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Diabetic, have neuropathy pain, on Gabepentin. Severe pain in hands, swelling in feet, weakness. Reasons ?

I am a diabetic and I have neuropathy pain. I have been taking Gabepentin for a year and in the last month I am having severe pain in my hands, and swelling in my feet . I am having pain and weakness in my legs. I am so stiff I can hardly walk. I took Lyrica a few years ago and my hands and feet hurt and I quit taking it. After a year would the gabapentin be the cause for my symptoms?
Mon, 17 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Gabapentin is a medication which is often prescribed to treat peripheral neuropathic pain. It is unlikely to be the cause of your recent symptoms. The pain and weakness in the legs could actually be a further complication of the diabetes itself - like a myopathy or a neuropathy. I would advise you to have a complete neurological examination done by a doctor to evaluate the cause of your symptoms, and then plan further management.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
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