Well Michael…your comment is very very timely…
A new can of worms has been opened in my case. While some of my complications appear to be from diabetes, I am learning, after being told otherwise for decades, are NOT frm diabetes.
I saw a new eye doc late last summer, he said NO WAY was my diplopia (double vision) had anything to do with diabetes, and that I have a neuro-muscular problem. So far the general concensus but not officially confirmed as yes is MS. My brain MRI of '07 showed multiple bilateral CNS lesions in white matter and more recently a c-spine MRI was done and a couple lesions there as well. For so many many years everything was blamed on mainly diabetes, some on having cancer ('82) adn arthritis. Xrays done last year ruled out arthritis and blood work ruled out Muscular Ddistrophy and probably also ruled out MG. (myastheia gravis).
Last Sept my FamDoc called me for a (long for him) MS talk, said “it fits” and needed to be followed up on. He did a referal to MSU MS clinic and I have a neuro-opthlamologist apt at the MS clinic next week. My diplopia prisms were last updated in 1984 and NEED updating.
The DOTS are beginning to connect and make sense for a change.Learning to seperate what is and what is NOT diabetes related has been a big help. My diabetes is still a little wierd, just not nearly as wierd as it seemed. For example the leg weakness problem; When I fell and tore my shoulder 3 years ago that caused me to loose good control of my diabetes, had a mild case of DKA. Already having muscle weakness problems simply compuded the leg problem, made it worse and took about 18 months to recover my usual leg strength. The MS(?) issue also make sense since the problem was mostly my left leg and not equally both legs.
This year I will be spending a lot more time with NEUROs than my endo…lol
I am trying to learn what and how the (probable for now) MS and diabetes affect each other. One thing is clear, for me its even more important to maintain GOOD diabetes control. IF the MS is confirmed that probably will me even more shots, and not nearly as nice (sorry 4 oxymoron here) as insulin shots. My Fam Doc told me at the MS talk there are meds for MS these days, (kinda new in the past decade) what he did not tell me was the annual cost runs about $15,000 to $23,000/year! And I thought Lantus and Humalog were expensive…ouch!