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Based on what you have described you have significant complications from your diabetes... 900 blood sugar is exceptionally high. The barely being able to walk... that's diabetic neuropathy where the nerves in your feet are destroyed by the diabetes. When you arrived in the ER with pain from GOUT - a different disease entirely - I understand you were given steroids. Gout is typically treated with either steroidals or with NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). There are advantages and disadvantages to both. When patients have comorbidities, as insulin dependent type 2 diabetes would certainly be considered, it presents additional challenges to physicians trying to treat emergency-type situations (or, rather, conditions that patients see as emergencies, which brings them to the ER). A lot of times it is a judgment call - what do you use with a particular patient when two things (or more) may be acceptable. If you hadn't been treated at all, you would have been in excruciating pain - that much we know for sure. Maybe something would have been more ideal, at this point it doesnt make sense for me to speculate; i'd just be Monday-morning quarterbacking to be honest. However, if you feel that the physician who treated you acted inappropriately you should certainly file a claim with your state medical licensing board and they will undoubtedly look into it. You could also seek out a medical malpractice attorney who wants to take your case; you'll find that many malpractice attorneys will take cases on contingency (meaning they don't get paid if you don't get paid). Your state bar association can guide you to medical malpractice attorneys. Or you can choose to decide that the person in the ER who tried to help you did the very best he could to help you, even struggling with what would be the worse-er of two (or three) evils: letting you suffer vs. potentially impacting your diabetes vs. giving you something else entirely - something that may have had its own negative side effects that were potentially worse than the side effects you experienced. Please let me know if you have any other questions or you need me to clarify anything. Please also submit a rating if you're satisfied with your assistance; this will not cost you anything extra. We only get credit for the time we take assisting you if you are satisfied AND ALSO submit a rating. And please don't feel like we have to stop talking after you submit a rating. I'd be more than happy to continue working with you after that as well.
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