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I commend your mother's success in controlling her diabetes and blood pressure. Uncontrolled diabetes
and blood pressure are major risk factors for heart health.
Diabetes can destroy nerves in the feet, legs, and hands of diabetic patients. This process is referred to diabetic peripheral neuropathy
. Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may include: 1) Tingling; 2) Numbness
(severe or long-term numbness can become permanent); 3) Burning (especially in the evening); and 4) Pain.
In most cases, early symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy will become less when blood sugar is under control. Medications can be taken to help control the discomfort if needed.
An alternate diagnosis is restless leg syndrome
). Restless leg syndrome (RLS, restless legs
syndrome) is a common cause of painful legs. The leg pain of restless leg syndrome typically eases with motion of the legs and becomes more noticeable at rest. Restless leg syndrome also features worsening of symptoms and leg pain during the early evening or later at night. The cause of restless leg syndrome is unknown in most people. However, restless leg syndrome has been associated with diabetes.
There are medications to help relieve some of the pain and discomfort of both diabetic peripheral neuropathy and Restless Leg Syndrome. I advise evaluation by her family physician to help determine the appropriate treatment for her painful sensations.
I hope that I have adequately answered your questions. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.