Well, you should find out what your glucose tolerance test was/is!! You could very well be showing normal fasting numbers but have blood sugar spikes that remain very high for long enough time to do damage to you and this may have been going on for some time, hence the neuropathy! The Neuropathy doesn't just happen overnight, and it could be a result of your CP, but if your Glucose tolerance test was way out of wack, well that may be pointing to the culprit.
Sorry for the delay in posting back it is just that I have been so busy.
Anyway, thank you for all the information. I do think that I may have discovered why my meter readings are erroneous. I originally use a freestyle flash, I ran out of test strips, and switched to an Accu-check advantage my wife had from awhile back, it did not dawn on me to check the test strips to see if they were out of code but of course, they were. Therefore, when I was finally able to pick up some strips for the flash I noticed my numbers were better, much better. 90-95 Fasting and 110-130 two hours after eating. I am still testing to find high readings but so far, there have not been any. Of course, this could all be related to my daily exercise routine and diet. I am now walking up to 3 miles a day and performing modified exercises that are safe for my lower back, hips, neck to which I also have CP issues with. My BMI has gone from 33% to 29%!!!! I've lost 30lbs.!!!!!! In addition, my blood pressure has normalized but I still have a ways to go. Truth be told I am paying for all of this activity in terms of increased pain but to me it is well worth it in order to get to my goal of 180-200lbs.
It seems to me that I have upset Jeanie with my last post and if I have then I do apologize. I am not saying my lower numbers could not cause neuropathy but I do have DDD and some herniated discs in my lower back and neck so I am thinking that might be the cause. When I was seeing a neurologist, he performed an A1C test and it was 5.5. He then suggested that although diabetes may be an issue in the future he did not think it was cause of these issues. Personally I am not sure what to think if diabetes has caused the neuropathy, wouldn’t I see some higher levels at least some of the time?
Thank you again and if I have upset anyone I am sorry
Post Edited (quahog) : 6/24/2006 12:32:34 AM (GMT-6)
Well for my 2 cents worth your numbers are fine. You do have some weight issues that will definately cause you multiple health problems down the line unless you get it under control, and diabetes is one of those problems you can't entirely rule out.
Im going to recommend a book: Pain Free : A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain by Pete Egoscue. It has some really good advice and should fit right into what you are doing now to help you lose weight, but may also help you mitigate the chronic pain and decrease your reliance on meds.
Hope this helps