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Weakness in thighs when I stand up from sitting or when on

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weakness in thighs when I stand up from sitting or when on knees toing garden work then trying to get up
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Customer: age 72 and type 2 diabetic for 50 years. Was fairly active-walk alot and still do. No other signs just general weakness-no tingles or pain
JA: Is there anything else the Doctor should be aware of?
Customer: not that I know of-see my doctor evry four months-labs etc. Just had echo EKG and all was fine. Slightly enemic and seeing a hemotolgist this week
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


You need a test called a CPK.

I would suggest you work with an internist or rheumatologist.

This can be a condition called polymyositis, which weakens the girdle muscles, as you describe.

It can be other conditions, but this is serious and needs to be ruled out.

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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

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Diabetes can cause nerve damage over time.

Diabetic polyneuropathy can cause weakness of the legs.

A neurologist should be consulted with.

Nerve conduction study and MRI scan of the spine should be considered.

You should also consider physical therapy to help with the strengthening of the muscles and improve your balance.
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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


The pattern of your weakness is not tyipcal of diabetes at all.

Run this by your doctor.