I will, of course, be seeing a doctor about this. But I thought I'd get some opinions here before going (I'm going to both my endocrinologist and GP on April 22nd).
A few months ago I noticed that I would sometimes wake up with a numb hand. I didn't think much of it, thought my hands just fell asleep while sleeping, but it started to happen more often. So I did some googling, and decided that it might be carpel tunnel syndrome. I noticed that Google said that, if it was carpel tunnel, usually the thumb and first two fingers are numb. Well, the next time it happened I paid attention to how my hand was numb, and it corresponds EXACTLY to what happens with carpel tunnel. It's my thumb and index and middle finger, and to a lesser extent my ring finger. My pinky and the outside edge of my hand are usually fine.
So, as usual I put it off in hopes it would go away. It hasn't ... In the past week or two it's started waking me up at night because my hand will be so tingly it feels like it's asleep (except doesn't "wake up" quickly like your foot does if it falls asleep). Some nights are fine, but some nights I'm woken up multiple times with this problem, and it happens to both hands. I've tried to not sleep on my hands and not sleep with my wrists bent, but it's hard to pay attention to when you're sleeping!
On a different but related note, I've recently had a few times where the top of one foot goes numb when I exercise. I googled it, and this also appears to be related to a compressed nerve somewhere. It only ever happens when I'm exercising, and then only sometimes. The only other time my foot goes numb is if I'm sitting on it. I have a ton of foot problems (structural problems, orthotics, arthritis) and am going to insist on going to a foot doctor, which for some reason no one seems to want to refer me to.
Of course, in the back of my mind the other day I started to wonder about neuropathy. I've never had the greatest diabetes control (I mean it hasn't been horrible, A1c around 7% usually with a few blips to the 8% and 6% range). After over 21 years, I'm sort of just "waiting" for something to develop.
Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone here who has carpel tunnel or neuropathy can share how it developed and the type of symptoms they had. And also the type of doctor I should be going to and the type of tests I might ask for. My endocrinologist already does a test for sensation in my feet at least every year, which is always normal. And I think neuropathy usually develops in your feet before your hands? But in the back of my mind, I worry ... Most people fear blindness the most as a complication; I fear neuropathy (well, and having a heart attack/stroke).
Thanks all! I haven't been too active on this site lately because my "real life" has been crazy with work and school, but I do stop by daily to read.