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A 56-year-old female asked:

I have pain in my buttocks, leg and knee, down to the foot. i have diabetes and take metformin. the pain is constant and its a burning pain. i can hardly walk. what should i do?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
Sciatica?: Your symptoms sound consistent more with sciatica than diabetic neuropathy. See a doctor if it is hurting that bad.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Sounds like sciatica: Is it on both sides? If you are taking metformin, you will develop neuropathy eventually. That can be treated with the right supplement (a medical food called neuremedy). For now, though it sounds like a bout of sciatica. This can be treated by some chiropractors and physical therapists.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, compression, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated.

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