Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the body’s nerves.
What are the symptoms?
Diabetic neuropathy can cause you to experience a burning or sharp pain in your extremities. It can also cause a loss of feeling in feet and hands. In addition to pain, diabetic neuropathy can cause problems with your blood vessels, digestive system, and urinary tract.
What are the causes of diabetic neuropathy?
Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to blood sugar levels that stay high for too long. This causes damage and injury to nerve fibers. Diabetic neuropathy most commonly affects the peripheral nerves that go from the brain and spinal cord into the muscles, skin, and other areas. Radiculoplexus neuropathy affects the nerves in your thighs, buttocks, hips, and legs, which can lead to severe and sudden pain that often occurs on one side of your body. Mononeuropathy is characterized by damage to a specific nerve, and causes pain in the thigh, chest, and foot.
How is it treated?
The treatment for diabetic neuropathy is focused on relieving pain. Nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation can each be used to decrease and prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.