recently diagnosed

By tfuller Latest Reply 2009-12-30 21:18:46 -0600
Started 2009-12-29 23:24:54 -0600

i have just recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes,i havent been to the doctors in many years due to no insurance.ive only been to emergency rooms.i finally got insurance a few moths ago and found me a doctor.after the last 4 years of feeling like crap,i get told my blood sugar is 278,blood preasure is stroke level,high colestorol,and 4 perferated ulsers
ive been dealing with cloudy vision and night blindness and extreme leg and feet pains for years,ive been put on diaretics and painkillers but they do nothing for calfs are the size of footballs,ancles like grapefuitsand feels like walking on broken glass all the time.ive been limping around for so long my hip is on fire after 5 minutes of walking.
if anyone can give any kind of info to help me ease pain in feet and legs id appretiate any help.ive only had my doctor for 3 months now and dont have much info on diabetes or help.ive been dealing with these pains 24/7,even leg pains all threwout the night.please…can someone help me out

17 replies

Anonymous 2009-12-30 20:17:41 -0600 Report

With the descriptions of your feet/toenails and eyesight I would encourage you to ask for referrals to a podiatrist (foot doctor)and opthalmalogist (eye doctor). It is'nt too late but you need help now from a lot of professionals. It takes a team to help us deal with this disease especially when it has been out of control for a period of time. Don't give up and hang in there.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-30 17:51:22 -0600 Report

We all do need someone to compare our own problems to, in trying to sort out our own unique probelms!! Oh, Jim, don't get me started again!! hahah—I am getting off and fixing supper! Be NICE while I am gone! haha—feel like your MOM—-PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-30 16:04:40 -0600 Report

Welcome, tfuller! I have been on this site for a few months and have found these FRIENDS are so helpful, SUPPORTIVE, even if I ask, what I think are dumb questions! There is no such thing, so ask away.

Fortunately I am not in the shape you are in, but further neglect will only increase your symptoms, that I know. Persoanlly, I had noticed that I SEEMED to be getting down to NOT needing any BS meds, am on Glipizide—so cut it in half, or fourths—still drops me very fast, too far- I think—-example of my last 2 days—-fasting BS was 110, about right for ME, BUT I ate 3 squares of yummy smooth hershey's Choc. and started feeling a bit dizzy, blurry eyed, weak, checked my BS ant it was 181, higher than the 140 hi I had been experiencing the past 2 weeks! So, took 1/2 Glipizide, and 40 min later it had dropped from 181 to 42 TOO MUCH, too fast, I was getting ready for bed, so drank some water and ate one Tbls of peanut butter, good to bring up a LOW, and went to bed—-BUT I slept 12 hrs, too tired to get up—-maybe I was still too low, I do not know, I am married but he could care less—-when I did get up at noon, I FELT GREAT and my BS, fasting, was 110—-so whatever was going on, I am still here.

maybe this will help for you to understand the fickleness of this disease! YOU NEVER KNOW!! Just check, eat one thing, a protein such as a piece of fish, wait 2 hrs, then check again, see what happens. For myself, my Dr told me LITTLE too, I have learned on my own and from this site, kinda what to do next—is NOT an exact science, that I do know!

Best Wishes and hope you are FEELING MUCH BETTER SOON! Make a list of questions for when you see your DR and LEARN as much as possible, it does help to be better informed and to feel some control over this disease, and better general health too!!! PR

tfuller 2009-12-30 16:15:45 -0600 Report

they got me on 500mg metformin.mine usually wont drop below 170 and when it does i feel really crappy.i dont know why.i recently went to a cardiologist cause i was having preasure in my chest and rapid heartbeat.they said my heart was fine,but it still beats like a rabbit,and still have diffaculty breathing all the time.i dont know if my meds are helping or hurting as ive had this problem for quite awhile.
luckaly my doctor was treating me for 3 months b4 i got insurance,now that i have it now im sapose to get my meds changed to better stuff.ive had blurry vision and looking like fog in one eye for awhile too.i check my b.s. when my eyes cloud and im upto 250-275.i dont think my metformin is working.all my meds seemed to help the first months or so but now i feel like i did b4 i saw the doctor.its very seems like i get relief and then its gone.ive been told to eat several small meals threwout the day,but for over a month now every time i eat im sick to my stomach,and within 15 minutes after eating im in the bathroom and dont no if its cause from my meds

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-30 16:48:03 -0600 Report

So tricky!! AS there are so many DIFFERENT things that can cause similar feelings—lets see—-(thinking—) I have just emerged from years of feeling like C—I had ins and Dr. but NO SUPPORT—-so I finally crashed at the receptionists desk in Aug, and Lots of Drs started in, taking one complaint at a time, ( I had quit complaing because most Dr thought it was all in my head, I do have an emotional illness, (clinical depression) so of course it is hard to sort things out.

They did a cat scan of my left lung, as I had been having trouble breathing for about 10 years, noticed it was worse after a round of bronchitis, sinus drainage—-orsurgery, my beathing seemed WORSE, no rhyme or reason.

