Neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, is damage to the nerves that allow you to feel sensations such as pain. There are a number of ways that diabetes damages the nerves, and they are all linked to blood glucose (sugar) being too high for a long period of time.
Diabetes-related nerve damage can be painful, but it isn't severe in most cases. There are two major types of diabetic neuropathy: peripheral and autonomic.
If you have sickle cell disease, you've probably had pain in your bones or other parts of your body. These are called sickle cell crises, and they can happen anywhere from several times a year to every few years.
You might hear your doctor call sickle crisis by its formal name -- vaso-occlusive crisis. It's called that because the crisis is caused by blocked, or occluded, blood vessels.
The outbreaks of pain are one of the symptoms of sickle cell disease, a group of blood disorders. If you have...
The areas of the body most commonly affected by peripheral neuropathy are the feet and legs. Nerve damage in the feet can result in a loss of foot sensation, increasing your risk of foot problems like ulcers. Therefore, proper skin and foot care should be practiced. Rarely, the arms, abdomen, and back may be affected.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:
Numbness (severe or long-term numbness can become permanent)
In many cases, symptoms will improve when blood glucose is controlled.