Hello, I am 49 yrs old and I have had right shoulder and arm pain for three days. I have Type 2 diabetes. What could be wrong with my arm and shoulder?
Hi there, Susan -
It's best to have any new symptoms like that checked out by your doctor since they could be a sign of changes in your condition that require attention. Diabetics are susceptible to a wide range of issues that can be triggered by the disease, including peripheral neuropathy, a condition that can damage nerves in various parts of the body. The symptoms you're describing could be a type of neuropathy, but only a doctor can tell you for certain.
I hope you've gotten it worked out by now! Here are some links on our site that can give you more information:
The Risk of Neuropathy for Diabetics
If range of movement becomes more restrictive and painful with time, it might be adhesive capsulitis, aka "frozen shoulder". Diabetics tend to get this more than non-diabetics.
If so, get ready for a long period of deteriorating range of motion, then a long recovery period. By long, I mean 12-18 months total time.
Had it in one shoulder for 18 months. Then a couple years later, in the other shoulder for 13 months.