The 4 Types of Diabetic Neuropathy and How They Can Affect You

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that arises from diabetes. This condition is present in approximately half of all people who are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy is more likely to occur when the disease has been present for several years, and it often results in additional health issues.

Through proper maintenance of your blood sugar levels, along with neuropathy treatments from a trusted professional, Wichita residents can postpone or avoid additional damage to their nerves. Let’s look at the four types of diabetic neuropathy and an all-natural, non-surgical treatment solution.

Peripheral Neuropathy 

Also called distal polyneuropathy and peripheral diabetic nerve pain, this form of the illness (often shortened to PN) is the likeliest to occur. It involves damage to the nerves in your limbs. You will most often see this kind of damage to the nerves in your feet since those nerves are the longest in the body (running all the way up to the lumbar spine in the lower back). If your feet are affected, you may experience infections, ulcers, deformities, which may lead to amputations. With the best neuropathy treatment Wichita has to offer, you can prevent the negative side effects of peripheral neuropathy.

Proximal Neuropathy

This type of neuropathy, which also goes by the name diabetic amyotrophy, involves loss of strength within the muscles – particularly the muscles in the hips, buttocks, and legs. In polyradiculopathy-diabetic amyotrophy (a form of proximal neuropathy), a type of nerve pain called radiculopathy or sciatica is also present. When sciatica exists, nerve pain radiates from the lower back down through the legs.

Autonomic Neuropathy

Various bodily functions (digestion, breathing, circulation, etc.) occur passively, without you having to take any action. The autonomic nervous system controls these processes; in so doing, it helps the body maintain its balance and normalcy, called homeostasis. Homeostasis can be thrown off-course by this form of neuropathy.

Focal Neuropathy 

The previously listed types of neuropathy are all forms of polyneuropathy – meaning that they impact multiple nerves. In focal neuropathy, also called mononeuropathy, only one nerve is damaged. While it most often strikes in the head, it also sometimes occurs in the legs or torso. Proximal and focal neuropathy symptoms are different when they occur in the legs. While the former leads to muscle weakness and radiating pain, the latter is characterized by pain in very specific areas.

Getting Help 

Are you suffering from any of these four types of diabetic neuropathy? With high-quality neuropathy treatment, Wichita patients can recover from this condition. At Advanced Wellness & Rehab in Wichita, we provide solutions for resolving painful health issues in a personalized and caring manner. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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