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.
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.