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Do you sometimes get feelings of numbness and tingling in your limbs such as numb hands, numbness in legs, facial numbness, severe leg cramps at night or other nerve problems? Chances are that these nerve disorders are peripheral neuropathies caused by diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can be caused by having diabetes. As those with diabetes know, one of the most severe and forefront diabetes symptoms is high blood sugar. Prolonged exposure to high sugar levels in the blood can cause severe damage to nerve endings and cause sensory neuropathy. Exactly why this happens as a result of high blood sugar isn't exactly known to the medical community today but we do know that there are a great deal of complex bodily interactions involved that lead to the common neuropathy symptoms. High levels of glucose in the blood interfere with the nervous system's ability to communicate to the brain. It can also damage the cell walls of the nerves, not allowing a proper amount of oxygen and nutrients to enter a nerve.
Diabetic neuropathy is one of the most severe diabetes symptoms and must be taken seriously due to the potential for serious complications. Concerning neuropathy what is not commonly known is that there are 4 main types that may affect you. Generally, those suffering from peripheral neuropathy symptoms are only experiencing one or two of the types of nerve problems. If you or your child is experiencing any of these diabetic neuropathy symptoms they should be taken seriously and well monitored. Many times the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are one of the early signs of diabetes in children. If diabetes symptoms in children is caught at the right time, steps may be taken to greatly reduce the effects diabetes can have later in life. It should also be understood that these symptoms and signs can vary greatly from person to person.
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy. It tends to effect the very ends of nerves first and starts with the longest nerves in the body found in the feet and hands. These symptoms can vary from mild annoyance to extreme levels of neuropathic pain. Neuropathy foot pain is by far the most common symptoms of this kind of neuropathy and can lead to serious complications. You can find more infomation about diabetes and foot complications on our page dedicated to that subject.
The other possible peripheral neuropathy symptoms include:
This form of neuropathy effects the autonomic nervous system which controls you bladder, heart, stomach, intestines, eyes and sex organs. This kind of neuropathy is most likely to occur in those that have ignored diabetic symptoms throughout most of their lives and have done little if anything to control their symptoms.
The symptoms of autonomic neuropathy include:
Instead of effecting the ends of nerves, this attacks nerves closer to your hips or shoulders making the symptoms of neuropathy a little different. This condition causes neuropathy pain mostly in people with type 2 diabetes and in older adults. Though the legs more most effected, pain can also be felt in the arms and abdomen. Symptoms tend to occur only on one side of the body, but some patients can feel pain on both sides from time to time.
This condition is often marked by:
The term mononeuropathy means that only one nerve is effected. This nerve can be in the hands causing numbness in fingertips or numbness in arms or can be in the legs causing numb toes and pain in the legs. Because of the focused nature of this kind of nerve damage it seems contrary to what is neuropathy, which is characterized by numbness all over the body.
The symptom checker for mononeuropathy includes: