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Fri Dec 23 20:50:39 UTC 2011

I have extremely cold feet, and blanched toes. Should I be concerned? I have neuropathy on my right side due to a Thalamic stroke in May.
Asked By: shirfire  
Category: Neuropathy

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Now that it is winter here my feet and lower legs stay extremely cold and painful. I am unable to heat them up using convential methods(rubbing my feet,or covering up with extra blankets including a heated throw. The only way to heat up my feet and legs is to take a hot bath. When I place my feet in the water they stay totaly white for at least 15 minutes and one toe never turns normal color. I had a stroke in May that effected mainly my right side, but as time goes by my left side is becoming more effected. My PCP does not seem to be cocerned with any of the changes, so I do not know what to do. My walking gate and, stability has also been compromised, and at times I need to use two canes(normally one cane will do) or my walker just to walk in the house This has also changed in the past couple of months. I have lost all of my medical coverage now that I am unemployed, so all medical needs are out of pocket, so I have to decide what medications and care I can afford.
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2012-01-03 21:00:42.0

That is a concern because it may be a circulatory problem. I would check with your health care team again and if you need help the ADA may be able to provide you with information for medical subsidies. Good luck, and hang in there. Many states have laws that mandate some type of medical coverage for patients with diabetes.

Learn more about the resources available to help you pay for your diabetes care.

Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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