I have a couple of elusive symptoms that I’ve never been able to find the cause of. My doctor has told me that they could be because of diabetes, but I don’t find them on any symptom lists.
The first one is pitting edema in my shins, specifically my left one. It started in March after a very long plane trip to Australia. I’ve been checked for DVT, I did a 24-hour urine (that was fun) to check for kidney problems, nothing. My doctor told me it could be caused by the Avandia I’m on, but it started a month before the Avandia. It has not gone away. He said it could be the diabetes (I was only diagnosed on Friday) or it could be venous insufficiency.
The second one is an extremely low basal body temperature (BBT). I have been charting for about 6 months, because we have been trying to conceive. My temp NEVER gets above 97. It usually hovers around 96.6. I bet you’re thinking thyroid. I’ve had it checked repeatedly and it’s apparently fine. I am scheduled to have free T3 and T4 done again in September.
The low BBT in particular ticks me off. In my mind it is related to metabolism, because the body has to use up energy to generate your body heat. So clearly my body is slacking off by being so cold. I’m overweight and I certainly wish I could be burning more energy to keep my body warmer, instead of storing it! I think that in general, obese people are WARMER than thin people, not colder. So what is the deal here?
I have never to my knowledge had hypoglycemia, either.