At Complete Rehab, we want to help you manage your diabetes and its symptoms as effectively as possible. When it comes to diabetic symptoms, one of the most common, and most frustrating, is diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage caused by high blood sugar. In this article, we’ll go over more about diabetic neuropathy, including what it is and how to manage it, so that you can make the best decisions for your care.
What is Diabetic Neuropathy?
As we mentioned above, diabetic neuropathy refers to nerve damage that frequently occurs as a result of high blood sugar. The most common type of diabetic neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy, which most frequently occurs in the legs and feet. Peripheral neuropathy causes symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain, or muscle weakness–one reason that many diabetic patients use walking canes is because neuropathy limits the sensory feedback from their feet and therefore impacts their ability to stay balanced.
Other Types of Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy can also take other forms, such as autonomic or focal neuropathy. Autonomic neuropathy affects your autonomic nerves, which control your heart, bladder, stomach, intestines, sex organs, and eyes. This form of neuropathy can make it difficult to feel when your blood sugar is low, as well as lead to bladder or bowel problems, or to decreased sexual response. Focal neuropathy refers to damage in a specific nerve, often affecting the nerves in your eyes, face, or hands. You may experience double vision or difficulty focusing, facial paralysis, or weakness or tingling in your hands that makes it harder to grasp things.
Our team specializes in the treatment and management of diabetic neuropathy, and we want to help you effectively deal with your symptoms. We encourage you to reach out to us if you are experiencing any of the above in order to get started with a personalized treatment program. Our team does not require referrals, and we accept Medicare, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.