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Sat Feb 23 11:30:00 EST 2013

i am a long time type 2 diabetic, 20+years and now my right leg from the knee down is turning brown with blood pooling in the foot. what is going on.
Asked By: jbolduc  
Category: Neuropathy

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2013-03-22 10:48:07.0

It sounds like you would need to see a vascular specialist to check the circulation in the leg/foot. I would certainly see your primary care doctor right away to see what they think is going on, which may very likely lead to a referral. It sounds like a circulatory issue, but without a history and full work-up you can't be certain. People can get these leg problems who are not diabetic, but the risk is certainly higher with long standing diabetes. There can be solutions once a diagnosis is made, so prompt medical attention is important. Let us know how you do!
Answered By: susan sloane
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2013-07-12 14:43:39.0

Diabetics can be susceptible to vascular problems. I have varicose veins myself, and they are not normally much visible or problematic. However, recently the veins in one leg became inflamed and dark, itchy and the skin looked quite sunburned. Then the veins in both legs flared up with inflammation. My doctor did an ultrasound test and though I perhaps had developed a clot. I am fine now, but my doctor suggested I wear compression stockings to help the blood flow back up to my body. You should see your doctor for safety's sake. It may be something serious or it may just be a maintenance issue, you should see your doctor to make sure. I was not aware than you can damage varicose veins quite easily.
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2013-05-17 18:32:12.0

I have been type2 since 1985. Just in the last 3-6 months, my right and then my left leg as well, have started turning red and swelling. I have been diagnosed with Venous Reflux. Granted my legs are turning red, but you may be having something like this. I have been referred to a vascular surgeon and he is to do ablation on the periphal vein in one leg later this month and in the other leg later. I hope this has helped you.
Answered By: catlady1destiny

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2013-05-17 18:32:09.0

I have been type2 since 1985. Just in the last 3-6 months, my right and then my left leg as well, have started turning red and swelling. I have been diagnosed with Venous Reflux. Granted my legs are turning red, but you may be having something like this. I have been referred to a vascular surgeon and he is to do ablation on the periphal vein in one leg later this month and in the other leg later. I hope this has helped you.
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