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depression after amputated

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by sarah1994312, Apr 22, 2022.

  1. sarah1994312

    sarah1994312 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hello. My grandfather recently had his big toe amputated!
    Does anyone have experience after amputation? Does it cause depression?
     
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  2. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I'm sorry your grandfather lost his toe, I hope he's recovering well!

    Like all health issues, of course this can cause depression, but that doesn't mean it will for everybody.
    Tagging @Ushthetaff for you, who usually sounds pretty happy and optimistic, and he has had an amputation.
     
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    bisalimo · Active Member

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    Sorry to hear that, hope he's doing well, btw how old is he and what is his A1c
     
  4. Ushthetaff

    Ushthetaff Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Firstly sorry to hear about your grandfather, I lost my right leg below the knee, from a personal point of view I was quite non plus about it , however this is definitely an individual thing . I will say that losing my leg has made me more determined to get my blood sugars in check , losing a toe can be individually traumatic but it won’t stop your granddad doing anything , a neighbour of mine has recently had his big toe removed , he’s walking fine after about 2 weeks , there is a myth that if you lose a big toe it affects your balance, not true in my experience . the best thing you can do is be there for him for help and support as that definitely helps from a confidence point of view and that at the end of the day is the best thing to aid any depression that might exist .
     
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  5. VashtiB

    VashtiB Type 2 · Moderator
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    Hi @sarah1994312 and welcome

    I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. As to whether it will cause depression it may but also may not. My father had his arm amputated in an accident as a young man and although he suffered a great deal of pain as a result of the nerves knotting up it never prevented him doing anything. However, as people have said it is very much an individual thing.

    I hope he recovers well.
     
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