Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a progressive disease that often involves pain, loss of sensation and weakness. In other words, peripheral neuropathy is a condition involving pain and damage in the nerves. DPN is a condition caused by high blood sugar and about 60-70% of diabetic patients are known to suffer from it. If not treated in time or managed well, it can lead to lower limb amputations. There are over a 100 different types of peripheral neuropathies and symptoms. In addition here are some common symptoms patients may experience:
Neuropathy patients can suffer from a range of acute to chronic pain. Moreover , depending on the damage to the nerves, each patient may experience a different kind of pain. For instance, some patients experience sharp pain spurts that might feel like an electric current. These may affect your day to day activities and prevent you from being well-rested. These symptoms can develop suddenly or over a longer period of time. They may also be distributed unevenly between the different sides of your body. Lastly, you can experience any of multiple types of pain that are listed below.
- Jarring pain
- Pinching pain
- Shooting pains
Damage in the nerves can either heighten or dramatically reduce your sensitivity. For instance, patients experience numbness, tingling or burning sensations in their hands and toes. In other words patients describe the feeling of numbness analogous to wearing a glove or a sock. Diabetic patients should wear proper footwear and examine their feet every night to detect small bruises that can go unnoticed due to the lack of sensation.
Muscle damage can also make the body uncoordinated. For instance, patients feel unsteady and uncoordinated while walking. Numbness can make patients prone to falls as they are unaware of stance and placement of legs. Loss of balance and an unsteady gait is often a sign of DPN. Orthopaedic shoes and mechanical aids for walking are common solutions to prevent such falls.
Symptoms appear as common aging symptoms and hence tend to go unnoticed. However, keep an eye out for such changes and consult your physician to diagnose the condition and start treating your symptoms. DPN can be challenging, but with early diagnosis and a proper treatment plan, you can effectively manage your pain.
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