By nana2005 Latest Reply 2010-12-18 04:35:46 -0600
Started 2010-12-14 13:39:10 -0600

I would like to know if anyone has , or has had numeses in their hands and in the legs. some time in the feet. I can't even handle the cold anymore eather.
, the reason why I am asking is their are time to where I will be walking and my leg, or legs will go cold and it feel like someone put me on Ice. their ae times to where It will get some pain in it to. as for my hand it is the same way but , my fingers will go num, and a lot of pain in them, to were I have to stop what I am doing,. till all this lets up and their are time to where it will last for a a hole day.. I will lose the straigh in my arms to.
I would like to know if their is some that I should be consered about or will this all go away.
As for my BS it has been up in to the 200's and also in the high 300's.
but their are very little days to where it will be in the 100's I do watch my Carb counting . and I still have the same problem.

Please give me some Ideas what to do .

Thank you.

23 replies

tomecom 2010-12-17 10:54:35 -0600 Report

nana2005: most numbness in the extremities is caused by neuropathy. It is the result of loss of circulation caused by damage to capillaries by high blood sugars. The numbness and tingling is the dying off of nerve endings.

Doctors typically prescribe medications that block the pain, but do not stop the progression. Neuropathy is a progressive disorder that can be very serious. If you take alpha lipoic acid (300 mg per day). it will stop the tingling and pain, and stop the progression. It will not restore damage that has already occurred. ALC will not interact with any medications.

If you would like to learn more about it, email me at small and I will forward an article on Neuropathy that is very helpful.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-12-16 10:00:09 -0600 Report

I had numbness since my days of chemo and radiation in 2006. 8-3-10 I was told about the diabetes. The cold has really seemed to have a negative effect on the numbness. Yesterday and today I had trouble fastening my bra, feeling my cell phone, holding forks and pencils. My left leg is worse than my right. My right hand is better but I have right chest pain. It's my left arm and hand that have gone to nearly nothing in feeling. The heart guy I saw in January said my heart tests were all good. I have my blood checked Monday. Then I think I'll ask to see another heart doctor.

nana2005 2010-12-16 16:47:50 -0600 Report

I do have high colesteral, thyirod, and of corse, DB and as for my DB weill i have had it sence 2007 or 08 but I am still haveing problem trying to keep my BS under controll . but I am try my best to get it in the right range but. as of the pass few days it has been up in the high 200's and the high 300's almost 400. so I called the Dr to fine anther way to get it lower to were it is to be.

Yes , I do get chest pain to and I do get it check out and they tell me the same thing their is nothing wrong. as for the numbness well it is still their and it is very hard to do thing and try to handle thing. but my Husben just dose not understand this at all, so I just get mad and try to continue what I need to do.
So very much do understand.

Hugs Anna

tomecom 2010-12-17 11:00:21 -0600 Report

Nana2005: it sounds like you would benefit from reading the Diabetes Primer. It is designed for newly diagnosed diabetics, but it has helped thousands of diabetics that have had diabetes for years. You can download a free copy from Just type the name into the search box at the top of the web page. Then download it. it is easy and safe.

You will learn how to plan meals around low glycemic index foods. You will also learn a great deal about how diabetes functions, which will help you understand better how to control it.

feel free to ask if there is anything else that you need.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-12-17 09:03:31 -0600 Report

I went to the respiratory dr yesterday afternoon and explained about the numbness and the chest pain. He feels the chest wall needs stretching and excercisng along with my arms. He doesn't think the heart is the problems either. Ok so we will do that.

swanslake54 2010-12-14 16:24:33 -0600 Report

I definitely have the numbness in my feet, the left is worse. So far I don't have the problem in my hands, I have an appointment with a vascukar surgeon on Thursday because i have PAD (poor circulation in mylegs and feet). I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to have a stent placed in the artery to open it up and improve my circulation. this comes from years of denial and not doing what I should have, I'm 60 now and I was diagnosed when I was 33. Please take this disease seriously and get your bs down

tomecom 2010-12-17 11:03:25 -0600 Report

swanslake54: I had PAD and the coldness in my feet. I went to an acupuncturist and had it treated. It is all gone now without surgery or medications. It was a painless way of getting rid of a serious problem. It has been two years now since I had the treatments, and still no problems.

nana2005 2010-12-18 04:35:46 -0600 Report

I don't have PAD . that I know of but I di konw that it dose not take long for my feet to get cold and when they do it take a long time to warm them up.
I do know that I can not stand the cold like I use to. my hands and feet get cold and turn red to fast that I have a hared time moveing them, so try to warm them up fast as I can so I can move them.
I am glade that you were able to get help . and with out med & surgery.

you have a good day

nana2005 2010-12-14 23:18:04 -0600 Report

I am try but , I just hve to talk to my Dr some more on what to do and in Jan I will be getting my A1c done, and I hope that will tell me more on what to do . I do thank you.
I wish you all the best on everything. you take care too.

Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2010-12-14 15:22:09 -0600 Report

Oh yes. It is part and parcel with our diabetes condition. Neuropathy. I suffer in both my hands and feet. That is something most of us deal with. I am fortunate to belong to a Diabetes Support Group in the Senior Citizen Center I am a member of and some of the tips and trips we share with each other have been so helpful. You know the fellowship is great too and just having people that share the same challenges that you do is encouraging. Your condition may be helped through therapy that your doctor would have to refer you to. Be sure you mention to your doctor the burning in your feet and the tingling in your hands. He/She will know immediately what the problem is. Be blessed and I pray you get the relief you are seeking soon.
Ms. Lizz

nana2005 2010-12-14 23:28:03 -0600 Report

Ms. Lizz.
I thank you very much for the infore. I will talk to the DR some more. it is very hard to do anything with this ,but the worst of it all is that I am only 50 yrs and theire are day to where it is hard to deal with it., so fare I am try my very best to keep going and , try not to let get to me.
I do try to do my owen Therapy just to get to move my hands and as for my legs they are to painfull to touch some time .
Like I have said, I thank you, I will keep in touch. thank you for the parys I do that everyday now.

