21 Apr The Primary Cause of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy…..
Health nerves receive oxygenated blood and nutrition through microscopic capillaries. Damage and/or obstruction to these small blood vessels as a result of high blood sugar, toxins, mechanical entrapment restricts the transfer of oxygen and nutrition to the nerve cells causing nerve cell death.
Diabetic patients are at a very high risk because these small capillaries of people with diabetes can become obstructed when a large amount of glucose fills the bloodstream. This glucose
obstruction prevents the nerve tissues from receiving the nutrients and oxygen needed for health functioning nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy is a serious diabetes complication and is estimated to affect up to 80% of people with diabetes. The feet are the most common area of the body where the nerves are damaged as a result of high blood sugar resulting in the need for peripheral neuropathy treatment.
10 Most Common Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Below are the ten most common symptoms experienced by patients with peripheral neuropathy in the extremities (arms, hands, legs and/or feet) by Dr. Alfonso at Neuropathy Relief Center of Miami.
- burning pains
- sharp pains
- numbness and tingling
- pins and needles
- ulcers or sores
- walking difficulties
What are the Different Types of Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic Neuropathy has four main types affecting the peripheral nervous system.
Peripheral diabetic neuropathy -distal symmetric peripheral neuropathy:
Distal symmetric peripheral diabetic neuropathy is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy. It usually occurs in the legs and feet and progresses next to the fingers, hands and arms.
Peripheral nerve damage affects the ability to feel surfaces with your feet due to the loss of sensations (sensory nerve damage).
Diabetic neuropathy patients are a very high risk for injuries (ex: hip fractures) from falls due to difficulties in walking, standing, coordination and balance. Many patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy have tremendous difficulties getting proper rest due to even the best sheets causing pain at night.
Autonomic diabetic neuropathy:
Autonomic diabetic neuropathy effects the involuntary fuction of nerves in charge of controlling organs control such as eyes, heart, lungs, stomach, pancreas, intestines, colon, bladder, stomach, intestines, and sex organs.
Proximal diabetic neuropathy (diabetic polyradiculopathy)
Proximal diabetic neuropathy typically affects the peripheral nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks, legs, ribs cage, abdominal regions. Proximal diabetic neuropathy nerve damage occurs along a specific nerve distribution throughout the body.
Mononeuropathy diabetic neuropathy (focal neuropathy)
Specific nerve damage to a single nerve is referred to as mononeuropathy diabetic neuropathy. The two most common are specific cranial and peripheral nerves.
If you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy or have neuropathy symptoms such as pain, burning, numbness in your arms, hands, legs or feet. Please contact us at (305) 275-7475 to schedule and discuss your questions with our new patient specialist or message us your number/email and our team member will reach out to you for scheduling.
Out of town patients can schedule a complimentary Zoom Meeting Consultation or Phone Consultation with Dr. Alfonso. Please contact either by website, email, or by phone if you have any questions. We are here to help you overcome peripheral neuropathy and get you back to enjoying life! You can beat peripheral neuropathy without drugs or surgery!
For more info on the Dr. Alfonso Neuropathy Treatment Protocol please visit our treatment page of our website.
I look forward to meeting and helping you!
Sincerely Yours for Health,
Dr. Rodolfo Alfonso, D.C.
8585 Sunset Drive,
Miami, FL 33143