By Alyssa512 Latest Reply 2010-04-08 14:32:52 -0500
Started 2010-03-28 15:44:37 -0500

Every night after i eat dinner my lips start going numb and tingly and i hear buzzing in my ears. this is about an hour or so after i eat and my beforehand sugars are around 180 so i guess thats good. someone help me and tell me what may be wrong with me?

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nakedbaboon 2010-04-08 14:32:52 -0500 Report

If you are starting at 180 everything I have read says >180 AFTER meal for a Diabetic. This could be the issue? Maybe way too high.

Miminv 2010-03-30 11:16:02 -0500 Report

Get in and see a neurologist now. you should get checked out before you assume its D neuropathy. That also goes for when your level spike fast and you know you didn't eat anything for that to happen. High levels can also mean you are sick like appendix or something like that. Never assume. You could have a pinched nerve or your back is out of alinement. Never assume it just the diabeties.

MAYS 2010-03-29 02:10:28 -0500 Report

Alyssa512, I'm not trying to scare you but this may interest you on the subject of Diabetic Neuropathy :

•Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms.

•Autonomic neuropathy causes changes in digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, and perspiration. It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure, as well as nerves in the lungs and eyes. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning symptoms of low blood glucose levels.

Diabetic Neuropathy takes years to develope to the point in which we get and feel the numbness and tingling sensations, also it can take just as long to try and undo as much of the damage that has been done, unless the nerve (s) involved are severely damaged or actually dead, you do have some hope in repairing the functionality in them with continued proper glucose management.

Aside from the tingling and numbing sensations that you are experiencing, the major reason for concern is the damage that is being done throughout your entire body to both your internal organs and your muscles, most notably your heart, liver and kidneys, which cannot function properly without the constant stimulation that they require … (repairing it takes time) but it is not impossible.

The best part to all of this is that we can control our glucose level and prevent these complications !

" Mays "

Alyssa512 2010-03-29 11:51:20 -0500 Report

Thankyou Mays. Im not scared, just flippin out a little LOL nah im cool. thanks for the info. what a bummer! i hate this happening but its happening. i have to fix it. both kinds seem so horrible but the autonomic one would be terrifying. i have numbness in my fingers in the morning i can bite them and i dont feel a thing. never thought into it. they said i was diabetic since sice i was 16 but prediabetic i think. now that i know ill fix it. this disease isnt taking nothing from me!

Elrond 2010-03-29 00:38:22 -0500 Report

I had tinnitus long before I had diabetes. Mine was caused by a mastoid infection on the right side when I was about 8 years old and takes the form of a high-pitched ringing or 'whistle'. It drowns out most of the upper range of the audio spectrum so I can't even hold a phone to my right ear. However, when my blood sugar gets below 70 or so, I experience ringing in BOTH ears. That's one of my first warning signals but I need to be paying attention. You probably should check your sugar when you experience these symptoms. You could be having a low sugar at these times and need to adjust your insulin.

Alyssa512 2010-03-29 11:53:36 -0500 Report

Thanks Elrond. i was advised to start checking anywhere between an hour and 2 hours after i eat so ill go for hour and half. starting today!

MAYS 2010-03-28 16:18:03 -0500 Report

Tinnitus is the name of any type of humming, ringing or buzzing in your ears, I experienced this as both a child and as a result, not as much now as in the past, there was nothing that was done for it or about it, it originates in the inner ear and as a youth my doctor said that there was nothing that could be done because there was no way to pinpoint it, and it was possibly caused by nerves, it scared me a great deal as a child.

Now I know that it is more common than I ever thought that it was.
If it is caused by nerves then diabetes can be one of the causes or at least an aggregator of the condition since to much glucose in the blood effects the nerves and nervous system in the form of diabetic neuropathy, that can also account for your numbness of your lips.

What's wrong with you ?
You're a diabetic (LOL) and are just experiencing the effects of diabetes, talk to your doctor about your numbness and buzzing in your ears, I wish that they had known all of this when I was younger, it would have saved me from a great deal of confusion wondering what was wrong. (It still happens, but I no longer worry about it)


Alyssa512 2010-03-28 17:08:06 -0500 Report

Thanks for all of that great information Mays. I will look at the links you provided for me about neuropathy. That has to do with nerves so I am wondering if that is what causes you to loose your toes, feet, legs, etc? I don't have any pains. and yes lol I am a diabetic, so lets hope i am not having complications so soon into my diagnoses. That would be a total bummer :( Oh, i wish they could just scan your body and tell you what is wrong with you instead of these stupid, ridiculous guessing games.

jayabee52 2010-03-28 23:56:00 -0500 Report

Unfortunately Alyssa, much of the damage to our bodies is done before we're Dx'd with D because we have it but are unaware.

Neuropathy can lead to many other complications which MAY (note I didn't say will) cause other complications including amputations. There are so many ways D can mess us up it is really scary. Sorry to be bearer of bad tidings, but we do need to stay on top of our BG#s too minimize any complications.

Alyssa512 2010-03-29 11:57:19 -0500 Report

It is bad new and sucks big time. i wanna smother myself with a pillow right now, im wanting to lose it. everything is so much to take in. thanks for being straight up i dont want it any other way.

jayabee52 2010-03-28 23:46:27 -0500 Report

Yep Mays, I too have tintinitis. Had it since I was a teenager. Too many shotgun blasts without hearing protection then and too many hours on a tractor with the muffler on the top about 5' from my ears. It gets more intense sometimes and then fades away a little bit, but it is always there in the background. I suspect the D neuropathy contributes to it now too, but i;ve had it LONG before the Dx of D.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-03-28 16:13:04 -0500 Report

Hey Alyssa! What are your sugars around this time and how long does this last?? When my sugars are low my lips get that tingle sensation, buzzing in my ears and I also see black rings or blotches. If your blood sugars are fine and this keeps happening tell your Dr. about this and see what he thinks.
:) Danni

Alyssa512 2010-03-28 17:18:32 -0500 Report

Well Hey Danni!!! Was thinking I would never see on here. its good for you to come out and show your face. I dont check my blood after i eat. ill start giving that a try. it last for an hour or 2 but it comes and go. thanks for your input girl. I'll be looking for your face on here more often now ;)

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-28 22:02:53 -0500 Report

Hey Alyssa ,
Yea u should really check your blood after you eat my doctor recommends about 90 minutes after you eat. My doctor said it should 120 at that point. I thought 190 was good lol due to the fact it was usually in upper 200's and 300's since i found out i'm diabetic in january. Now i am on 1000 mg of metformin 2 times a day and byetta and it is so low that it makes me even sicker. I have the tingling also and did not know what it was till i read the replys on your post. Well hope that the tingling goes away. Have a good day.

Anne56 2010-03-29 15:05:41 -0500 Report

I get the tingling and I sometimes see what I call an asteroid shower coming at me — no buzzing yet. So much to look forward to! LOL (Meaning, Lots Of Luck!)