God Bless

Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2010-12-15 11:08:04 -0600 Report

Not a problem.. The irony of this disease is that it has no preference as to age or sex or religion or anything else. Everyone who has it is subject to this "side bar". I pray for all my Diabetic Connect friends those I have met and become close to and those I have yet to meet. I know how essential prayer and faith is to our conditions getting better and in some cases being healed… It is completely in the hands of our Lord God Jehovah, who can do anything!!! Daily life if full of one challenge after another - one test after another and it is up to us to strive to victory no matter what we wake to find before us. Truly, waking each morning is the beginning of our victory and our gift from God. It is up to us to make that day as close to a masterpiece as we are able. There is always more to praise and lift the name of God Jehovah than there is to grumble and complain about. Whenever my trials get too much for me, I look for things to be grateful for and before I know it I am out of my "funk" and back on track. I am older than you and have been blessed with a good life in spite of the challenges I face daily. I have a relationship with the Lord God Jehovah and a husband who has committed his life to Him as well. We lean of the Word of our Father and support and encourage each other. My illnesses are many and do not begin and end with diabetes. I suffer with arthritis and fibromyalgia and asthma and COPD. I have sleep apnea and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. There have been days when my diabetes was the least of my concerns. I enjoy my membership in the Diabetic Connect community and I am very happy for my Diabetes Support Group that meets each Tuesday at the Ajax Turner Senior Center here in Clarksville, Tennessee. Our sharing and encouraging of one another has been so valuable. We have different groups come and render unto us about nutrition, exercise, new drugs and how to care for our feet and wounds that we may have properly for diabetics. It is lots of fun and we learn something useful every week. We did a cookie swap last week and had to bring in the recipes to exchange too. It was great fun and I plan to post some of the recipes I got and the ones I used for my exchanges on our recipe listing here on DC. You be well and take good care. I will try and keep in touch better too. Since my grand kids got me on facebook, I hardly have time for anything else unless I get a notice that someone has sent me something or replied to something I wrote on DC.

Humble In His Service
Always To His Glory
Peace And Love
Ms. Lizz

nana2005 2010-12-15 12:12:51 -0600 Report

I thank you very much., yes I am also on Facebook to I am just getting use to it and so fare I like to. because I can talk to my family and friends that I am not able to call.
as for this DC i would not know what to do with out it , everyone here helps you out and their are times to were you can help them out in one way or anther, and that is nice it is just like haveing one big family.
i will keep in touch and you have a good day lol.
thank you again. Hugs Anna

Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2010-12-15 13:41:18 -0600 Report

Gurl, I just invited you to be my friend on DC. I think we will be great friends and I like the one on one conversations when we aren't talking about a condition or asking for help from the whole Community. I love DC too and many of my friends have come from this Community brought together through our common thread of being diabetic… You take care and be safe… We have to get acquainted and begin our friendship. We can do Facebook too if you like. I have tons of my DC friends whom I interact with on Facebook too.
Biggs Huggs Back,
Ms. Lizz

kdroberts 2010-12-14 14:12:24 -0600 Report

With your blood sugar as high as it is, it would be a pretty safe guess that your problem is diabetic neuropathy and it will only get worse if your numbers stay high. It's basically your nerve cells dying because of high blood sugar.

You need to talk to a doctor and figure out why you are not able to get your numbers down. What kind of things are you eating and how much of them? Also, what type of medication do you take and exercise do you do?

nana2005 2010-12-14 23:34:50 -0600 Report

well, I do a lot of walking, I am on Insulin at night time 21 Units of Levemier,
as for my eatting well I only eat very little , and make sure that what I do eat dose not have very much in high Carb or sugar. but high in fiber, that is what my Dr told me to do so that is what I am doing.
I hope this helps you out on what I am doing , or what I am doing wrong.

jayabee52 2010-12-14 14:02:51 -0600 Report

Howdy Anna

yes I have a diminished sensation in my hands (They are not completely numb - they tingle) I think because of Diabetic Neuropathy ("DN"). I have burning pain in my feet & lower legs also because of DN. My hands seem to "gp to sleep" when I do something like grip the steering wheel too long (maybe carpel tunnel?).

What are you doing to control your BG#s besides carb counting? 200s to high 300s is not very healthy for you. Perhaps you should consult with your diabetes care team and change what you're doing, because this is not helping you. It probably is aggrevating your DN!

nana2005 2010-12-14 23:45:17 -0600 Report

i am insulin 21 units of Levermier, at night time only, I try to do what my DBE told me to do to keep the BS down , so I am only on a 1200 coal. diet and that is not much. I was also told that stess can do the high BS , but as for everythiny else I don't understand. maybe it is all me. but I do know that if I don't eat at all it will stay in the reange. but once I eat just a little of some thing that is when everyting gose haywied. I know that this is not good for me but it seems to be that some times I just don't get the right anwser at all. this is why I am asking for some other infore on this so I can understand this and why it is happening to me.

Thank you.

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