Shocks and pins/needles - Have you experienced this?

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Hi everyone,

About a year ago my doctor diagnosed me with Diabetes and he prescribed Steglatro. I immediately gave up soda and sweets. I went to a low carb diet and was careful about what I ate. At that time my a1c was 7.1. By February it came down to 6.6 and my bloodwork showed that I have an autoimmune disorder. However, he said that sometimes it shows up in bloodwork but it’s not accurate.

Part of the reason I went to my doctor a year ago is because I get shocks all over my body. They aren’t static shocks. They feel like electric shocks and at times are terribly painful. Also my feet hurt terribly at the end of the day and both of my hands often fall asleep at the same time and to the save degree. They are never not asleep, but sometimes it’s just mild. I have constant pain that feels like a burn on the sides of my right ring finger and middle finger. Both hands have become weak. Also when I tilt my head forward it radiates down both of my legs at the same time. 
I’ve noticed that sometimes my brain is foggy and I frequently can’t remember even the simplest words. I find myself getting dizzy and almost losing my balance often. He prescribed Pregabalin for the shocks and it has helped a little bit.

i didn’t go to the doctor from February until a couple of weeks ago because I was feeling fine and I didn’t want to risk coming into contact with the virus. My a1c was about the same so he switched me to a plant based diet  

Somy questions are:

Do other diabetics experience the shocks and the pins and needles in both hands and running down the legs when tilting the head forward? 

Has anyone else had a false positive autoimmune disorder result on the bloodwork?

Thanks,

Kristin

Beginning of the discussion - 9/22/20

Shocks and pins/needles - Have you experienced this?

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@KristinR Hello KristinR, thank you for opening this discussion and sharing what you're going through. Having unexplainable symptoms or an unclear diagnosis can be so frustrating. If you're concerned about your symptoms, please don't hesitate to contact your doctor. Let me tag some other members who can possibly weigh in.

Hi everyone, how are you doing? Have any of you ever experienced the symptoms KristinR describes? Were they linked to your diabetes? Do you have any thoughts or advice to share?
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Take care,
Courtney

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Wow Kristin. I have never experienced anything like what you are describing and have not had an incorrect autoimmune diagnosis either. My a1c was 11.5 in February 2020 but I have been working really hard to get it under control. Now it is 7.4 but the doctor has not decreased any of my medications yet. I am continuing to work on it and on losing weight as well.

I hope your condition improves soon so you feel better. 

Sharon 

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Thank you! Keep up the good work with your a1c. It can feel like hard work sometimes. 

Kristin

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No. I have never experienced this nor have I had a false positive for any autoimmune disorder.

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@Sharrylou That's fantastic progress! Feel free to keep us updated on how you are doing and share you tips with us! emoticon bashful

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@KristinR Huh to me that sounds kind of like neuropathy, except for the part where it goes down your spine when you move your head! Have you been able to talk to your doctor about it?

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@sportfan365 

Yes I’ve given him a list of all the things that are going on and he prescribed Pregablin for the shocks. It doesn’t eliminate them but it does help. He talked to me about a plant based diet to bring my a1c down and he said we’ll talk again in three months. So I’ve completely changed my lifestyle as far as food goes I faithfully stick to the vegan lifestyle. I’m continuing to keep a list of my symptoms so we can talk about it again. 

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