Joint and Muscle Problems Associated with Diabetes

Connective Tissue Disorders
Tests Your Doctor May Carry Out
Frozen Shoulder
Trigger Finger
Dupuytren’s Contracture
Carpel Tunnel
Stiff Man’s Syndrome [SMS] Also Known as Stiff Person’s Syndome
Diffuse idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis [DISH]


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Myopathy is a general term used to describe any disease of muscles, such as the muscular dystrophies and myopathies associated with thyroid disease. It can be caused by endocrine disorders, including diabetes, metabolic disorders, infection or inflammation of the muscle, certain drugs and mutations in genes. Diabetes myopathy is thought to be caused by neuropathy, a complication of diabetes. General symptoms of myopathies include muscle weakness of limbs sometimes occurring during exercise although in some cases the symptoms diminish as exercise increases. Depending on the type of myopathy, one muscle group may be more affected than others.

Treatment – This varies according to the type of myopathy but may include drug therapy such as immuno-suppressants, physiotherapy, bracing or surgery.