TIngly Feet.... I may be worse off than I thought.

By SweetinNJ Latest Reply 2014-11-16 04:20:00 -0600
Started 2014-11-14 06:04:19 -0600

So, as soon as I got the official diagnosis that I have Type 2 Diabetes, this summer (I had a feeling I had it.. i had "pre-diabetes" for a year and never lost the weight I needed to lose to nip it.. so here I am. Anyway, a few weeks later this summer I started to feel the tingly feet… and all of a sudden my feet hurt. I have neuropothy (sp?) ALREADY? Is this normal? My A1C was 8.4 in August. I am on Metformin Extended Release, 1000mg in the AM and 500 mg in the evening. I wonder if it's enough? I went to my primary care doctor in Sept. for a full physical. (My GYN had done tests on me and diagnosed it.. my Primary Dr. picked up from there after a full blood work up…He treats a lot of Type 2 diabetics he said.. there's a lot of info in his office on it too.. I know alot of people have it). He suggested I wait to see an endocronologist because he said there were a few things he could try first to control it.. and when his plan fails.. then I go to one. Made sense to me. And gave me a little relief. My mom was diabetic and my father said that if I went to an ENDO it was likely they'd put me on insulin as that's how they really control the BS. I was hoping I could control it myself with the meds… Obviously who wants to be on insulin. I am trying to make diet changes.. as you know it's HARD. I can't seem to let go of carbs. I have good intentions, and then meal time comes and they're in front of me! I work in NYC and live in NJ and there is Italian pasta everywhere! I usually pass but have had some here and there… Is this why my feet are tingly? It's worse in the morning, I think. My hands too. Do you think I need more medicine? Or a more dramatic diet? I was good for a couple weeks, then started eating carbs again. I find it really hard to avoid. (especially breakfast). I'm making smarter choices, but not smart enough! I feel sorta lost here and not in control. Also dealing with yeast infections too.. obviously I have too much sugar in my system! The 1500 mg of metformin doesn't seem to be doing much? I know i have to do more.. exercise, NO carbs/sugar, etc.. (sugar isn't my vise.. it's carbs). Think I should see an endo? or go to the DR ASAP? (I was not told to check Blood Sugars yet.. i do have a monitor.. I'm kinda afraid to use it.. i know it's stupid). I'm embarrassed to share this but know some of you out there may be able to relate and can give me some advice, ideas, thoughts? thanks.

11 replies

RosalieM 2014-11-15 09:03:24 -0600 Report

I am always in research mode. I can't help myself.
My feet started to tingle when I put them up. I went into research mode and learned that diabetics excrete thiamine (Vitamin B1) at a rate 25 times faster than
non diabetics. Thiamine (B1) is important for nerve health. Thaimine is a water soluble vitamin, so it is easily excreted. I learned that the Germans had been using Benfotiamine an oil soluble product made from thiamine that diabetics are able to hold on to much better. They have been prescribing it to diabetics since 1993 to prevent diabetic nerve damage. The rest of the story is that you can lower blood sugar with medications or insulin, but the excess sugar in the cells of the body cannot be removed and that is how nerve damage results even
when blood sugar is kept low. I got some BENFOTIAMINE pharmaceutical grade. Took 8 capsules a day at first to build it up in my system now take 4 per day. The research said it takes 45 days of a high dose to show improvement.
After taking it for 45 days, The tingling in my feet went away and stayed gone.
Google Benfotaimine and nerve damage to learn more. The good news is you can buy this product at a quality health food/supplement store without a prescription. You must keep blood sugar as low as possible with diet don't depend on drugs and insulin alone as they will not prevent nerve damage even though your blood sugar is low.

jayabee52 2014-11-16 04:20:00 -0600 Report

Rosalie, I had tried Benfotiamane a couple of years ago for my Diabetic Neuropathy pain in my feet (burning pain from knees to toes) but it would seem I didn't take enough of it or for long enough. I may try again to stop the nerve pain. You say you took 8 caps per day af first. How many mg or IUs were in the caps?


