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Tevoniel
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   Posted 10/22/2006 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello: I have been a diabetic for about 7 years. I am 34 years old and I take oral meds for my blood sugar.
 
For about a year now I have been experiencing slight numbness in my toes.
 
But recently and all of a sudden, I have been having sever pain in my feet. Its like my entire foot (both of them) are in constant pain.
 
They throb, sting and burn at times.
 
I feat that I may be close to having them amputated, however I pray this is not the case.
 
They do not fall asleep (do to poor circulation), they just throb and tingle and burn a lot.
 
I am wondering if any of you can let me know what it is I am going through and if I am in the last stages of having my feet.
 
Please help!

Warren
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   Posted 10/22/2006 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

Well what is happening to you sounds like classic neuropathy.  First the numbness and tingling.  This is a sign that your diabetes is affecting the nerves in your feet.  Actually, they are probably affecting more than just the nerves in your feet but this is what you are noticing at this point.  Now, when you get to the point where you get burning and constant pain in your feet, you have reached the point where the nerves are starting to die.  When the nerves die, you get pain.  Go to your Endocrinologist and also see a podiatrist and talk to them about what is happening to you. 

There are several medications specifically on the market to deal with the pain from neuropathy AND there are several clinical trials going on nationwide for medications that can help halt the neuropathy and regenerate the nerves in your feet.  BUT to access any of this you will need to see your doctors!  Good luck

scool Warren

Tevoniel
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   Posted 10/22/2006 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Warren:

I thank you for you help in this matter.

You know I feared that more than my feet was being effected (nerve / organ damage ect.).

So I sincerely appreciate your response and I will check with my doctor ASAP!

Thank You!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/22/2006 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Tevoniel,
Have you discussed this foot pain with your doctor at all? How are your blood sugars running? Do you use your meter daily? How is your exercise routine? Have you been following your food plan? Do you keep a food/exercise journal?

Diabetes isn't usually treated for the long term with only pills and then it goes away or gets better.. It's a dynamic disease that must be fought tooth and nail to control and prevent complications. You need to get agressive with this disease the same way you would if someone told you that termites were infesting your home. Do research, keep records, ask your doctor about insulin to keep your sugars down, walk, buy good shoes, buy good socks, work out, eat well, chart your sugars, keep a food journal, don't smoke, don't be around people who are smoking. If you are sitting at work for long periods or standing find a way to move around frequently so you can increase circulation in your legs. Ask your doctor to make an appointment with a physical therapist so you can figure out a plan to increase and enhance lower leg circulation both during the day and at night. Stick to the plan. Come back here and use us as your support group so we can give you pep talks when you need them. And above all, KOKO! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Tevoniel
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   Posted 10/23/2006 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Thank You Jeanie:

I recieved your message with great admiration.

I will start to fight my diabetes more aggressively (because I have not been doing so up to now).

I appreciate the informative post you gave and I thank you for your concern and care.

Thank You So Much!

And Yes, I am a smoker (sniffle) and I know I should not be smoking, I have heard that it can inhibit blood circulation to and throughout my organs and limbs.

I am trying so hard to quit, and I do realize that it can contribute to my disease progressing faster than it normally would!

I look forward to more suggestive advise from you and all that care to contribute!

Again, Thank You!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/24/2006 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you smoke regular or menthol ciggarettes? I smoked menthols for 25 years and quit about 15 years ago. I have some ideas to help you quit if you want to hear them.

You need to know that components of tobacco smoke cause vasocontstriction and you will lose your lower legs if you continue to smoke. My daughter works with people who are in wheel chairs with no legs below the knee from diabetes and smoking... and they still roll their wheel chairs out side the nursing home where they live and smoke. It is so sad.

What part of the world are you from, and what do you do for your job? Are you allowed to smoke at work? Do you smoke in your house? Give us some background and maybe we can help.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Tevoniel
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   Posted 10/24/2006 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in the Midwest (USA).

I am a construction estimator, so I sit at a computer and read blueprints all day.

I go outside to smoke, but I do smoke in my residence.

I smoke menthols "Newports"

I dont get much exercize although I know I should.

You know I have been kind of thinking lately that these cigarettes are the reason for the nerves in my feet going bad so quickly, but yet I continue to smoke away!

Tevoniel
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   Posted 10/25/2006 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone here knows of any foods that naturally lower blood sugar levels.

Or if anyone could tell me what foods to eat that wont raise my blood sugar so dramatically.

I try to eat vegetables, but I see that some are full of carbohydrates, so I am at a loss.

H-E-L-P...S-O-S...

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/25/2006 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, you're in the same boat as I was when I was smoking. You're addicted to nicotine and menthol. These are the things I did to help me quit and you are welcome to try them. They worked for me.

