Diabetic Neuropathy, when diagnosed, is because of nerve damage to various parts of the body. You may feel tingling, numbness, pain and burning sensations especially in the evenings. Diabetic neuropathy usually occurs when blood sugar or blood glucose levels remain high for too long. Detection and treatment if done early will control and manage the symptoms to a tolerable level.
There are four types of related diabetic neuropathy that you will hear your doctor speak of:
This is diagnosed when these areas of the body are affected; the blood vessels, urinary system, stomach or digestive system and the sex organs.
When the blood vessels are infected with autonomic neuropathy you will experience symptoms of:
- Low blood pressure
- Having blackouts on standing
- Feeling full in the stomach even though you have not eaten much
- Having faster heartbeats even without exercising
In women who have been diagnosed with autonomic neuropathy, they will experience symptoms of vaginal dryness, and not have the pleasure of orgasms during intercourse. Treatment for diabetic autonomic neuropathy in women includes medications, vaginal lubricants, and creams.
For men who are diagnosed with diabetic autonomic neuropathy, their symptoms are not being able to maintain an erection and less fluid during ejaculation. Treatment of these symptoms includes medication, penile injections, penile implants and a vacuum erection device. There may also be the need for counseling as there may be other underlying issues to treat.
For the stomach or digestive system, you will experience symptoms if diagnosed with this part of the autonomic neuropathy:
- Bloated feelings
- Heartburn and Nausea
- Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Feeling full after having a small meal
Treating these conditions, you need to eat even smaller meals and medication.
Having symptoms while being diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy of the urinary system is incontinent, feeling bloated, having problems passing urine, and frequent bathroom visits at nights. Treatment for these symptoms of diabetic neuropathy of the urinary system are; surgery, medication, and having a catheter implanted in the bladder.
It is being experienced by diabetic patients who will have symptoms of pain. Pain in areas of the buttocks, hips, and thighs; these conditions may become chronic and treatment will need physical therapy and medication.
Focal neuropathy in diabetics also occurs with pain. It attacks specific nerves mainly in the head, torso, and legs. These symptoms can be debilitating and comes with some weakness and pain. Other symptoms of focal neuropathy are double vision, chest pains similar to that of a heart attack, pains in the legs and lower small of the back, pain in the eyes, and a more severe symptom paralysis of one side of the face. This is diagnosed as Bell’s palsy.
Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage caused by chronically high blood sugar and diabetes. A common symptom of diabetic peripheral neuropathy is numbness. Sometimes you may be unable to feel your feet while walking. Other times, your hands and/or feet will tingle or burn. It may feel like you’re wearing a sock or glove when you’re not. It is the most common complication of diabetes.
Treatment is minimal as these symptoms usually go away after a few months. The thing to do is tell your doctor and he will advise the best treatment for the symptoms. Diabetic Neuropathy with all the many conditions is easily controlled or avoided if blood glucose levels are kept in check. Proper management will certainly lessen your chances of developing new medical conditions.