Combating Muscle Pain In Diabetes

Combating Muscle Pain In Diabetes

Combating Muscle Pain In Diabetes

It is really tough to live with Diabetes. A diabetic patient has to take a good care of his or her food habits and has to combat with the complexities of this problem as well. High blood sugar often leads to damage of liver, eyesight and feet, and causes muscle pain that lasts long.

One of the major issues with Diabetes is Muscle Pain. Neuropathies or nerve disorders are quite common with type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients, and this can lead to development of muscle pain or tingling of muscles. This symptom is not common to all, but around 60-70% diabetic patients are victim of this particular problem.


Muscle Pain In Diabetes

Types Of Muscle Pain

Muscle pain makes a diabetic patient more weak and prone to feeling unwell. However, different types of muscle pains are experienced by them, which has different symptoms. Given below are few types of muscle pains experienced by the diabetics.

Endocrine Disorders

Many a times, the muscular pains are caused by certain muscle problems and are also caused by thyroid and endocrine disorders.

thyroid and endocrine disorders

This muscle pain often continues, making person feeling weak and compelling him or her to take rest at home. A nerve disorder can affect other nerves and tissues and a larger group of nerves can be affected, resulting in muscle pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Diabetes can lead to swelling and pain to the wrist tendons and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. These weak wrist muscle tendons often pressurize the medial nerve causing insensitivity of arms and wrist, which results in muscle pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Stiff Man’s Syndrome

This muscle pain by carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to a condition where the muscles of a human body may feel tightening and pain in the upper portion of legs and back. This is also known as Stiff Man’s Syndrome.

Stiff Man's Syndrome

What Causes Muscle Pain

It is not exactly known what causes diabetic muscle pain, but various diabetic patients face different types of pain. A muscle pain can be caused due to irregular or insufficient levels of insulin, prolonged diabetic condition, high fat levels in blood, high sugar content in blood and so on.

The high blood sugar can damage the oxygen carrying blood vessels and as a result, the nerves do not get enough oxygen and other necessary nutrients. Many a times, diabetes along with joint and muscular pains are inherited. As a result, with diabetes, comes the joint and muscle pain. Excessive smoking and drinking often increases and prolongs these muscle pains, especially for those who are suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes. When a patient is overweight, it is likely that he or she has got diabetes and along with that a severe muscle pain.

Excessive smoking and drinking

Many a times, being overweight, the lower body part of a person is unable to carry the upper body part’s weight, causing muscle pain.  This is one of the most common causes of muscle pain.

Nerve Damage Of Legs And Arms Causing Muscle Pain

Many a times, a severe damage in the nerves of legs and arms may cause muscle pain. The condition is called symmetric or peripheral neuropathy.  The nerves of legs and feet tend to damage more than the nerves of feet and legs.

Nerve Damage Of Legs

It may start with numbness of feet or a tingling sensation which may turn to spiky cramps or severe and often unbearable pains. Conditions may worsen if the nerve connecting and controlling blood sugar level and blood pressure damages.

numbness of feet

A nerve damage can also affect internal organs and distract their functioning, resulting in many complications, including muscle pain.

Living with diabetes is a challenge, especially with the complications involved. A healthy food habit and a healthy lifestyle only can help in combating the conditions, apart from regular medications.

healthy lifestyle


  • Debashis Roy CHowdhury

    Ya! Excess sugar in blood is like excess moisture in air! Causes all-round corrosion damage! Nice effort by the author to shed some light on a crippling consequence of this global menace.