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Old 10-13-2008, 03:38 PM   #1
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Red face Help needed please.

I am 63 year old woman. Have had diabetes for 5 years and on Diamicron (2 tab per day). Developed heat and tingling in my knees about 4 weeks ago. This then moved into thighs, then into my bottom. I saw GP who tried antihistamine pills (useless). Then he put me on Amytripline 2 at night. This hasn't helped and the prickling seems to move about. Is this normal? My GP has referred me to a neurologist but have to wait about 4 months for appt. In the meantime I am left to worry. GP hasn't disgnosed neuropathy yet but I feel sure that is what I have after researching the net. My blood sugars are up and down and I never seem to stay at any one reading for more than a day. Fasting bloods can be anything from 5.9 to 10.8 even when eating the same food each day. Any advice on how to ease or stop the tingling (it is into my face at the minute) or how to keep the blood sugar readings low? Sorry for such a long post - I am new to this.

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Old 10-13-2008, 04:20 PM   #2
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Re: Help needed please.

If it's neuropathy, alpha lipoic acid (ALA) has been scientifically shown to help. You can get it in health stores. There isn't much harm that can occur, it may be worth a try. Some say it even reduces glucose levels.

Hope this helps

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Old 10-14-2008, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: Help needed please.

This doesn't sound like typical diabetic neuropathy. First of all, it started suddenly, started in the knees, it's migratory and doesn't stay in the same place all the time. Not sure what it could be.

Having said that, it's hard to determine just how well your blood sugars are controlled since you didn't tell us when you test. For example, if the morning AM fasting test is consistently around 5.9, that's not bad. And if the 10.8's are two hours after eating, well that's not terrific, but it's not totally horrible either. Do you ever get an A1c test? That's the test that measures your blood glucose over the previous 8-12 weeks. It's a much better indicator of how well controlled you've been.

Meanwhile, the best way to get your numbers down would be to minimize simple carbohydrates as much as possible. That means fewer white potatoes (sweet potatoes are better), less rice, white bread, pasta and sweets. More vegetables will help fill you up while keeping your carb intake lower.

I don't know what type of medication Diamicron is, but if it's an insulin-sensitizing medication, then possibly it's time to add another type of diabetes medication to the mix.


Old 10-15-2008, 10:10 AM   #4
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Re: Help needed please.

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I test in morning (fasting) and results are usually 6.8-7.8. I tested going to bed last night and it was 6.8 yet it was 8.3 on an empty stomach. How can it go up when I haven't eaten anything between tests? I do get HbA1c tests done and they have been steadily moving up from 6.8 to the last one at 7.5. I take 2 pills Diamicron (Gliclazide 30mg) each day. I did fall off the wagon for 2 wks when I just ate like a normal person - bicuits, cakes etc. It was after this the problem started. Could that have done it? I am a naturally thin person and I don't want to lose more weight but I don't eat white bread or pasta but do love potatoes. Any tips for not eating carbs but maintaining my present weight (5ft 6ins and 9 st in weight. Size 10).

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