Moments can count when it comes to living with untreated diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy symptoms indicate that damage to nerves is occurring within the body – this is made obvious by symptoms such as numbness, weakness, tingling, itching, burning, pain or other neurological symptoms. These symptoms can tend to be most severe in the farthest reaches of your peripheral nervous system such as your hands and especially your feet.
With gravity also working against the efficient flow of blood into and out of your feet, improper nerve signaling to the feet can lead to cardiovascular issues and infections along with peripheral nerve pain. It’s important not to ignore the pain in your feet if you have diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can also manifest as numbness, where the lack of sensation can lead to neglect, open wounds leading to an infection, or other issues in the feet that can spiral out of control relatively quickly if left untreated.
Since damage to the peripheral nervous system is caused by damaged nerves “downstream,” if you will, then it’s important to treat these nerves starting when they have only minor damage at the ends (hands and/or feet) rather than waiting until they move proximally (“upstream”) as they become more severely damaged. It is rare, but possible, to ignore your body’s pain signals for too long. Especially since they are sending incorrect signals, it can become the default setting to try to ignore these sensations and function to the best of your ability. Don’t forget that even if your diabetic neuropathy sends a few too many false signals, it is never a wise choice to simply ignore the pain. Pain does serve a purpose in your body: it is meant to signal that your body is in trauma and needs care. Let us here at Complete Rehab help you care better for your body by making an appointment now to address your specific symptoms and get your momentum back and avoid losing any more ground to these uncomfortable symptoms.