I know from being a nurse back in the 70's to the 90's that diadetics are prone to suffering with ailments of the feet and the eyes. Back in 2002 I was in my closet and I lookedup I had a momentary episode of dizziness. I grabbed hold of the shelf to stop myself from falling and accidentially pulled one of my husbands antique shot guns down off the shelf. It fell right across the top of my right foot.
At this time I had no signs of dibetes and did not give that one moment of thought. I broke my little toe in two places and these healed with time, but I was plagued with constant pain across the top of my foot. After seeing the Orthopaedic Surgeon for numerous visits he said he thought that I might have a Morton's Neuroma. He planned surgery to correct this. He told my husband when I came out of surgery that he did not see any sign of a Neuroma so he just closed up the incision and sent me home.
I hobbled around on crutches or with a cane for two or three months without any real relief. Because of the lack of improvement the doctor decided to go in again and make his incision longer. Sure enough when he did he found the area that had nerve damage and ended up removing the whole nerve from between the second & third toe on the right foot. Even today almost eight years later I am still bothered with some discomfort. What I am concerned about is that now I have been diagnosed as a type two diabetic what should I be on the lookout for especially since I don't have a nerve between two of my toes? Funny thing is though that I can still feel things. Especially when I drop the lightest object like a teaspoon or if I stub my toe, it hurts nearly as badly as it did back in 2002.
My eyes. Again I am aware that as a diabetic I stand the chance of vision problems. I believe that some of these such problems have already started and did so several years prior to becoming a diabetic. I was fast approaching fifty when I started to wear corrective lenses. It was during one of these dizzy spells that only last about thirty seconds that I had to pull off the highway and let my husband take over the driving. On the sides of the highway I was seeing the shoulder, a pair of white or yellow lines then some more shoulder then the white edging line. Along with that, my lanes were all running into each other and getting narrower and narrower as we drove down the highway. When we were on a two lane highway vehicles in the distance appearred as two, and vehicles I was following had two license plates. I have been to my regular eye doctor, who, after about a year & a half of telling him the same thing each time I saw him, referred me to a neuro-ophthalmologist. Who I had to rush to get to her office anytime this cross eyd condition maniifested itself so she could see what was happening. I don't recall what she called it but it still happens and the most frightening part is when the distance traffic is an 18 wheeler that appears as two trucks coming at you.
I have since been back to my regular eye doctor and this time he referred me to a retinal specialist as they have seen what they think might be a sloughing of the tissue from the back of my left retina.
I believe that about covers My Eyes, My Feet. Unless there is a member out there somewhere that can tell me what else could go wrong or if there is something I should be on the look out for. If anyone has had similar problems I feel for you, but you are my best link to finding out what else could be wrong or go wrong since the diabetes set up residence in my body. All responses are very welcome, & I thank you in advance for your input.
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