Help a diabetic
August 20, 2010 7:26 PM Subscribe
My husband suffers from what appears to be diabetic neuropathy pain in both feet and one hand. Could this be caused by something else? What can we do to make it more bearable?
posted by fifilaru to health & fitness (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My husband is 60 years old and has type 2 diabetes. His hA1c is always under 7. His daily blood sugar is always below 180. He has twitches and cramps at night. He has consistent numbness and occasional pins and needles. My husband weighs 160 lbs and is 6'2". He walks about 5 miles a day, exercises and does about 200 pushups. So he is not fat and is well muscled. He does not take insulin, but does manage the diabetes with drugs, diet, and exercise. His diabetes is considered under tight control.
What do we do? He has foot drop and trips a lot. He says the pain is hard to describe. He takes nortriptylin, which does help. We both find this kind of depressing. His doctor says there is nothing more that can be done.
My husband wants to know:
1) could this be caused by something else?
2) what can he do to make it more bearable?