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How do you know if your lower leg pain is caused by diabetic neuropathy?

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Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes. Nerves can be damaged from high blood sugar levels. It can cause pain in both of your legs along with numbness and less sensation in the lower legs.

Talk to your doctor about medications to control the pain and help manage your blood sugar levels.

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Muscle Cramp."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lower Leg Injuries."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Leg Problems."

NHLBI: "How Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California: "Leg Pain and Lower Extremity Arterial Disease."

American Heart Association: "Symptoms and Diagnosis of PAD."

NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Center: "Lumbar Herniated Disc."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Muscle Cramp."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lower Leg Injuries."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Leg Problems."

NHLBI: "How Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California: "Leg Pain and Lower Extremity Arterial Disease."

American Heart Association: "Symptoms and Diagnosis of PAD."

NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Center: "Lumbar Herniated Disc."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

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