From Dallas, Texas, USA:
I have had diabetes for 32 years. I have coronary artery disease, and I have had a myocardial infarction due to a 99% blockage in the right coronary artery. I have loss of sensation in my hands on occasion when I am driving, and I have my elbow on the arm rest and my hand lying across my leg or my other arm lying on the arm rest. What I feel is loss of feeling mostly in my fingers and then on up into the wrist and forearms. The other symptom that I see is that my feet stay really cold if I take my socks off. Is there anything that I can do to help slow the progression and or reverse it?
The best thing you can do is work on good blood sugar control on a daily basis. Your symptoms may be neuropathy, but there is also a possibility that you could have carpal tunnel compression symptoms. This entity is more common in people with diabetes, compared to the general population. Speak with your physician about this. A combination of exam, neurologic testing, and clinical suspicion is needed. The cool feet could also be symptomatic of neuropathy, but there is no specific treatment for that.
Original posting 25 May 2001
Posted to Complications
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:22
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