Diabetic Neuropathy

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Hi everyone, I am new to this so if you are reading this thank you. I have been Type 1 for 31 years and I am only 37 years old, it has always been a struggle to control my diabetes, but does anyone on here have neuropathy. I was diagnosed with neuropathy this past October and was immediately put on medication. First off I am not looking for medical advice just more personal advice. But how do you deal with it. Neuropathy is not just numbness and tingling and I am finding out that I am get more symptoms lately with severe headaches, stomach pain and loss of appetite. Has anyone else experienced this. How does it effect you and how do you handle it.
Thank you again to anyone that replies, sometimes it feels like you are the only one out there that is going through this.

Posted about 7 months ago
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Hi Powergirl, While I do not deal with neuropathy, I did want to say I'm glad you have found us and have reached out on our Forums. I'm sure many women in our community can relate, and I hope some of them reply to your post!

Posted about 7 months ago
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Good Afternoon PowerGirl,
II myself have had neuropathy for about years, I have been diabetic Type 1 since It has ramped up its evilness and how it affects me daily in the past few years. I have it in my feet, my hands, and it has affected my hearing with a loss requiring me to use hearing aids. It sucks to put it nicely, as I am only 49.
Where does it affect you?


Posted about 6 months ago
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Hello D Sisters -

Various forms of neuropathy from diabetes can affect every system in the body. The energy in our bodies is controlled and regulated by a complex and interrelated combination of autonomic nerve function and glucose metabolism. We are what we eat and metabolize on a cellular level in our muscle and nerve tissues, cardiovascular system, blood stream, brain cells, bones, endocrine glands, and major organ systems like heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, bladder, sexual organs, skin, teeth, eyes, ears, hands, feet, shoulders, hips, and spinal column. Autonomic and peripheral nerve function is affected by diabetes and it is not uncommon for neuropathic changes to begin to manifest 20 to 30 years out from an initial diagnosis of diabetes. Sometimes advanced neuropathy is already present in those who have lived for a number of years with untreated T2 diabetes. The longer we live with diabetes it is highly likely that we will experience some form of systemic neuropathy in our bodies. It also happens naturally with the process of aging whether one has diabetes or not. 

Just knowing that nerve damage from neuropathy is a natural occurrence with longer duration diabetes provides some reassurance that you are not alone. In my personal experience with it, the incidence of sharp prickly electric shooting pain dissolved after a while and it eventually calmed down into a dull numbness with a "stocking glove" feeling in my hands and feet. I can still feel, but the sensation is altered.

I find that tai chi, qi qong, and gentle adaptive yoga stretching helps my sense of balance and stimulates circulation and sensation from the tips of my fingers to the tips of my toes. 

Connie Hanham-Cain RN, CDE and T1D since 1962

Posted about 5 months ago