Symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy


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General information about symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy. Furthermore, symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy.

List of symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Diabetic neuropathy includes:

Symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy: The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary. Numbness and tingling in feet are often the first sign. Some people notice no symptoms, while others are severely disabled. Neuropathy may cause both pain and insensitivity to pain in the same person. Often, symptoms are slight at first, and since most nerve damage occurs over a period of years, mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time. In some people, mainly those afflicted by focal neuropathy, the onset of pain may be sudden and severe. 1

Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder caused by diabetes, is characterized by a loss or reduction of sensation in the feet, and in some cases the hands, and pain and weakness in the feet. The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, which vary among patients, are often slight at first. In fact, some mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time. The first sign of the disease is usually numbness, pain, or tingling in the hands, feet, or legs. After several years this may lead to weakness in the muscles of the feet. Occasionally, diabetic neuropathy can flare up suddenly and affect a specific nerve that may result in double vision or drooping of the eyelid, or weakness and atrophy of the thigh muscles. Nerve damage caused by diabetes generally occurs over a period of years and may lead to problems with internal organs including the digestive tract and sexual organs. These problems can then tend to cause indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness, bladder infections, and impotence. The loss of sensation in the feet is important as it may increase the possibility of injuries of which the patient is not aware. These foot injuries can develop into ulcers or lesions that can become infected. In some cases, ulcers may not heal and amputation may be required. 2

More symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Diabetic neuropathy, underlying causes of Diabetic neuropathy, associated conditions for Diabetic neuropathy, risk factors for Diabetic neuropathy, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Diabetic Neuropathy The Nerve Damage of Diabetes: NIDDK
2. excerpt from NINDS Diabetic Neuropathy Information Page: NINDS

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