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Sunday, November 11, 2012 PRINCESSK, Community Member, asks

Q: MY shin area from knee down hurts to touch, feels like a bruise, is not muscular or bone, has been going on for a couple of months, I am a diabetic type II

I am 55 years old and have diabetes, but I have lost 60 pounds over the past year and a half. I don't know if that matters, but now my shins hurt so bad. They even hurt to touch, and it has been going on for a couple of months. Does anyone know what might be happening? It feels like a bruise but it not the bone itself, I don't think.

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Cort, Health Guide
11/17/12 7:53pm

My understanding (I'm no expert) regarding diabetes is that it's important to eat regular meals :). Congratulations on the weight loss by the way. If you've been exercising in order to aid your weight loss then your pain might be shin splints. Shin splints are a painful overuse injury that can make movement painful. There are stretches you can do and for those that may help.

 

Of course, when pain shows up in diabetes it often shows up in the feet and leg first. Often it starts as tingling sensations in the feet first but can also show up as cramps, numbness in the legs and other sensations. If you're diabetic and you're having foot or leg problems its probably a good idea to get them and your diabetic status checked out. 

 

HealthCentral has a diabetes section that might be able to help you as well. 

 

Any significant pain that goes on for several months should get checked out anyway. Good luck! 

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By PRINCESSK, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/20/14, First Published: 11/11/12