Can a 14 year old have neuropathy ?

First I have to tell you I am Tylers mom ,This is about neuropathy , diabetes is such a hard road to travel just to live even without the complications.
The question I have is Tyler is 14 . Yesterday he had 2 headaches & then about 8:30 PM he said his foot felt funny ,kinda felt like it was asleep then he said just weird, then he said numb . He said it felt that way up past his ankle . My question is can this happen to a 14 year old his last A1C was 7 ? Should I take him to his diabetes doctor or his foot doctor . I will be calling one of them for sure this morning but wanted to know if I am over reacting ,Thanks Jo

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Comment by Teena on November 23, 2009 at 6:08am
I don't think you are over reacting Jo...Just to be sure, it is still best you see Tyler's diabetes doctor asap. I think the most common neuropathy found in young Type 1 insulin dependent individuals is called peripheral neuropathy, generally characterized by pain, or burning and partial loss of feeling in the limbs, mainly in the feet and legs.
Comment by Allison Nimlos on November 23, 2009 at 6:26am
From what I have been told, it takes years for the body to develop enough nerve damage to actually qualify for neuropathy. But I would definitely call his diabetes doctor and get a referral to a podiatrist that has experience with neuropathy in people with diabetes. Better to be safe than sorry!
Comment by FatCatAnna on November 23, 2009 at 10:12am
I'm like others here - you are not over reacting! So far, after 42 years I've never experienced it, and my A1C's were God knows what in the 60's -70's (A1C's only came around late 70's). I would go and see a doctor, whoever is quickest to see first (specialists here in Canada can have a long waiting period, but that's our medical system - maybe different in the US of A).
Take care - and let us know how Tyler is doing!
Anna from Montreal
Comment by Jan on November 23, 2009 at 11:19am
Hi, I looked at your home page and saw Tyler was dx'd about three years ago. I doubt if he could get this type of complication in such a short period of time. I would, of course, check this out with a specialist. It may take a couple of months to make an appointment. Try not to worry too much during the wait.
Comment by tyler on November 23, 2009 at 11:57am
Thanks for all the advice .
Comment by Sohair Abdel-Rahman on November 24, 2009 at 12:28am
See his diabetologist.And ask to check his Vitamin D stores,osteomalacia ( defeciency of vit D ) may cause same symptoms you describe.Vit D3 supplemnts cure it, with exposure to sunshine and diet rich in calcium and vit D.
Comment by tyler on November 24, 2009 at 5:57am


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