Diabetic neuropathy causes damage to the nerves, especially in the limbs. While the symptoms depend on the type of nerves that are damaged, most symptoms range from pain and numbness in limbs to other generalized and localized issues.
As many as 50% of people with diabetes suffer from different forms of diabetic neuropathy. Therefore, it becomes vital to know what common symptoms to watch out for to seek appropriate treatment.
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common diabetic neuropathy that affects the lower half of the body first, followed by the arms.
Some of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
The autonomic nervous system controls different involuntary body functions. Any damage to these nerves may lead to signs and symptoms in the heart, bladder, sex organs, and vision.
Signs of autonomic neuropathy include:
Diabetic neuropathy that causes proximal neuropathy affects one part of the body, which could transfer to the other half too. Most of the proximal neuropathy’s symptoms become more evident in the lower half of the body. For instance:
Focal neuropathy causes damage to specific nerves, which manifests in symptoms like:
At Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center, we work with patients suffering from systemic conditions like diabetic neuropathy to develop treatment plans to help ease pain and improve their quality of life.