Tom May
By Tom May Latest Reply 2010-05-24 11:38:22 -0500
Started 2010-05-18 17:02:53 -0500

Hello everyone, I'm new to the site and thought I would introduce myself. I am 56 years old, live in Northern California with my wife and daughter. I was diagnosed with Type 2 in '95, suffer from Dry AMD, am a testicular cancer survivor since '06 and have a 30% Renal failure. I'm hoping to gain other's insight into what they are experiencing.
My biggest "complaint" is my feet. They constantly feel swollen and painful but they're not swollen at all. At night they feel hot to the point that I will kick any covering off of them or I will move them around to find the "cool" spots in the sheets. Anyone else dealing with this?

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PegM 2010-05-24 10:10:16 -0500 Report

Hi my name is Peggy and I am new to this site also. Hello and welcome! I also have problems with my feet, I have neuropathy in my hands and feet so taking care of my feet always makes me nervous. I have found that I can't stand having sheets or blankets on my feet, they feel heavy and uncomfortable. I don't have any real answers I wish I did but know that you are not alone.

troublemaker27 2010-05-23 19:47:11 -0500 Report

Hi there,my name is tori ann steele it's nice to meet you all.
i was diagnose with type 2 diabetes on december 8,2008.
i was shocked.
and frighten.
but i'm doing good.
exercising more.
so how long have you all been diagnosed?
at first it was painful but now it's not.
my birthday is on june 28th i will be 33yrs old that's on a monday.
don't forget.
i was born in 1977.
well that's all and it's great to be on here.
see ya-tori

Tom May
Tom May 2010-05-20 18:29:27 -0500 Report

I should have never posted the complaint regarding my feet! After posting I had an attack of gout, the first in almost a year! That'll teach me…LOL

ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:44:29 -0500 Report

First off Welcome to this site Tom. I have been her I htink a year now or close to it. :) Love it here so much info and so many ppl her to help ya. My problems are I deal with high Bsugars. ALOT, everyday. I also have problems with my feet feeling like they are swollen when not. Unsure about that. I deal with buldging disc in my lower back and my pelvis gives me alot of problems. I have also had neck surgery two yrs ago so still deal with that pain as well. I also have gastic perisis, where the stomach doesnt I guess digested fast enough. Those are my major problems, along with tother things. :) I hope that you find a solution about ur feet, let me know. :)

Tom May
Tom May 2010-05-20 18:27:30 -0500 Report

Thank you for the welcome! My sugars run high also, have the swollen feet "feeling" when they're actually not and have 7 mis-aligned/herniated discs. I wonder how much if any, the back problem affects only the feet? I should have never mentioned my feet, had an attack of gout after posting it. That'll teach me…haha! Thanks for the input!

ginarb37 2010-05-21 00:29:34 -0500 Report

Hey Tom.. Ur welcome. I have been told that it can have effects on other problems. I hope that you get better soon. IM not sure what Gout is.. but get better. :)

Emma2412 2010-05-19 12:03:07 -0500 Report

Oh, and I forgot to mention that if you can get a natural dietary supplement called "Oil of Evening Primrose" and take 4,000 mg of it every day you should be seeing an improvement with respect to the "pins and needles" feeling. Even though I have that feeling almost every day, it's not near as bad since I've been taking the Primrose oil. I get mine at Trader Joe's here in NJ but I think you can probably pick it up at any health food store. Just make sure it's fresh and hasn't been sitting on the shelf for months.

Emma2412 2010-05-19 11:58:38 -0500 Report

I mentioned the hot feeling to my podiatrist one time and he said if it doesn't happen all the time (which it doesn't) to put them under cold running water which actually helps. I've also put ice in an ice bag and put that (10 minutes on; 10 minutes off) on my feet one time when the hot feeling was almost unbearable. I don't get that hot feeling all of the time, thank God, but I do have the tingling or "pins and Needles" almost every day. I go to my podiatrist every 3 months regularly and he tells me if he notices anything new. Plus, I always let him cut my nails as I'm afraid to do it.

Tom May
Tom May 2010-05-20 18:22:59 -0500 Report

Hi Emma! The hot feeling in my feet is not to the point that I would use ice but cool sheets and/or cool water certainly feel good on them. They feel swollen but they're actually not. After I posted about my feet, I had an attack of gout. Guess maybe I should have kept quiet! LOL! Thanks for the input!!

ccritch 2010-05-19 09:26:30 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome.

Have you scheduled an appointment with a podiatrist? What meds are your taking, Actos causes swelling of the ankels and feet. I had to stop taking Actos because of the swelling and tingling feeling in my legs and feet. You should ask your doctor.

Tom May
Tom May 2010-05-20 18:20:07 -0500 Report

Hello, my current oral meds for the diabetes are Avandamet, Glipizide and Januvia. I had to pen my big mouth! After posting about my feet, I had an attack of gout last night, LOL! That'll teach me!

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-05-18 23:12:28 -0500 Report

Welcome Tom, I have neuropathy of my feet also. Burning, tenderness, tingling, swelling. Somedays I can't stand my shoes or socks. The socks feel like sand paper rubbing on them. I take Nerotin for this and it does help alot. I think you should tell your doctor so you can get medication. Neuropathy can be serious.
Your New Friend

Tom May
Tom May 2010-05-19 09:20:20 -0500 Report

Thank you JoAnna! I will be discussing this with my doctor on my next visit! I appreciate the insight!

monkeymama 2010-05-18 22:38:27 -0500 Report

Hello there Tom and welcome! I have neuropathy in my heals. My feet feel like some is lighting them on fire at times. My bed ALWAYS has to be cold. I do though have the swelling. It has be believed it is part diabetes and the after effects of a bone infection I had in my foot almost 3 years ago. Just be careful of your feet, check them daily, and don't let them get dried and cracked or open sores. That is an open season for a infection of the bone and other serious infections. Again welcome! :)

runthe 2010-05-18 17:20:17 -0500 Report

Hello Tom May, welcome to diabetic connect.

Tom May
Tom May 2010-05-18 19:30:38 -0500 Report

Thank you!!

ForeverE 2010-05-24 11:38:22 -0500 Report

Hi Tom welcome! I am new as well and this is a great site. Tom I stared feeling the same in the early 90's and I was diagnosed with neauropathy. My advice is that you go see a diabetic Dr. and have that checked out. You may want to sleep with sox on.

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