Numbness is the most common, troubling symptom of nerve damage due to diabetes. People describe the early symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in many ways:
- Pins and needles
- Deep stabs
Others describe sharp pain, cramps, tingling, prickling, a burning sensation. Still others have exaggerated sensitivity to touch. The symptoms are often worse at night.
Be on the look out for these changes in how you feel:
Touch sensitivity. You may experience heightened sensitivity to touch, or a tingling or numbness in your toes, feet, legs, or hands.
Muscle weakness. Chronically elevated blood sugars can also damage nerves that tell muscles how to move. This can lead to muscle weakness. You may have difficulty walking or getting up from a chair. You may have difficulty grabbing things or carrying things with your hands.
Balance problems. You may feel more unsteady than usual and uncoordinated when you walk. This occurs when the body adapts to changes brought on by muscle damage.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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