advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From Portland, Oregon, USA:

I am a 49 year old female who has had type 1 diabetes for 10 years with reasonable control (hemoglobin A1c: 7.5%) along with rheumatoid arthritis (also under reasonable control) for six years. Over the course of the last year, I've developed numbness in the tips of my thumb and index finger and back (dorsum) of my hand. My rheumatologist says it doesn't look like carpal tunnel and is probably diabetic neuropathy, but my endocrinologist says she doesn't think so since diabetic neuropathy generally starts in the feet, and that it is probably the result of rheumatoid arthritis in my wrists. Is there some way to get to the bottom of what is causing the numbness?

Answer:

A test called an electromyogram (EMG) may be helpful in distinguishing nerve compression (as seen with carpal tunnel syndrome) from diabetic neuropathy. I would ask your physicians whether this test may be ordered, and the results reviewed for more insight.

JTL

DTQ-20021027182144
Original posting 11 Nov 2002
Posted to Complications

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:38
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.