Dear girl, you didn't do this on purpose so there can't be guilt. I was diabetic (by today's standards) after my son was born 31 years ago. Fasting blood sugar was in the 120 to 140 range and that used to be considered 'borderline'. (Yes! I'm that old that I actually had a doctor say "borderline".)
I didn't receive my true diagnosis until they lowered the numbers for diagnosis and by then I had lost four toenails to chronic infections that wouldn't heal. Stupid podiatrist never even mentioned the fact that my infections might be diabetes related. I have numb spots on my feet and neuropathy in my hands and feet. I used to almost scald my children in the bathtub because I couldn't tell the water was too hot. After their complaints I finally got a bath thermometer! Never connected the lack of feeling with neuropathy! DUH! (I quit nursing school 3 months before graduation- a story for another day- You would think I learned SOMETHING!!!)
Anyway, here's the good news. Your doctor is correct that this can't be undone. But the feeling of pain is the nerves dying from lack of blood supply. If you up your exercise levels and drop your sugars as best you can, you can increase your circulatory flow to stop the dying of nerves. Your best weapons against this are our old friends sugar control and exercise. Now you have another reason to stay on track. Maybe you were blessed with neuropathy so you would keep your numbers low and save your sight or your kidneys? Neuropathy in and of itself is not life threatening, only painful. There are ways to deal with pain... It's the blindness we can do without.
~ 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...
=================="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