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Legs and knees feel like they're on fire

At night my legs and knees start feeling like they're on fire, while my feet and toes ache so bad that I want to cry. I am constantly having to move them and I mean constantly.  I eventually have to get up and walk around which makes the pain subsides a little. I have to sleep sitting upright with my feet on the floor on my couch because I can't stand the pain.  I went to a clinic and the doctor prescribed Gabapentin which helped but I am not taking it anymore. Could somebody explain to me what I have please.
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363281 tn?1643235611
Hello~I am so sorry you are having this pain.

After doing a little research, here is what I discovered. A burning sensation in your feet (or legs) may be caused by nerve damage in the legs, also called neuropathy. Although many medical conditions can cause burning feet, diabetes is the most common. Most burning feet treatments focus on preventing further nerve damage and reducing pain. This is probably why the doctor prescribed the Gabapentin, I believe it is for relief of pain due to nerve damage.
Here is a link that might be of some help:  https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/burning-feet-causes-treatments#1

Have you been checked for diabetes? If not, I would certainly ask your primary care physician for a blood test called "A1C" this test shows what has been going on with your sugars for the last 3 months, it is very accurate, in fact, some physicians are using it in place of the 3 or 6 hours glucose tolerance test.

Also, a Vitamin deficiency (vitamin B12, folate, and occasionally vitamin B6)can cause some nerve damage as can a low thyroid. I would also ask for specific tests for these as well as a complete blood count panel.

I hope you can get this resolved soon and feel better.

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