(Nerve Damage of Diabetes)
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- Metabolic problems such as high blood glucose
- Damage to blood vessels
- Autoimmune factors
- Numbness , tingling, or pain in the extremities
- Weakness in arms and or legs
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Urination problems
- Impotence or vaginal dryness
- 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
- Decreased ability to sweat normally
- Nerve conduction studies
- Quantitative sensory testing—the use of stimuli to check for neuropathy
- Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test—a test to evaluate the nerve supply of sweat glands
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
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Diabetic neuropathies: the nerve damage of diabetes. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies. Updated November 26, 2013. Accessed September 19, 2014.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 12, 2014. Accessed September 19, 2014.
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Types of peripheral neuropathy: pre-diabetic/diabetic University of Chicago, Center for Peripheral Neuropathy website. http://millercenter.uchicago.edu/learnaboutpn/typesofpn/diabetes/index.shtml. Accessed September 19, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Kim Carmichael, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/23/2014 -
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