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my hubby last week got diagnosed having type 2 diabetes,but previous to this he had to see a doctor as he had balantis and had a urine test and thats when they found sugar in urine and then done another test that showed up his diabetes, hes been told to loose a bit of weight and change his diet but in this short space of time hes been complaining of tops of both legs feeling numb all the time and now has burning sensations on them as well, had a few big spots on bum and itchy arms, can any one tell us whats going on as its all new to us
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replied April 7th, 2012
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hi dear

all symtoms you mentioned numbness and burning sensation it is related to diabetes,your hubby seem to be have diabetes long time ago and he didn't know.so affected nervous system or micro vascular of the legs..
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replied April 7th, 2012
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Diabetics can develop what is called diabetic neuropathy. There are treatments for it to reduce the pain and it can get better over time, with better blood sugar control.

However, I'm not sure if your husband's doctor is taking his condition very seriously if all he was told was to lose "a bit of weight" and change his diet. If he is actually full diabetic, he needs medication. Was he given any pills or insulin? If not, I would encourage him to get a second opinion from an Endocrinologist, not just a family doctor.

Best of luck to both of you.
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replied April 7th, 2012
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MyrahU wrote:
Diabetics can develop what is called diabetic neuropathy. There are treatments for it to reduce the pain and it can get better over time, with better blood sugar control.

However, I'm not sure if your husband's doctor is taking his condition very seriously if all he was told was to lose "a bit of weight" and change his diet. If he is actually full diabetic, he needs medication. Was he given any pills or insulin? If not, I would encourage him to get a second opinion from an Endocrinologist, not just a family doctor.

Best of luck to both of you.
hi no he did not get medication told by a nurse to control weight and excercise more, said to do a urine sample to be checked, he did ask about leg problems numbness and burning feeling and she said it had nothing to do with his diabetes but now checking up on it we know it is,another thing that happened to him last august 2011 while in turkey he became very ill, blowting stomach, cramps etc and in the end internal bleeding occured and when he got home to uk only had 4 pints of blood left in him then while in hospital they found that it was to do with multiple ulsers that come from nowhere,and then had to have 2 blood transfusions and ever since then hes had problem after problem and now thinking waqs it all connected or was it blood transfusion that could of made him diabetic
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replied April 8th, 2012
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No, you can't get diabetes from blood transfusions. Even if the donor was a diabetic whose blood was full of glucose, a normal person should be able to process it quickly, no problem. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the cells in your body become resistent to insulin over time and/or a person's pancreas stops producing enough insulin (often because of long-term high blood sugar). It's not something you can catch from blood contact, otherwise that would be well-known.

I think it's more likely that being ill lead to him being more aware of his diabetes or made him actually go to the doctor to be tested.

Again, I think it is very important for your husband to go see an actual Endocrinologist instead of relying on the advice of a nurse who is not specially trained for this type of thing. Controlling his weight and getting more exercise is important, but that is a long-term plan. In the short term, he has really high blood sugar that is putting him at real risk for kidney damage, extremity tissue damage, and stroke. He needs short-term treatment to get that under control. Perhaps, over time, he can get his weight to the point where he won't need medication anymore, but that could take months or a year or more. Having untreated diabetes for that long could be very dangerous. Please go find an actual trained Endocrinologist and get his or her advice on this.
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replied April 10th, 2012
will take up what you have said and you have been most helpfull to us , will be in touch and let you know what happens thanks again
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replied May 22nd, 2012
I agree you must consult a specialist for your husband's condition. Please do not neglect it. It seems to have been neglected for a while which is why such severe symptoms. It can definitely be controlled if proper care is taken. And being overweight is one of the causes of type 2 diabetes. Proper & regular diet and exercise is very important. See a doctor & take his advice.
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