Diabetic Neuropathy Testing
Neuropathy is nerve damage that often occurs in people that suffer diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout the body resulting in symptoms that range from pain and numbness in the legs and feet, to problems with the digestive system and heart. Diabetes Texas offers diagnostic testing to patients that are experiencing signs of diabetic neuropathy.
Frequently Asked Questions
- numbness in the extremities
- tingling or burning sensations
- sharp pains or cramps
- increased sensitivity to touch
- reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
- muscle weakness
- loss of reflexes, especially in the ankle
- loss of balance and coordination
- serious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, and bone and joint pain
To help with your diagnosis and treatment, be sure to mention these signs and symptoms at each doctor’s appointment.
About 50% of people with diabetes have a form of nerve pain. The highest rates of neuropathy are seen in people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years.