27 Mar Overview of the Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy
The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, beginning with the most common neuropathy signs, are various, and there are several things to watch for which indicate the beginnings of this disease.
The most important indication of neuropathy is that the person also has either type I or type II diabetes. Many different diseases can lead to neuropathy and nerve damage, but diabetes is the leading condition.
A common problem for sufferers of diabetic neuropathy is damage to the nerves of the feet. If you have issues with your feet, even without the accompanying condition of diabetes, it is very important to have a checkup, and that the Scottsdale podiatrist looks specifically for neuropathy. Foot problems can range from tingling to a dull ache and even outright pain, and these symptoms are likely the result of diabetes and the ensuing neuropathy.
Other common symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are cramps, twitching, bone loss, and muscle weakness. Changes to the skin, nails or hair can also be a result of the physical changes caused by the condition, and the changes often take place over a long period of time. This damage also affects the patient’s ability to move efficiently and will sometimes cause a vertigo-like sensation. This can be especially dangerous in the elderly because it can contribute to falls resulting in broken bones or damage to the brain.
Some other symptoms of diabetic include a loss of bladder control or incontinence. These symptoms can be the most dangerous and life-threatening because they affect major organs. The heartbeat can become irregular and breathing may be impaired by the damaging effect on the nerves controlling those organs.
Diabetic neuropathy can present as a variety of symptoms, most commonly pain or burning in the nerves affected by the ailment. More serious symptoms such as those related to the autonomic or motor neuropathy varieties of diabetic neuropathy can be far more dangerous because they affect the ability of the person to detect the position of their body, contributing to falls. Impairment of vital organs such as the heart, kidney, and lungs contribute to sudden death and are some of the most dangerous effects of diabetic neuropathy.
Because diabetic neuropathy can take several years to develop, the symptoms often appear in older people who have had diabetes or high blood sugar for more than twenty-five years. However, whether the symptoms exist or not, in people who are obese, smoke, or have hypertension, the disease is likely progressing without providing any warning.
The Arizona neuropathy specialists at Oasis Foot and Ankle offer first rate treatment options for diabetic neuropathy. This includes nutritional support, wound care, medication management, stem cell therapy, orthotics and more. When treated properly, neuropathy does not always lead to severe symptoms and the Phoenix podiatrists at Oasis can help get you back to a much more functional lifestyle!
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