Thoracoabdominal radiculopathy

This is usually seen in older patients with long-standing diabetes and may be associated with marked weight loss. Most patients describe girdle-like pain around the trunk that may be unilateral or bilateral. Abdominal wall weakness, cutaneous hyperesthesiae, or superficial sensory loss over the involved area may be seen on examination. EMG changes can be detected in paraspinal and abdominal wall muscles, in adjacent myotomes, and, on this basis, the lesion is presumed to be very proximal - in the nerve roots. The pain is difficult to treat and recovery may be protracted, but the ultimate prognosis for recovery is good.

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Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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