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Re: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications

Hi Laura

I suffer loads from this. Infact last night I barely slept for pain, 
tingling and jerking movements in my legs. I get loads of cramp and numbness 
too. I suffer from dehydration, even though I drink a lot of water, my GP 
says this could be a reason for the sensations. My consultant says that it 
is neoropathy and has put me on meds for this, not that it make smuch 
difference. Also I am anemic, and I am waiting for an Iron transfusion, and 
I was told at the hospital that dehydration and the sensations in my legs 
are symptoms of anemia. When I was in hospital I had severe cramp and a 
"dead" feeling in my legs, it was really weird and extremely painful, they 
gave me an injection of potassium. they checked my potassium levels and said 
that I needed to up the amount of potassium in my diet.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Laura Anne Winter" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 2:46 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications

> Hi all
> My legs and feet keep tingling when im sitting or crossed legged and 
> things.
> I'm not sure whether my circulation is going or what? The other day sat 
> down
> on the grass watching some friends play tug of war. I had my legs out
> straight, but they was sort of tingling, never thought nothing of it till 
> I
> tried to stand up! I just collasped back down and couldn't walk on that 
> leg,
> it was like it was never there! It really did panic me! I haven't told my
> nurse, because I haven't thought nothing of it, till know.
> Does anyone have the same or know what it is?
> Thanks
> Laura
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
> To: email @ redacted
> Sent: Monday, 16 June, 2008 2:28:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications
> Hi Deb
> How old you are doesn't really make a difference, people of any age can
> be oblivious to the dangers and can ignore all the sensible advice! Look
> at all the people who smoke!B  The thing is that there are different ways
> of getting through to people. Personally I would say to your friend
> something like
> "I'm so envious of you, how on earth do you manage to keep your blood
> sugar under control without testing?" and then steer the conversation to
> worries about complications and so on. Maybe you can even just offer to
> test her blood sugar "out of interest"B  while she's eating her crisps
> and orange juice! There are lots of ways to subtly try to help her
> change her views (it took me months to get my dad to even test his BG,
> and to realise that drinking full-sugar Coke at lunch was far worse than
> having a small bowl of ice cream!). Is your friend type I or II by the 
> way?
> Out of interest why did you go for the lowest carb meal in the Mexican?
> Are you trying to eat low carb? Or were you just worried about getting
> the carb content right? In those situations I just test a lot and keep
> adjusting.
> Di
> deb.wardle123 wrote:
>> Hi Diana
>> I can understand that as a teenager taking your meds regular and
>> following advise is not a priority. I have a 17B  year old daughter
>> with epilepsy and touretts and although she hates the conditions I
>> still have to nag her every day to take her medications. However the
>> friends of mine that are diabetic are both pushing 50, and were both
>> diagnosed before me and were full of advise and information when I was
>> diagnosed and therfore are aware of the complications. We go to a quiz
>> each week with one of them and she spends the entire evening eating
>> crisps and mini cheddars and drinking Britvic 55(30% sugars) without
>> bating an eyelid! She even goes home to Lemon meranguine pie and
>> cream. I sit there with my water and testing strips. We went into
>> Manchester with the other diabetic friend last week for my husbands
>> 50th, my friend drank pints of cider for 5 hours and then tucked into
>> a Mxican loaded with carbs and didnt test once.B  I was alternating
>> halfs of lager with water and choose the lowest carb meal on the menu
>> and was testing every couple of hours. It seems no matter how hard I
>> try I just can't get it right.
>> Deb
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Diana Maynard"
>> <email @ redacted>
>> To: <email @ redacted>
>> Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 9:31 AM
>> Subject: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications
>>> I used to be like that in my teens and if you looked at me and my
>>> lifestyle you'd have said the same thing. however it caught up with
