Hello, and welcome back to another edition of “So, You Think You Know Diabetes”. So, we’ve covered the major problems that can arise during the course of a diabetic’s day-to-day blood sugar bounces. But, what about some of the long term issues that one can possibly come across after living with the disease for decades? All sorts of things. In fact, a diabetic’s body can shut down after a while with the disease wrecking havoc on their various biological systems. And we’re going to cover each of those major attacks in time, starting with today’s topic:
Specifically, peripheral neuropathy. “What is that?” you’re probably asking me right now. Well, that’s essentially where the nerves in the body stop working, causing loss of feeling, and eventually further complications. One of the biggest signs that you could, POSSIBLY, be developing peripheral neuropathy is the feeling of pins and needles in your feet.
That feeling that you get when you’ve been in a particular sitting position for quite some time, or lying on your hands for quite some time and you can feel the afflicted body part go funny, almost like watching the snow on a CRT before you turn on the VCR/DVD player or game system or whatever else. For those who could develop peripheral neuropathy, there are also symptoms that can develop that could be cause for concern. Those include:
- Sharp/jabbing/throbbing/freezing/burning pain (I assume that you would only have one of those sensations at a time, though it’s not uncommon for there to be multiple pain sensations in the area).
- Extreme sensitivity to touch (if it hurts to get touched by the gentlest of pokes, then you probably should go in to get that looked at).
- Lack of coordination and falling (if this is your only symptom, then either you’ve imbibed a little too much, or you need to go in anyway to get checked out for something else, like vertigo).
- Muscle weakness or paralysis (this usually occurs when motor nerves are affected).
Now, even though that diabetics can develop some sort of neuropathy, I must implore that anyone that has any of these signs and symptoms for a length of time to go in and get it checked out. Nerve damage is not something to ignore.
So, what do the experts recommend when it comes to keeping diabetic neuropathy at bay? Keeping one’s sugar in check. Since neuropathy comes in many forms, and happens to a wide variety of people, it’s hard to tell someone, especially a diabetic, how to prevent something that they would have absolutely no control over.
That’s all I’ve got for you today. Hopefully, I’ve made you a little more aware of one of the many complications that can arise due to poor sugar management. Hopefully for those of you reading this who are diabetic, I hope that this does not befall you for a very, very long time. So, until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.