Bipolar/Diabetes 2

Ginaquilter
By Ginaquilter Latest Reply 2017-12-10 07:16:59 -0600
Started 2017-12-03 21:08:48 -0600

I contracted Diabetes from a double whammy from taking abilify then seroquel and both can cause diabetes. It does run in the family as well. I gained 60 pounds as my bipolar meds causes hunger.. I took off 30 lbs last year by swimming every day in our condos inside pool then gained 15 back. I have been making christmas presents and not getting up and about so much. Almost done 2 more weeks. Blood work tomorrow. Last time it was 7.1. I have been eating majorly salads eggs and mixed vegetables. I am 59 and on disability due to my bipolar. I do not eat much meat as my income is very limited. Maybe I have lunch a few times a week and am able to. Now that winter is coming…i keep my temp at 63 wear ankle socks…when I go to bed my feet seem to be cold for a long time. Is it cold or not enough walking?


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Gabby
GabbyPA 2017-12-10 07:16:59 -0600 Report

Suecsdy is right on the neuropathy. I have it and sometimes, no matter what I do, my feet are cold. Then I put them in fuzzy slippers and they get too hot. It can be maddening. One thing I find helps keep them a little warmer is to put lotion or coconut oil on my feet before putting on my socks. It makes them feel better.

Getting up and moving around also does help a lot. If I am at my desk for a long time they get annoyed. Also, if I sit, I try to have them elevated as much as possible and do what my step-daughter calls is the happy feet dance. I wiggle my toes, flex them and rotate my feet back and forth. Probably just a weird habit, but I like to do it.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-12-07 17:01:31 -0600 Report

As diabetics, we're prone to peripheral neuropathy. It can cause tingly, burning, cold sensations in your extremities or even loss of feeling. I do have some neuropathy in my feet, mostly controlled with gabapentin. But if I'm not moving (walking, etc) my feet tell me they're cold, even if they're warm to the touch.. When I was young, I couldn't stand to wear socks; I felt like I couldn't breathe with socks on ( I know, weird). Now you wouldn't believe my sock collection! I wear fleecy ones to bed just about every night. That and a heavy blanket usually help (last night though, they were cold for a long time). If my feet ain't happy, the rest of me isn't either. Lol

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