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Re: [IPk] Possible Nerve Damage?

sorry meant "no medical person" not "now medical person"!!
On 14 Apr 2008, at 09:27, Paula Briggs wrote:
> these are similar to the symptons my mum described prior to being  
> diagnosed with menieres disease - it came and went/worse/better, now  
> takes low dose medication for it,. not sure if it is ever diabetes  
> related (mums not diabetic).
> I also (since being diabetic) have phases of feeling light headed,  
> muzzy headed, inability to think straight (a vague feeling of  
> fullness in my head, not quite a headache but persistant enough for  
> me to feel under par, bit like a hangover). i wondered if it was the  
> stress of repeated highs and lows on the body - some kind of mineral  
> deficiency caused by the physical stress - i took magnesium for a  
> while but not sure if t helped... (i'm now medical person...)
> Paula
> On 14 Apr 2008, at 09:08, Clare Price wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I am just wondering if anyone has or is suffering in the same way  
>> as me, possibly due to having had diabetes for a long time (I have  
>> had type 1 for 38 years now).  I have been suffering with feelings  
>> of being off-balance, confusion and lack of concentration on and  
>> off now for about 18 months (sometimes badly for a few days or  
>> weeks, and sometimes not too bad).  These feelings occur whatever  
>> level my BG is at (low, normal or high).  Initially I had various  
>> tests done by my GP (e.g. ENT check, thyroid problems, iron  
>> deficiency, blood pressure), I also stopped all unnecessary  
>> medication (obviously not insulin!).  All tests came back as being  
>> fine, I then had an MRI scan on my brain (and yes, they did find  
>> one in there), but again no signs of anything unusual.
>> My DSN has suggested it may be due to the diabetes, perhaps being  
>> due to having better control since going doing the DAFNE course  
>> (known as DAFYDD here in Wales), and since taking Glucophage for  
>> insulin resistance, and then the pump, these things helping towards  
>> better control.  My diabetic control was never very good prior to  
>> the pump and 38 years of higher blood sugars (typical HBa1c  was  
>> around 9 then) might mean that my body is still not used to these  
>> lower BG's.  I have been on the pump now for 7 months, and I was  
>> hoping that these symptoms would start to go, but I am going  
>> through a bad patch again currently.  The DSN has said it may take  
>> up to a year to feel better, which may be the case.
>> It has been suggested that it could be due to nerve damage from  
>> having diabetes for so long, but that normally this does not occur  
>> in the brain until after you have experienced nerve damage  
>> elsewhere in the body (e.g. foot problems - mine are regularly  
>> checked and absolutely fine).
>> I do however have diabetic eye retinopathy and have had loads of  
>> laser treatment in both eyes.
>> Anyone out there experienced this, and if so, did it go away and  
>> how long did it take?  Perhaps it's just me though.
>> Clare
>> (Type 1 for 38 years, pumping 7 months, Paradigm 522)
>> .
> .
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