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Diabetic and treated for viral fever. Numbness in hands and unable to hold things. Advised to take Calcifit. What could be the problem?

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My mother aged 65 yrs, (Diabetic) had viral fever 3 weeks before for which she was given Denim and Rinifol. Even though the fever is totally gone, there is still numbness in her hands . She cannot pick up things properly with proper grip. Again she had been to the doctor for reporting this, and the doctor has suggested Calcifit 250 mg . to continue for 10 days.
For a person who has been very active all these years, suddenly being dependent on other for small small things is not making her comfortable. I tried to counsel her that it is o.k , we are there to help her , but she is very sad that she cannot do things on her own.
Doctor pls advise what must be the problem? Why is she getting numbness, what is it medically called ? Which doctor should we refer to ? Is it something related to nerves or deficiency of something.

Posted Sun, 27 Oct 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi 24 hours later
Brief Answer:
It can be diabetic neuropathy

Detailed Answer:

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The abnormal sensations such as numbness, tingling is termed peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system [most commonly seen in diabetic patients].Due to long time diabetes there is weakness in neurotransmission leading to neuropathy in diabetics.
Vitamin B12 is important in the maintenance of health and normal functioning of the nerve tissue and deficiency of it can lead to numbness. You can increase B12 level by taking meat and fish, or you can take Inj methylcobalamine 1500 mcg alternate day. [6 doses]

Change your diet and remove inflammatory foods such as citrus fruits, dairy products and wheat that may aggravate the condition. Simultaneously increase your intake of potassium and calcium-rich foods such as bananas and avocados and green leafy vegetables
Ingredients like chromium, vanadium, pectin, alpha-lipoic acid, niacin, and certain types of mushrooms. However, the main priority is to maintain healthy blood sugar.
Due to viral illness her immunity has decreased so you need to improve immunity and weakness by taking healthy and protein diet.

Some useful suggestion,
Stop smoking and drinking alcohol as this can exacerbate nerve damage.
Protect yourself from the cold and extreme weather conditions

I hope that I have answered your query. Let me know if I can help you further.

Take care.
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