Why Does Diabetes Make My Legs Hurt?

Question

Asked by steven miller

Why Does Diabetes Make My Legs Hurt?

I'm 46 yrs old and I have diabetes, high blood pressure, and back pain. My back and legs are in so much pain i hardly sleep. I take painkillers and my other medications regularly, but after 15 years they don't seem to help any more. Can you let me know if you have any advice?

Answer

I'm sorry you're having such a painful time, Steven. Leg pain is really common in diabetes. Neuropathy can cause tingling and numbness in the extremeties, but cramping and having legs that get tired easily can also be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD). People with diabetes and high blood pressure are much more likely (some say three times more likely) to develop PAD than healthy people, so it's really important that you talk to your doctor about this pain. Please let us know what the doctor says, and update us on your progress. Good luck!