Anyone Have Pain and Weakness in Buttocks and Thighs - Peripheral Artery Disease?

Hi all. I'm brand new to this site. I've had type 1 for 32 yrs. I have been diagnosed with a few complications - neuropathy in my feet, cataracts (newly diagnosed - just watching for now), kidney disease (but it's been stable for a long time), hypertension, high cholesterol, retinopathy. I also have Psoriatic arthritis.

But, by far, my most limiting problem is weakness in my legs that makes it impossible for me to any longer walk more than a few blocks. Some days it's impossible for me to grocery shopping. I can no longer walk my dog. I can't do any exercise involving walking. It's impossible for me to stand for more than 10 minutes. Does anyone else have this problem? My doctors have been unable to figure out the cause, although, I'm in nursing school, and may have recently figured out my problem. I think I have peripheral artery disease. All of my symptoms seem to fit. I need to ask my doctor at my next appt. to check for this.

Does anyone else have PAD, and if so, what are your symptoms, and does it cause weakness and pain so bad from your buttocks and thighs that you can no longer walk long distances? Was there any treatment that worked for you? Thanks!

I've been Type 1 since 1957 and have had peripheral artery disease for about 15 years, I have 28 inches of stents in my legs all placed in numerous angioplasty procedures. I now have my legs "roto rooted" about every 6 months. My symptoms are the same as yours, weakness in my legs and hips, can't walk a whole block, can't stand very long. The angioplasty's seem to help some but I will never be able to walk as I did in my youth. My diabetes has been under control for a long time. I still look at my diabetes as a blessing as is everything in life good or bad. Stay strong and talk to your doctors, all of them, it takes a team. general,cardiologist, endocrinologist, podiatrist, dentist and rumitoligist, it takes all these disciplines to stay ahead of long term diabetes. good luck

Has your doctor ruled out sciatica/disc problems? I had that and it luckily cleared up within a few months.

Yes, those have been ruled out. It's not a nerve pain. It's more like a dull ache and extreme weakness. Thanks for the suggestion though :-)

Hi Michele,

For the past few months, I've been experiencing the same symptoms. I haven't yet talked to my doctor about it, because I don't want him to put me on more medications. One thing that works on a temporary basis, is Extra Strength Tylenol for Arthritis. They've helped me, anyways. Aleve also works, but they aren't recommended for diabetics.

I had similar symptoms, but found out that I'm one of the types that Lipitor doesn't work right. Once I stopped taking that, my pain and weakness cleared up. If you on this drug, check with you doc about that.