After just a miserable weekend, I had the worst night in years as my feet are obviously causing me a whole lot of stress and concern.
Having gotten good advice and friendly support, I will try and ask proper questions in hopes that someone can help me decide how to proceed. I was about to call and make an appt with my doctor, but lack of insurance, and lack of confidence that there is much he could do, caused me to stop, and call a few friends who have had diabetes for many years, and we talked about what I have been feeling in my toes, curious to know what they were ever told, and if they had problems.
First off, it may not even be due to the diabetes, and I understand that, but its new to me so I am curious as to what others have been told, or heard about.
All day yesterday, I tried my best to get my toes to warm up, to no avail. They were not numb, like a frostbite issue, just cold. I kept then near a heater (not too close ) and covered with blankets, and no help. I used my daughter’s foot massage machine with hot water and epsom salts, no help. Still cold to the touch. I massaged them until I couldn’t do it any more, and the toes simply would not warm up. No pain, no burning, no stabbing pain, and not numb as a poke to every one on the tip felt just like it should to me.
At bedtime, I was looking forward to the electric blanket, and it did very little so I slept with heavy socks and the blanket, and finally around 3AM I could tell they were warming up, but I sure wasn’t sleeping much
Here is my question if anyone has an idea. When it comes to problems with circulation in the feet regarding diabetes, is there really anything that a physician can do about it? Any wonder drugs? I got the distinct feeling that I would be told to massage them, always wear socks (duh) and keep them warm, which is a no brainer, but hasn’t worked for me so far. The ball of my foot is uncomfortable, as are the toes this AM, although so far, they are warm.
I walked a mile on the treadmill, easy going, thinking that would help the circulation, but it is uncomfortable, not painful, on the toes and the ball of the big foot on both feet.
Bottom line is, I have been told by several friends that there really isn’t anything that can be done medically to improve the circulation in the toes, which I tend to think is valid. Infections, lesions, fungus, cuts, and all those things can be understood to need medicine of some type, but if the blood doesn’t circulate very well, what can modern medicine do about it? Thought I would wait another day or two and see how it feels if I walk on them more, and keep massaging them. Hopefully the discomfort is because of the cold in the toes, and will abate if I can get the blood to flow better. Why does this stuff always seems to happen around holidays, when its impossible to get to see the doctor anyway
Of course, it could be anything, I am just loathe to go pay $100 to have a doctor tell me to massage my feet and keep them warm so my question is, what have any of you ever been told, or have any of you even had this kind of episodes. My friends said they had burning and tingling, but I have neither. They had never come across just cold toes.
Aside from the cold, the discomfort is a bummer. It feels like walking on small rocks, not sharp and pointy making pain, but like rocks that are rounded and simply hard and pressing on the toes and joints. Tough to explain.
I know folks here aren’t doctors but maybe someone has been there, done that, and can help me know if there is really anything a doctor can do to help. One lady friend, older than I, and with T1 D for many many years, said no one ever did anything to arrest the circulation problems she had with her feet. They just gave her pain killers, and took off the toes one at a time, so at this moment, I am not confident that a neurologist or any specialist has any real cure for poor circulation.
Thought I would see if anyone agrees, or disagrees from experience or reading before dropping too much coin on the doctor, and as assumed referral to a neurologist.
Long post Sorry, but thanks for reading