Do I have neuropathy? I have a lot of pain in my feet and leg. I can't stand for more than one hour or sit in a chair for more than and hour. Also my legs hurt so much when I try to sleep and I have no feeling in my outer thighs. I am a 43-year-old male, type 1, insulin resistant.

Dr. David Erani


Diagnosing neuropathy requires the type of evaluation that still needs to be done in person. Therefore, I can’t give you a direct answer to your question. That doesn’t mean that it is not an important one. Neuropathy affects as many as 40% of people with diabetes and it is more common in type 1 than in type 2 diabetes. So, it would be reasonable to assume that neuropathy may be responsible for your symptoms. In medicine, it is always best to avoid assuming. If you do have neuropathy, it would be reasonable to assume that diabetes is the cause. Again, we do not want to assume. There are other causes of neuropathy and there is no reason that they could not affect someone with diabetes. The best thing to do is to be evaluated by your primary care provider. He or she can always suggest that you see an endocrinologist or neurologist if necessary.

October 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

5 replies

cograndma 2014-01-17 23:48:14 -0600 Report

I have the beginnings of neuropathy. A neurologist did an EMG. They put an electrode to the muscles in your legs and feet and make them jump. They can tell by the bar graph readout if you have neuropathy. It's not pleasant, but not too bad. Since you can't sit for a long time you might have RLS (restless leg syndrome), which I have. They are treating that with Lyrica. For me it is a wonder drug but my daughter has Fibromyalgia and cannot tolerate Lyrica. You should ask your doctor about this one. Don't ever assume things and take specific advice as gospel from anyone who is not a doctor. Please see an endocrinologist and bring your list of concerns… Hope some of my experiences give you some ammunition to bring to the doctor.

rosesred 2014-01-07 15:42:39 -0600 Report

I also have neuropathy dr. put me on foot theraphy. and wanted me to get a unit that sends little electrical current through my legs something like a tens unit. you wear socks that a electrode is attached to it works., doesn't relieve all the pain but it's liveable. unit is expensive and medicare says they will pay but you have to fight them to get anything back. i'm learning so much since i have joined connect . 2013-12-14 18:39:35 -0600 Report

I have been using vick's medicated rub at night I put it under my toe's and feet rub in it helps a lot, a friend told me her dad did it years ago you have to put socks on loss fit.

lorider70 2013-12-04 10:36:50 -0600 Report

I do have neuropathy, am a type II of 25 years or so. Have been in control since diagnosed; NOTHING abates the leg pain completely. I was put on Tramadol about a year ago, which takes the "edge" off a little, but does not eliminate the pain. Also cannot gain a pound. At 5'9" and 138 lbs. I consider myself underweight and do not like the loss of strength that comes with it. Doctor says weight is fine; I say it is NOT.