Long time member, infrequent visitor, but I need to reach out to some people in the know about diabetes.
I've been type 1 for 24 years (i'm 26).
I've always seemed to have pretty poor circulation in my hands and feet... Just now one of my toes is feeling numb, and it looks white. I get this a lot with my fingers especially when it's cold out (even when I'm in the grocery store) where they get cold, and go a bit white. And it can take a long time for the blood to come back.
I feel like some of the fingers I unintentionally overuse with blood tests are worse (my left ring finger is almost always the first to go white). I think my capillary refill is just a few seconds normally (though not totally sure how to count). The numb toe
I don't really know if this is related to diabetes or not... it doesn't seem to fit with what I know about neuropathy. But what is it? I definitely feel this is not a normal thing to be happening, and I also feel like it has been getting worse, though my fingers and toes have gotten cold quickly as long as I can remember.
I asked my endocrinologist about it and I wasn't sure if she understood what I was saying, but she insisted it was something other than diabetes.. kinda brushed it off.
I just really want to know if this is something that happens to a lot of longtime diabetics.. if it's something not technically related, and what I can do, if anything, to make it happen yet.. it's quite stressful when it happens, especially because it often takes 10-15 minutes for a finger or toe to get back to normal.
Thanks for reading :)