What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy?

Q:
What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

A:
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that occurs to people with diabetes. And symptoms vary from different types of diabetic neuropathy. There are often four types.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is very common among people with diabetes. It hurts your feet and legs and then affects your hands and arms. If you have peripheral neuropathy, you may feel your feet, legs, hands or arms:

  • Painful
  • Numb or weak
  • Tingling or feeling burning

Autonomic Neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy hurts your nerves that control internal organs. The symptoms may include:

  • The difficulty for you to know when to urinate
  • Eyes that are slow to adjust to changes in light and darkness
  • The prevention of the penis from getting firm or the vagina from getting wet when people are having sex
  • Diarrhea, constipation, and problems swallowing

Radiculoplexus Neuropathy

Radiculoplexus neuropathy is the rarest type of diabetic neuropathy. But it’s common in people with type 2 diabetes or over the age 50. It damage the nerves of your thigh, hip or buttock. This condition may cause:

  • Sharp or acute pains in your thigh, hip or buttock
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness in your muscle

Focal Neuropathy

Focal neuropathy often causes damage to single nerve of your hand, leg, head or torso. It may hurt you suddenly but it usually doesn’t lead to lasting problems. This type of diabetic neuropathy may cause:

  • Pain in your feet, leg, head or torso
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Aching behind one eye

Call your doctor as soon as possible if you find you have these symptoms.

 

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