newly diagnosed type 2 how come my feet and legs hurt real BAD

By irene11 Latest Reply 2011-07-26 20:36:18 -0500
Started 2011-03-20 10:56:04 -0500


28 replies

RAINDANCER1950 2011-07-26 20:36:18 -0500 Report

dear friend , please be aware , along with many other things, diabetes can make P.A.D. , worse…what it s PAD , you ask , it's PERIPHERAL ARTERY DIEASE…it is when the arteries become clogged with plaques like the heart , then when you try to walk a distance, that never bothered you before…you have a serious pain…that increases as you walk…and is only relieved…by stopping …the cause is , your legs can not get enough blood to carry O2 and the muscles become starved for the O2…resulting in pain…without proper treatment this condition can lead to loss of limbs…another ,thing to check , is levels like potassium…causes really bad cramps…too little calcium …etc can cause the same thing…need to follow up with your doctor…and rule out any serious conditions ! you also may have diabetic neuroapathy , caused by damage to nerves…can be treated effectivly… good luck , my friend !… brenda

Gemm 2011-03-23 11:45:22 -0500 Report

I've had that problem for years but mine is from the severe arthritis I've had in my feet, as well as my entire body. I've also had neuropathy for 8 - 9 years from my critical or reactive hypoglycemia that docs said caused the same type of nerve damage that diabetics have from glucose levels that are too high. I'd say talk to your doctor about it and see what s/he says about it. There are meds that can be taken for that.

Good luck and HUGS

irene11 2011-03-24 08:53:24 -0500 Report

will this go away?
I cant walk to far without being in pain and out of breath
i ck my glucose last night 170
ck this am and it was 520

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-03-22 23:29:59 -0500 Report

Well I had breast cancer 2005. Since then my legs ache to the 10th degree. Found I had fibromyalgia. Took the meds. Exercise. "Eat right" New diabetes dr in January. She pulled me off gluten and 1 week later my legs got better, did not swell or ache. Hope this helps.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-24 09:09:09 -0500 Report

It does seem foods can cause some people problems. For me it is that my hands and wrists can really hurt if I ezt too many hershey kisses. Not a problem anymore since they are off my good list due to Diabetes. You would think I could have resisted those things long ago because of the pain they caused. But I just seemed to need to see if they were still affecting me every 6 months.

WendyFR 2011-03-21 21:22:12 -0500 Report

It maybe bad circulation, that's usuall wrong with me when my feet or hands hurt, sort of a pins and needle feeling. It depends what kind of pain your are having. I'm not in the medical profession so I'm not able to diagnose you, so the best shot is to speak with your doctor.

elaine52 2011-03-21 19:00:06 -0500 Report

my feet and legs hurt me real bad for a couple of years before I was diagnosed with diabetes,that was back in the 80's, and now that I've had diabetes for 20+ years I do have nuropathy, so I would certainly let your doctor know…

jojo1369 2011-03-21 20:26:17 -0500 Report

Elaine52 My father has had it for approximately same amount of years as yourself and he has neuropathy this is great advice for all who are suffering from leg pain.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-21 18:56:38 -0500 Report

Not to add another compliction to stress over but sometimes leg pain can be caused by bad veins. The veins in your legs can decide to have their pumps malfunction. Then the blood will not be pumped back to the heart as efficeintly as it should .It will hurt. This can be called venous reflux, venous insufficiency or venous stasis.
Your Dr. can figure out what is wrong since several things can be causing you to have pain. Each one has vary different treatments.
I will echo Jaybee - JiUMP ON IT. I sure wish I had in my case it meant a whole lotta extra pain.

leonmelton 2011-03-21 10:36:45 -0500 Report

i have the same problem and i had a test done my doctor set up. the test showed i had nerve damage in lower legs and feet. this is called diabetic neuropathy. please see your doctor and let him know about this. it only gets worse if you don't.

echowit 2011-03-20 21:56:25 -0500 Report

I'm symtom free so far but am under standing orders to report any, I repeat ANY, foot and leg symtoms to both my GP and my cardio-guy. Seems they consider it really important and that it will probably not just go away.

