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Hello - Thank you for this forum. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes approximately one year ago. It was diagnosed through a glucose tolerance test. I am 5'3" and 145 lbs. (20 pounds lighter than my weight at diagnosis). My AIC is below 6.0 and I manage my blood sugar with diet and exercise. I am very active - weight lifting and running. What has me confused is the number of number of neuropathies I seem to be suffering from. Yesterday they told me my bladder muscle is not functioning properly. I am retaining at an 80% level. They are talking about surgery and/or possibly self-catherization. My gall bladder has also been removed although I didn't fell any pain until it had turned into peritonitis. I also suffer from Tarsal tunnel syndrome and other neuropathies that affect my hands and feet. Itching mostly but also numbness. The last two fingers on my left hand are starting to curl. I don't understand why I'm having these issues if my blood sugar was never really that bad and is under control now. Is this normal or should I be having my doctors check for other causes? Thanks for whatever insight you can provide.
 

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Hello Don, welcome to our support group. I have had two surgeries performed on my right hand/arm. One for carpal tunnel and one for ulnar nerve damage. If the ulnar nerve is damaged due to the neuropathy issue you mentioned then eventually the little finger and the one next to it do begin to curl and will become paralyzed if surgery is not performed. I went to my neurologist (nerve specialist) and had my problems diagnosed. He is also a neurosurgeon and he performed the surgery. A small incision is made near the elbow and the damaged nerve is moved to a different position and stitched internally in place. When you rest your arm against something like a table the nerve no longer receives the pressure that caused the initial damage. If it is not already too late in your case this surgery might be the answer for you. Good luck!

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Thank you for the welcome and reply Richard. Your kindness in sharing is much appreciated. It does sound like I have a similar issue to yours. I'm a little worried about the surgeries. One of the surgeries they're trying to gently lead me towards is one for the tarsal tunnel. The recovery period seems a little long though. I don't want to fall out of my exercise routine and I don't know I'd cover that much time off work. If I have the tarsal tunnel surgery, the bladder surgery, and now another surgery for my arm I'd have to take a lot of time off. I guess I'm still in the adjustment phase of realizing how serious this is. I just thought if I took care of myself I'd avoid these complications. I thought they only happened after years and years of high sugar levels.
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Hi Don and welcome to the forums, I am relatively new also. You didn't say how old you are, but some lack of ciruculation causing numbness is commen as we age. The doctors say your bladder is not functioning but I wonder why they were looking at your bladder. Did you mention that you were having a problem? What test did they perform to arrive at this result?

I suffer neropathy but the sensation is one of tingling and burning. When I say burning though I mean it feels as if I have no skin and the nerves are exposed to the air. So when my skin rubs against material its very painful.

Your symptom of carpel tunnel make me wonder if you are suffering from overuse of those muscles due to excercise. Just a thought, I'm sure you and your doctor know best!

I find educating myself about different aspects of type II diabetes has helped me alot. After all we have the world wide web at our disposal, and its a great tool! Sometimes it helps me know what to ask the doctor and what tests to request.

Let us know what is going on with you as time goes on. We all learn from each other here.
 

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Hello Sweety - I am 52. I have had these various aches and pains for years and did assume they were related exercise as you suggest. I just assumed it was part of being older and active. I did occasionally bring my aches and pains to my doctor's attention but we just assumed, bursitis, a pulled muscle, an inflamed tendon or some other overuse cause. It was my bladder retention that forced us to reevaluate. I've had problems for a long time. I get up every two hours at night. My doctor and I both assumed it was prostate issues but an examination revealed that while my prostate was inflamed it was not really enlarged. I'm not sure what the test was called but they sent a camera into me via a way I never imagined a camera could possibly go. On my next visit, my urologist did an ultrasound that showed that I was retaining 252 ml after urination. I've pretty much lost the ability to know when I do and don't have to go and my muscles aren't contracting properly when I do go. Next week I'm scheduled to meet with a neurologist. We'll be exploring the possibility that my bladder problem and other issues are related to multiple sclerosis or another nerve disease. That thought had never crossed my mind but my GP says my diabetes simply isn't bad enough to explain a neurogenic bladder and my other problems. We checked and my last A1C was 5.8. I'm sorry if I took up everyone's time with problems that may not be diabetes related. I'll keep you posted, though. Thank you so much for your help, your sharing, and your kindness.
Don
 
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