Diabetes

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Posted by: mb | 2012/03/02

Q.

sensations in lower body

I''ve heard of restless legs syndrome and wonder what it is.
I am 55, female and sometimes get this strange sensations from pelvic area down to my legs. Sometimes during the day but mostly at night.

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Diabetes expert

Dear MB

Restless leg syndrome is a not uncommon cause of leg pain that is eased by moving the legs typically worse at night. Four criteria should be met to make a diagnosis and include a strong urge to move your legs(mostly occurs with unpleasant feeling in legs) , symptoms that start or get worse when you're inactive, relief from movement, and finally symptoms that start or get worse in the evening or at night. In most cases a cause is not found, but there are some associations like obesity, diabetes, iron deficiency and, drugs and caffeine. In a person with diabetes, one would need to exclude peripheral neuropathy, i.e diabetes related nerve damage. Treatment is aimed at the underlying cause if found, otherwise there is medication that can be used.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/03/13

Dear MB

Restless leg syndrome is a not uncommon cause of leg pain that is eased by moving the legs typically worse at night. Four criteria should be met to make a diagnosis and include a strong urge to move your legs(mostly occurs with unpleasant feeling in legs) , symptoms that start or get worse when you're inactive, relief from movement, and finally symptoms that start or get worse in the evening or at night. In most cases a cause is not found, but there are some associations like obesity, diabetes, iron deficiency and, drugs and caffeine. In a person with diabetes, one would need to exclude peripheral neuropathy, i.e diabetes related nerve damage. Treatment is aimed at the underlying cause if found, otherwise there is medication that can be used.

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