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For the last few days I've been suffering from really itchy lower legs. They start itching early evening and then by next morning I'm fine. Last night was the worst - I woke up during the night and itch itch itch followed by scratch scratch scratch which meant sore legs and not much sleep. I've been having a look round on the internet and found that it could be linked to my diabetes. Does anyone know anything about this? Has anyone else suffered from this?

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I had this problem with my feet and toes itching. I know it doesn't make sense, but when I took a couple of aspirin and it quit itching. So I tried this several nights in a row. The itching stopped altogether. Every so often, the itching starts back up and a couple of aspirin for a few days fixed the problem. I have stomach problems that aspirin might cause to get worse, so I try to always take the aspirin with my bedtime snack.
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Thanks - worth a try especially if it means I get a good night's sleep :)

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My grandmother was an Insulin dependent diabetic type 2 and her neuropathy in her feet was initally was more tingly/itchy. Might be a good idea to check with your Dr. to see if its nerve related?
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My doctor doesn't seem concerned about my feet as long as they are not swollen or have sores on them. I tell them how much they hurt, and he just says he can "send me to a foot guy", if I really want to go. I get the feeling that he thinks it is a waste of time.
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Is it like dry skin itchy?

If so, maybe try goats milk soap (canus brand is great -- can get it at some stores and from Amazon w/ free shipping).

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MarieD,
as a matter of fact I have. It happened to me because my blood sugar was high. have you checked your blood sugar when this happens? If not you might want to consider it.
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Well yet another night of itchy legs.
Yeah I've cheked by blood during the night and it was ok at 6.3. My skin doesn't feel dry either but I have been putting on lots of mosturiser just in case thats what it is. May give the asprin a try tonight because I could do with a good nights sleep before work tomorrow.

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I recently went through a bad time similar to what you describe. I found out I had a problem with my thyroid and was treated for it. The itching went away. If you have not had a blood test for your thyroid, I would go ahead and have one done.
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I had that problem prior to being dx'd. Once I got my blood sugars in normal range, the itching went away. I was (and still do) using Gold Bond Medicated Lotion.

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it sounds like neuropathy and elivil also known as amitriptyline was the cure for me i had it for years and really bad and amitriptyline was a god sent

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My Mom suffered from dry, itchy legs due to diabetes. We tried everything - and then we found POL Cream. It has been a Godsend. We buy it online and I saw they have free samples. Cooperlabs in Ventura, CA. Nice people, too.

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My doc prescribed Lac-Hydrin for the dry skin on my legs last year. My legs did not itch and it works great as long as I use it. This summer it seemed to make me feel hotter so I stopped using it as regularly. On the other hand my legs did not get as cold when I put it on before going out to work last winter. Not everyone tolerates it well and it's only by prescription.

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I myself have not experienced this but my mother who is also diabetic has this same problem. She has a topical cream perscribed to her by her indocrenologist. It works for her. If you want I could find out the name of the sutff for you.

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i've had excellent luck with "Dermal Therapy" Cream, with it's varying levels of Urea for different parts of the body

it goes on smoothly, and doesn't leave a slimy or sticky film

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i've had this problem a few times... I found that walking a mile or two or running a few miles gets my blood circulating in my legs, making the itch stop. Also, soaking your legs in warm water mixed with the juice of a plant called laukahi really helps... it's a hawaiian plant, but also grows in certain places in the mainland... some health-food stores might have it or maybe you could order it online... also if you take laukahi as a tea it helps too. here's a pic of what it looks like..

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Yep I get this too

My DSN and endo both say that is down to sugar levels drying out the skin (even thought it doesnt look dry to the eye)

I sometimes use Diprobase emolient but I found a loverly cream called "St. Ives Whipped Silk Intense body lotion" this is a link to it:

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MarieD,
as a matter of fact I have. It happened to me because my blood sugar was high. have you checked your blood sugar when this happens? If not you might want to consider it.


Might not be your bg at the time, but rather your overall numbers. How is your a1c? I had a bout of this when my a1c was at its highest. The itching nearly drove me crazy. Now that it's down the itching is non-existant.
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It happened to me too before and right after I was diagnosed! Just like Donna I tried the St.Ives Body Lotion and it helped. I also took baths with baking soda!
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My doc prescribed Lac-Hydrin for the dry skin on my legs last year. My legs did not itch and it works great as long as I use it. This summer it seemed to make me feel hotter so I stopped using it as regularly. On the other hand my legs did not get as cold when I put it on before going out to work last winter. Not everyone tolerates it well and it's only by prescription.

I had been prescripbed Lac-Hydrin as well, but it was many years ago. I had heard it was now OTC, and sure enough our local Costco is carrying it. I tried using it again, but didn't find it worked that well for me. Just making sure I use something daily when I get out of the shower seems to help. Additionally I'll use Aquaphor if my regular Aveeno is not enough. (While it is technically OTC, it is located behind the Rx window, so you have to ask for it.)
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