By gigglygran Latest Reply 2015-05-02 16:35:27 -0500
Started 2010-02-08 11:23:41 -0600

I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I have a sensation in my legs that makes it feel like bugs crawling inside my skin. Is this related to diabetes? Is it neuropathy?

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Marie78218 2015-05-02 16:35:27 -0500 Report

I have more than RLS. It feels like my whole body is restless and achy. My neurologist says I have polyneuropathy. And I'm not diabetic. But I'm borderline diabetic. And I have Fibromyalgia. Does anyone else suffer from both of these? Even with medication, I have flare-ups. I may have to ask my neurologist if he can increase my meds.

sweething 2010-02-09 08:08:44 -0600 Report

Sounds more like Restless Leg Syndrome. That's exactly how I would describe mine. I also have peripheral neuropathy. That is very painful, and usually produces tingling, numbness. A neurologist can treat both. Maybe your primary care could recommend one, or treat them himself.

dj7110 2010-02-08 16:22:58 -0600 Report

I have neuropathy in both my legs and feet. Best advice I can give is to see a neurologist, or ask your dr to refer you depending of what kind of insurance you have. They specialize in this, and have good test for it.. just hook you up to wires and they send currents that rtake different redaing between the ends of the hooked up wires they have attached to you.. It's simple, nonpainful procedure they do right in there offices.. best of wishes and hope all turns out ok for you.. David

david cee
david cee 2010-10-30 22:31:52 -0500 Report

David, I'm glad you feel that this is non-painful. Part of it depends on who's doing the testing. But even with somebody that really does a good job of testing not exactly what I would call painless. But then again I'm quite sensitive to shocks *grin*

gigglygran 2010-02-08 17:41:28 -0600 Report

Thanks.ive mention some of leg pain.was mostly in left leg now r bothing me some.thought it was from back surgery and being over weight till i found out i had d.b.

spiritwalker 2010-02-08 15:03:43 -0600 Report

Is your Dr. aware of your leg condition? Let him know if
you haven't. There are ways to treat this. The most
important is thing is tight bg control.

KathyMarieI 2010-02-08 12:32:32 -0600 Report

please don't ingore this my daughter did when it was affecting her foot when she had the same symtoms and now her foot has no feelings in it she cant tell when its cut cold or hot which is dangerous please go to your doctor as soon as possible.

MAYS 2010-02-08 12:45:00 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for commenting and may God bless you for doing so !
Please take heed, this comes from her heart, she has witnessed it first hand, take it seriously, see our doctor !
" Mays "

2010-02-08 12:07:48 -0600 Report

gigglygran , please make sure that you share such things with your doctor. I have known a few people who have had it who have been able to get the problem to the minimun. I hope that you feel better.

MAYS 2010-02-08 11:33:53 -0600 Report

Neuropathy affects nerves throughout the entire body although neuropathy of the hands and feet normally get all the attention.

Here is a list of the types of Neuropathy and what parts of the body that they affect, this information was gathered from this site :

Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Nerve problems can occur in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart, and sex organs.

Neuropathy Affects Nerves Throughout the Body

What are the types of diabetic neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy can be classified as peripheral, autonomic, proximal, or focal. Each affects different parts of the body in various ways.

•Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms.
•Autonomic neuropathy causes changes in digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, and perspiration. It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure, as well as nerves in the lungs and eyes. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning symptoms of low blood glucose levels.
•Proximal neuropathy causes pain in the thighs, hips, or buttocks and leads to weakness in the legs.
•Focal neuropathy results in the sudden weakness of one nerve or a group of nerves, causing muscle weakness or pain. Any nerve in the body can be affected.

MAYS 2010-02-08 11:28:52 -0600 Report

Neuropathy is very serious so take it seriously !
Talk to your doctor about it and check the discussion's here on this site pertaining to Neuropathy, and most of all ASK QUESTIONS !

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2011-05-01 08:33:51 -0500 Report

I had a burning sensation in my legs if they touched at night I talked to my Doctor and he put me on Lyrica and it solved my problem

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