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We've passed the mid-way point in National Diabetes Month , which calls for awareness and education of diabetes to the general public and fostering a sense of community for all who have diabetes. Diabetes is affecting more and more people and their families and friends every year - to the tune of 23.6 million in the U.S. alone , hence this push for outreach and education are both necessary and noble. I hope that this sense of unified community begins from within the Diabetes Community itself, where I've found a fracture between those with Type 1 and those with Type 2. There have been times when I've been privy to comparisons, comments and banter (sometimes none to friendly) that have been tossed between the two D camps. The division between the two conditions can be likened to some of the other schisms that have occurred in cultures or religions, creating two distinct factions, like the Protestants v. the Catholics, or the Orange Irish v. the Green Irish, or Working Moms v. ...
I have a confession to make. I’m guilty of not practicing what I preach. A few months ago I began having tingling – more like pins and needles – and numbness in my legs. Figuring it was a new fibromyalgia symptom, I didn’t do anything about it. Then about a month ago, I started having mild headaches – not normal for me, but again another FM symptom. I wondered about it but did nothing. I’ve also been more tired than usual but since my fatigue level varies with FM, I didn’t pay attention. Then a couple of weeks ago, I found I was extremely thirsty. Alert – not an FM symptom. To make a long story short, I had blood work done and it turns out I have diabetes. In fact, when my doctor called me she said it was so bad that I was in extreme danger of going into a diabetic coma and dying or having a heart attack. I immediately went to her office and she gave me a blood glucose meter and ...
Yesterday I had blurred vision to my right field of vision in both eyes followed by a slight headache, then numbness and tingling to the right side of my head. The ED doc said it was a tension headache. Are these common signs and symptoms tension headaches or migraine? Should I go to a neurologist for a second opinion? Kimberly.
The symptoms you describe are not typical of tension-type headache. Take a look at Tension-Type Headaches - the Basics . They are fairly common Migraine symptoms. You can find information about the possible phases of a Migraine attack and the potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine .
If you're already seeing a neurologist, getting his or her opinion would be the way to go. If you're not, chances are that you'll need to wait for an appointment. In that case, start with your family doctor.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri R...
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