God's best to you


Glucerna 2014-11-14 17:12:19 -0600 Report

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes typically develops over a long period of time, months or even years. Managing your blood sugar levels now is important for overall health as well as neuropathy. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, and they'll help you figure out how to make lasting changes in your diet to manage blood sugar. Attending a class for people with diabetes can also be really helpful. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-11-14 15:10:38 -0600 Report

Howdy Jersey
Your feet are tingly because your BG (blood glucose) is too high

Now that you are officially Dx'd you most certainly need to start using your BG monitor to check your BG at minimum of 4 x a day and record it in the log provided. If you had used the monitor when you were "pre" you might have avoided the T 2 Dx for a long time if not permanently. But that is now pas

What may be going on for you is that you think you need to consume no carbs. It is better instead to eat LOW carbs. I have followed a low carb/high protein meal plan now for 3+ yrs. On that plan I have lowered my weight 65 lbs over a 5 mo period, achieved an A1c of 5.5%.,kept my BG levels at 80 to 130 mg/dl, all the while discontinuing a twice daily injection of insulin.

I had developed a meal plan which I have followed for 3+ yrs. I was urged to write it up as a discussion and now can send it to anyone who is interested in perhaps trying it.

Praying that you have a healthier future


Ilovecarbs 2014-11-15 21:13:12 -0600 Report

I wouldn't mind seeing your meal plan, James. I've learned to count calories in the past to lose weight, but counting these carbs is a lot more frustrating. The amount of carbs is surprising in different foods. Who knew? Well, I'm starting to know. And, of course, everyone on this site is learning. Anyway, you've done a very good job with your Diabetes. I'd like to ride your coat tails a little. Thanks, Connie

SweetinNJ 2014-11-14 16:44:57 -0600 Report

James- thanks for the reply. I would love to see your diet. I have yet to see one spelled out to give me some ideas on how to eat properly. How can I get a copy? Thanks!

SweetinNJ 2014-11-14 16:44:44 -0600 Report

James- thanks for the reply. I would love to see your diet. I have yet to see one spelled out to give me some ideas on how to eat properly. How can I get a copy? Thanks!

lilleyheidi 2014-11-14 09:15:39 -0600 Report

I think being afraid is normal. Diet is very very important, cutting down on carbs is vital as carbs turn into sugar almost immediately. As Gabby said, pick one thing and work on that, don't overwhelm yourself, get one thing under control and then move onto the next thing. Cut back on carbs in one meal to start with, maybe? you can do it. no need to be embarrassed here, like you said, we've all be through it.

GabbyPA 2014-11-14 08:16:37 -0600 Report

Tingly toes were my alert. I knew something was up and I knew that neuropathy could be the issue. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discussions/general/182-tingly-toes

Getting on top of things is important. Don't let the numbers rule you, but let them guide you. I know what you mean by fear of the meter. But if you don't test, you won't really know what to do to improve. Exercise and diet are the biggest components of diabetes. Medicine is fine, but it can only help as long as you are doing other things.

It's not stupid, it's just fear and a way to keep denial going. You will overcome those things, but you have to start somewhere. Pick one thing you want to work on, and do that. Do only that until you feel you are comfortable and then add to the good habits. You will get there.

SweetinNJ 2014-11-14 11:15:51 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby- and I visited your previous post. Wonder what you did? Did you try any of those things? Evening primrose oil? Can this be reversed if I get in control?

GabbyPA 2014-11-14 13:42:35 -0600 Report

I did try the oil, but it didn't seem to help enough to make a difference. I use Alpha Lipoic Acid, 600 mg 2x daily. That helps. I also rub my feet with coconut oil at night to calm them down.

Getting good control helps the best because it stops the damage from spreading. I have heard of people reversing it, but I have not been able to do that. But it doesn't bother me like it used to.

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