mrbirdie

Q:

I have had type 2 for many years. I have not taken care of my diabetes. I now have very bad neurapy in my legs. My feet have little or no feeling in them. I have problems breathing and use oxygen occasionly. Every morning I feel sick and do not want to move. Many times I have headaches too. Dizzy most of the time. Could my diabetes be causing all my problems?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

I am sorry you are having so many health issues. As to whether your symptoms are related to diabetes -- they may be. If your blood glucose levels are well controlled, the dizziness, headaches and sickness are not likely due to diabetes. However, if your blood glucose levels are high most of the time (for example, consistently over 200), then some of your symptoms may be related to your diabetes. Lows can also cause these symptoms. Without seeing numbers or knowing more of your history, it’s difficult to know what might be causing your symptoms. Make sure to let your doctor know when and how often you are having these symptoms. Keep a log of the symptoms: note the time of day, day of the week and how many minutes the symptoms last. Also, keep a detailed log of your blood glucose numbers. Check your blood glucose often for a couple of weeks, before meals and at bedtime and any time the symptoms are severe. Write down the numbers and take these logs to your next doctor visit. Because you have neuropathy, you are at very high risk for foot infections, making it extremely important for you to check your feet daily for any cuts, sores, redness or swelling. Report any problems right away to your doctor’s office.

December 21, 2013 at 10:49 am