Five days ago I woke up with a pain in the lower half of my left arm, between my elbow and wrist. My left pinkie finger was also numb but movable. It felt like I had slept on my arm wrong, so I didn't think too much of it until several hours had gone by and my finger was still partially numb. After about five or six hours, all was back to normal, except for a minor soreness in the arm.
The following day, I woke up with the same thing on the right side. Soreness in the arm, right pinkie finger numb, etc. The pain wasn't as severe as before, but was spread out across the entire arm, below the shoulder. Again, after several hours, sensation was restored to my finger.
The day after that, I woke up with a slightly tingly feeling throughout my right arm, but nothing was numb. There was (and still is) a general feeling of fatigue in that arm, kind of like when you hold your arm up in the air over your head for several minutes. This tired sensation and the minor tingling is particularly noticeable during periods of rest, especially laying down.
Saturday I went to the doctor. Upon describing my symptoms he did a few physical tests (making a ring with my fingers and trying to pull them apart and some other stuff I've never seen done before). He seems ready to blame carpal tunnel syndrome or a thyroid condition. Blood was drawn and thyroid testing was ordered. As of this evening (Monday) the results are still not in. A series of X-rays were also taken of my neck, and all looks good there.
I've been recovering from a week-long battle with what seems to be a combination of a cold and early seasonal allergies. I've also been undergoing a treatment routine for athlete's foot and a toenail fungus (two toenails removed, topical treatment for the toenails and ketoconazole for the athlete's foot, combined with twice-daily vinegar soaks).
I've recently had some unexplainable weight gain. I say "unexplainable" because despite my admittedly poor eating habits my weight has stayed rather constant at around 235 for a year or so, though I've suddenly gained 10 pounds in the last couple of weeks with no notable changes in diet or exercise (or the lack thereof!).
I'm now having a slight problem in my right eye... it feels like there's "something" wrong with the eye, and there appears to be a blurry area near the top and bottom of my field of view in that eye (noticeable when looking at, for example, the LED display on a clock or various indicator lights like on a modem, etc). It almost seems like there's a slight film or something on that eye.
Given my recent troubles...
* Weight gain
* Elevated blood pressure (haven't been following it, but it was 141/76 on Saturday)
* Foot problems -- predominantly on the right foot
* Eye trouble
* Increased thirst -- for about a week before this I was almost constantly drinking water
* General tiredness
...and not to mention the family history of diabetes, I'm leaning toward a good potential for Type 2 Diabetes. Circulation *appears* to be good in that arm and hand (good color, temperature, etc) though the sensation is definitely one of "going to sleep." My doctor is aware of the history but is leaning toward carpal tunnel more than anything (how that impacts my eyes, feet, etc. is anyone's guess, though they may be totally unrelated).
I'm wondering if anyone here can correlate my recent symptoms with any other condition, or if the consensus might be that I'm on the right track with my (for now) self-diagnosis above.