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How I Discovered I Have Neuropathy

October 19, 2018

This post was written by Shunta B, from Texas. She has type 2 diabetes and is a user of the Siren Diabetic Sock and Foot Monitoring System.

I can remember it like it was yesterday, and not a happy day either.  A day filled with a lot of pain, fear and anger. It’s bad enough I was cursed with type 2 Diabetes, but now I will have to endure all of the complications and side effects that come along with this horrible disease. I work in a hospital, long hours, especially on my feet. So, being in a profession where I am required to be on my feet for 10 plus hours a day was not helping my situation either. The constant burning, tingling, numbness and swelling were becoming so unbearable. I wished I could screw my feet off and replace them.  After my visit with my endocrinologist and telling her about all of my symptoms she uttered those words: “diabetic neuropathy.” Diabetic neuropathy, what is it? How did I get it? What did I do to cause this? After reading about it I wished I had never heard of it.

Once I got over the initial shock and realized that there was no going back, I decided I am not going to let this take over my life. I am determined to fight and try to ease the pain as much as I can. After getting medication and learning to live with the pain I feel on a day-to-day basis and changing my eating habits, I am determined to fight the good fight.

Medications and research are just a few ways I am learning live with the pain.  I also find myself to read and learn about the power of positive thinking and mental healing. I also look for socks, shoes, oils, and creams that will help relieve this forever pain, burning and tingling in my feet.  I check my feet every day, I try to get massages when time allows, and I make sure I have comfortable shoes to wear for work and for everyday life.

As much as I would like to get rid of diabetic neuropathy, I know it’s not going to happen so I will have to learn to live with it and learn and be a support system for anyone I can help.

If I could turn back the hands of time, I would do everything not to even have type 2 or any of the problems that come with it. For anyone that has diabetic neuropathy, my heart goes out to you and I hope reading this will give you the power and ability to endure. I pray that one day there is a cure and no one has to go through this pain.

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