Toes and Fingers

I recall some conversations in my early life between my mom, our pediatrician and I about an itch or a tingling sensation I felt in my fingers and in my toes.

As a kid, my wild imagination had me thinking that there were worms living under my nails squirming inside leading to the itch. However, our pediatrician Dra. Oliveros said, that it’s usually the early signs of diabetes.

If I remember correctly, I was less than 10 years old at that time. From then, I still continued to feel the itching on my fingers and toes but have learned to ignore it.

I would acknowledge the sensation for a few seconds and then go about my life. The feeling would sometimes grow in intensity that I would have to put pressure on my toes while sleeping, as in push my toes against the bed.

Writing this, I now recall one episode a couple of months ago when I felt so bothered by the itch I visualized chopping my toes off just to relieve the insatiable itch.

I did a Google Search of “tingling in tips of fingers” and “diabetes” and this is what came up:

High blood sugar can cause diabetic neuropathy, which damages the nerves that send signals from your hands and feet. Diabetic neuropathy can cause numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, hands, and feet. Another symptom is a burning, sharp, or aching pain (diabetic nerve pain). (from www.healthline.com)

Further reading also attributes this symptom to systemic disorders such as hypothyroidism, which I have as well.

I believe that explains it. I have to be careful about my nerve health given that I have two conditions that seem to be the root cause of this discomfort.

Tingling, I can take. But the thought that one day, if I do not keep my diabetes under countrol, there may come a time when parts of me would have to be amputated (scary even to type it) gives me extreme sadness & fear.

Close to Christmas in 2016 I remember feeling a stiffness in my right ring finger. It lasted for 2 months and at night, when there is less activity, that’s when the stiffness manifests. I wouldn’t be able to close my whole hand into a fist, because the ring finger would stick out. For some nights I have had to tie it with a handkerchief to keep it in place.

It wasn’t until I took Neurobion (suggested by my mom) for at least a week that I noticed an improvement. Two weeks of taking it completely made the stiffness go away. If any one is reading this, for your info, Neurobion contains Vitamin B12 that combats nerve damage.

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