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Type 2 Getting tingling sensation

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by norman1312, May 29, 2017.

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  1. norman1312

    norman1312 Type 2 · Member

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    I have both Type 2 diabetes (on insulin) and secondary progressive MS, so quite a lot to put up with.

    I have had diabetes since 1990 and MS (diagnosed) in 2000 (with some VERY nasty symptoms before the diagnosis).
    Been on insulin since 1997 and on Copaxone since 2003 (it's helped, no major events, just a lot of small ones), so not a novice.

    Something new has come up so I'm posting in both forums to see if someone has an idea what's going on.

    About a week ago, I suddenly left a tingling sensation in a ring around my right foot just below the ankle. I didn't think too much of this until after a few days the sensation spread upwards until I could feel a whole band of tingling both above and below the ankle.

    Then I felt the same ring of tingling on the left foot also starting below the ankle.

    Over the next few days the tingling sensation on the right foot extended up to the middle of the calf, and the feeling on the left leg also spanned the ankle. At the same time the initial band on the right leg changed its sensation to a tightening feel.

    One thing that is notable is that the sensations are reduced when I'm wearing socks. But it still makes walking any kind of long distance unpleasant. I'm already using a stick to walk with as the MS is messing with my balance.

    My blood sugars are higher than I want them to be, and am working hard on getting them lower. For me it seems the 4 - 7 range doesn't work. My diabetic nurse agrees that 6 - 8 is acceptable. Anything lower and I feel terrible.

    I am trying to get early appointments with my neurology consultant and also my diabetic nurse but it seems like this will take some time.

    So, in the meantime, I'm asking the communities whether you have encountered anything like this and can tell me what it is and what, if anything, I can do about it.
     
  2. AlaskaRon

    AlaskaRon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Might be Neuropathy, I have it and it normally starts in both feet and spreads. Diabetes can cause this.

    Hopefully it is not, there is not a lot you can do for it. I am on medication that helps with the pain and tingling but it is still there. My sister also has it and it has spread up into her whole body. it can make it hard to walk and you lose feeling in the parts you have it in.
     
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  3. Art Of Flowers

    Art Of Flowers I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like symptoms of neuropathy which is caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels. Spikes above 7.5 are known to cause neuropathy. You can also get neuropathy symptoms with a lack of vitamin B12. I have been taking Alpha Lipoic Acid and vitamin B12 recently because I was getting pins and needle sensations in my hand, but this has now subsided.

    I was wondering why you felt terrible when your blood sugars were below the 6-8 range. Most type 2 suffers would aim for the range 4-7. Is the amount of insulin you are taking causing hypos if you cut back on carbs?
     
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    norman1312 Type 2 · Member

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    Well, I'm currently on (for diabetes)
    Asprin
    Atorvastatin
    Enalapril
    Gliclazide
    Glucophage
    Sitagliptin

    and for MS
    Amantidine
    Amlodipine
    Amytriptiline
    Baclofen
    Gabapentin
    Tegretol

    so an awful lot of things trying to stop various pains! I don't know if the docs would give me anything more!!!
     
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