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Old 05-03-2010, 13:00   #1
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The last few weeks I started feeling numbness in my lower left leg and arm and generally the left side of my body. Don't notice any disscoloration. I would go to a doctor but I'm laid off and have no health insurance. A few months back I was disqualified from a medical study because they said my glucose was 115 fasting. Comments or suggestions? Thank You

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Hi! Do you have any income based clinics near you? They are not always the best, but you DO NOT need to mess around with anything involving just one side of the body. You might end up having to do the ER thing, they can't refuse to see you even without insurance. Believe me, I've been there. I just paid them as much as I could each month. Something has to be causing these symptoms. By the way, how old are you?

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Tom, I agree with MinisMom - see if you can't get into a free or needs-based clinic. The numbness could be any number of things that should NOT be ignored, particularly since it affects only one side of your body.




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Thanks for the replys. I'll check out those clinics today. I'm 53 and not overweight at all. As a matter of fact I feel fine except for those symptoms. I heard that diabetics sometimes get nerve damage in the extemities and thought this is what could be occuring.

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Well, just got back from the clinic and the Doc says I didn't have a stroke. All things checked out fine. They took a blood sample and we'll see what that reveals.

I don't know why but I thought a doctor visit was going to be through the roof and was only a $30 co-pay including the blood work. Might be the best thirty bucks I ever spent.

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That's a major relief - both the diagnosis and the payment! As for being the best money you ever spent - peace-of-mind is truly priceless, isn't it?

Am interested now in what your blood work will turn up. Keep us posted, okay?

Oh - and Tom? You're in Missouri? I'm about halfway between Springfield & St. Louis - northern end of the Ozarks. You anywhere nearby?




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I'm in O'Fallon. I have family in Hartville (Wright County) and the KC area. I'll keep you posted on the blood work. Thanks again for the recommendation on the clinics.

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Just got the results back from my blood work and they state I'm not diabetic. My non-fasting glucose was 136 and hemogloban A1C was 5.5. Not sure what A1C is but they claim it's a more accurate indicator of diabetes and that 5.5 is perfect.

I still have the numbness on the left side of my body. Left foot in particular but I guess I can rule out diabetes.

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The A1c measures how much glucose has attached itself to your hemoglobin - the protein molecule in red blood cells. And since the average life span of a red blood cell is about 90 days, this test can tell what your average glucose level has been over the last roughly ninety days. Cool test, eh?

It's sure good to know you aren't diabetic! Hope you can get to the bottom of the numbness business . . .

take care.

Oh! About Hartville - we live on a bluff right above the Gasconade River, which has its headwaters at Hartville.





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It is good to know I'm not diabetic as of now. My father had the disease so I'll absolutley keep tabs on my blood sugar. Regarding the numbness..the next thing they want to do is a cat scan.

Living on a bluff overlooking the Gasconade.....that has to be beautiful!

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