I recently saw the following question:
My feet feel like something is stuck to the bottom of them all the time. They burn sometimes and sometimes they feel like pins are sticking in them. What can I take to make them feel better? I have type 2 diabetes, and am taking Glucophage.
Sounds like you probably have diabetic nerve damage. This presents with numbness, dysesthesias (odd and somewhat painful sensations), and/or pain in the feet. This form of neuropathy is frequently called peripheral neuropathy (or more precisely, distal symmetric sensory polyneuropathy). It is common in people with diabetes, and is usually attributed to long-term lack of control of diabetes – but it may also have additional causative factors including (among others) alcohol abuse, neurotoxic medications, and vitamin B12 deficiency. These should be investigated, and if present, treated. If no other factors are found, then the standard treatments for peripheral neuropathy s...
We started our discussion about restless legs syndrome (RLS) in my recent blog, so let’s continue where we left off.
Mild symptoms of RLS occur in 5-15% of the general population, which makes it the second or third most common sleep disorder. Of these cases, only about 2-3% are considered clinically severe enough to require treatment. It appears to occur more commonly in females and can even affect children. Due to the difficult to describe leg sensations that are felt, children may be wrongly diagnosed with “growing pains” or even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). RLS symptoms occur more commonly as we age. Individuals who experience symptoms at a younger age tend to worsen as they get older, though there cases when the disease resolves spontaneously when the sufferer gets older.
Sleep disturbance is a major complaint in patients and is usually the main reason why they seek medical help. Though the dis...
<p><strong>What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?</strong></p>
<p>Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder whose primary feature is an irresistible urge to move the legs when the individual is at rest, referred to as focal akathisia. The sensation is worse at night. Relief from the sensation is almost immediate when the individual moves the legs or walks around. However, if the individual stops moving or walking, the sensation may return. The sensation will usually lead to insomnia. The bed partner may notice periodic or rhythmic movements of the legs when the individual is asleep.</p>
<p>Restless legs syndrome affects 4% to 29% of the general population. Although the syndrome can occur in all age groups, its incidence seems to increase with age. The condition, though unpleasant and annoying, is not a major health risk, nor is it an early warning sign of a more serious neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease.</p>
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