Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How Hand And Foot Tingling Can Be Related To Diabetes

The Stress Diabetes that assailed me early in my 3 months in the Burns Ward reappeared several years later with some worrying side effects. This was in spite of my rigidly adhering to an adjusted diet and regular blood glucose monitoring. I didn't know that Diabetes had re-appeared until a regular blood test showed both High Blood Glucose and High Cholesterol, not a good combination. Maybe I had 'Tingling Toes' in the early stages,, but I don't remember.

Tingling sensations in the extremities, usually the feet, can indicate, among a few other nasties, Diabetes. Over time, untreated type 2 Diabetes can damage many of the body's systems, and unless you have periodical blood Glucose level tests, you may not be aware that you do have diabetes.

Therefore it is extremely important that you consult with your family GP if you do start experiencing a 'Tingling Sensation' in your feet or hands.

Do not shrug off diabetes as a minor disease, the consequences of it can be frightening. Here's a short list of what can afflict you if you do not pay heed to warning signs such as 'Tingling Hands and Feet'.

    Heart disease: About two thirds of Diabetics die of heart disease, and Diabetes also doubles or quadruples the chance of Stroke.
    Atherosclerosis: Diabetics are likely to develop hardening of the arteries further raising the chances of heart attack and stroke.
    Sensory Diabetic Neuropathy: Uncontrolled Diabetes can damage the nerves in many areas, feet and hands, lower back, and abdomen.This can cause moderate to severe pain, usually in sudden bursts. One Patient described the pain in his feet as 'A Thousand Bee Stings', another said, 'Feet go numb and tingle mostly evenings. Sometimes pain is so bad I cry, have to put feet on something cold like ice packs or a cold floor.'
    Kidney Damage (Nephropathy): A very serious complication, the Micro filters in the kidney become damaged and leak protein into the urine, which, in the long term can lead to kidney failure.
    Diabetic Retinopathy: Includes Glaucoma, Cataracts, and when the inside the eye is pressurised, can lead to loss of vision.
    Erectile Disfunction: Nerve damage can affect penile erection, which can also be affected by poor blood flow through diabetic blood vessel disease.
    Diabetic Neuropathy: Can also effect the nerves to the stomach and intestines, causing nausea, weight loss, diarrhea and other symptoms.

Well, wouldn't you be worried if you showed all these symptoms?

I really don't think that it would be possible because you would've 'Shuffled off this Mortal Coil' (as the Bard said), long before you got halfway through the list, so have a look through the list and take heed of what Could Happen, Google any terms you don't understand, and take steps to minimise those things.

Reading through a lot of Patients notes and comments concerning Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, or the 'Tingling Feet Syndrome', I draw the conclusion that it is a very common occurrence among diabetics, and that cooling of the feet can bring temporary relief to the pain, a fact that I never considered until faced with so many endorsements.

So, it now explains why, when I walk barefoot on the cool tiles for a while, the pain subsides. Don't forget your regular visits to your Doctor, frequent Blood Glucose Tests, especially if overweight, look after your feet, and head straight to your family GP if you notice any tingling in your toes or hands.

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