I just started taking metformin and am now having pains in my legs starting at the knees and down to... the foot. especially the front top of foot and shin. could metformin be causing this pain? its hurts to walk and my legs tire easily.
Yes it is possible that you are having adverse side effects from the metformin and need to speak to the doctor about this as soon as possible. For reference the following is the page for reading about the side effects for metformin:
I'm no doc & can't answer the question; however, I've had chronic, severe leg pain--both legs-- & other causes besides meds (according to neurologists, etc) can be a neuropathy, which is a pinched nerve in your spine (or compressed disks pinching a nerve); degenerative disk disease in lower back, or from a past back prob. In my case, I feel like searing fire & at same time like hit by a hammer; also numbness, tingling. I have Parkinsons: 1/2 docs think that's related, 1/2 say a past back trauma.
If it's not the meds, there's good info on this site, and, primarily, your doc. about these topics.
I am having the same problem, on my left foot. starts at the arch then the top like from the big toe all the way to the ankle bone then up the leg bone. I thought it was my shoes so i ended up buying two new pair... Wearing soft suede moccasins helps, but i have started to suspect the metformin, i had been taking atenolol six months prior without any pains.
Please let me know if you where able to fix your foot pains Thank you.
I know this is old but I'm writing this so everyone can see. I started metformin in February of 2017. I really didn't notice anything till the end of May (same year) my left leg was really hurting bad. By the beginning of June I couldn't get out of bed cause the pain was so bad. I cried just to go to the bathroom. I've had tooth pain and I had labor pain but this was worse then both. I tried physical therapy but I had to stop cause I couldn't even drive to get there. So in July I was in to much pain to go get my metformin from the Pharmacy. So next day I woke up and my leg pain wasn't as bad. I was even sitting up a little bit. I took my pill that afternoon and next morning the pain was back. I didn't think anything of it till a few days later. I looked it up and did research and it said it could cause leg pain. So I stopped it about a week and a half ago. Yes the pain isn't crippling anymore but I still have pain.
I'm hoping it didn't cause permanent damage. Please if you are having pains and think it's cause of the metformin tell your doctor and stop. You can get Lactic Acidosis and it can be fatal. I'm pretty sure that's what I had but urgent care didn't seem to give a crap about it. So please be careful with that medication. I know of someone else who had the same problem. I hope this can help someone!
I started metformin a few years ago and stopped it due to the diarrhea. Was terrible. I just restarted it in April 2017 and added Januvia June 2017. 6/26 I was in the ER with my knee the size of za cantaloupe. Had to have it drained. Knee pain started again fri nite and again my knee was swollen had to have it drained in the er again. I have now stopped all diabetes meds. Sometimes the side effects are worse than the condition your treating.
- Metformin Information for Consumers
- Metformin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metformin (detailed)
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