(Nerve Damage of Diabetes)
|Nerves of the Foot|
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- Metabolic problems (eg, high blood glucose)
- Damage to blood vessels
- Autoimmune factors
- Numbness in the extremities
- Tingling in the extremities
- Pain in the extremities
- Wasting of the muscles of the feet or hands
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Dizziness or fainting
- Urination problems
- Impotence or vaginal dryness
- Weakness in arms and or legs
- Foot drop
- Weakness of facial muscles resulting in drooping eyelid, drooping mouth, facial droop, difficulty swallowing
- Muscle cramps
- A prolonged feeling of fullness after eating, and/or abdominal pain
- Heat intolerance due to a decreased ability to sweat normally
- Foot exam—to assess sensation in the foot
- Nerve conduction studies —to test nerve activity
- Electromyography —to determine how muscles respond to nerve signals
- Quantitative sensory testing—the use of stimuli (eg, vibration) to check for neuropathy
- Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test—a test to evaluate the nerve supply of sweat glands
- Heart rate tests—to determine how the heart responds to changes
- Ultrasound—to view internal organs
- Biopsy —to remove a sample of nerve or skin tissue for examination
Blood Glucose Management
American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org/
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/
Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html
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- Reviewer: Kim Carmichael, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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