But a bit at a time, they accidentally discovered a malignant tumor on my left kidney that had actually eaten the whole thing, was cut out on Sept 15th, also while I was in the BIG HOSpital, they discovered so mcu scar tissue in that left lung, that any other issues, such as surgery, made it worse, suppressed my breathing, had to be on oxygen all of the time I would be hospitalized, but later no one would believe me that I was continuing to have trouble breathing—hard—over NOTHING—finally told that I had COPD, even tho it was a mystery to THEM as I didn't fit, had never smoked—-etc,,but it was REAL! Am now on O2 at night and just parttime during the day, I now KNOW that when I start breathing HARD, dippy feeling, put the O2 on and it gradually eases up!

Ok, that takes care of the left flank pain (NEVER had blood in my urine or any of the regular signs of kidney cancer—so can't fault the Drs., although at the time, Idid——but got over it

It was also discovered that even tho I had been just border line diabetic for 50 years, when I had my left knee replaced in 2005, it went OVER THE BORDER—but not too badly, just 171, but my Dr was concerned and put me on Metformin 500 mg a day for about 2 years, but after the kidney cancer was found, Metformin is hard on the kidneys—they had switched me to Glipizide—but I think that it is too strong and will consult my Dr next mo and repeat some of the actual incidents to help determine how my body responds to the current diabetic med.

When you first go on a med, your system takes time to adjust, throw in a better diet, lots of info on this site for that, exercise—walk or something, anything more than what you are currently doing—check your BS 4 times a day, or more, in trying to determine how one food makes you react, just eat that ONE thing, wait 2 hrs then check again, This will help you to start getting a feeling of where you are,

I have found by reading others posts, and seeing what works for THEM, it also helps ME to have something to COMPARE to— gives me a better sense of direction! Just take one little thing at a time, eliminate those pieces that don't fit, keep a diary as our minds are fickle too—-then show this to your regular Dr and go from there.There will be a lot of folks who will be able to add more, and help you to adjust to your new dianosis of diabetis, and help you to learn what is causing what, then again, sometimes, none of us know, just pick yourself up and GO AGAIN!! We are yellling for YOU!! go, go go——-PR

alanbossman 2009-12-30 21:18:01 -0600 Report

welcome tfuller to dc metformin alone wont drop bs very low you may need other meds check with doc. the reason you feel crappy is your body is used to higher bs and that is not good also meds do take time to regulate your bs hope this helps

Iroquois 2009-12-30 14:42:31 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. I just joined a couple of days ago and these people are great. I have learned more from them than my Dr. too. Just listen, dot down the things you learn and then ask your Dr. This site is great and don't be afraid to ask questions. WELCOME, Kathy

ptsparkle 2009-12-30 14:02:58 -0600 Report

Welcome, and don't feel like you are alone. Soujds like neuropathy in the feet and legs. Others have given some good pointers in the right direction. Also, when you can, try to keep your legs and feet elevated as much as possible. Another must if you have neuropathy is to check your feet daily for cuts , bruises, ulcers etc. Hang in there and take it one step at a time. It will get better, as you stay in contact with your Dr, and learn more about this disease. Many here to help you.

tfuller 2009-12-30 14:13:10 -0600 Report

ive been on this site sence last night and have gotten more info in 1 day than ive gotten in 3 1/2 months from the doctor,and is much appretiated
does the neuropathy cause purple coloring in the feet?i also have dark brown almost blackish colored toenails and there twisted and about 2 inches thick and very tryin to get as much info as i can for my next dr. visit in a couple days to no what to ask for

brady wallace
brady wallace 2009-12-30 09:21:05 -0600 Report

I just got diagnosed with type 2 myself
on jan 28 2009 I am scared and just joined this today to seek advice myself
I feel for you buddy I hope things get
better for you

tfuller 2009-12-30 09:45:31 -0600 Report

yes its pretty scary stuff,at first i didnt really take it as serious as i should have.until a couple of months ago i was driving home with my kids one night and i couldnt see nothing but red spot and was shaking out of control and ran into the back of a car

Antique-Dave 2009-12-30 05:51:47 -0600 Report

When you get your blood sugar under control it will make a difference, mine was not as dire as yours but I found that Alpha Lipoic Acid made a difference in helping get rid of the neuropathy pain.

something else you can ask your doc about.

dyanne 2009-12-30 02:06:01 -0600 Report

Hi sorry to hear of all the problems u r having. Glad u have gotten a Dr. It must all seem very overwhelming, but u need to just take it one step at a time and the healthier u get the better u will feel. About the leg pain u may have what is called neurapathy many diabetics get this, it is nerve damage from high blood sugars. There is a drug called cymbalta that does help some people so ask your Dr. about that. It is also used as a antidepressant… but it does help. So let me know how u do and welcome to the site. Hope u have a new healthy New Year ahead !!!!

tfuller 2009-12-30 09:39:36 -0600 Report

thanks,i will tell the doc about it.i go back there in a few days.ive been telling him for 3 months now and the most ive got is a diaretic to try and help the swelling wich does nothing.seems like everything im on helped the first months or so,now i feel like i did b4 i saw him

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