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Diabetic Diarrhea
kildare6338 posted:
Have any of your heard about or experienced this. My doctor seemed to think that I had this but it turns out I have colitis. How is this diagnosed and how is it different from colitis? I am also experiencing severe leg and foot cramps in the night that leaves my muscles sore for days. Could this be a side effect of Lantus (low potassium) that I have used for the past 8 years? I need your knowledge and experience. I have been Type 1 for more than 35 years. Thanks.
MrsCora01 responded:
There are a ton of things that can cause diarrhea. Personally, I would check other things first although I do know that sometimes the bowel problems can be associated with nerve damage. To find out if it is something like colitis or IBS, I would see a gastroenterologist (someone who specializes in the gastrointestinal tract). These docs know all about this system and will also be able to say whether it is the diabetes or not. The cramping and low potassium (which can cause the cramping) is most likely due to the diarrhea. You lose electrolytes when you lose that much liquid that quickly. If your potassium is low I would try to up things like citrus (oranges if your blood sugar can stand the carbs) or tomatoes.

Hope this helps a bit.

feelinghigh replied to MrsCora01's response:
When I had a problem with diarrhea, my doctor had me tested for Celiac. Just another something for you to think about.

Cramps....well, they never could tell me why I was having them but, I was prescribed Quinine. That stuff was the ONLY thing that helped me.

Personnally, I would prefer to try eating citrus (like Cora suggested) before using any drugs.

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