Have you had problems getting any sleep because of this or similar pain? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, you may be suffering from a neuropathy.
Burning legs have been a common symptom of people suffering from nerve disorders. These nerve disorders may have been caused by a deficiency in certain vitamins, like vitamin B12, a prolonged elevation of blood sugar as seen in diabetic patients, a breakdown of the immune system as seen in patients with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or a more serious neurological disorder like Multiple Sclerosis or Sarcoidosis.
Since symptoms arise to warn you that there might be something wrong with your body, the first thing to be done, especially when you are losing sleep because of the pain, is to go to your doctor for a full check-up and assessment of your body functions. This is to pinpoint whether the neuropathy is metabolic in nature or neurological, or a deficiency. The doctor will either give you his diagnosis or refer you to another specialist.
If the diagnosis is diabetic neuropathy, then the next thing to do is to treat the diabetes. If you are overweight or obese, you’ll have to lose the excess weight since this adds to the feeling of burning in the legs. A healthy and well-balanced diet should be strictly followed, aside from the different exercise techniques focused on shaping up the body. Your blood glucose levels should be maintained at a low level, because this can eventually lead to the cessation of pain in the legs.
Medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin and non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can be used to relieve the burning feeling. A cream named Capsaicin can also be used by spreading it over the affected area. Antidepressant medications like amitriptyline, imipramine, nortripryline, and anticonvulsant medications like carbamazepine and gabapentin can be taken to alleviate the pain. For really severe pain, Codeine can be prescribed.
Other avenues of treatment such as hypnosis, biofeedback, acupuncture and relaxation techniques can help diminish the pain by diverting their attention to other things less stressful and less painful. A transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation device can also be used to regulate pain. This device uses small amounts of electricity to block pain signals, since our neurons run electrical charges between receptors.
Walking is also suggested as a form of exercise to remove the pain from burning legs. Have you sometimes noticed that the burning feeling usually occurs when you are resting or trying to sleep? Because of the inactivity of the legs during these activities, it probably causes the nerves to become hypersensitive to stimuli. Walking allows the circulation of blood in the legs thus preventing the burning sensation. Just make sure that stockings are worn with shoes while walking to give proper support to the legs.