Food and foot pain

By opofcabo Latest Reply 2010-04-25 12:37:00 -0500
Started 2010-04-19 12:03:44 -0500

I am aware of the affects of Diabetes (type 2) and the problems with foot discomfort and pain. While I have no visual affects from my diabetes I do have tremendous foot pain, that burning, stabbing, and intense pain that comes with the neuropathy that comes with it.

I only experience this after meals and within 10 to 20 minutes after a meal and it can last for hours depending on what I eat. Most everything brings on the pain from a glass of milk to a piece of bread, from a corn chip to a piece of fruit… even a simple green salad can bring on the pain…

there is little to no pain or discomfort before meals and blood sugar has nothing to do with it as I have had hours of intense pain with a blood sugar of 92 and no pain with blood sugar of 290 and visa versa.. this is a food related thing and after a $450 allergy test I was found to have no food allergies at all…

Doctors are puzzled as I am and wonder if anyone else has had this kind of reaction to foods (good or bad foods) So far my regular Dr. and the neurologist have no answers and just wanting to know if anyone else has experienced this kind of reaction to food… It started about a year after finding out I had type 2 diabetes and this was about 6 months before starting insulin…

Any insight or answers would be most welcomed

4 replies

AllyOop 2010-04-25 12:37:00 -0500 Report

Hi - So sorry about your feet because it can be just plain hell. My own has nothing to do with food and mostly attacks at night. I use a pain lotion made with a base of emu oil (search "emusing") which helps and I have tried them all. I think our problems as diabetics is that it is not just one disease, it is as different as the number of people who have it. I still do not have mine under control. My low is at 1 am and by the time I get up it is 150. Does anyone else have that problem?

Miminv 2010-04-22 02:32:55 -0500 Report

My foot discomfort started slowly when I would eat too many carbs. Then I noticed that it was happening when I was eating right and checking my bs which could be about 110. I now have full blown neuropathy in my feet and half way up both legs.
I have abserved that when the humidity starts to rise so does the pain in my feet. In fact I sometimes have to take a pain pill because it is too much.
I am on gabapentin, a compond that i put on my feet and ibu. My pain level is about 4 on most days. I think once the nerves are damaged the pain will keep going. I have to accept the pain because that means I still have good circulation in my legs and feet.
Another cause for the neuropathy in the feet is celiac disease. Celiac disease means the person need to be on a gluten free diet. Celiac does run in my family and I have asked my doctor about it and he just said no, I am still woking on him to at least give me a base line test. You can have celiacs and not show any symptoms.
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation's web site, "Celiac Disease is a digestive disorder that affects both children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present."
Good luck

jayabee52 2010-04-20 18:18:04 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, opofcabo

I have burning neuropathy feet & legs, but mine is constant pain, nothing like you describe. So I have no idea. Hope someone else does,


Harlen 2010-04-20 07:45:59 -0500 Report

WOW I am so sorry that your going thrue this
I dont have that going on but I feel your pain.
I hope your Doc can work it out
Best wishes

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