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Diabetic Nerve Pain

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Diabetic neuropathy may occur when you have high blood sugar levels over an extended period of time.  This is the source of the damage to the nerves in your legs, arms, digestive tract, heart, and bladder.


Early signs of nerve damage may be noticed with the tingling or burning sensation in the feet and legs.  You may not notice when you step on something sharp or when you have a blister on your toes.  It may be more difficult to notice when you touch something too hot or too cold, and the joints in your feet may become damaged making it more difficult to walk.  The neuropathy may also change the muscles in your feet increasing pressure on  your toes and the balls of your feet, and it may be more likely for you to develop infections of the skin on your feet.


People suffering from diabetes may have difficulty digesting food.  Symptoms include feeling full after eating a small portion, heartburn, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, swallowing problems, throwing up hours after a meal.


Problems associated with the heart may include lightheadedness when sitting or standing up as well as a rapid heart rate. 


Neuropathy may disguise angina which is the warning chest pain for heart attack.  Other signs of heart attack include sudden fatigue, sweating, shortness of breath, and nausea and vomiting.


The best way to prevent symptoms is to have careful control of your blood sugar.  Your doctor may prescribe medicines to treat symptoms in the feet, legs, and arms.  Other medicines that treat problems digesting food may also be suggested.  


Checking your feet for infection may keep foot injuries from getting worse.  You may also ask your doctor on how to protect your feet from being very dry and how to check for foot problems at home.

  







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