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Treatment for numbness under foot - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   HI
User :   Hi
User :   Good morning doctor.
User :   I have a question regarding my mothers diabetic condition
User :   She is 55 and is suffering from diabetes for a while
User :   Recently she developed a bit of numbness under her feet.
Doctor :   ok
User :   She says she feels as if she is walking with sponges on while walking bare feet.
Doctor :   This is a typical symptoms of a early complication of diabetes
Doctor :   called Diabetic Neuropathy\
User :   okay
Doctor :   I suggest a complete neurological examination to check for all her senses that include
Doctor :   fine touch, crude touc, pain, vibration and temperature
User :   okay
Doctor :   She should not walk bare foot
Doctor :   She can injure and may never know that
User :   okay
Doctor :   She should also get some tests include Nerve conduction test and color doppler to check for the patency of vessels
Doctor :   The baseline is her bloood sugar should be under control
User :   okay. Is this a serious condition ?
Doctor :   for these symptoms not to progress or to arrest the onset of complications
Doctor :   Once a complication of diabetes sets in, it is generally said that others set in soon
Doctor :   like kidney, heart and eye problems
Doctor :   So this is may be an early sign for you
User :   okay. can the later complications be prevented by sufficiently treating the present ?
Doctor :   ys
Doctor :   yes
User :   So first thing i should do is take her for a neuro test and bring the sugar level under control. Second includes information of what ever is gleened from the tests ?
Doctor :   First you can see the same treating doctor for diabetes
Doctor :   let him examine
User :   okay
Doctor :   Which city
User :   kerala, near cochin
Doctor :   You can consult a Diabetologist there in Kerala
User :   okay
Doctor :   Do you have any more quetions?
User :   No. Thank you for the guidance doctor. Have a nice day.
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now
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