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mvashley1
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Registered on: ‎10-29-2011

leg pain with diabetes?

I was wondering if anyone else has the problem of pain in their legs. I hurt from my hips on down a lot of the time. I've even thought I might have fibromyalgia. On my last dr visit he asked if I had leg cramps and I said yes. He told me to take 50 to 100 mg of B6 daily, and 50,000 units of D one a week. I've seen a slight increase in energy and the leg cramps got better but started again and the pain is worse than before.  I work standing on my feet and some days are just so hard. My next scheduled dr appointment isnt until March but I"m thinking about seeing my dr before that b/c my legs just hurt so much.

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morrisolder
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Re: leg pain with diabetes?

Leg cramps can have nummberous causes, including dehydration and a shortage of various electrolytes, including magnesium, potassium and sodium.  Sometimes you can tell if you are low on any of those by the results of your blood panels.

 

Would you describe your pain as muscular pain or nerve pain?  Nerve pain can definitely be caused by high blood sugar levels, though usually that starts in the feet and takes a long time to get up to the hips as well. The fact that it starts so high makes me wonder about the position you are working in, standing or sitting, and whether a chair or your clothing is pinching a nerve somewhere...

Morris

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mvashley1
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Re: leg pain with diabetes?

well, I would describe the pain as muscular, not nerve. I do have sciatic problem but I get chiropractic and massage occasionally. I started yoga back in January and it got better in just a few weeks with yoga. I did have nerve pain in my left foot a few months before I realized it could be anything related to diabetes. That is much better now that BG is under control. It's just constant pain in both legs, walking, sitting, standing, lying down...When I get up in the morning, it's gone, and starts all over again. Worse on days I work.

 

At work I"m on my feet for 6 hours with a 30 min. break somewhere in there and I work 4 or 5 days a week. I have recently asked to cut back to 3 days every other week so I can have a break. Lucky for me I can do that!

 

My dr did all sorts of blood tests...calcium, vit d, potassium, etc...all normal at my last visit.   I try to eat a balanced diet, getting greens and fruits in there every day.

The only other thing I can try is drinking more water.  I guess I could be dehydrated. The last dr I saw said there was nothign wrong with me and that  sometimes we get enough liquid with our meals. I thought that was a little odd for a dr to say. Usually they push water, water, water!

I was even drinking a  Pedialyte about once a week to make sure I'm getting electrolytes. I've stopped that b/c I was just getting so tired of it, and tired of testing, tired of eating right...blah, blah, blah..

Every now and then I just get tired of it all and then regret eating that extra helping of mac n cheese or that other half of baked potato then I feel like crud! :smileysad:

doing ok today though!:smileyhappy:

 

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elyoung
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Registered on: ‎09-26-2011

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I had a sleep apnea test done a while back, and the doctor discovered i had restless leg syndrome. I don't get the tingling or creepy crawlies that many people get. Instead, my legs just ache horribly! It's worse at night, but sometimes will bother me during the day time. Not saying, this is your problem, just another avenue to look into... Good luck. Any kind of chronic pain is awful to live with, not matter what it is.

 

Betsy

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morrisolder
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Re: leg pain with diabetes?

mvashley,

 

one more thought has to do with shoes--comfortable shoes and good thick socks can make your legs feel a whole lot better when you are using them all day long.  Obviously i haven't seen your shoes, but it might (or might not) be worth thinking about...

 

 

Morris

Diagnosed Type 2, with an A1c of 11.4 in 2003; averaging a 5.0 A1c since then with diet, exercise and Glipizide XL + meds for blood pressure and cholesterol. 
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mvashley1
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Re: leg pain with diabetes?

Yes, my legs seems to be "restless" when they're hurting. I dont notice it when they're not. I'll have to pay attention to that and see.

 

 As for the shoes, I did spend lots of money on 2 pairs of SAS shoes a few years ago. I wear that most of the time b/c they're soooo comfy and now I'm spoiled! I want another pair in a different style now. Thanks for all the suggestions and ideas! I'm trying to drink more and see it improves with that.

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goldensun
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Re: leg pain with diabetes?

Shoes can be worn out even when they don't look worn out.  The support can be gone inside.  You might try new shoes before concluding you have a health problem.

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mvashley1
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Re: leg pain with diabetes?

Excellent suggestion! Thanks! :smileyhappy:

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Janet754
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I have suffered from fibromylgia for 14 years.  Yes I do have leg pains and it is more like muscle pain.  I try to walk everyday and some days it is so hard for me to walk the last 5 minutes because my legs ache so much.  But I also have alot of pains in my arms.  It feels like somebody is putting pressure on my arms where they would put a blood pressure cuff on your arms.  Some days I am better than others.  Have you gone to a rheumatologist?  Good luck to you.  I don't think there is any blood test to tell you if you have fibro.  Take care.

Janet (born on the 4th of July)
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SpeechLady85
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Re: leg pain with diabetes?

Hi m

You may well have restless leg syndrome, or a combination of things - that's what I've got going on. Have you considered going to an endocrinologist (one who specializes in treating diabetics)? I also have a sleep specialist and a podiatrist (beside my reg doc - PCP) - he does all my 'routine' care except foot care. Good luck and hope you get some answers! -- Vicki

Live (to the max), Love (and hopefully be loved), Laugh (at every opportunity),
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Diagnosed 2001,  I am a work in progress = progressing to not let 'D' control me - with the help of my 'D' family here.