Does high blood sugar cause leg cramps?
by Debbie Smith
Hi dear readers,
Today, I wanted to share with you the concern of Debbie regarding her leg cramps as following:
I have been having high blood sugar readings from the 300 plus to for over a month. It was 600 on Saturday. (I take Humalog 50/50 70 units three times a day)
While driving, I had a pain in my foot near the ankle. By the time I walked into the store, the pain was so severe I could not walk at all. Level 9 out of 10.
Painful to move or touch. Had to get some one to drive me home and then could get on the bed only with help.
No injury to foot. Woke up to find my foot was abut 80% better. Swollen a little, red in areas, and it hurts to bend down over a curb. I can tough and move it.
I wondered if this might be a wake up call and I need better control--or is it not related.
ANSWER: Hi Debbie,
Thank you for sharing with us your concern.
Partially, your leg cramps could be related to persistent high blood sugar levels (higher than 300).
Please understand that diabetes cause damages to the nerves, especially to the peripheral nerves as they are long (that go to the legs).
Such damages are clinically observed as leg cramps. However, to determine the level of damage, you should undergo some neurological testing (conduction, sensitivity, etc.) by the neurologist.
- Another factor could be related to bad blood supply which is also partially due to high blood sugar.
- You are saying that your foot at the ankle area is a bit swollen. This could be explain by arthritis. = Some blood work would really determine the level and type of arthritis.
- I'd also suggest to exam your urine (urine analysis) to exclude probably kidney disease.
At the end, Debbie, do not be frighten of my suggestions. I am giving all the possible causes to such problems, so you can discuss them with your physician to find out the real culprit.
Thank you and hope it helped!