I don't see a diabetic specialist but my Hal has had to start seeing one. His numbers are out of sight and the only way to get them back down is to seek the help of a specialist. He is called a diabetic endocrinnologist. I know I am not spelling it correctly. Hal has been given a very detailed scale to know how much insulin to take. He has had a small discussion with a company diabetic councellor that didn't give really very much helpful information. It is better to get a referral to one that might be connected with a community clinic or such. I am sure that your doctor can refer you to one. My Hal had to be taken off actos and put on more insulin. The doctor is looking into the possibility of adding metformin. I have read that diabetics type 1 or often given it. It applies to type 2's also when things are resisting treatment. If you hadn't done these things maybe you should seriously do it. I know Medicare pays so much on this.
My husband has severe neuropathy so I give you my sympathies. You might be able to ask a doctor about the meds that are helpful for it.
It really is a disease that we have that can progress. A huge percentage of diabetics do experience progression. Do you still excercise even though you hurt? Have you had a lot of training in how to eat as a diabetic? Do you get up enough when you are at the computer and move around? That in itself is something that I personally feel helps a lot.
I am so sorry that you are going through this situation. It does sound like a catch 22 at times. I know my Hal will feel much better if the doctor can get his numbers down, but Hal is new with this specialist and it does take time to work out a solution. Hal also needs to lose a lot of weight and that will take alot of strain off of his legs. That can't do anything but good.
So many details can rise up with our disease and so many changes and comorbid conditions that can arise too. I know pain can raise sugar and I know it can put ones nerves on edge, and even cause depression in some of us. I know I can get very irritable when I am in pain. You could also see a neurologist to see what can be done to ease the pain. They have tricks up their sleeves also on pain relief.
Seems like we have to see so many different specialists to rule things out or to have to have treatments for the conditions that can be connected by it. Hal sees his pcp, his diabetic doctor, the wound doctor, and the cardiologist. Don't forget the podiatrist too. *sigh* Thank God for Medicare. I am thinking about seeing the diabetic specialist even though I can get my numbers to a high acceptable with my regular doctor and the meds and insulin, but I would like to get my numbers lower for protection for infections and to fight off the conditions that can develop. I just haven't decided yet.
I am also curious if some of the pain in your legs could be connected with your bad back. There are nerves that can go down your legs from back conditions. So much to do and so little time huh?
Again, I am so sorry about the awful pain and numbers that you have now. Try not to be discourage because there is help out there. You just have to shift through to get it. I know how much it hurts and it is hard to even get a good nights sleep with severe neuropathy and/or back pain.
I loved your picture very much. We have gotten a new dog now. It is a very small. I cant spell its bread. Possibly snauzer? OUr pets are our babies too. I wish I knew how to take pictures and to put it on the internet to share. Do you walk your dog?
Keep praying and leaning on the Lord. He is a shelter and our refuge when we have these difficult bumps on our narrow path.