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What causes cramps in legs and feet?

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Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016
Question: Hi my name is XXXXXXX I am 40yrs old I have been having leg cramps for over a month and foot cramps in both feet and my upper have been cramping also but I notice something new today with the leg cramps in my left leg my veins started hurting
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Complications of diabetes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX and thanks for being on HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Diabetes can result in both nerves damage and vascular damage as complications.

So, besides muscles cramps in your extremities that may be related to peripheral neuropathy, obstruction or narrowing of blood vessels that may cause pain, swelling, tenderness locally, should be considered and evaluated further.

It is necessary for nerve conduction study and EMG to evaluate the degree of nerves damage.

It is also necessary for Doppler ultrasound of your legs to evaluate blood flow and any impairment of it.

You should discuss with your treating Doctor about being examined further regarding to these conditions.

Treatment with drugs such Pregabalin to ease neuropathy symptoms and aspirin to improve blood flow must be needed if these conditions will be confirmed after above mentioned examinations.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

I remain at your disposal for further questions and clarifications.

Greetings.
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What causes cramps in legs and feet?

Brief Answer: Complications of diabetes. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX and thanks for being on HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. Diabetes can result in both nerves damage and vascular damage as complications. So, besides muscles cramps in your extremities that may be related to peripheral neuropathy, obstruction or narrowing of blood vessels that may cause pain, swelling, tenderness locally, should be considered and evaluated further. It is necessary for nerve conduction study and EMG to evaluate the degree of nerves damage. It is also necessary for Doppler ultrasound of your legs to evaluate blood flow and any impairment of it. You should discuss with your treating Doctor about being examined further regarding to these conditions. Treatment with drugs such Pregabalin to ease neuropathy symptoms and aspirin to improve blood flow must be needed if these conditions will be confirmed after above mentioned examinations. Hope you found the answer helpful. I remain at your disposal for further questions and clarifications. Greetings.