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Complications

I have Charcot foot, and now the surgeon wants me to choose between of either an amputation or reconstruction. I’m lost as to what I should do and have a week to make a decision then I have to call the doctor back. Is there anyone with similar problems? Are there support groups?

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Prior to my diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, four months ago, and since, my feet have been numb, tingly and swollen. Also, my right hand has numbness and twitches. Could this be neuropathy? Would it be best that I see an endocrinologist?

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My 12 year old son just passed his first year of diagnosis with type 1 diabetes. We were told he has insulin resistance and was recently diagnosed with Graves’ disease. Because he has had this many problems this early, do you think that it is a prelude of more to come?

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My mum-in-law’s doctors are suggesting further amputation, but she is currently seeking treatment from a reflexologist who claimed that the foot and the gangrene can be cured. What is your opinion?

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My 80 year old father has had type 1 diabetes for 60 years. He is experiencing chronic severe leg pain and inability to walk. The orthopedic surgeon indicates there is nothing he can do, and physical therapy has not helped. Is this a known complication of diabetes?

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I am 23 years old, have had type 1 diabetes for over five years, and I have a family history of hypertension. Recently, I have been checking blood pressure at the checking stations in drug stores and the like and have been getting readings in the “borderline” range, but my endocrinologist has not expressed great concern.

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My 39 year old brother recently died in his apartment, and since we do not know his doctor, there is no one we can go to for answers. Could you please help my family understand the medical examiner’s report since the medical language is so foreign to us?

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Is a-lipoic acid research continuing to indicate usefulness in treating diabetic neuropathy? At what dosage? Is it related to folic acid?

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Given that my daughter’s recent BUN and creatinine levels were higher than at diagnosis, I am concerned about future renal failure. Will these values change? Should I reduce protein in her diet?

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Where can I find someone to make special shoes for my uncle who has a hump on his foot? Can you send me information on complications?

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