Diabetes leg pain, as well as the problem in the foot is not felt until some damage may have been done. Neuropathy is a complication of this disease after years of uncontrolled high blood sugar. This lowers the sensitivity to pain thus posing a danger that damage could happen without feeling a warning.
When the diabetic loses a lot of this throbbing sensation, he has not really lost the feeling completely but rather the sensation is at a different level so that by the time the real sensation becomes uncomfortable, the damage may have already occurred.
The poor circulation to the lower extremities caused by the complication of this disease leads to chronic skin ulcers, numbness and burning of the lower legs and feet. These along with the diabetes leg pain can be painful. When left untreated, this could result in gangrene that may require amputation.
The feeling of the diabetes leg pain may be in the form of cramps while walking, predominantly in the area of the calf muscle. This may be the sign of the circulatory problem. The other signals are redness of the feet and darkening of the skin when the legs are in a dependent situation.
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At this point when the circulation rapidly gets worse, diabetes leg pain may be felt at night. How do some people ease this pain? Sometimes they do this by hanging the legs over the side of the bed. But why go to this point? Isn't it easier to monitor and try to keep the blood glucose near normal level?
The trouble with neuropathy is that the diabetes leg pain may be masked or felt in such low level that the condition worsens before seeking the advice of a doctor. If the treatment is not done immediately, the infection spreads and gangrene develops that may lead to amputation.
The high blood glucose level prevents the white cells from working their magic. They normally fight infection but then the high blood glucose prevents them from doing so. By the time the diabetes leg pain becomes uncomfortable, a visit to the hospital may be in the picture.
Can all these be preventable? Yes, if we take to heart all precautions. We know that with impaired circulation, sores take longer to heal and it makes it easy for infection to develop. But many of the 20,000 foot and leg amputations in the US are due to neglect.
The moral of the story? It is crucial that you take extra care of your feet and legs. We know that this condition can cause nerve damage which in turn result in problems with the blood flow in the feet and legs. Therefore you may not be able to feel what is happening in those areas so examine them every day with a fine tooth comb.
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Dr. Kham Vay Ung Saved Limbs
The Native Americans are lucky to have Dr. Ung as he saved thousands of legs and feet for them. Born forty-three years ago (around 1964) in Laos, he is now Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Working for the US Embassy in Laos when he was a teenager when the communists took over his country in 1975, he escaped to Thailand by hanging onto a log on the Mekong River.
There were bodies of people floating by who were shot by communists for trying to escape but he hang onto that log which was a good thing because he did not know how to swim. When he arrived in Thailand, he searched for his parents and siblings who escaped earlier.
He found them in a basement where they lived in order to avoid going to the refugee camp. He convinced the US Embassy staff to let him and his family immigrate to the US. With the help of a friend, they settled in Centerville, Iowa where people welcomed them and offered, clothing and furniture and such. They were also taught how to speak English.
After working as a janitor, to help support his family, he decided to further his education despite not finishing grade school due to the war. His first two years at Cornell University were not easy and he almost got kicked out of school. But he soldiered on spending hundreds of hours studying. Things improved by his third year and in his senior year he was a teacher's assistant in Chemistry.
Graduating in 1981 with a major in biology and chemistry and a minor in math, he worked as a researcher for the University of Iowa. By this time, he decided to become a podiatrist. Affiliated with a medical school, his university enabled him to work with doctors of all disciplines including surgery, endocrinology, and nutrition and diabetic education.
All these in combination with his understanding of life in the tribe, perseverance and suffering led him to work in the communities of Native Americans. He started as a volunteer intern at the Lake Band of Chippewa in Minnesota and the Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska. His passion made him look for better ways to help the Native Americans with foot problems due to diabetes. He looked into procedures that helped saved thousands of limbs. Today, he continues to serve the native people from the US, Canada and Central America at the Sioux City Foot and Ankle Clinic.
There will be another section on foot ulcers. All the precautionary measures will be there so make sure you watch for them. If we follow these precautions, we will lower the amputation statistics by as much as 75%. My hope and dream is that you will be the ones to lower that dreadful statistics.
The following is a video on Diabetes and Electrolyzed Water.This is a story about a diabetes patient who was supposed to have an amputation but avoided it with the use of electrolyzed water. By: NHK - Japanese government owned & operated public TV. It is about eight minutes long. Please spread the word around about this website.
There's news on this. Check it out here: News on Amputation. Maybe you can do something to avoid this.
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