Please someone help me, feet probs!?!?!?!?!?!

i noticed about 45 minutes ago that me feet was swollen, tight & numbish/tingling. my feet have been cramping, toe cramps like crazy the past week and my feet have been hurting for months and months now… what is happening?

An A1c of 8.5 translates to a mean blood glucose 197 mg/dl. You need to bring that down to much lower numbers! This is the only path to revert any nerve damages that might have progressed till now. Aim at an A1c below 6.3 to minimize the likelyhood of complications. Do not stick to the very much outdated rule of 7.0 as a goal. If you think your current medical team does not support this idea then change to a specialized endo. Read books like “Think like a Pancreas” to improve your handling skills. Most importantly: do not ignore this - it will not go away. You have to seek for solutions and this will be a journey: life style changes, better MDI handling, probably pumping. I know it sounds dramatic but you have a long life in front of you. The real questions is how you will get old - with major or with minor complications.

Mari…how is your blood sugar doing lately? You may be having neuropathy. It is a nerve damage (diabetes related) may be caused by high blood sugar, long duration of diabetes, abnormal blood fat levels, possibly low or insufficient levels of insulin or may be neurovascular by nature. Best see your doctor.

I agree with Teena. I think u should get tested for neuropathy. In fact it is always better to get it done once every year even if ur BS are normal. as Holger pointed out 8.5 is definitely on the higher side. How damaging can a high BS can be changes from individual to individual. Some people are lucky that a 7ish may not cause any permanent damage but in some that may not be a good control.
Also when u see ur doctor always inform him any kind of discomfort u r experiencing.
In your case u said that ur feet have been hurting for months and months now. Being a T1 diabetic it is very important to catch the symptoms as early as possible.

to be quit honest everyone, i haven’t taken care of myself for the longest time. i was taken two shots a day for the longest time and then just stopped taking them, BUT this week when i started getting these heavy feet problems and blurred vision every night, i told myself enough is enough. for the past 4-5 days i have taken shots everytime i eat and drink, and ive been checking my blood sugar anywhere from 6-8 maybe more times a day!!! i have only had diabetes for 6 years and this is way to early to start having problems… i’m not going to let diabetes take control of me i am taking control of DIABETES!!! i hadn’t even checked my sugar in over a year until i started taking care of myself this week and when i tested my sugar was to high to even read then i brought it down to 593, then to 87 when i realized that my sugar had been running this high that day i knew it had to have been running this high for a long time now, i understand if everyone on here is going to be mad at me, or loose respect for me because i would too. but i realize now that I AM WORTH IT so i am taking care of my self better then ever and i keep inproving everyday. although today i skipped a shot and tested 541, i took 15 units of insulin and will be testing again in a hour and if it isnt brought down to atleast 130 i am going to take more insulin… i want to thank my fiance, mother and all my tudiabetes friends for inspiring me to realize that i am worth it and who helped me get to this point where i am now taking care of myself… THANK YOU ALL!!!

i am very thankful for that, i do love and feeled very blessed to be apart of this site and family!!! Thank you all for your advice, and I will bring it up with my doctor about the Neurontin!!!

I do not know if you are type 1 or 2, but if you want to live, much less keep your feet and legs, you must live with the rules of diabetes as the Pope lives Catholicism. You must get a competent doctor, to competently put you on a proper regimen, count ever calorie that goes in your mouth, regularly test your blood and regularly take APPROPRIATE shots.

If you are type 2, a proper diet-- Atkins Diet, for instance-- will make a HUGE, unbelievable change… if you follow it religiously. If you are type 1, then your only friend and ally is HABIT AND ROUTINE.

I am 50 years a type one. I have all ten toes, 20/20 vision, two functional kidneys. I have had trouble with my femoral arteries (legs) in the recent past, but if you want to live, you have got to get serious about it. Otherwise, it is not going to be pretty.

Please feel free to contact me off list, if you like. I check my email and answer it, every day.

i am type 1 diabetic, and thank you for the advice !! :slight_smile:

since you are a type 1, you must literally live it as though your very life depends on your following the rules. Because it does.

I have been diabetic so long that the first 20 years, I couldn’t even measure my blood sugar without going to the doctor to get a vein stuck and wait a day or two for the results.

My last A1c was 6.4, the one before that was 6.0-- I spent a week in the hospital getting a femoral artery bypass, and things got a little crazy.

You MUST test your blood sugar regularly, and you MUST tailor your insulin requirements specifically to your life. And you MUST live by habit and routine and regimen-- AND IRON DISCIPLINE. Your doctor can help you, guide you, advise you, but in the end, YOU are the one who must do the hard thinking and the hard work.

Be well and prosper.
Mike Kemp

oh-- simple, cheap, readily available magnesium supplements will do wonders for your feet and leg cramps-- but you must get everything under control, first.

A starting point is one unit of (fast) insulin per 10g of carbs. A unit of insulin will reduce blood sugar by 30 points- -as a starting guesstimate. .

Those are ‘guesstimate’ numbers. They do not work for everyone, and you must be very, very careful to avoid low blood sugar while you work out the details of that. SUPER careful.

If your glucose has been running that high for awhile, you undoubtedly are also dehydrated (which will contribute to the foot cramping). In addition to what everyone else has recommended, drink water - lots of it. Flush your system. It helps lower the sugar level and replinishes the system. I assure you I have had my own bouts of denial and destruction. The trick is to get back on track and it sounds like you are ready to do that. Get to a good endo quickly to get whatever help you need as far as insulin adjustments and other medication. And remember, you’re not alone.

thank you all so much!! and mike that is what i have been doing, 1 unit per 10 carbs… it has been working wonders!!! i did drop low the first day i started back to taking care of myself. 67, but i brought it back up to 110
pretty fast!! shew, dropping low is scary but ill get all the kinks worked out and be able to keep my sugar between 80-110 within no time, esp. with all of my tudiabetes friends!! :slight_smile:

Eat a banana! Everything else suggested is important too of course, but I know that when my potassium is low my muscles cramp up in an instant.

I am glad that you have choosen life. Without insulin and with signs of muscle cramps you were surely in a state of Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This state is lethal within days. This is why we should have ketone tests at hand. With this test the accumulation of ketones can be identified which is the cause of DKA.