The signs of diabetic neuropathy vary based on the kind of neuropathy you suffer from. The symptoms are based on the damaged nerves. In general, the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy appear gradually. They may appear as minor symptoms or discomforts initially however, as nerves get more damaged, symptoms could become more.
Be aware of the symptoms that are mild. They could indicate the beginning of neuropathy. Consult your physician about anything you notice such as discomfort, numbness or tingling, even when it appears to be insignificant. Your discomfort could mean that the management of diabetes is improving and helping slow the development of neuropathy. Numbness and pain are essential warning signs to ensure you ensure you take good treatment of feet to avoid injuries and infections that could be difficult to heal and could increase the risk of amputation. 1
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects nerves that lead to your extremities – your hands, feet, legs, and arms. The nerves that connect to the feet run the lengthiest ones in your body, which is why they’re among the most damaged nerves (simply because there are more of them that can suffer damage). Neuropathy in the peripheral region is the most prevalent type of diabetic neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy symptoms include:
- Electric-shock, stabbing, or burning sensations
- Numbness (loss of sensation)
- Muscle weakness
- Poor coordination
- Muscle cramping, twitching, or Twitching
- Sensitivity to pain or temperature
- Extremely sensitive to the slightest touch
- Symptoms get worse at night. 2` 3
Autonomic Neuropathy Symptoms
Your autonomic nervous system is the one that is in charge of all the “involuntary” actions of your body. It ensures that your heart is pumping and helps ensure that you get your food in the right way without having to think about it.
The symptoms of autonomic neuropathy can include:
- It is possible to feel dizzy after standing.
- Fainting just after standing
- Insufficiency in heart rate
- Feeling exhausted and weak during your exercise. 4
- Feeling full quickly once you’ve started eating.
- The sensation that food isn’t moving through your digestive tract – is known as gastroparesis.
- Large blood sugar swings (because the food that is digested is getting to your intestines where glucose is absorbed by the bloodstream at irregular times).5
- The trouble with vision when it is dark or after sudden changes in the light (e.g. or when walking into a dark space away from the light)
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- Erectile dysfunction and sexual problems in men Vaginal dryness among women; difficulties in reaching the orgasm to both.
- Excessive sweating, particularly in the evening or while eating specific food items (cheese generally results in excessive sweating, for instance, but that’s not the case for everyone with diabetic neuropathy)
- The sweating is less intense, particularly on the feet and legs
- The skin is dry and flaky. and thinning skin
- Hair loss. 6
- Urinary urgency or frequent urination
- The habit of waking up frequently in the night to go to the bathroom
- Urinary problems.
Autonomic neuropathy sufferers might be unable to determine the moment when their blood sugar is too low. This is particularly risky for those with diabetes. This is known as “hypoglycemia inadvertence,” and it occurs when normal responses to low blood sugar levels (sweating shakes, shakiness, etc.) do not kick in due to nerve damage.
Your symptoms will depend on the autonomic nerves that are affected and in which area of the autonomic system they regulate.
Proximal Neuropathy Symptoms
Proximal neuropathy can affect the hips, buttocks, legs, and thighs. The symptoms don’t last long and may disappear after a couple of weeks or months.
The symptoms include:
- The legs are weak and weak
- It is difficult to get up from a sitting standing position with no assistance
- Sudden, intense pain in your lower thigh, hip, or buttock on the other side of your body
- Instability or pain in your arms, after you have noticed symptoms begin in your legs getting better
Focal Neuropathy Signs
Contrary to the other kinds of diabetic neuropathy, focal neuropathy is a sudden onset and usually is affecting the torso, head or the legs. The symptoms usually disappear within a couple of weeks, but these aren’t permanent signs.
Possible neuropathy focal symptoms:
- Trouble with a vision: double vision, pain behind the eye, trouble focusing
- Sudden paralysis of one face side (Bell’s palsy)
- The chest hurts and pains
- The stomach hurts and pain can be felt.
- The side of the body is painful
- Low back pain
- The pain is in the front of the thigh
- Pain on the outside of the shin
- The pain is located on the inside of the sole of your foot.