Need some help if you please.

By TsalagiLenape Latest Reply 2014-10-08 22:15:46 -0500
Started 2014-09-27 17:37:37 -0500

Just yesterday which was my 7 year anniversary of being a Type 2 Diabetic I was told I have to start doing insulin. Its called Levemir 20 units one time per evening meal. Since last September having the shingles was the start of the roller coaster of ill health. I have had two bouts of shingles, several colds and etc. as well as issues with my left foot (diagnosis ?) and of course recurring issues of pain associated with the shingles in my upper right side of my head. No wonder my blood sugars are erratic. Now does anyone have some useful info for me please. From maybe a better healthier diet to exercises I can do without walking. I would greatly appreciate all and any help. Thank you. Hugs

23 replies

angelhart1964 2014-10-08 22:15:46 -0500 Report

I been have type 2 since 2009 I don't exercise because of back pain I find drinking a lot of water and eating salads helps me lose weight I hope this helps

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-05 09:44:18 -0500 Report

I'm sorry I can't help with the shingles. But with the excersise I might have an answer for you. That being said, have you ever considered yoga? It's a great way to get your body into shape yet
it puts no extra pressure on your leg or foot. Yoiu don't need classes, unless you want them. A book for beginners, a pad for the floor and the will to succeed and there you go. Yoga is wonderful for the body and the mind. Let me know how it goes.

Hugs to you as always, Peggy

Chopstix 2014-10-01 14:51:51 -0500 Report

I am also type 2 and I understand the shingles since I've had them, too. The first week of taking meds I experienced the same thing with my feet. They started hurting while I was out walking! I figured out it was one of the meds I was taking. After adding unfiltered apple cider vinegar(boost immune system, helps blood sugar, blood pressure) to my daily diet I rarely catch a cold. I have also added turmeric(anti inflammatory), cinnamon(helps blood sugar), ginger(GI tract, helps blood sugar) to my daily diet. As long as I watch what I eat and get some exercise(walking, yard work) my glucose levels average from the high 80's-low 100's. Make sure you are getting enough chromium and magnesium in your diet because not having enough can make your glucose readings whacky. When I first started taking chromium and magnesium I was surprised at readings and when I told my doctor, he said keep on. Remember, everything in moderation. What works for one may not work for another. It took me a couple of years of reading different books and trial and error to figure out what works best for me. This time last year(2013) I had just gone back to work after having a heart attack in February and bypass surgery in April. While in hospital I was put on insulin and was able to get off in August. All the best to you and you are at one of the best places for information…

Jan8 2014-10-01 09:08:59 -0500 Report

Something that works for my sister after shingles is chewing gum believe it or not !! She had them on her face and side of her head and from then on had pain. It works every time for her.

TsalagiLenape 2014-09-29 09:16:53 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your kind replies. Yes its been a few years of difficulties with the health. Since I started taking the Levemir Flexpen my sugars are in the 100 range. As far as the neuropathy, I have it in both legs along with arthritis. But the problem may be plantar fasciitis, plantar warts along with rheumatoid arthritis. So tomorrow see what the podiatrists says. Other than having light sensitivity with the Right eye, we are doing ok for now. Also I see a Diabetic Educator tomorrow as well. My dietary is doing much better since my "Mom" aka Dad's girlfriend but still Mom, is a retired nurse of 35 years. She cooks well and healthy foods. Low sugar and highly nutrition filled. I don't like the side effects of Levemir aka gaining weight so thinking of looking up about the Belviq. So now I am in a waiting period. I am glad to be back to see all of you. Have a great day!:)

Glucerna 2014-09-29 18:44:08 -0500 Report

You are making so many positives happen! You're working with a podiatrist and a diabetes educator, and have the support of your father and 'Mom'. Good for you! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2014-09-28 18:40:05 -0500 Report

You've had a difficult year, and to your credit you're not giving up and are looking for ways to better manage diabetes. You might ask your physician for a referral to a diabetes educator and registered dietitian who can help you decide where to make changes in your food choices and exercise routine. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-09-28 07:47:12 -0500 Report

Too often we view insulin therapy as the "you failed" therapy. It's not. Insulin is a more natural therapy for many of us and we tend to do so much better once we are taking it.

