I just got diagnosed with arthritis in both of my big toe joints (via an x-ray) after complaining about them hurting for the past few months. My GP kind of brushed it off and said he didn't think it was anything I had to worry about, which is not true according to any of the subsequent googling I've done. My doctor tested me for gout (uric acid levels, etc.) and those all came up normal.
I am wondering if there is a connection between diabetes and arthritis? I've had Type 1 for 21 years and have no known complications. Can it be caused similar to a type of complication from years of high BG? There is a history of rheumatoid arthritis in my family, so I'm definitely wanting a second opinion to rule that out ... I am only 30 and think arthritis at my age seems kind of odd, though I know some others who have it from past injuries. I do use custom orthotics in my shoes, so do have a history of foot problems. Any suggestions on what kinds of things I should be asking doctors or any experiences/thoughts?