Patients with diabetes commonly have musculoskeletal problems (diabetes hand, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, and others). We screen, identify and manage these conditions which produce considerable morbidity. These are seen in both type 2 and type 1 diabetes. In addition, since type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, there is a chance of overlap with other autoimmune diseases like arthritis, celiac disease, lupus. Rheumatology can also deal with such other systemic autoimmune problems. Patients with diabetes are also prone to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, common degenerative conditions.
Common Symptoms include:• Pain in thejoints.
• Stiffness in joints.
• Tiredness or fatigue.
• Rashes on the body.
• Sensitivity towards sunlight.
• Fingers or toes turning blue or white when exposed to cold (called Raynaud's phenomenon)
• Loss of hair.
• Problems in other organs such as the kidneys.