Like J said below, make sure your DR knows.

jayabee52 2011-03-20 22:11:30 -0500 Report

Mine started with sharp pin-prick feelings every not and then. So if you feel a sharp stabbing, or electric shock-like pain, JUMP ON IT (figuratively, not literally) and tell Dr before it gets worse.

nanaellen 2011-03-21 17:48:27 -0500 Report

How long after you found out you had Diabetes did you get neuropothy? If you don't mind me asking??

irene11 2011-03-21 18:09:36 -0500 Report

i have had neuropothy at least 2-yrs
i did not feel good back in nov. of 2010
found out i have diabetes ty-2

jayabee52 2011-03-22 07:36:04 -0500 Report

One can have diabetes ("DM") long before it is diagnosed ("Dx'd"). And one can get complications of the DM at any time in the progress of the condition, either before or after Dx. I have read here that the complication symptoms of DM lead to its Dx!

irene11 2011-03-21 18:49:21 -0500 Report

i didnt know that i was diabetic back 2-yrs ago or even more
thats when my feet and legs becan to hurt
now its real hard to stand or walk

jayabee52 2011-03-20 20:41:54 -0500 Report

Alan is probably right. But how do your feet and legs hurt? Do they feel like they're on fire? (mine do)

OR do your joints in your feet (toes, ankles, knees) hurt? If your pain is like that, you might have gout. I think gout can be corrected,

If you catch the neuropathy soon enough, it MAY be correctable, but it can take good Blood Glucose control for a good long while.

I am not a Physician, (nor do I play one on TV) so to get a good diagnosis see your Dr.

irene11 2011-03-20 21:11:16 -0500 Report

I do have neuropathy, i think i have had neuropathy for at least 2-yrs
i just thought that i was just getting old
i stand on my feet all day at work
but now, i cant even last 4hours on my feet
is this good or bad?
can i fix this or is the damage done?

jayabee52 2011-03-20 21:45:06 -0500 Report

You can try. Tell your doc about it. If he thinks so too, he'll probably try Neurontin/Gabepentin on you at first. and then will try something elseif that doesn't work. My Doc has me on a antidepressant Nortriptalyne (sp?) but so far little to no relief. I am now trying to take ALA suppliments and eat more Omega 3s

Of course for anything to work you have to have your blood glucose numbers ("BG#s") in excellent control for quite a while.

I've heard of people being helped with exercise and excellent BG# control or with Neurontin, but so far I've not found anything to diminish the burning.

Here is a whole list of discussions on Neuropathy from DC: Happy reading!


eristar 2011-03-22 07:14:40 -0500 Report

I'm also on gabapentin, and it helps some, but does not completely control the icky sensations of the neuropathy. But if I miss a dose, I sure can tell! Good luck!

jayabee52 2011-03-21 10:52:47 -0500 Report

I'm glad it works for you! It did nothing for me and I was on it for 5 yrs.
Praise the Lord that it works for you. I pray I could find something which did work for me. So far, nothing has. I'll keep looking.

krystalm 2011-03-20 22:54:42 -0500 Report

seems the neuropathy is a common thing for diabetics. i read up on it online( usefulness of the internet) and if u mix uncontrolled bs and high cholesterol its more likely to happen quicker. im waiting on the time to see specialist now after reporting symptoms to my dr. as jayabee said tell ur dr and let him try to help. mine ask me if any new things are going on and how my sugar levels are doing and said every 3 months along with ac1 i get a cholesterol check too.

alanbossman 2011-03-20 11:39:06 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family what you have could be neuropathy. It's cause is having high BS for awhile. High sugars cause damage to the nerves in feet,legs and other parts of the body. It could go away if you keep your BS in good control. or it could just ease the pain some. There are meds that can ease the pain of neuropathy. Others here who have neuropathy can help you with that.