Diabetic neuropathy is a condition in which your body nerves are damaged due to persistent high blood sugar levels for a long time period. Due to this damage your body nerves lose their sensibility of pain and other sensations.
You should know that neuropathy symptoms involve :
The parts of your body where you may feel the above symptoms are usually your lower limbs (legs and feet). Due to sensation lack you may not notice injuries or sore on your feet.
That’s why it’s very important to take proper care about your skin and feet.
Other parts of your body where you may notice the above symptoms are tummy, arms, and back; however, they are rarely noticed in these areas:
• Indigestion, nausea vomiting
• Problems with urination
• Problems with erectile function (males) and dryness of vagina(women)
• dizziness or faintness after standing or sitting up (due to low blood pressure)
• constipation or diarrhea
Remember that all the above symptoms depend on the type of neuropathy and type of nerve affected. Most of diabetics do not have any symptoms. Some others do feel only some of the symptoms. Only few do feel all the neuropathy symptoms.
There are two ways of treating diabetic neuropathy. The first one is by stabilizing your blood sugar levels. That will help reduce the symptoms you may feel.
The second is by using some pain killers and other symptoms relievers. But the most important thing you should do is to stabilize your blood sugar.
Diabetic neuropathy symptoms
Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist