Good luck to you.

mannixlab 2014-06-20 14:32:04 -0500 Report

Thanks you so much for your honesty. You are right I do need to change my life. I guess it's now or never to make a decision. Hoping I act now and stay resolute. I know it's not to late. For the first time in my life I am willing to fight to the end for my legs. The time is now.

mannixlab 2014-06-19 14:29:54 -0500 Report

Hope your right, but don't think so. Have been having increasing numbness in my foot/calves for a while. Ironically, since my blood sugar has been tighter, it seems some symptoms have sprung up. Maybe my body was so used to its previous state of homeostasis that the most recent change to tighter control has left my body revolting against the change.

Nick1962 2014-06-20 08:53:34 -0500 Report

Well, just my 2 cents, but I think it’s worth looking into. Chiropractic care is very inexpensive when you consider time and money spent chasing and medicating pains, and is covered by most insurance.
There is so much we do daily that can throw the spine out of alignment, even seemingly insignificant things like sitting on a wallet. Of course our joints don’t improve with age, and often times these things are cumulative and we don’t notice it until we’re in pain.

I know it sound like I’m advertising, but it’s harmless to get an initial consult by a Chiropractor, and often times at a reduced introductory cost. If he/she can’t help, they’ll tell you right away and you’ll have ruled out orthopedic issues in the process.

Nick1962 2014-06-19 14:12:09 -0500 Report

First, don’t panic because it may not be diabetes related. It’s likely a spinal misalignment that any decent chiropractor can take care of in fairly short order. Swimming - especially when overweight – bends the spine in ways it’s not used to and the vertebrae (in this case the lumbar ones) can pinch the nerves and discs. Almost feels like your legs are asleep, but in my case went away as soon as I was upright again.
Had the problem when I started snorkeling and would have to stop every ten minutes or so and bob upright to make it go away.