Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Friday, June 12, 2009 Emira, Community Member, asks

Q: What can I do to get the pinprick feeling all over my body to stop?

My friend thinks my blood sugar must be up from stress because I feel like pinpricks are being made all over my body. I am under a lot of stress at work. What can I do to get the them to stop? I don't take diabetes meds. My last reading in late March was 119/6.4.

Answer This
Answers (7)
fatima, Community Member
7/20/09 10:04pm

Tongue out

Reply
ptlostmind, Community Member
6/18/09 2:10pm

My  first answer would be see your doctor asap.  I don't want to get you upset but maybe you have had a  stroke.  Your readings of 119/6.9 are very good so being a  diabetic myself I wish my levels were that good.

 

i had a storke in february and I have that pinprick feeling all on my right side.  I know that there are medications that can help that feeling because I take them.  So again, please see your doctor.  Smile

Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/18/09 10:42pm

I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon. I had a fasting blood test Wednesday a.m. I made the doc appointment to see about anxiety med. I am not having any of the common symptoms of stroke.

Reply
Johnbbad, Community Member
6/18/09 2:36pm

Check with your doctor to see if you are allergic to something this is a common feeling if you are.

Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/18/09 10:44pm

I see the doc tomorrow afternoon. Nothing new has been introduced to my diet. I am allergic to common mold. Thanks.

Reply
Helen Mueller, Community Member
6/18/09 2:47pm

Sounds like neuropathy.  6.4 is a nice number, but not an excellent one.  Getting down into the high fives would offer more protection.  There are supplements that can be taken which might help with numbers and this feeling.  I know people who have lowered their bgs and gotten rid of the sensation.

 

Alpha lipoic acid, timed release, is the first that comes to mind.  Take it carefully, watching bgs.  It does not lower mine, but I have found it helps with neuropathy.  The second one is benfotiamine, a vitamin B1 derivative.  Also to be taken carefully.

 

If you search the internet, you will find where to buy it and more information than I can include here.  I also belong to a small diabetes list, diabetes self management, and there is a huge mass of information in the archives, many taken from pub med, gov't, sites.  All recommendations are backed by the most current scientific research.

 

Good luck to you,

 

Helen

 

 

Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/18/09 10:46pm

Thanks. I'll find out tomorrow afternoon if my numbers have changed. I had a fasting blood test done Wed a.m. I feel pretty good in the a.m. and then I eat breakfast and the pricks start up at work. They are better today than yesterday, but are still there.

Reply
Johnbbad, Community Member
6/19/09 7:24am

are you on Niaspan?  Or high blood pressure medicine

my does that to me when I have restraunt food too salty

Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/20/09 9:47pm

P.S. No neuropathy.

Reply
nanaroxx1, Community Member
6/18/09 10:37pm
I have no idea. This is new to me. I just registered and I would also like to know the answer to this myself. I take insulin, so my diabetes is a little different. Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/18/09 10:50pm

I'll see what my numbers are and what the doc says tomorrow afternoon. If it is nerves, an antianxiety med will help while I continue to learn now to deal with the stress at work. If it is blood sugar level, he'll probably put me on a med until things settle down. I read where dark green leafy veggies help insulin production. So I've been eating spinach daily. Kale is supposed to be better, but there is none in the store. Hopefully I'll be able to let you all know tomorrow night. I appreciate the answers and concern.

Reply
Helen Mueller, Community Member
6/19/09 12:30am

Emira, what are you eating for breakfast?  High carb?  If you travel around this site, you will find articles by David Mendosa covering the GI and GL of foods, and diets on the low carb side.  Good stuff.  Now if your doctor tells you 6.4 is terrific, thank him and do something on your own about lowering it.  If your breakfast is high carb, try eggs one morning and see if the pinpricks are still there.  6.4 looks really good to doctors because so many of their patients are between 8 and 9, a bad place to be.  Diabetes does not have to end in complications, nor does it have to become your whole life.  You develop certain habits early and you learn you automatically follow thru with these habits.  Your eye slides over a menu looking for good choices, ditto for supermarket ads.  It does become a lot easier.  One other good habit is to test frequently, so that you are always answering to your meter.  It provides motivation.  And permits experimentation, be it with diet and exercise, or insulin doses.  Please let us know how your doctor visit turns out.  I'll be seeing my endo tomorrow too.  Helen

Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/20/09 9:40pm

I eat carbmaster yogurt and I break up a couple walnuts into it and add 1-2T of grapenuts to it for breakfast before work. On weekends we usually have eggs and toast, sometimes bacon. Occasionally I have whole grain pancakes or whole grain french toast with no added sugar syrup.

