Friend with Diabetes-ligament in shoulders torn now knee cap broken

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Robin O
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   Posted 3/16/2007 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
HI there:
My best friend has had diabetes for over 20 years, insulin dependent.
Last year, her tendons and ligaments in BOTH shoulders  (rotator cuff causing frozen shoulders for both shoulders) mysteriously tore. Doctor said he did not know why but I did. I said it was from her diabetes but for some reason, doctors remain ignorant to this.
Now, her knee cap has split due to fluid in her leg (after the emergency department took an xray, saw nothing wrong and told her she was dysfunctional and to go home (horrible treatment for someone in such pain and so sick). AFter an MRI, it showed a broken knee cap.
Has anyone with diabetes experienced such a terrible situation such as this? She did not hit her knee, and did nothing to her knee.  She has been disabled for a few years due to diabetes including kidney problems now with the protein issue, along with vision problems and severe weakness.
Sorry so this is negative but I just need some information on any links you can provide showing me that there is a link to such nerve and bone damage.
Thank you for your time.
Robin O.

Post Edited (Robin O) : 3/16/2007 12:12:30 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/16/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never heard of anything like that being related to diabetes at all. I am an insulin dependant diabetic for over 27 years. I'm sorry your friend is having such problems and I do hope someone gets to the bottom of it. Diabetics do get nerve damage such as neuropathy, but I have never heard of anyone having the problems you describe.
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Robin O
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   Posted 3/16/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you very much.  I did do some research and found people with diabetes dealing with  torn ligaments on several websites.  There is a link but more funding needs to become available to study it.  What I never heard of, and this was the diagnosis her doctor told her,  that her knee cap split due to the fluid in her leg.  It became so inflamed from the pressure it created a crack in her knee.  Hmmmm. I have my own health issues so I never know what to believe. What we do know is the knee has cracked and she did not do anything for this to happen so they had to assume it was from all the fluid. This website explains why diabetics seem to end up with torn ligaments.  And, there is alot more out there with the link between diabetes and ligaments, especially if you have been insulin dependent for a long time. I consider you very fortunate if you have not had any major health issues such as these.  She has suffered so much in the last couple of years from diabetes. Its like everything is shutting down now.

Thanks again for the response. I really appreciate it.

Robin O.



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   Posted 3/17/2007 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robin,
"Frozen shoulder" is definitely not uncommon for Diabetics. I had it for almost 4 months last year, my Type 2 Aunt recently had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff that started off as frequent frozen shoulder (didn't "do" anything to cause its damage), and I remember reading about its relationship to Diabetes somewhere. We are both "newbie" Diabetics (Dx within past 5 years), too.

I'm not sure what to say about the knee cap specifically but, I can tell you that for almost 2 years now I've had a "Bakers Cyst", (fluid-filled pouch in back of knee), that was seemingly formed as a result of fluid on the knee and it having nowhere else to go. I used to get swollen knees for years so, I guess the pressure finally created an escape hole out the back. I often wear a knee brace for extended walking and have to ice it frequently or "baby" it in order to make it behave.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful but I hope the understanding helps some. Take care...
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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