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Does diabetes generally cause low back pain and tingling feet?

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Tingling

Diabetes may cause neuropathy that may feel like tingling or burning in the legs.
If you have back pain with tingling in your legs, it may be caused by a lumbar disc herniation. You should get a thorough medical evaluation. Good luck.

In brief: Tingling

Diabetes may cause neuropathy that may feel like tingling or burning in the legs.
If you have back pain with tingling in your legs, it may be caused by a lumbar disc herniation. You should get a thorough medical evaluation. Good luck.
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
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In brief: Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetes, especially type ii, can cause peripheral neuropathy involving both large and small fibres, but can also cause a painful metabolic radiculopathy mimicking a herniated disc.
Here, the back pain component may be minimal, but the leg issues, especially in a femoral or l-4 distribution may be nasty.

In brief: Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetes, especially type ii, can cause peripheral neuropathy involving both large and small fibres, but can also cause a painful metabolic radiculopathy mimicking a herniated disc.
Here, the back pain component may be minimal, but the leg issues, especially in a femoral or l-4 distribution may be nasty.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: It can

If your diabetes is poorly controlled, the excessive sugar in your blood damages your kidneys and nerves, particularly the nerves in your legs.
The damage to your kidneys can result in low back pain and the damage to the nerves in your legs can cause the tingling in your feet you're describing. In general, the foot tingling is much more common than the lower back pain.

In brief: It can

If your diabetes is poorly controlled, the excessive sugar in your blood damages your kidneys and nerves, particularly the nerves in your legs.
The damage to your kidneys can result in low back pain and the damage to the nerves in your legs can cause the tingling in your feet you're describing. In general, the foot tingling is much more common than the lower back pain.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

Diabetes usually does not cause low back pain.
It can cause a neuropathy that would cause tingling of the feet. Conditions such as radiculopathy and spinal stenosis can cause both low back pain and tinging in the feet.

In brief: Yes and no

Diabetes usually does not cause low back pain.
It can cause a neuropathy that would cause tingling of the feet. Conditions such as radiculopathy and spinal stenosis can cause both low back pain and tinging in the feet.
Dr. Steven Arbit
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Possible neuropathy

Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities.
Neuropathy may affect your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and the heart. For some people, the symptoms are mild; for others, it can be painful and disabling.

In brief: Possible neuropathy

Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities.
Neuropathy may affect your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and the heart. For some people, the symptoms are mild; for others, it can be painful and disabling.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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