Thank you for sharing your symptoms and experiences. As you know, diabetes can cause nerve damage (neuropathy) especially when the blood glucose levels run high for several years. Most common is for both feet to be affected and can affect both shins as well with tingling, pain, sensitivity, or loss of sensation. Foot ulcers and changes in the shape of the feet are not uncommon in patients with diabetic neuropathy. There are many variations of diabetic neuropathy and it can sometimes affect one leg and not the other, although not every nerve disorder in someone with diabetes is necessarily due to diabetes.
Diabetic neuropathy is often partially reversible by controlling the blood sugar levels. Sometimes better control just slows the progression rather than reversing the problem/symptoms. It is hard to know because the benefits of treatment vary so much from patient to patient. I've seen dramatic recoveries with good long-term prognosis, and I've seen disappointing recoveries despite lifestyle changes. Leg nerves can heal very slowly over the course of several years--there is good reason to be hopeful.
A recumbent exercise bike might be a good move but always consult with your doctor.
Hi. We'd like to offer more help. Please let us know more about your situation. Is your A1c 5.1%? Have you had elevated blood sugar readings? Are you concerned about your diabetes risk? Do you think weight loss could play a potential role in preventing diabetes? What do you do for your eating and exercise? What have you read about diabetes?
I agree with Dave. Reading about hirsutism will provide the information you are looking for.
"Hirsutism is generally caused by increased androgens, especially the male hormone testosterone. It is a common sign ofpolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women because elevated androgens are often associated with this condition. In addition to abnormal levels of testosterone, women with PCOS may also have unopposed estrogen (high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone)."
The underlying cause is usually internal abdominal fat leading to insulin resistance and polycystic ovary syndrome. This leads to a cascade of hormonal abnormalities that promote facial hair. At the same time, the insulin resistance and excess body fat can strain the pancreas and lead to diabetes.
Weight loss can often help improve hirsutism, polycystic ovary syndrome, and diabetes.
Thank you for sharing your symptoms, concerns, and insights. Your situation is complex and not easily diagnosed without a thorough medical evaluation.
When physical and psychological symptoms interact like this there is always the possibility that there is an underlying physical problem that leads to anxiety, or vice versa.
Anxiety disorder is a medical condition that can include panic attacks, and your description fits that condition. I hope you will see your doctor or find a doctor who can work with you to understand what is going on with you, identify the underlying causes, and help you to find a way to get some relief.
In a recent thread (see Glucerna), Brunosbud referred to a metaphor used in the movie "The Matrix". A quote from the character "Cypher":
â€¦I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss. (Scene from The Matrix, 1999).
I love this metaphor and immediately recognized the reference, but I'd be interested to hear some commentary on what is happening in that scene where Cypher is eating steak in "the matrix" while his counterparts are eating healthy tasteless goop in the "real world".View Thread
I agree with the advice above voicing concern that medical attention is needed. One likely explanation is that these are symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes. Muscle wasting and weight loss can occur as described above from high sugar levels in the urine and blood. That sugar can't get into the muscles and organs where it belongs.
To control the diabetes he needs to be compliant with medications and recognize the crucial importance of persistence with proper eating and exercise. He feels fatigued when his blood sugar goes below 300 and he doesn't tolerate the medications, but that may be because he has not allowed enough time to adjust to changes.
Lifestyle change can often correct the majority of the blood sugar problems. People regularly underestimate the power of lifestyle change to reverse disease, but those who have learned what to do can vouch for the tremendously favorable impact it has.View Thread
Flute: Brussels Sprouts--your post title gave me a little chuckle! I never make them for myself. My wife makes them really well! Even my grade-school aged children will happily eat them. Served them at Thanksgiving--brought them from Boston to Stamford CT to share with family. I'll admit the mashed potatoes were more popular with the in-laws.View Thread