There are several conditions in which diabetes and lower back pain are seen together. Diabetes mellitus is a disease which potentially affects the whole body. Fatigue is a symptom of diabetes that can contribute to lower back pain. Sleeplessness caused by high or low blood sugar levels can as well. Read this article to learn what can cause diabetes lower back pain.


Diabetes and Lower Back Pain Due to Neuropathy


One common reason for lower back pain diabetes is diabetic neuropathy. This is nerve damage that results from years of uncontrolled blood sugar levels in diabetics. This nerve pain is not actually related to a specific injury, but is the result of the nerves malfunctioning and telling the brain that there is an injury somewhere. Therefore, the pain is far worse than the damaged causing it.

Back pain in diabetic neuropathy is often described in the following ways:

  • Severe pain
  • Sharp pain
  • Electric-shock-like pain
  • Deep pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Burning or cold pain


Diabetes and Lower Back Pain Due to Nephropathy


Kidney disease is common is diabetics. Our kidneys contain sensory nerves, therefore a stretch or distension spasms in these parts may contribute to lower back pain. Also, conditions such as kidney stones and kidney infections can result in lower back pain. Diabetic nephropathy sufferers usually describe their lower back pain as dull or sore pains. Kidneys that no longer function properly may also cause persistent back pain. In addition, nerve damage within the kidneys that is due to diabetes may contribute to lower back pain and diabetes complications.


Diabetes and Lower Back Pain Due to Obesity


Many diabetics are overweight or obese. Lower back pain is a very common problem for heavy people. This occurs because extra weight puts added pressure on the spine. For those who are morbidly obese, this pressure is even greater. Diabetics are also prone to osteoarthritis (arthritis) of the spine. In fact, according to the American Academy of Neurosurgeons, obese people are 4 to 5 times more likely to develop arthritis.

Children who are obese should may also have lower back pain (whether they have diabetes or not). This is because obesity changes the mechanics of the legs and spine in youths, which also affects the joints. This should be a considerable concern for parents and pediatricians alike.