     My blood sugar was up to 6.8/146 fasting. The doctor thinks the pinpricks are nerves. He has changed my antidepressant to Pristiq. My counselor returns the week after this and we'll work more on dealing with the stressors at work. I am trying to get back on track with my foods. I walk at lunch 5 days per week. We are hoping by September I'll be in better shape. At this point he has not given me diabetes meds.

Reply
geno1954, Community Member
7/ 2/09 2:41pm

If you do have anxiety may I suggest you find a more natural way to deal with it. There are supplement you can take that have no side effect or withdrawal.  I suggest you go to www.mywayup.com.

Reply
geno1954, Community Member
7/ 2/09 2:44pm

Sorry that's www.thewayup.com

Reply
fatima, Community Member
7/20/09 10:05pm
Emira, Community Member
6/20/09 9:45pm

  My blood sugar was up to 6.8/146 fasting. The doctor thinks the pinpricks are nerves. He has changed my antidepressant to Pristiq. My counselor returns the week after this, and we'll work more on dealing with the stressors at work. I am trying to get back on track with my foods. I walk at lunch 5 days per week. We are hoping by September I'll be in better shape. At this point he has not given me diabetes meds. I think he's right about the nerves. I just think about work and they get worse.

Reply
Helen Mueller, Community Member
6/21/09 4:22am

Neuropathy = nerves too.  When I am very stressed, my burning worsens, cannot deny it is directly connected to the stress.  Perhaps, if I too am better by the end of the year, I can get out of this stressful environment and have less burning.  So, to me it is perfectly feasible that the pins and needles will diminish when the stress does.  I congratulate you on being so pro-active with your health care.  The time to stop problems is before they begin, and the longer you can control with diet and exercise, the better off you will be in the long run.  Medications and insulin carry side effects too that you don't need.  Perhaps you can increase your exercise, get more endorphins from it.  Watch funny videos, they definitely help.  Read about the power of meditation, and other stress breaking techniques.  You can start with Dr. Weil's site.  There may be information from Dr. Oz on the net too.  It's all there for you!

Reply
Cjuan, Community Member
6/24/09 12:31pm

when your blood circulation gets impeded due to blockage in the capillaries, this is what happens.  I've taken Dr Paulings' recommendation of clearing the blood vessels using a combination of non-acid Vit C + L-Lysine, 1 gm each, twice daily.  I also add one cap of Bromelain (triple strength) and Serraphase (40.000 IU x 2, twice daily, which all help to rid the vessels of unwanted protein deposits.  You can substitute Bromelain for Nattozymes/Nattokinase too. I am pleased to say that they worked for me.  Serraphase works wonders and you can actually feel the blood flowing faster through the vessels, an amazing feeling to observe. Avoid sea food items esp shrimps and crabs if you are sensitive to them as they can worsen the itch and pinpricks.  

regards, Cjuan

Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/24/09 8:37pm

I have been feeling better since I started the Pritiq 5 days ago, except today I feel nauseous off and on. We'll see how I feel in another week. Also, so far, I haven't been "under the gun" beyond the average the others experience the last 2 days. Hope that lasts.

Reply
Emira, Community Member
6/24/09 8:38pm

PS, I'll give your recommendation consideration after I have adjusted to the new med. Have you experienced any bruising? I also take Celebrex for arthritis pain.

Reply
fatima, Community Member
7/20/09 10:03pm
Answer This

Important:
We hope you find this general health information helpful. Please note however, that this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. No information in the Answers above is intended to diagnose or treat any condition. The views expressed in the Answers above belong to the individuals who posted them and do not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media. Remedy Health Media does not review or edit content posted by our community members, but reserves the right to remove any material it deems inappropriate.

By Emira, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 06/12/09