Posted by: Tennyson | 2012-11-02


Auto-Immune Disease and Diabetes

I am 48 years old and have been living with Type 2 Diabetes for 5 years. I also have a condition called Neuropathy and B12 Deficiency. Is it normal for my Doctor not to mention to me that I could have Auto-Immune Disease and not prescribe any medication for muscle pain, etc. What is your take on this?

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Diabetes expert

Dear Tennyson
It is inappropriate for me to comment on a patient’s management without knowing the full details and having seen the patient. What I can say is that B12 deficiency is not uncommonly seen in type 2 diabetes as metformin can interfere with absorption, and hence if you are on the metformin, then this may be the cause. The other potential cause of B12 deficiency is pernicious anemia, which is where your own immune system attacks the area of the stomach that produces a protein needed for B12 absorption. The only treatment needed for this is to replace the B12, normally via injections. Regarding treatment for the painful muscles, this could be secondary to magnesium deficiency, and hence I suggest talking to your doctor about trying some added magnesium.

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Posted by: Zexeon | 2012-11-04

You could go for B12 injection or tabletts. Your muscle pains could be due to cramps or to staneous exercises or ... So the expert will answer you in due time.:-)

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