Normal aches and pains? Or time to see the doctor?
Nobody wants to call the doctor for every little thing—but we know that treatments for diabetes-related health problems are more effective if you start early. So when should you see your doctor? Here are a few guidelines:
Pain, numbness, weakness or tingling—especially in the hands, feet, arms or legs: Even if it seems insignificant, these feelings can be a sign of early nerve damage. If that's the case, as nerves become more damaged, the symptoms can get worse.1
Changes in your health: If you feel lightheaded after standing, experience constipation, bloating or nausea, have trouble seeing—even just at night or when the light changes, or if you have sexual problems, these can all be signs of issues with your nerves.1
Skin problems or infections: A wound or cut that won't heal, an ongoing sinus, bladder or vaginal infection—diabetes can interfere with your body's ability to recover on your own.2
Illness: If you're running a fever, are sweating or have the chills, or are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, your doctor wants to know. Being sick can affect your blood sugar levels, and it may be a sign of an infection that needs care.2 If you can't keep food or fluids down, call for emergency assistance.3
High blood sugar: If your blood glucose remains above 240 mg/dL, even after you've taken your medication, or you have trouble staying in range, make an appointment.
Your doctor may be able to alleviate the symptoms you're experiencing, and even help slow the progression of the problem through better blood sugar control.1
Still not sure? Just call. Your doctor wants to know everything that's going on. If it's no big deal, they'll tell you. Pick up the phone and put your mind at ease.
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1EndocrineWeb. Diabetic neuropathy symptoms. Available at: https://www.endocrineweb.com/guides/diabetic-neuropathy/diabetic-neuropa.... Accessed February 15, 2017.
2WebMD. Diabetes and infection: how to spot the signs. Available at: http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/infections-linked-diabetes. Accessed February 15, 2017.
3Mayo Clinic. Hyperglycemia in diabetes. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperglycemia/basics/sympt.... Accessed February 15, 2017.