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Old 02-16-2016, 15:15   #51
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Edge,

You sound as though you're going through much the same experience as I did in August 2010. With the help of my kidney infection, I came out of hospital clinically under control but feeling like a washed out dishrag.

My fasting blood sugars were under control virtually from day one and with my food gendarme managing what I ate, my post meal numbers quickly followed although we did have a few disappointing results when we underestimated the impact of commercial recipe "improvements".

Despite all that, for about a fortnight walking the dog was a real effort - my leg muscles didn't want to know and, yes, it felt like flu. The boss insisted that I keep making the effort and she was right. By the time of my second HbA1c - in October, I felt ten times more energetic that I did the previous spring.

Trust me on this - IT DOES GET BETTER - stick with it and you'll find the improvements you've already seen persist and you can get even lower and comfortable with it.

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John, thank you for the reply. A washed out dishrag is a good analogy . I'm pleased with the progress but I only wish I felt better to reinforce the results and to know I'm on the right path. My meter tells me I'm improving but my body isn't . Yesterday I took our dog for a 5km walk and although it was hard to get going, I felt good at the end. I will stay the course and hopefully one morning I'll awake to find things returning to normal.

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Edge, I'm glad you found this site! Sounds like you're doing really well.

You will find people here who are doing as close to zero carb as possible. That works well for them. Because of my individual mindset after years of dieting, it doesn't work for me. I get depressed and finally end up snapping in a binge. Ideally, yes, I would cut out carbs completely. Mentally, not going to work.

It's harder than just going no-carb though. For one thing, there can be "carb creep" where you think "Oh, this won't hurt" and don't bother to test because you subconsciously know your BG will be high. I have one treat a week (and it has to be a really good carb, I don't waste it on a Twinkie, LOL). You have to be able to keep yourself from having just one more carb, it can't hurt! Yes, it can.

Ultimately you need to keep checking your own BG at one and two hours after a meal and make sure it never goes above 7.8 (140). Also, if you find you're eating enough carbs that you crave them, you need to cut down.

Basically there's a lot of soul searching and being honest with ourselves that happens with this way of life.

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Edge are you your fluids up? You may also be mildly dehydrated if youhaven't increased fluids as well as salt.

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Edge are you your fluids up? You may also be mildly dehydrated if youhaven't increased fluids as well as salt.
I would not say that my fluids are up and they are most definitely down from what I used to drink before I learned of my diagnosis. I pretty much only drink water right now. I'd say I'm drinking about 1L - 1.5L of water a day right now. I used to drink much more than this before as I had a lot of thirst which I don't have any more. I never drank a lot of soda before but I would have one occasionally. I used to drink a lot of 1% milk which I rarely drink now. As well, I'd normally have a glass of orange juice in the morning as well as a coffee or two throughout the day. I know I can still drink coffee, I just haven't been for some reason. Also, I used to go to the washroom very frequently and now I rarely find the need to go. Hmmm, you may be onto something here I will try to ramp up my fluid intake and see how that impacts things. Getting a bit tired of only drinking water though.... My wife recently bought me some flavoured sparkling water so I'll introduce a bit of this with dinner tonight. Thanks!

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So I have a new interesting development the past couple of nights.... both my hands and feet now completely go to sleep at night when I go to sleep. This has happened both the past two nights. It's quite bothersome and I don't get a very restful sleep. Shaking my hands will wake them up but once I fall back asleep, the same thing happens again. It seems like the better my BG gets, the more my body fights back .

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The "sleeping" hands and feet may not be diabetes related. My first thought was a a pinched nerve, or at the least, your position in bed or too soft a mattress may be causing it.

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I've been working hard over the past month to get my BG into a more "normal" range which I have done. My readings are now normally in the 5.5 - 6.0 range pretty consistently before meals and then it goes up 1-2 points 1hr after a meal. Last night it was 6 before dinner and it went to 8 which was a little higher than I usually go but I had some baby red skinned potato's with my meal. First time I had potato's in a long time... I don't think the reading was too bad though and it came back down into the 6's at 2hrs after dinner.

This week I did have a couple of days where my body felt normal. By this I mean no shakiness. Yesterday and today it's back though which I'm thinking are false hypo's as I'm not too low. Does this process of getting your body used to lower BG take this long normally? I guess a month of going from double digits to single digits maybe isn't that long but it seems like it at times . I guess I'm just curious if any of you experienced something like this while you transitioned to lower numbers. I've been told it gets better so I'm optimistic that it will. Also, in addition, my feet frequently get this burning feeling now. I never had this with higher BG but now I do. I've read this could just be the nerves in my feet "waking up". I hope so.

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Have you increased salt? This should help with the hypo feelings. How long it takes to get back to feeling normal varies from person to person. For some, just a little "cheat" will set them back to start, especially the day after.

Are you eating lots of fats? That would help, as well, at least in making sure your BG stays as stable as possible. Seems you are one of the sensitive ones. You might also want to eat smaller meals and more frequently and see if this helps as well (the usual treatment for someone with reactive hypoglycemia). Small amounts of food (with even smaller amounts of carbs) will only raise BG a small amount, so there's not so much of a drop if it comes quickly.

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Also, in addition, my feet frequently get this burning feeling now. I never had this with higher BG but now I do. I've read this could just be the nerves in my feet "waking up". I hope so.
This is what I've read on this forum, also. Hope it clears up quickly for you.

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