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Wake up at night with sharp burning pain running down

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Wake up at night with sharp burning pain running down lateral sides of legs. What is causing this?

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Any redness or swelling in the leg?

Worse - lying in bed. No pain when standing. No redness.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Diabetes. A1C 6,1 for over a year. No diabetic retinopathy. Do have some degree of retinopathy in feet.

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Have you had an MRI of the lower spine?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
No

While this can be an extension of diabetic neuropathy, it is more common with lower spine disc disease, or even compression of the lower spine itself.

An MRI is needed.

Another test that might also be needed is EMG/NCS which will look at nerve conduction from the spine.

Of course, diabetes, B vitamin deficiencies and many other causes can extend a neuropathy.

I would start with the MRI.

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