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First Name
Carol

State/Province
GA

Country of Residence
United States of America

Health Interests
Healthy Aging, Heart and blood vessel disorders, Kidney and urinary tract disorders, Men's health issues, Women's health issues

Posts (369)

18 hours ago · Living with Neuropathy - Welcome to the group in Neuropathy

@pfbacon Peggy, I imagine that all of the people on this forum at one time have wanted to give up because of the situations they are in. I have thought about it. I have been though the stages of grief that are normal, and I think people who are diagnosed with some incurable disease go through the anger, the grief, the "why me," the sadness, the fight, the flight, and then may reach the point of just wanting to give up. When I feel this way, I stop and think that there are so many people who have situations more severe than mine. We don't know why we get a disease or have severe pain when other people are enjoying life. What I have come to realize and accept is that there are problems in our lives that we have no control over. I am not saying that we accept the pain, but we seek information from those who are also trying to find help. Can you go to another doctor and get another opinion? Don't let yourself give up. A professor I had used to love to say "Keep on, keeping on. I know you have read posts on the Mayo Connect site from people who are in the same pain situation you are in. I have diabetes and have such pain in my feet that yesterday I thought I would not be able to walk at all. I elevated my feet and messaged them and eventually the pain was less—not great but better. Small baby steps sometimes help enough to give relief. Just allow yourself a chance to read more posts and see if someone can give you suggestions. I haven't found anything that helps, but I haven't been to a pain dr. and I haven't told my endocrinologist. I want to be strong and try to learn as much as I can. Just don't give up on yourself. I will look through and find others who may have some suggestions.
If you need to write any time there is a Neuropathy group and a Just Want to Talk group. Also I am on the diabetes group, and I will do anything I can to help.
Carol

1 day ago · Living with Neuropathy - Welcome to the group in Neuropathy

@feeties I am in the same situation with my feet. I'd be interested also in the brand of CBD you take. I have been miserable and in pain enough to just give up. I walk very little because I feel as if the knives are stabbing the soles of my feet.
Any help would be appreciated.
Carol @retiredteacher

4 days ago · First change in over three years and no idea why in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@contentandwell I have been so strict and in control since my diagnosis, and now it seems that everything is changing. My husband says we will call tomorrow and see if we can move my appointment up to a week from today instead of three weeks from today. I don't think it will make much difference. I am tired of fighting this disease. It has taken away my lifestyle since I had to change everything and then having to retire is not something I have been able to accept. I have reached the point where I guess I don't care. I am 75 years old. I had a really good life until this, and now I don't want to deal with anything else. I don't want meds or shots or any of that. I don't want tests or invasions at my age. I just don't think it's worth it. My endo will suggest pills or shots and tests. He's just that way, and if I refuse, then he'll dismiss me as a patient. I don't know what's going to come of this, but I don't think it will be pleasant. Time will tell.
Carol

4 days ago · First change in over three years and no idea why in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@contentandwell That may be. I have counted carbs, so I know I am not over the range with those. My endo appointment is in four weeks. I think I'll wait it out and see what happens in that time. This is just frustrating. Everything was going along smoothly and now it's as if I am falling apart!
Carol

5 days ago · First change in over three years and no idea why in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@contentandwell I have been so strict over the last three days that I thought my numbers would be down this morning. However, they are as high as ever, then go down during the day.I haven't eaten anything different, but other than household chores I have not been able to exercise. There is always stress but now added more because these numbers just came overnight and I have never seen this before. I have the tremors on the inside and my feet are in pain all of the time.
I am basically anti-doctor because there are only a couple of specialists in this area.
I am just confused—researching and reading trying to see what's going on.
I know you are having stress too. Have you changed anything to try to compensate for higher numbers?
Maybe others are having higher numbers too.
Stay in touch.
Carol

5 days ago · First change in over three years and no idea why in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@dorisena Sorry about your sister, but people make their own choices. She, apparently, did what she wanted though it was not healthy. That's why we have to research and read and be informed so that we can make select what works and is healthy, if that's what we want to do.
Carol

5 days ago · First change in over three years and no idea why in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@dorisena Thanks for staying in touch. My numbers were high again this morning so that's four days it's been abnormal for me. It was not as high as it was yesterday but too high. I've checked all day along and it has dropped from the high this morning to normal this afternoon. So it seems to be zooming up at night and then falling steadily during the day. Because it does go down, I think this means my insulin is working. I know which foods work for me and if I deviate, I can expect a spike, so I rarely eat out of my plan. I wonder since I've been eating the same foods for three+ years if my body needs some change. The problem is I don't know what to add. I eat all leafy greens (have always loved them). I love a lettuce salad too. Meats have not been good for me and neither have fruits. So I just need something different to give my system a push. This is really irritating, like when I was first diagnosed and knew nothing about diabetes and neither did the PCP. I researched and read books and educated myself to know what to do. Now with this problem I need to be my own doctor again and figure out what's causing the numbers to be out of range.
If you have any more ideas, I'd love to read them.
Grateful for you sharing your experience.
Carol

6 days ago · First change in over three years and no idea why in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@dorisena Thanks for your reply. I researched all of the basics and beyond when I was first diagnosed over three years ago. My endo filled in some of the blanks I had not been able to find, and as time has passed I have read more info in medical articles and on Connect. I know the erratic numbers are not good; that's why I have been so puzzled these last two days. I do not follow the diabetic eating plan as it does not work for me. My blood does not like meat, and when I eat fruits (rarely), the numbers are always higher. It's just never been so high, even when I was diagnosed it was twenty points lower. I test my blood; I am compulsive and have to know where it is on the scale. I know that stress is a big factor and all of 2019 has been extreme stress. The weather also is a factor. It has been hotter (100+) for days, so rest is difficult. I was exercising daily, but have neuropathy or something affecting my feet so walking is painful. It may be a result of the diabetes; I don't know. I do not think of myself as a severe diabetic. Now, though, with these high numbers, I don't know what's changed. It's going to be having patience and seeing if the numbers still skyrocket or if they settle down to where they were for 3+years.
I appreciate your response.
Carol