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By Dealing with it Latest Reply 2010-06-16 13:14:12 -0500
Started 2010-06-16 07:44:06 -0500

Hello everybody…I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes about 3 months ago and was told it will be type 2 if and when I become a full blown diabetic. I had gestational diabetes while pregnate with my son in 03-04. Doc put me on metformin and I don't think my numbers have been too high, 198 was the highest I've read luckily.

Right now I seem to be dealing with some foot issues and was wondering if this might be related to diabetes. They are extremely sensitive while barefoot and sometimes feel like I have a thousand needles sticking me on the bottoms. I haven't spoke with my doctor about this yet.

If anybody here is experiencing the same thing will you please let me know…thank you!

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Dealing with it
Dealing with it 2010-06-16 13:14:12 -0500 Report

Wow…such an awesome response in a very small amount of time. Thank you to everyone. I now know what an A1C test is and am scheduled for one on Monday. I also plan on speaking with my doctor when I see her on Wednesday about my feet.

It's kinda strange since I found out about this…everything that has forshadowed me having Diabetes. There was a doctor that told my parents when I was 8 years old that I would have this. I never thought anything about it because it doesn't run in my family and I'm not extremely overweight…maybe about 20 pounds or so and that has happend in the past couple years. I know that no one can take care of me like I can so I just need to step up and become the person I want to be…for my son, my family…but most of all for me.

Thank you all once again for the great advice.

bettymachete 2010-06-16 10:59:20 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. Sounds like you may have some nerve damage in your feet. I had an accident years ago and the resulting surgery cut a nerve and left me with permanant nerve damage, that pins and needles feeling. You should follow the advice of all these pro's here and help yourself by getting educated by reliable sources. You should be seeing a doctor that is well versed in diabetes and get with a nutritionist. Like the others have also said this site is a god sent, and filled with so many wonderful people who keep reminding you to keep it up. It's nice to know we don't have to deal with it alone. We have each other and that makes it easier.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-06-16 10:37:12 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed a type 2 after I had knee surgery, Drs were very upset, I wasn't , denied it but the following weeks proved that they knew best, but now have it down most of the time, haven't had an over 143 reading in weeks, still a tad hi—but NOW I KNOW!

FLDawn 2010-06-16 10:39:54 -0500 Report

Hi Pat so good to see you here. I had a chance to drop by and am glad to know you are still doing well as possible. Hugs, Dawn

FLDawn 2010-06-16 10:29:40 -0500 Report

Hi There, I am not sure why you thought or if someone told you that 198 was pre-diabetic but my first test was at a health fair where I had 200 and told it was definitely in the diabetes range. It was enough to scare me so I had a couple of free tests at our local pharmacy and they too were in the same range. I had an A1C done which will give you a 3 month reading and told YES, I am diabetic type 2 and put on an oral med. You cannot cheat on your A1C LOL…you could skip bad things for a month but the test will still tell what you did the previous months. Don't panic but DO go to the doc and if he blows you off DO NOT LET HIM. My doc didn't buy it at first but 3 days after my A1C was done I had a script in the mail and an apology. I was lucky because I was diagnosed. You are not LUCKY with 108. Just know though that it can be dealt with if you put your mind to it. Within 3 months with one oral pill a day I had my bs to 78. Within a week after being on meds I felt so much better I cannot tell you. Prior to that I was sleeping 24/7 and miserable. Knowledge is pwoer and you are on the perfect site. First I called the American Diabetes Association who sent me some terrific booklets and a DVD. Then somehow I WAS LUCKY and found this amazing site full of wonderful people just like you and me. They are already past where you and I are going or sometimes they are newbies like us. I have been diabetic for a year now come July. If you do right with food and exercise whether it is walking or swimming (find something you LIKE to do…I love to swim). In 3 months my A1C was down to 7.1 which shocked my doc who had already written a higher dose of meds for me because he assumed I would be needing them. He had to rewrite for the same lower dose I was on :-) You have lots of support here and there are great recipes and information as well. Step one though is getting to the doctor. The needles and pins do not sound right. I have them under the first joint of my toes. I had told my doc about that a two years ago but he blamed it on women wearing high heels. That goes to show you that you have to speak up and educate yourself. At the end of the day it is up to you to make sure you get the health care necessary. Best of luck

kdroberts 2010-06-16 08:00:12 -0500 Report

Well, 198 whilst on a diabetic medication would put you into the diabetic diagnosis rather than pre-diabetic. You should urge your doctor to get more tests done including an A1c.

As for your feet. It could be other things but it sounds like classic symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, basically high blood sugar killing the nerves in your feet. You need to go and see a doctor about it ASAP as well as trying to lower you blood sugar because it's something that can lead to amputation if left unchecked and blood sugar not addressed for a long time. It would also suggest that your blood sugars have been out of control for quite a while. But again, it may not be that, only a doctor can tell.