Now I know?*
I’ve been a type 2 diabetic for many years now and each time I’ve visited my endocrinologist (my diabetic doc), he asks me about neuropathy and do I need more meds for it. I have never really known what he was talking about because as I wrote in a previous post, I’ve kept really good care of my feet and aside from some numbness occasionally in a couple of my toes on the left foot and a rare kind of sharpe pain up a foot, I’ve never experienced any neuropathy.
However, the past two months have educated me greatly on what neuropathy is and the pain it can cause.
Just what is Neuropathy?
I’ve been studying and reading a lot about diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PN) for weeks now and have found that it is one of the more painful neurological complications of diabetes.
Neuropathy is basically nerve damage. Sometimes peripheral neuropathy is called “Stocking Glove syndrome.” This is because it mostly affects the feet and hands. When your feet are affected, there is a great danger that the numbness will cause you to not notice an injury to your feet as you walk about. An injury that is not noticed and taken care of can lead to infection and gangrene and then to a dreaded amputation.
“Distal polyneuropathy” is another term for the most frequent form of diabetic neuropathy. Distal, meaning far away from the center of the body (i.e., feet and hands) Poly means many and neuropathy is disease in nerves. This disease can affect many nerves and is moslyt noticed in the feet and hands. Here is a link to a great article on neuropathy. Continue reading “The Pain of Neuropathy – Oh Yes!”