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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 ...
For your health here is something that people who have both diabetes and another disease can push their insurance companies to provide. It’s a telemedicine device and data management system called the Commander that can save them money and might also save your life. It comes from Cardiocom LLC in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The same company offers the GlucoCom Telemonitoring System, which last November I wrote about here . That GluoCom system is similar but simpler than the Commander. The GlucoCom meter and the AutoLink telecommunications device is geared toward people who are just tracking their blood glucose levels and storing them in a secure online database. With that system you can give access to your doctor or others whom you want to see how you are doing. In November, Cardiocom’s Tom Backman came to Boulder, Colorado, where I live, to show me the GlucoCom system. He is the company’s western region sales manager working out of Highlands Ranch, south of Denver. This morning he came h...
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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