As many of you know, November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that is damaging enough in and of itself, but it also happens to be a disease with a very high instance of comorbidity. That means that diabetics often suffer from other diseases or conditions related to their diabetes. Among the most common of these conditions are:
Obesity, or weight problems
Hypertension, or high blood pressure
Dyslipidemia, or abnormal cholesterol and/or fat in the blood
Sleep Apnea, or breathing abnormalities during sleep
Neuropathy, or numbness and nerve problems
This article is going to focus on one of the most dangerous and complicated of these comorbidities; diabetic neuropathy. We see cases of diabetic neuropathy quite often in this practice, and it sometimes surprises us how many misconceptions there are about the condition. Did you know that there are actually four distinct and unique types of diabetic neuropathy? Learn more about each of them below:
On the other end of the spectrum, you may be hypersensitive to touch, some of my patients have come to be saying the weight of clothing against their skin is even too much to bear. Patients who present with this type of pain may also feel pain when they walk, or even be unable to walk because their limbs feel too weak to be able to hold them. Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy also shows up commonly as serious foot problems like ulcers, swelling, infections, deformities, bone or joint pain, numbness, injuries that won’t heal, discolored toe nails and more.
No two people are alike and no two people will exhibit the exact same symptoms in the same ways. Several of these symptoms may be linked to or associated with other illnesses as well. Only a qualified medical professional who has seen and thoroughly examined you can offer a diagnosis.
If you or someone you know is diabetic and experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible.