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Old 12-29-2017, 14:16   #1
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I have been a type 2 diabetic for 10 years and was diagnosed in Aug of 2017 with neuropathy. My a1c was 7.6 in Aug 2017 and is now 6.5 with taking the same meds. (glyburide/met 5/500) 1 in the am and 1 in the pm. I started exercising and following a low carb diet since Aug and was able to get my a1c down to 6.5. I get the pain on the top of my right foot over the 2 smaller toes and on my left foot on the smaller toe. The feeling is like someone is slicing my toes with a razor blade at night. I wake up and never able to go back to sleep the shooting pain comes every 2 minutes and as fast as it comes it goes away. The question I cannot seem to get an answer to why do I get this pain at night for days on end and then will not have it for weeks.
I do not want to take any more meds. This is strange but I have put vicks on my feet and wear a sock to bed and the pain lessens to the point I am able to fall asleep. Thanks!!!

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Do you have a blood glucose meter and are you testing your blood glucose. If so, then you need to try to keep your BG below 140 mg/dL or 7.8 mmol/L at all times, depending on what scale your meter is set to. There have been several members here who have reported that they have reduced and eliminated neuropathy by keeping their BG under control and at levels lower than 120 mg/dL or 6.66 mmol/L.

Low carb is a subjective term, are you counting how many grams of carbs you are eating per day? If so, how many grams per day are you eating. There may be room to trim some more. If you want the neuropathy to go away, you have to do what you need to do to get very good control of your BG. It will not be an overnight event, but you can do it.

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My readings do fluctuate I get some low reading say 50 and some highs in the am say 150. I check my levels at least 6 times a day my last a1c reading in mid December was 6.5. Again why do I have the pain for a week or so and then go away? Also any idea on why the vicks rub on my feet seems to make the pain bearable. Thanks,

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You are asking a very technical medical question here. We are not doctors and really cannot diagnose your problem. We all can share our experiences and what we think, but ultimately, this is one of those areas that are best dealt with between you and your medical support...

I have a form of neuropathy, which I have had for years. Fortunately, mine does not manifest as pain, but as having the bottoms of my feet feel very hot, not to the point of pain, but just uncomfortable. I also cannot feel if I cut my feet when cutting my toe nails...or if I should get a sticker in the bottom of my feet.

The burning I feel is less when my daily blood sugars are less than 120! If I cheat and take in carbs to an excess, my feet burn increases....this tells me that I can have control of this issue, by cutting carbs.....

I did go to the hospital 6 or 7 years ago and had this condition tested. They hooked electrodes to my feet and then gave me a light electrical shocks at various points on my legs. From this they said, yes I have it! But, it was not bad...I do not believe it has gotten worse since then....

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My readings do fluctuate I get some low reading say 50 and some highs in the am say 150. I check my levels at least 6 times a day my last a1c reading in mid December was 6.5. Again why do I have the pain for a week or so and then go away? Also any idea on why the vicks rub on my feet seems to make the pain bearable. Thanks,
you mentioned you can go as low as 50 for glucose levels and you mention u take met and glyburide. Just curious how your blood sugar levels are going to 50.

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I was getting the lows at night. The doctor change my meds from 2 met in the am and 2 in the pm to 1 in the am and 1 in the pm. My readings now with the low carb are still the 150 in the am and upper 80s in the pm.
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so your metformin was reduced from 2 to 1 in am and pm? Sounds like metformin does have the risk of lowering blood sugar to 50.

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Hi Everyone,
I have some mild neuropathy and am interested in the subject of combatting this condition. For those with good a1c control but wondering about short term spikes, there is some research that seems to support this.

https://dmsjournal.biomedcentral.com...758-5996-6-139

An interesting read.

Glenn

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Reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress are increased under hyperglycemia and glycemic variability is a better indicator than A1c values, especially cardiovascular disease.

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