So sure, maybe some more exercise and a cleaner or lower carb diet will always be a help, sometimes the insulin is what we need. Perhaps let it do it's work for a while and see if it helps you through this time when you have so many issues. Once the other issues fade away or are treated, maybe you won't need the extra insulin to help you out.

ReaderReader12 2014-09-28 06:12:39 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about all your trouble…hang in there. I am not an expert at all, I have started eating low-carb and it is a very good fit for me. I do not eat any fast food anymore and that is a huge change and a good one. Now I am trying to move more. Keep talking and working with your Drs.


Tony5657 2014-09-28 05:08:22 -0500 Report

Hello my friend. The only help I can offer is that I'm praying to God for you daily, praying specifically for your complete healing. I have to constantly remind myself that nothing is impossible with God. Some Bible quotes follow.
"Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength."
Sending hugs, prayers & love your way…Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

wkrausejr 2014-09-27 21:33:22 -0500 Report

The foot pain is probably neuropathy. As far as diet cut your carbs down to a bare minimum. Or smaller portions. I am loosing feeling in my feet. Was told by the foot doctor I'll probably wind up loosing them eventually. I can't take a bath without somebody checking to make sure that the water isn't to hot

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-09-27 21:33:02 -0500 Report

Hi! I am sorry to say I can't help you with medical advice. But I did want to say hi. It's good to see you, as always. I am sorry you have been struggling with shingles. I hope they have healed, and that the problems the shingles left behind also go away soon. I know you are trying to take good care of your health. Just wondered if your doctor had been able to give you any advice about diet and exercise. Sometimes they are healthy, sometimes not so healthy. Please keep us posted, my friend. Gary

TsalagiLenape 2014-10-02 16:57:51 -0500 Report

The only thing the Doctor said to do was more walking. I am like really? with my left foot like it is! LOL So I do what I can when I can. Hopefully soon I will have more info and etc. Thank you Gary! Hugs

wkrausejr 2014-09-27 21:32:21 -0500 Report

The foot pain is probably neuropathy. As far as diet cut your carbs down to a bare minimum. Or smaller portions. I am loosing feeling in my feet. Was told by the foot doctor I'll probably wind up loosing them eventually. I can't take a bath without somebody checking to make sure that the water isn't to hot

TsalagiLenape 2014-10-02 17:00:26 -0500 Report

The foot pain is all of this plus a few odd balls: plantars fasciitis, plantars warts, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis in the ball, ankle, knees, hips and the back. I do have neuropathy in both legs. So now waiting to do another nerve test then hopefully the much needed MRI. Almost four years with this problem. ugh LOL Hugs

Michael_1960 2014-09-27 20:20:10 -0500 Report

I know my n/a levels been running high and couldn't figure out why I got Witherspoon glucose monitor I check it with and it showed a lower reading, I know I need to walk more, other than on my job, I need to walk a longer distance at one time to get my heart rate up, so maybe lesser Varna and more working out is the key factor here.

jigsaw 2014-09-27 18:11:52 -0500 Report

Hello Tsalagilenape ! I went on insulin, and eliminated all oral meds a couple of years ago. . No more medication side effects, or worries about long term effects of meds. I'm feeling much better then I was on oral meds, that I eliminated by choice ! My bg is well controlled, and a few of my health issues coincidentally disappeared within a year.
As far as diet, a well balanced, highly nutritional food plan, carb controlled, adjusted and tailored to your specific needs. A registered dietician might be helpful, along with what your body tells you. Very important to practice portion control while on insulin !
Shingles is a tough one, and hopefully someone here can be helpful in that area. I hope you get through this dilemma quickly! I suspect that you will in good time !