I posted a few days ago about the adventures of my feet, and was pleased to hear from so many with so much info and support.
Still, I would like to chat with folks who have neuropathy in their feet and lower limbs. Since everywhere I go to read about this reports that 60% to 70% of diabetics have it, I was hoping to find more folks here who can share their experiences.
I have two doctor’s opinions that don’t match up, which is like having none if you think about it What started in the front of my foot, has grown to encompass most of my feet, and I find much more tingling and discomfort than ever. I even have tingling sensations on the inside of both ankles, and frankly, I sometimes feel it even higher than that. Not a whole lot, but enough to really scare me. things seem to be deteriorating faster than I would have thought.
The second doctor, who said it was neuropathy, gave me Lyrica, and Metanx. I am not thrilled with what I read and hear about lyrica. Several friends said they ditched it pretty quick as it really made them feel bad. The negatives are increased depression and thoughts of suicide. Since I already have those, I am gonna be real careful with it. He gave me a week supply, and said I should notice a difference in the week, so I shall wait and see, before getting the prescription filled.
Anyway, I would like to connect with others who have neuropathy in their lower limbs so I can better understand what it feels like and how it is treated. This is very uncomfortable, cost me a lot of sleep, and really increases my anxiety and fears. Not to mention how it interferes with my exercise routines. I haven’t really worked out hard since this happened early in December, and it shows in my morning fasting numbers, as well as my blood pressure, which was really good and now is moving upwards. My Dr. told me to work out in the swimming pool. As if I could afford a gym membership
So, if anyone else has these foot issues I would really be grateful to hear from you and how you are coping, as well as hearing about your understanding of what the future holds as far as ever getting better or just having it get worse.
FWIW, my numbers are what I consider very good and tightly controlled. Seldom if ever spiking past 140 and my A1c is, or was, 5.5 and DX’d at 6.8 I am getting a blood workup next week including A1c and cholesterol numbers. I suspect that based on these last five weeks my 5.5 will be ancient history and be higher this time
Everything that I read about neuropathy says it is related to blood sugar levels, but mine don’t seem to be that high. Given my initial A1c, I have to think I was around that number before the diagnosis, and not really high at any point before then.
This depresses me and makes me sad as I had hoped to avoid such complications, and thought that with my good numbers and good control I would be okay, at least for a while. Only been diagnosed for seven months. Kind of bummed out.