I decided to write this post because currently my feet are burning and tingling and I can tell it is going to be one of those nights...
I currently suffer from Insulin Neuritis. This is not a complication that you read about in many diabetes books or blogs. The symptoms are mainly tingling/prickling/hot and cold sensations in my feet, hands and sometimes oddly enough my face. My endocrinologist has told me this is an extremely rare complication and is usually found in only newly treated diabetics. It almost acts as an allergic reaction to insulin.
It is caused by the rapid decrease in blood glucose levels brought on by the use of insulin. In my case, my HBA1C went from about 15 to 8 in a few months and this is when I started to notice these sensations. They come and go, sometimes they are extremely aggravating and sometimes only slightly annoying. Sometimes it does keep me up at night and that is especially annoying because then my glucose is off the next day. I have noticed lack of sleep definitely effects my sugars.
The good news is that my endocrinologist claims that the neuritis should leave without treatment in about 12 months. Initially, I was very worried because I thought that I had already developed some form of neuropathy. After doing filament tests and reflex tests he assures me that I have no signs of actually neuropathy. I can live with the insulin neuritis for now. Hopefully it does go away soon though as it has been about 9 months since my diagnosis with type 1 diabetes.
I just thought I would write this because as a newly diagnosed diabetic this is something you could experience. There is not much information on the internet on this subject but if you are experiencing these symptoms or have been given this diagnosis please know there are others out there who have it as well. I have found that squeezing my feet does help alleviate some of the pain. Other than that I have found no easy tricks to deal with it. The good news is it is not permanent!