>>> me later (although I felt and looked fine at the time) and now have
>>> severe retinopathy and am registered blind.B  On the other hand my dad
>>> (also type I) was like me and did everything wrong for years, and
>>> still has no real complications after 55 years of being diabetic!
>>> Chances are your friends will suffer later though if they continue as
>>> they are, have you tried talking to them at all about it? As a child
>>> and teenager noone really told me that I should take more care of
>>> myself or gave me any support with it, and since I felt fine I
>>> thought I was invincible. Turned out I wasn't.
>>> Di
>>> Tom Falconer wrote:
>>>> Deb,
>>> > I am sorry to say that I was one of those lucky so-and-so's for
>>> many > years.?
>>> It
>>>> is only in the last eight years that I have had problems controlling
>>>> my blood
>>> > sugars, and before that I rarely did blood tests, or bothered
>>> measuring > food
>>> or
>>>> anything.? Now, though, things are very different.? Luckily I do not
>>>> have any
>>>> retinopathy problems, or other complications beyond trigger finger
>>>> and frozen
>>>> shoulder.? Perhaps it is genetic, but then, so is diabetes...
>>>> Tom
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: deb.wardle123 <email @ redacted>
>>>> To: email @ redacted
>>>> Sent: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:17
>>> > Subject: [?? Probable Spam] Re: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 -
>>> Complications
>>>> I agree completeley. I have two diabetic friends, who completely abuse
>>>> their diabetes, eating and drinking what they want and to excess.
>>>> Rarely test their BS, and take their meds as and when they remember,
>>>> but appear to
>>>> have no problems or complications. ItB  makes me mad when I see their
>>>> casual attitude towards it when despite having a pump and doing
>>>> everything by the
>>>> book I don't have good control and have lots of complications. We
>>>> fought
>>>> for two years to get the pump, expecting it to be the end of my
>>>> troubles, and although things are better I still have problems
>>>> because I have other problems that have an effect on my diabetes. I
>>>> worry myself sick about the
>>>> long term effects of uncontrolled diabetes, and can only hope that
>>>> when my
>>>> other issues get sorted things will get better.
>>>> Deb
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mary Moody"
>>>> <email @ redacted>
>>>> To: <email @ redacted>
>>>> Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2008 5:54 PM
>>>> Subject: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications
>>>>> How I agree with Melissa. I get really angry when people accuse
>>>> diabetics
>>>>> with complications of not managing their condition properly.
>>>>> I have been exceptionally lucky - My last consultant said if you could
>>>> hit
>>>>> the 30 year mark without any life threatening complications then you
>>>> would
>>>>> probably get through without any at all. At 40 years he told me he
>>>>> had only
>>>>> two other patients who had had Type 1 for over 40 years. When I asked
>>>> him
>>>>> what happened to the rest his answer was "they all died off
>>>>> somewhere along
>>>>> the way".
>>>>> When I told him my niece and nephew had developed Type 1 his answer
>>>>> was "if
>>>>> they have the same genes as you they will be fine".
>>>>> I can remember being lectured in my teens (1960s) that if I wasn't
>>>> careful
>>>>> I
>>>>> would be blind at 30 and dead before I was 40 - however, then the
>>>> methods
>>>>> of
>>>>> controlling diabetes were pretty crude.
>>>>> Improvements in care have advanced dramatically - when I was diagnosed
>>>>> (1954) the only way of testing for sugar was to boil up my urine with
>>>>> Fehling solution over the gas ring - not an incentive to test at all!
>>>> Not
>>>>> sure what we would have done if we hadn't had gas . No wonder so
>>>>> many people
>>>>> died young and became blind.
>>>>> We all moan about difficulties in getting pumps, bad tempered DSN's,
>>>> etc,
>>>>> etc, but I think we should all just step back sometimes and appreciate
>>>> how
>>>>> good things are for us. We at least have access to testing, advice,
>>>>> eye
>>>>> screening and regular reviews of our condition. Many of us do have
>>>>> complications, and often its not down to anything they have or have
>>>>> not done
>>>>> . and please don't think I don't sympathise with those in that
>>>>> position
>>>> -
>>>>> I
>>>>> can understand their anger and frustration.
>>>>> Mary Moody
>>>>> .
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