Waiting on blood test results...

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   Posted 8/9/2006 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
It's really nerve-wracking waiting on blood test results to come back. I don't have any of the classic signs of diabetes...but last Saturday, I developed some light tingling in the bottoms of my feet and my toes (not persistent...it comes and goes...no numbness or pain). I did a little research and was concerned that it seemed to be such a common symptom of diabetes. I know that generally it's a symptom that occurs later in the disease...but has anyone else here had it show up as their first symptom? I'm just trying to figure out how likely my test results are to come back with a diagnosis of diabetes. I'd like to prepare myself a bit, if that makes sense. =)  

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   Posted 8/10/2006 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You are correct in that is something that may show up in someone that has had diabetes for a while.
I have never heard of anyone that had it as their first symptom.
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   Posted 8/10/2006 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

The presenting symptoms of diabetes used to be the "classical triad",but is not seen as fequently as before.Nowadays people have complaints like undue fatigue,excessive weight loss etc.

Were you going in for routine blood tests or did anything specific prompted you to go in for these tests?

The coventional wisdom is people spend a considerable amount of time in the "pre-diabetes" stage(sometimes even upto 9 years) before they become frank diabetics.

There are various causes of tingling and numbness in the feet and diabetes is only one of them.

My 2 cents worth of advise is not to jump the gun,but to calmly wait for the results to come in!Hope you'll keep us posted.

Post Edited (spooky) : 8/10/2006 6:23:42 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/11/2006 4:56 AM (GMT -6)   


When I was first dx'd with diabetes type 2 back in 1976, I don't remember having pins and needles at that time. But shortly afterwards I do remember having them in my hands, but I don't know if I had them in my feet, I don't think I did.

Back in those days getting a meter was unheard of and one had to test their urine.

It wasn't until 1989, I got my first meter, which cost a fortune (One Touch) and had to buy strips out of my pocket. Ever since 1989, I have been under control since I knew what my sugar readings were. But by that time, I already had the start of gastroparesis and neuropathy of the feet.

Mine was caught during a urinalysis for a UTI and they found sugar in my urine.

I'm glad you are getting checked. Hope everything goes well. Don't know why they didn't do a sugar check in the office there instead of making you wait for the lab tests to come back.

Good luck!


Hypothyroidism (1958), Diabetes type 2 (1976), Hypercholesterolemia (1989), Gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006).

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   Posted 8/11/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info, guys! I appreciate the words. I just got my results back, and it looks like things are fine. Fasting blood sugar was 91. The only thing that prompted me to go was the sudden onset of foot tingling, and after reading up on it and talking to some people, I figured it needed to be checked, since so many people don't even know they have diabetes and I hadn't had a blood test since 1998. I was worried that maybe I'd had it for a while and was causing damage to myself.

And I sort of wondered the same thing, Faye...lol. I thought that much could be done fairly quickly, but I won't argue with the results. I guess I listened to too many people and got myself a bit worried.

Good luck to everyone and much much good health. =)
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