Neuropathy issues caused by diabetes are those conditions in which the diabetes damages the nerves in the body. This leads to pain, numbness in the nerves, loss of sensation in the hands, arms and feet. It further affects the sex organs, digestive system, heart and liver too.
Common Neuropathy Problems Caused By Diabetes
When discussed in detail, the following neuropathic problems are caused by diabetes:
Autonomic Neuropathic Problems
The very nature of this neuropathic condition affects the nerves connected to the heart and also adversely hits the body’s blood pressure and glucose levels in the blood. The nerves are damaged to such an extent that the digestive system, urinary tract and sexual organs also stop functioning normally. The body also loses its insulin producing abilities. Autonomic neuropathic conditionsmake it hard to diagnose the presence of hypoglycemia in a person. The normal signs of dropping blood glucose levels are sweating and palpitations, which in this neuropathic condition, don’t appear thus making it difficult to detect hypoglycemia.
Since it affects the nerves, the cardiovascular system of the body also suffers and fails to maintain blood pressure and heartbeat rate in the body. This results in frequent drops in blood pressure thus leading to fainting and chronic weakness. Furthermore, this condition lead to malfunctioning of the digestive system and causes constipation. This leads to the development of gastroparesis which results in bouts of nausea and vomiting.
Nerve damage causes improper functioning of the urinary tract, leading to difficulty in emptying the bladder completely. This causes bacterial growth inside the bladder, further spreading to the kidneys. If the nerves to this region, urinary tract, are affected it leads to failure to control passing of the urine, as the person no more has control over the muscles of this region. When it comes to sex organs, this condition reduces the sexual sensations in this region, leading to erectile dysfunction, difficulty in arousal and even lubrication.
Proximal Neuropathic Problems
This, a common problem in the patients of the type 2 diabetes, is a condition in which the patient feels pain in the thigh, hips and the surrounding upper area.
This pain usually is limited to only one side of the body and makes it difficult for the person to sit or stand without assistance. A common condition in adult patients, it further results in weakness in the legs, making its treatment absolutely necessary.
Focal Neuropathic Problems
This condition mostly affects the upper torso region of the patient. Some of the problems that it causes are aching of the eyes, difficulty in focusing your eye sight, onset of double vision, paralysis of the face and chest and abdominal pain (sometimes taken to be a heart attack, mistakenly). Focal neuropathy is a common occurrence in adult patients and recedes over time (usually in subsequent weeks and months).
The patients of diabetes also develop this condition of the compression of the nerves that leads to pain and muscle weakness. This also causes temporary numbness in various parts of the body.
So, these are some of the neuropathy issues caused by diabetes, which affect the patient’s health adversely.