Glad to see you've gotten some answers while I was away. Most of your questions I don't have an answer for, cause I haven't been "normal" on the blood sugar front for many years.
On the neuropathy front, I have input.
PAIN. RIPROARING, BURNING, SHOOTING, GRAB YOU AND SHAKE YOU UPSIDE DOWN PAIN.
For me, it started out as tingling in my left foot. Then periodic tingling in my right foot, and minor pain in both.
After surgery to fix an infection in my right foot, on the same day as the surgery I went to full-blown pain in both. I get breakthrough pain with the meds that is in the 8-10 range on pain. The bottoms of my feet feel like someone comes by periodically to beat on them with a bat. If I go too long without taking the pain pills, it feels like someone is pouring boiling water on my legs from the knees down.
My left leg ALWAYS feels like it is going to cramp at any second, but it almost never does. Both legs jump around, when I am sitting or laying, but only periodically.
Two fingers on my right hand go numb for hours at a time. My left hand goes numb at times. My face goes numb but not for as long at a time.
I can't walk very well, with the meds throwing off my balance and the bottoms of my feet hurting so badly. Can't stand without walking for very long, either, because of feet.
That's the major stuff, and most of everything. Any questions, fire away.
EDIT: Besides my PCP, Foot Specialist, Pain Specialist, I've been to two Neurologists which is where the stuff going on with my hands & fingers was blamed on the neuropathy from diabetes as well. I've also recently had a brain MRI, which was 'normal'.
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Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 3/7/2009 8:55:34 PM (GMT-7)