-First off, limit where you smoke. Stop smoking in the home. Throw away your ashtrays. Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home. Go out to the garage or the porch for a cigarette. If you have a spouse, make this the house rule. It's better for everyone if the house becomes smoke free. With colder weather, it's better for you because you won't want to get up out of your chair, put on your coat and go outside just for a cigarette.Don't smoke in your car. Clean the ashtray and don't let anyone smoke in your car. If anyone says anything just say you are trying to save your feet because the smoke is ruining your circulation.

-Buy ciggs only one pack at a time. No cartons (this implies that you plan to keep smoking.) No coupons, no two for one deals from the ciggarette company. One pack at a time. Try not to run out of ciggs but only buy a pack when you have three or less left in the pack. You will know that you have quit when you still have some in the pack and you can resist lighting up.

- Menthol is almost as psychologically addictive as nicotine so you need to find a sugar free menthol cough drop (I used Halls Mentholyptus) and carry them everywhere. You can use these to treat your menthol addiction.

-Always keep three or four packages of radishes on hand in the fridge. Wash and cut them and put them in zip lock bags. Carry them everywhere. Before you decide to have a ciggarette eat five radishes and one menthol coughdrop. The aftertaste from radishes is almost identical to the taste in your mouth after a ciggarette and the menthol coughdrop helps fool your taste buds. This should give you time enough to talk yourself out of the smoke. By the time I finally quit smoking I was up to a pound of radishes a day but hey! they don't affect your blood sugar and they only cost 99ยข!

-If you are going bonkers wanting a smoke and you are in a place where it is socially unacceptable to eat radishes you can chew sugar free cinnamon gum. Chew it until the sweetness is gone and all you have is the burning, flat flavor left in the gum. This also is surprisingly similar to the taste of ciggs. Chew this piece of gum for at least 15 minutes before making the decision to go have a smoke. Then chew up a coughdrop and see if you can resist the urge to light up.

-Do not watch anyone smoke. If you see someone smoking in traffic look away. The physical movements of the habit are enticing. The smoke curling in the air can initiate the 'gotta' have a cigg' response in your brain. Do not go to bars where people are smoking. At a restaurant ask to be seated in the 'No Smoking' section.

-Spend some money on delicious diet sodas that you normally wouldn't buy. Get lots of flavors and drink constantly. This helps flush out the nicotine already in your system and helps you wash out any from current smoking. If you always had a ciggarette with coffee in the morning, skip the coffee and drink diet Mountain Dew for the caffeine and skip the cigg, too. You can go back to coffee when you quit smoking and you won't believe how delicious it is.

All of these things will help you cut down on your cigg usage. This is like using the patch only a lot cheaper and smarter. Often people will smoke while on the patch and this only makes you more addicted. These are consious behaviour modifications that replace a bad habit with a new neutral one. The tobacco companies have spent billions of dollars on psychological, physical and social responses to tobacco in humans. They have manipulated the contents of the tobacco to make it even more addictive and paid off everyone from congressmen to lab techs to prevent us from knowing the truth about what is in those coffin nails. You know this. You need to make the consious choice to stop.

I finally stopped on a Monday, which in the cake business for me is like you quitting on a Friday, so you can go thru the worst of the withdrawals over the weekend. By the time I called it quits I had been eating radishes already for about two weeks. YOU CAN DO THIS!

Hang in there buddy and we will be here for you. Sure don't want you to lose your feet.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/25/2006 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Has your doctor ordered you a nutrition class? These are usually taught by a licensed diabetic dietician or nutrionist and there is a fee or insurance cost involved.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


bmilll
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   Posted 10/27/2006 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a few questions about Diabetic Foot Pain.

1. How come I get it only when I have been in bed about an hour at night? Very rarely do I have it during the day.
2. about two days a week I take a 2 hour afternoon nap. I sleep lika a baby with no pain. Why does the pain not occurr when I take an afternoon nap and only at night??
3. How come I can go a few days without pain at night and it comes back?
4. Why on certain nights does the pain go away in about two hours and other night stays most of the night.
5. Why don't I have the pain all the time instead of at certain predictable times.

The point of these questions is to figure out if I can create the same "environment" of my afternoon nap for my nightime sleep. I know there are drugs on the market but am trying to beat the problem another way.

I thought I had the problem licked when I walked/jogged a mile and a half each night about an hour before going to bed. After a week, I had no pain for about 3 days. The theory was that, at night the blood had settled in my feet and when I went to be the blood moved more quickly through my legs causing the pain. The point of the jogging was to increase circulation and move the blood from my feet before going to bed. Well, the theory sounded good when I didn/t have the pain......

The pain returned after three days but I still jog.

bmilll
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   Posted 10/27/2006 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
In a previous post Warran said:
" there are several clinical trials going on nationwide for medications that can help halt the neuropathy and regenerate the nerves in your feet.

Does anyone know where I can find out more about these clinical trials?

bmilll
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   Posted 10/27/2006 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone using nortriptyline at bedtime to reduce foot pain. If you are what has been your experience?
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