Posted by: JA | 2011/10/31


Stroke or diabetes?

Hi Dr,

My mom has diabetes and is over 60 years old. She has also had a mild stroke about 5 to 6 years ago. Recently she has been having some symptoms, I wanted to know if these are related to diabetes or perhaps she is having mini strokes.

She gets bad headaches, she has had one since yesterday and has taken meds but still has it this morning. Yesterday is also had her left side of her face feeling tingling including her lip and left side of her chin.

When she check her sugar is was very high and she took some meds immediately. That feeling started to go away gradually but she still has the headache.

Can this be a stroke or diabetes symptom? She speaks normally and looks normal as well. I did tell her what to do when she feels like that again to check if its a stroke. Please help!!!! I don''''t want anything to happen to her. She takes Glucophage 500 mornings and evenings and when the sugar spikes way to high she takes Glucomin 5mg. She also talks of feeling faint sometimes as well.

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert

Dear JA,

From what you have told me. It doesn’t typically sound like a stroke, but more related to her high glucose levels, in that when they are high she feels the tingling in her face.

I am concerned that she is over 60 and using glycomin on an as needs basis, and suggest that the treating doctor reviews her overall glucose control, and looks at a better drug to use, for glycomin is a long acting drug, and should not be used to treat glucose spikes. It is also more likely to cause low glucose levels.

Dr May

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