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Help with discerning complications

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by CaptainKidd27, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. CaptainKidd27

    CaptainKidd27 Type 1 · Member

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    Hello everyone, I'm 21 years old and have had t1d since I was 16. I recently posted to this forum for the first time a few weeks ago, about my depression regarding the disease and my extreme neglect for almost a year, and received an amazing amount of support and advice, which which I am beginning to turn my life around. In the post, I had mentioned that I had never experienced signs of complications, but recently, my anxiety has taken hold because of something I've noticed. Sometimes I notice a very slight numbness in my feet, almost exclusively in my big toes, which admittedly have callouses due to my lack of proper footwear. This might be new or might not, as it's something slight enough to not be noticeable unless one was looking for it. I also work a job which requires me to be on my feet walking for at least 8-9 hours a day. Like I said, this numbness is very slight, and I can still tell if there's a rock in my shoe, if my feet are hot/cold etc. So I'm just wondering, am I just being paranoid like I have a storied history of? It might also be important to note that my numbers have seen a huge improvement over the last month or so, going from an average of 18-20 to 5-9. Is there any sort of standardized test or trick to diagnosing the signs of complications?
     
  2. Thehappydiabetic

    Thehappydiabetic Type 1 · Newbie

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    Firstly well done for making the changes in your life to turn it all around :). Maybe your just noticing things and being more aware, when did you last have a foot check? I wouldn't say it was anything to worry about but pop along to your clinic and have it checked to put your mind at easy. I'm on my feet a lot and get very achy feet especially if I haven't the right shoes on. Make an appointment and it will put your mind at ease x
     
  3. CaptainKidd27

    CaptainKidd27 Type 1 · Member

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    It's been a long time since I've been checked out due to the nature of where I live, but I will make sure to get into a clinic as soon as possible. Thank you very much, that's exactly what I needed to hear
     
  4. Katie Pod

    Katie Pod · Guest

    CaptainKidd,
    Please see a Podiatrist as soon as you can to have the callus on your toes treated and get some advice about footwear.
    Your GP may be able to refer you to the NHS Podiatrist otherwise you'll need to see one privately. If you choose to use the private sector make sure they are HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) Registered. There are a lot of footcare practitioners out there who claim to be "Diabetic Specialists" but they are not Podiatrists and have only completed lightweight courses compared to Podiatrists.
     
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