Severe leg pains

By Jerry_Abrams Latest Reply 2010-06-02 22:14:06 -0500
Started 2010-05-31 11:04:24 -0500

I work a job where I walk on concrete and steel floors for 8 hours a day. We have a pretty grueling schedule in that we are required to work seven days then get one day off, then seven more on and one off, etc. My problem is that by the end of my shift every night, I can barely walk, I limp to the car to go home. I get home and sit down to eat, then when I get up out of the chair, I feel severe pains in my hips joints, calves, shins, back of my knees, and all over my feet. I have tried all kinds of shoes, diabetic socks, compression hose (due to blown out blood vessels in my legs), and nothing has helped at all. If anyone else has experienced this, please let me know. Thanks!

7 replies

Jerry_Abrams 2010-06-02 22:14:06 -0500 Report

Well, I went back to the doctor yesterday, only to get more bad news. I was told that the reason for all of the pain in my feet and legs, was that I have now been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy, thanks to my diabetes, just another perk, lol. Anyhow, we have started a treatment to slow the loss of nerves in my legs and feet now. Hopefully this will help, I am far too young to be losing limbs already.

ston3xc 2010-05-31 20:40:20 -0500 Report

You might have to get a podiatrist added to your care team. Mine gave me the brand of a good insole to put in my shoes. I hope management lets you use heavy rubber mats because that's your best bet if you're required to stand in one place. Good Luck!

Emma2412 2010-05-31 19:51:47 -0500 Report

I'm really sorry you have to work on concrete and steel floors. They are terrible for the feet, let alone for a diabetic. When at work do you stand in one position or do you walk around constantly? If you are stationary a lot of the time, you could get a few heavy-duty mats to put under your feet. I'm sorry I can't be more help.

Jerry_Abrams 2010-06-01 00:03:48 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, I walk almost the entire 8 hours. Back and forth across the factory, moving heavy racks of yarn. When I took the job I thought all of the walking would be better for me, little did I know what kind of pain I was in for. Thanks so much for your input though.

PAT L 2010-05-31 12:38:30 -0500 Report

You didnt say what other meds you are taking but start eating banana`s for you could be low on potassium chloride. I know when i am low i cant walk accross the street with out my lower body hurting. Also staton drugs will do the samething. Its a side affect of that drug…

Jerry_Abrams 2010-06-01 00:05:13 -0500 Report

Thanks Pat, I never thought of the potassium, I will try that too. At this point I need all the help I can get. Thanks again!