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Old 05-20-2015, 01:22   #1
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My name is Halle' and I am a 62 yr old female with Type 2 Diabetes. I have severe foot neuropathy and feel I am not getting allot of help from my GP nor my Endocrinologist. "I" had to ask for a Pain Management Doc which I am seeing tomorrow and looking at getting a TENS unit. I am on Metformin, NovoLog and Lantus. My A1c's are in the 8 and 9 brackets and the pain relievers I take are Gabapentin and Hydrocodone. It is now "every" night I have such bad foot and leg pain, that I cannot sleep....at all, without the Hydrocodone and sleeping pills. The pain is just unbearable and many nights I sit in my lazy boy in tears....hence the TENS unit. I also have spinal stenosis which has put me in a wheelchair and I've gained approximately 50 lbs within the last year. I've had it with this stinkin Diabetes and am taking control now. For too long, I have let this neuropathy win and I'm sick of it. I've joined the online weight watchers and dusted off my diabetic cookbooks. Along with seeing a Pain Management Doctor and joining this forum. I want to learn more about Diabetes and Diabetic neuropathy and thought this forum would be an excellent place to learn and maybe one day to help others with my condition(s). I am looking forward to hearing from y'all (yes I live in Texas, but I'm really a transplanted Michigan gal) Thanking you in advance and am anxious to meet all of you! Halle'

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Welcome.

You will learn a lot here, but you must be willing to make major changes in your eating habits, and adopt a rather rigorous schedule of blood glucose monitoring.

The advice, and the guidance are available here, the commitment and the effort have to come from you.

Others will follow with specifics.

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Welcome Halle! Many of us have neuropathy and many of us are doing well with managing it. Taking control of your diabetes and learning how to reduce your carbohydrates is important for managing neuropathy.

I know from experience in my local diabetes support group that often when people have neuropathy, they have A1C's that are too high, are deficient in Vitamin B12, and often Vitamin D.

I do use gabapentin and it works for me. Most of the time I take 300 mg in the AM and another 300 mg at night about 2 hours before bedtime. The doctors have suggested at times that I take another at midday if the pain is worse. This seldom is needed as the correction with Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D supplements have really helped. One doctor told me I could take up to four capsules per day if needed, but I have not needed this strong of a dose.

I have never heard of TENS units helping with neuropathy, so will be very interested if they recommend one for you.

Diabetic cookbooks are a pure waste of money and are in general unsatisfactory for people with diabetes because the recipes are too high in carbohydrates. And they are too glossy to make useful toilet paper.

Hopefully your doctor will give your more guidance on insulin dosing. This by Joslin Diabetes Center helps explain the three insulin dosing methods - Dosing Insulin | Joslin Diabetes Center . Also carbohydrate counting is important when using insulin to avoid hypoglycemia.

Other members will give give you more reading and I encourage you to read the information given. Others will ask questions to better offer suggestions for helping you.

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Hi Halle, welcome to the forum. I am guessing your doctors are also not much help in recommending what to do to get your BG numbers down to safe levels. That would be less than 140 mg/dL at all times. Do you have a blood glucose meter at home. If not you really need to get one so you can test your BG several times a day to get back in control. WalMart and Target have some affordable meters and test strips, about $9 for 50 strips if your paying out of pocket. A1c is an approximate 3 month average of how your doing, but it is not giving you any detail. If your BG is 80 2/3 of the time and 200 the other third that's an average of 120. So is running 110 half the time and 130 the other half. Guess which one is worse, remember, stay under 140 at all times. That's why you need to test often.


We are all different, but the one thing that works for everyone is to "eat to the meter" Let it tell you what to and not to eat. If something makes your BG go high, quit eating it. We find carbs are the biggest culprit in making your BG go high and we recommend eliminating as many carbs as possible. Bread, cake, cookies, pies, pastas, potatoes, corn, grains, (yes even the healthy whole grains are bad for diabetics), most fruits, most processed foods, should be avoided. Many of us eat less than 50 grams of carbs PER DAY, yes per day. Many of us eat 30 or less per day. Most medical people advise 45 per meal (3) and 15 per snack (2), THATS 170 A DAY. It does not work.

Cutting carbs is cutting calories that need to be replaced with something else. That something else is natural fats, You can only utilize so much protein, the other option. We find that a low carb high fat diet works well for us. I can refer you to checking out dietdoctor.com to learn more about this. It is not a fad diet, it is a way of eating like our grandparents used to eat. Most of the things they have said are bad for us, bacon, eggs, cheese, high fat cream, butter, etc. and we quit eating for our health's sake is what is making us sick. Fats are essential, carbs are not.

Also check out Bloodsugar101 for more real info on diabetes than what your doctor knows.

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We also try to avoid any and everything advertised "for diabetics", "no sugar added", "low fat", etc. because there are just too many carbs in even those things.

If you chose to take control of your own destiny and go LCHF (low carb high fat) you really need to test very frequently, you will find as your carb consumption decreases, so will your insulin dosages. Don't be surprised if you find out you don't need it in the long run.

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Hello and welcome, Hallé. As the others have already said, this will require sweeping changes in your lifestyle, but it sounds like you are up for the challenge. Here are the instructions for eating to your meter, and combined with the links provided by the others, should show you quick results in getting your blood sugar down, losing weight, and eventually relieving the pain of your neuropathy.

I think you'll find greater success with low-carb/high-fat over and above Weight Watchers and diabetic recipes, which recommend far too many carbs than are healthy for us. LCHF for Beginners is the best guidebook by far. You'll want to trade in your 'diabetic' cookbooks for ones which focus on 'low-carb'. Our recipes board is full of excellent tasty & healthy recipes to get you started. And you'll need to test very frequently in order to match your insulin to your carb intake, but that is the only way to gain real control. The sliding scale is archaic and not at all accurate.




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Welcome Halle

You come to the best place for help and encouragement with your diabetes. Do take to heart what advice has been given, and read the links. The members of this forum have taken control of their diabetes and we are always willing to help others along the path to diabetes health. Let us be your support group - we want you to succeed, too.

While you are reading up on the specifics of managing your blood sugar levels, it is encouraging also to read many of the other members' introduction threads. Here you will follow their journey from confusion and failure to gaining good control. Many who come here with neuropathy have reported that once their BG levels were brought down and remained stable for a while, their nerves began to heal and their neuropathy symptoms diminished. I would hope this will be the case for you, as well.

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Oh thank you all very much for all the kind replies to my first Intro letter. I have already read tons of great tips on counting carbs, and what I should be eating and avoiding. Along with vitamin supplements, etc., I am very glad that I found this forum as I see it being a big contributor in helping educate me :-) and manage my diabetes allot better than I have been doing. Thank you all again! Halle'

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Hello and welcome! You've gotten a lot of great advice. Please feel free to ask any questions and even post what you eat in a day and we can help you find hidden carbs!

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