Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy

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For those people living with diabetes, there’s always something to manage. Whether that be high blood sugars, low blood sugars, counting carbohydrates, working out, and minimizing additional health risks associated with diabetes and its effect on the body, there’s a lot to focus on. So if you do start to notice any issues with numbness or the inability to feel in your feet, legs, hands or arms, which could be peripheral diabetic neuropathy, it’s important to see a pain management specialist. The Texas Pain Care team in the Sugar Land, Missouri City and Houston areas can help to manage the nerve pain with the goal to help maintain or increase your quality of life.

What is Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that is caused by high blood sugars. When the body experiences high blood sugar, the walls of the small blood vessels become weakened, which interrupts the nerves’ ability to both receive nutrients and oxygen, as well as transmit signals to the brain. 

Healthy nerves are able to properly carry electrical signals from the brain to other parts of the body, which 

Damaged nerves aren’t fully able to perform their normal processes, or send incorrect signals to the brain. In the case of diabetic neuropathy, this means a person will experience numbness or muscle weakness most commonly in the legs and feet, but also in the arms and hands. 

Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy is one of four main types of diabetic neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the nerves that are located outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves) are damaged. It is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy and affects a person’s ability to feel pain or temperature changes. Of those people who suffer from diabetes-related neuropathy, 50% of them have peripheral diabetic neuropathy. 

What Causes Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy?

The main cause of peripheral diabetic neuropathy is when a diabetic person has high blood sugar over a significant period of time, i.e. years of their life. Additional causes that could lead to the development of peripheral diabetic neuropathy include: 

What are the Symptoms of Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetes that is not well managed can lead to high blood sugar, which is called hyperglycemia. Over time, this can cause damage to the nerves that deliver important messages throughout the body to the brain. General diabetes-related neuropathy most commonly affect the legs, feet, arms and hands, and symptoms include: