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does anyone get heavy burning legs?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by dmcx3x, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. dmcx3x

    dmcx3x Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am 21 type1 diabetic for 12years almost 13 recently i have been getting burning heavy legs when walking i am wondering of it could be my diabetes or something else i mentioned it to the doctor's and all he said was it could be my diabetes nothing else exept that just wondering if any other diabetics get this
     
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    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Does it stop when you rest for a few minutes and come back after you have started walking again? And much worse when walking uphill.

    I have this and it's called intermittent claudication, caused by narrowing of the arteries supplying the legs. You would be a bit young to have it but it can be brought on over time by high blood sugars.
     
  3. dmcx3x

    dmcx3x Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeahh it is fine when i rest its really sore my blood sugars are quoet bad i have been googling about it and it said neuropathy

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    I think it sounds like neuropathy. There is a variety of medications that can help relieve the burning etc. I recommend speaking to your diabetic team. I've had it now for 5 years (diabetic 30 years)its not nice but can be co trolled


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  5. dmcx3x

    dmcx3x Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am going to call my diabetic nurae tommrow see if she can help but prob will need a appointment i was reading online about it do they have to take a nerve biopsy from my legs ? Is it unusual for a 21 year old to get it

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    sw11bloke · Well-Known Member

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    DMC...are your sugars running high? It sounds like you have been running high for a while. I am type 1 for 13 years and have experienced the same. Its neuropathy and your body telling you to get better control. My HBA1C was 12%.
    I have since dropped to 8% over the past 6 months and my legs are slowly going back to normal again. Apparantly the pain gets worse when the nerves start repairing and then slowly, it goes away when you HBA1C stays stable and below 7%.
     
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    connie104 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have just been diagnosed with neuropathy in my left leg. I thought the pain was from my hip as I am waiting for a hip replacement. After a trip to pain clinic last week they told me I have 2 different pains. What I don't understand is my BG has not been over 6.4 in the last 2 years and the burning/ tingling feeling has got worse not better.

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    sw11bloke · Well-Known Member

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    Type 2 is very different to type 1. Hope you get sorted Connie
    In a way, some people say type 2 is worse as a type 1 can use quick acting insulin to control their blood sugar. Some people think type 2 is easier as you dont have to inject.
     
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    Thommothebear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have had similar symptoms for the last 15 years now, way before I got T2. numbness and burning sensations to the outside of my upper right thigh, it's not nueropathy though. Its a trapped lateral cutaneous nerve, the condition is called Meralgia paraesthetica and you can have similar symptoms in the lower leg if the sciatic nerve is placed under pressure.
     
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    I have exactly the same pain on my right side as well. I thought it was referred pain from my endometriosis or I could have spread to the nerve youre talking about itself. The pain wakes me up in the right burning and shooting down my leg.

    Burning legs could also be lactic acid buildup right?


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  11. Thommothebear

    Thommothebear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lactic acid buildup feels quite different to me, that feels more like an achey, strainy type of sensation. Shooting pains I do get
     
  12. dmcx3x

    dmcx3x Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi i have called my diabetic nurse and she told me to make an emergancey appointment for my doc hopefully i get one today woke up and noticed one of my calfs are swollen a bit so i am in a panicking diabetic nurse said it sounds like neuropathy but swelling could be a blood clott but i really dont think it is a clott but better being safe than sorry x
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    DMCX I dont want to alarm you. If your calf is swollen a bit, it could be a DVT especially if its painfull. Go to A&E just to be on the safe side.
    Wish you the best and hope you get it sorted soon.
     
  14. dmcx3x

    dmcx3x Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi i went to the docs today my left calf is 3 and a half cm bigger thsn the other right now but got blood taken and i am to go back tommrow i asked oif its not a clot what else could it bey doc replied i dont know hopefully its nothing seriouse

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    Perhaps an asprin would be good to take as it also thins the blood. Keep us posted and good luck
     
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    This always happens to me when I go walking I'm glad that I'm not alone in this. I haven't been to the doctors about it, but I'm glad that its not uncommon with people with diabetes.
     
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    I get very heavy, ready to burst legs when i spend too much time sitting by the desk. I have fizically hard job and i spend all day on my legs, but this does not give me any bad feeling in legs.


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  18. dmcx3x

    dmcx3x Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Feels like i get no where with doctors one tell you the other then one put my bloods in the wrong tube then was waiting two hours to get seen to tell me they are not done to get more blooda total joke

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  19. sw11bloke

    sw11bloke · Well-Known Member

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    dmcx.... did you get a diagnosis re your leg?
     
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    rediron · Member

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    I was getting heavy burning legs when walking and exercising for a while. I initially thought it was the diabetes medication I was on, but it turned out to be related to the statin I was taking, as they can cause breakdown of muscle fibres.
     
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