Hello, I am here writing to hopefully find out if the problems I am having are related to diabetes.
I am a 31 year old female, with a history of high carb and sugar vegetarian diet since birth. Over the last 5 years I have made a strong effort to eat a highly nutritious diet but prior to then I did have sugar as a stable in my daily consumption and low protein.
For the last 3 years, I have been experiencing pain in my leg muscles, tibialis anterior, my hips, around glut medius and TFL down the side of my legs, and at times in my forearm extensors and upper back/shoulders/traps. At times, all areas throb and ache, and other times it is just the tibialis anterior. These aches do not seem related to exercise or time of day, but stress does make it worse.
I have observed, the pain is relieved by caffeine, but only for a few hours, relieved by IB profin but not tylenol, mildly improved by tumeric in high doses, relieved by exercise but only for a short period of time.
I had one basic blood test about 6 months ago where everything was normal except blood sugar was slightly elevated to "pre-diabetic" range. The doctor said it was probably just stress and not a concern.
My blood pressure is also high often, (not too high, 140/90) but goes down with stress managment practices to around 130/80. My heart rate is almost always around 89 however, even though I am an ex athelete and still very active.
I also have very cold hands and feet, and when i dont wear socks at night the cold is very noticeably uncomfortable.
I recently developed an ulcer, and I have been advised to avoid IB profin and coffee, which were my only source of relief from the muscle pain.
Other than the ulcer issues, my GI has always for the most part been normal and everything is "regular" and i eat a gluten free diet. The switch to GF a year ago helped a lot with my energy but did not seem to effect the muscle pains.
I do not have any other remarkable symptoms except for requiring a lot of sleep to feel rested.. at times 9-10 hours, and some fatigue issues which I try to manage with coffee or other stimulants.
i took birth control from age 15 to 25 but no longer do, and have a history of MANY small infections such as strep throat and staph skin lesions which i no longer get since I changed my diet 5 years ago, (these infections occured when I was in undergrad and partying and drinking a lot of alcohol and not finishing my antibiotics,) But the point is that I have taken A LOT of antibiotics over the years, so I have some flora issues and yeast but I thinks is pretty managed now.
I know this information is scattered, but im just hoping someone can tell me what type of doctor I should see, or what types of tests would be best. Or if anyone thinks this is some type of early atherlosclerosis or vascular issue. If I have damaged my vessels but having high blood sugar, is there anyway to reverse the damage?