A member asked:

My mom (55 years old) has diabetes, she's been medicated. problem is she's feeling numbness on her legs. is it related?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Alon Seifan answered

Specializes in Neurology

Probably: Diabetes commonly is associated with peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the nerves, usually beginning in the ends of the nerves. Diabetes medications and other ways of controlling diabetes can help control and slow down the progression of the neuropathy. There are over the counter (acetyl l carnitine) and prescription (gabapentin) treatments for symptoms related to diabetic neuropathy.

Answered 11/28/2017



Possibly: There are other possible causes as well such as a condition affecting back, b-12 defficiency etc. Have her see physician.

Answered 5/1/2013


Dr. Payam Rafat answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, 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.

Answered 3/23/2014



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