Diabetic Retinopathy (eye problems, 2 Vitrectomies and lots of laser)
Diabetic Nephropathy (kidney function decreasing)
Diabetic Neuropathy (hypersensitivity in my hands and feet, and recently pain in my right bicep)
I have been keeping my blood sugar under tight control (5.1 A1c for the last year plus) and my kidney function stopped decreasing, my eyes haven't had any more bleeders, but the Neuropathy continues unabated. I do try and keep active; I stretch out my muscle groups, lift some weights, and then go hiking at least 3 times per week. I can't say that it's helping the neuropathy, but it generally makes me feel better. I'm not sure about the gastroparesis.
yes! I have the same problem with Reglan. I have tried to minimize the amount I take- I take half a tablet in the morning and a whole tablet with supper. That helps the fatigue alot. Does the fatigue hit you about 1-2 hours after you take the Reglan, that is how it is for me.
I've had diabetic retinopathy (about 4 laser surgeries to battle this). I also take medication to prevent high blood pressure and mild nephropathy. I'm supposed to do a 24 hour urine collection, but I'm too scared to do it - I can't deal with anymore bad diabetic news right now.
Bad, I know. But, I tend to hide from reality at times.
I have had diabetes for 24 years. I, too, have complications from being so brittle and practicing diabulemia for 15 of those years. I have neuropathy, gastroparesis, and asthma. I not a practicing diabulemic anymore, but still struggle with the thought processes and the weight gain. My A1c's are down to 9.0, but that still isn't very good. Better than 12 though. I have a terrible time with lows. Does anyone else dealing with fast lows that you can't feel coming on and wake up to paramedics surrounding you? After so long, I don't feel most of them coming.
My CDE says that if I let my blood sugar stay above average for 1 to 2 weeks, then I will get the usual signs that signal a low coming on (sweaty, shaky) back. I have been working so hard to keep my blood sugar in the 70 - 120 range that I don't want to stay above average for 2 weeks.
Almost 2 years ago I began testing myself more frequently (I'm up to 12 times a day on average), so when a low starts coming on, I usually catch it before it gets too bad. The extra testing was hard at first, but the more you do it, the more automatic it becomes (and the faster you become at doing it).
I think the biggest culprit in bringing on a low is bolusing for a meal or snack. If it's a pre-packed food that has the carbs right on it, and you have a carb to insulin ratio, it's all good. When I eat out though is when I get into trouble. Sometimes I go high, and sometimes I go low. I've even eaten the same dish (at the same restaurant) 2 different weeks and used the same bolus... After about an hour and a half I test: one week I started to go low and the next I was getting high.
Try and talk to your endo or CDE about the fact the you do not feel lows coming on. They might have a suggestion that can help you.
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