Foot drop/drop foot

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4sons
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   Posted 8/25/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok ... I can't remember, but did I tell you guys I've been diagnosed with this? It seems to have come out of NOWHERE but when I look back on it I DO know my lower left leg has been weaker for a couple of months.

I had an EMG done and it DOES show nerve damage in that part of my lower left leg.
An MRI of the knee showed no compression.
An MRI of my spine showed NO compression.

Here's my question. For over two months I've STRICTLY been doing the Dr. B 6-12-12 thing ... is it POSSIBLE that I need fruit and more carbs in my diet? Really ... it consists mostly of fat and protein.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 8/25/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ruth!  Glad to see you're back!  Foot drop?  So that's what it is.  But if it's not from disk damage, is it from diabetic neuropathy?  What is the treatment for it?

about the diet:  the way I see it is if you want to put the fruit and more carbs back in the diet, try it gradually and see how your readings are.  If you're eating decently and not overdoing the carbs (and I already know you wouldn't do that) but your blood sugar is rising, then talk to the doctor about meds.  You already know what readings are acceptable, so you'd know when you'd need to go on meds.  But don't think you're missing out nutritionally.  If you're eating a whole variety of vegetables and salad food, then you're getting it all.  You're just not getting the sugars.  The Dr. B. diet isn't just protein and fat because the vegetables have carbs and lots of nutrients.  Even though I have scoured his books (I also bought the Diet book) to learn everything I can, I don't count carbs.  I have no idea if I'm eating 6-12-12.  In any case, we're not prisoners to his way of eating! 

Hope you're doing ok!

Lanie :-)



Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/26/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Ruth,
I looked up some stuff on foot drop and thought it might be informative for you. Wish I could be more helpful.

Foot Drop in a Diabetic Patient, Cleveland Clinic case study

One site I read said "Unilateral foot drop is when the foot can't be picked up. It occurs from damage to the peroneal nerve of the leg by compression or vessel disease. Foot drop can improve."
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4sons
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   Posted 8/26/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! The troubling thing for me is that they can find no site where the nerve is compressed or inflamed. I've had several MRIs and I continue to tingle elsewhere. I am also running a low grade temp and have for a month now. There's something going on inside ... and it's making me VERY anxious and depressed!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I can't do much but I can send some prayers your way! Take care girlfriend, and I hope they figure this out soon.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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"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


gelchick
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   Posted 8/30/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ruth

I'm sorry to hear about your foot problem. I hope you get it resolved soon.

I don't know if it can arise from a lack of fruits and carbs in your diet, but I do know that some vitamins and phytonutrients are more prevalent in fruit than vegetables and unless you are eating a LARGE RANGE of vegetables, you may not be getting these important nutrients. Fruits are always right up there on the lists of foods with the most bang-for-your-buck (especially berries).

Personally, I do not thrive on the Bernstein diet (sorry Lanie and fergusc). My sugar runs higher and I have less energy when I try to eat strictly according the low carb proportions. I have tested myself extensively (you know what a data freak I am) and have shown over and over that my sugar stays stable, in a normal bg range (80-95), and I have a greater amount of energy when I include more carbs from fruits. beans, and some whole grains. I even had to up my carbs, to keep my bg from rising last week when I was visiting my daughter and we were on the go all day.

I am routinely eating about 80 -100 net carbs (I subtract the fiber Atkins style) a day, with no adverse effects on my readings. I eat unprocessed, in-season, local, and organic (where practical) foods as much as possible. I am still linking- and balancing my proteins and carbs. I arrived at this range by incrementally (10 carb increments) increasing my carbs until I was seeing numbers over 95 consistently. Then I cut back by 10 carbs a day until I hit the correct range. I have to re-adjust every time I up my exercise, or hit a new fitness level.

My guess is that with some trial and error, you'll be able to find a good balance of heart healthy foods that will not impact your bg and that may improve your overall health and well-being.

I'll be praying for you.

sandy 


I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


LanieG
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh Sandy, not to be sorry!  I can't follow Bernstein to the letter either, and certainly not his 6-12-12.  His way is very rigid and if followed exactly, some people can bring down their blood glucose tremendously, but my readings have never been critical, so his way of eating is too strict for me.  I do eat more vegetables now than I've eaten in my life, but I also eat lots of different nuts and berries in moderation.  I have a lot of energy and am in good moods (most of the time!)  I use my blood glucose numbers as a guideline, but I don't have blinders on.  There may be a time I can't control this doing it my way, then I'll be discussing the next step with my doctor. 

So, Ruth, maybe you need to re-assess how you're approaching your diet.  In the meantime, I hope the tests you're taking can point to the reasons for the fevers and nerve damage.

Lanie 


Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

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