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Do People With Diabetic Ketoacidosis Have A Lot Of Pain
DKA: Patients with DKA do not have pain related to the DKA itself, however they may complain from non-specific abodminal pain, which often resolves as the DKA is corrected. Dka also leads to deep and rapid breathing; if this goes on for an extended period of time it may cause discomfort around the chest wall and upper abdomen for excessive use of muscle for this type of breathing. ...Read more
Depends on type: Most physicians have at some point in their training encountered patients in dka. Anesthesiologists see them when requiring surgery for life-threatening infection or as ICU physicians. Also common is honk, a similar disease seen in type 2 diabetics. Both are life-threatening and may require ICU treatment. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
DKA for short: Dka is potentially life threatening complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. It results from shortage of insulin.In response, the body burns fatty acid and produce acidic ketone bodies that cause most symptoms and complications-vomiting, dehydration, deep gasping breathing, confusion, coma.Dka is a medical emergency, without treatment it can lead to death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complication of DM: If the body does not have enough Insulin to carry sugar into the cells for energy, the body begins to use a backup energy plan breaking down fat. This creates ketones which build up in the body and create an acidic change in the body. Since the enzymes work best in a balanced environment you feel sickly & nauseated. As the process continues the metabolism breaks down & bad things happen (you can die). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complex: Hi. Diabetic ketoaciodosis (DKA) is a serious and life-threatening complication of diabetes. It is managed in the hospital (usually ICU) with insulin, IV fluids, and electrolte management; any underlying precipitating factor such as infection or MI must also be diagnosed and addressed. Contrary to popular belief, it occurs in both type 1 and type 2; type 1 is just more prone to it. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get tested!: Hi. Both type 1's and type 2's can get diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). People in DKA are usually rather sick, often vomiting, and always dehydrated. It's a very easy to diagnose. Standard medical care of DKA is in a hospital with IV fluids, IV insulin, electrolyte management, and treatment of any precipitating conditions. If you're feeling pretty chipper and have very high sugar, it's prob not DKA. ...Read more
ItsDangerousTakeCare: At the point that you are getting into that range of illness, you just generally feel like s--t. If you haven't been keeping up with your fluids, you'll be thirsty and weak. Having lost vital electrolytes, you'll feel 30 years older. Sick to your stomach. Tired. And, often something kicks all that off like an infection, which adds to the misery. BUT...sometimes it's subtle, just minor symptoms. Beware ...Read more
DKA: A metabolic emergency for patients primarily with type 1 diabetes, DKA symptoms include those of high blood sugars initially. As the ketones build up, patients may have a fruity odor on the breath, get abdominal pain & vomit. Because they're already urinating a lot, dehydration can get bad. Some may breathe fast, get headaches, have altered consciousness. Without proper treatment, death imminent. ...Read more
Are you sick?: Hi. Are you type 1 or type 2? Usually if you are in DKA, you're sick. You can do home ketone monitoring in urine or blood. If you're in DKA, your BG will be high (usually >400). If you don't have home ketone testing and you're sick, get to the ER ASAP. If you can keep food down, make sure to get some fluids in you. DON'T SKIP YOUR BASAL INSULIN EVER. Good luck, and I hope you're not in DKA. ...Read more
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High blood sugar: Both conditions are a sign of cellular deprivation of glucose. In diabetes type 1 there is absence of insufficient Insulin so the sugar is elevated in the blood but low in liver cells and they start producing ketones. In starvation due to anorexia or alcoholism there in not enough glucose available so it also produces ketones. They are treated differently of course. ...Read more
Instead of: Thinking about it, why not keep your glucose in control and prevent any abnormal sugars, much less the severe metabolic abnormality of ketoacidosis. You can't develop ketoacidosis unless your sugar is very high and you are severely dehydrated. Control your glucose and drink lots of water, and you won't have to think or worry about dka. ...Read more
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