Please forgive me in advance for this being so long, but I'm desperate to find some help!
60 - Female - Diagnosed with Type 2 1985
The doc just gave me some pills and told me to take them. That's all. No education on Diabetes at all. I took pills until I lost my job.
For years by BS ran at 350-550. 3 months ago my Cancer doc put me on Insulin. In 30 days my A1C went from 14.5 to 8.7. I am due to go back to him the first of March. We increased my Insulin a week ago.
About 3 weeks ago my Big toe and the one next to it started hurting terribly. We thought I had an infection. The pain was so bad that the slightest tough got me screaming something fierce.
I was put on Gabupentin 6 pills a day. It doesn't seem to work as I can be pain free for hours and even a couple days. Then like someone turned on a light switch the pain hits full force. The pain is so bad that I can't even begin to tell you how bad it is. Then 15-20 minutes later... instantly... the paid will be gone. Just like that. Sometimes it will last a lot longer and once in a blue moon it will be shorter.
I have what I think... is Diabetic Neuropathy... but neither I nor the doctor are sure if that is what it is.
Hopefully someone on here can give me some answers... I hope and Pray you can.
•If you have Diabetic Neuropathy, does it come and go. ◦Meaning... I can sit here for hours on end with NO pain at all. Then all of a sudden it is like someone turned on a light switch. I will be in screaming pain just that fast. I can not even describe how bad the pain is. Most of the time the pain will last for about 15-20 minutes and then just as fast as it came on it is gone. I will be screaming at the top of my lungs and then boom... it is gone totally.
•If you have Diabetic Neuropathy is the pain all over the ENTIRE foot? ◦My pain is just in 2 toes only. The rest of my foot and the rest of my toes have NO pain in them whatsoever. It is just my Big toe and the one next to it on my left foot. If it is Diabetic Neuropathy wouldn't the pain be over the whole foot or all the toes?
•Would heat or cold ease the pain? ◦I am asking this because tonight when the pain hit my husband and I thought that we would try putting my foot in one of those foot baths that you put water in and then is bubbles around your foot. I have used the foot bath before this, but I had not pain at that time. I hadn't had my foot in there more than 3 minutes and I had to take it out. The pain just exploded through those 2 toes. I would say the pain increased probably 50% at least. Could it have been the heat that caused this? Could it have been the movement of the water that caused this? Is it a bad idea to use one of these if you have Diabetic Neuropathy? Is it a bad idea to use one of these with heat if you have Diabetic Neuropathy?
Does this sound like Diabetic Neuropathy to you? Does it act the way I have described above?
I do NOT know how much longer I can take this. I am at my wits end and desperate. I don't want to live if I have to live like this the rest of my life. The pain is at anytime, but usually it hits about 5 minutes after I lay down to go to sleep.
Any information about this... Diabetic Neuropathy... that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to figure out if this is Diabetic Neuropathy or perhaps something else and I am treating it all wrong.
I am hoping that someone with Diabetic Neuropathy out there can answer this and perhaps give me an idea of just what Diabetic Neuropathy acts like. And perhaps give me an idea of what I can do to stop or at least ease this pain I am having.
At this point I am willing to do anything to just get the pain to stop, Anyone know a good witch doctor out there. Hehehe.