The Dangerous Menace of Diabetic
Diabetes is dangerous, and if not kept in check it could
bring about serious nerve damage and affect the body in
Diabetes is not a disease but a condition. It is important to
know that it can lead to a whole lot of serious ailments if
not kept in check. So just how serious could these maladies
The Avatars of Diabetic Neuropathy
For starters, there are six major manifestations of diabetic
neuropathy. And they all are disorders with serious
You have peripheral neuropathy, in which the
peripheral nerves get affected, particularly those of the
lower legs. This normally depicts itself through
numbness or a tingling sensation in the lower legs or
the feet. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy could
also include sensation loss in the lower legs or the
• Then you’ve got autonomic neuropathy which affects
the nerves controlling vital body functions including
heart rate, emptying of bowel and bladder, digestion
and blood pressure. You may begin to experience
dizziness, nausea, low blood pressure, fainting and
even difficulty in swallowing.
• Moving on to femoral neuropathy, this symptom is a
dysfunction of the femoral nerve which results in
lesser control while you walk. You could also
experience groin pain, and hip pain which would make
it difficult for you to walk, sit or move around. You
may also experience a tingling or numb sensation in
the knee, foot and calf.
• If you thought these were really hard to manage,
there’s more. The nerves exiting your spine could get
compressed or irritated, resulting in neck and back
• What if some joints of your body are unstable or
swollen? That’s what happens with the diabetic
neuropathy condition called Charcot’s Joint or
neurogenic arthropathy. Apart from swelling and
instability, the bone in the joint goes through atrophic
and hypertrophic manifestations while the joint also
experiences hemorrhage and heat.
• Finally there is – foot drop. This causes inability to lift
your foot’s front portion. You’ll be dragging your toes
as you walk – not a pleasant sight to behold or a great
feeling to experience.
Diabetic neuropathy is a condition that could significantly
affect your quality of life. You’ve got to keep your blood
sugar levels in check since you never know when your
diabetes could become more serious and you begin to
experience strange sensations and unpleasant feelings.
Treatment for diabetic neuropathy is varied since there are
different manifestations of this condition, as mentioned
above. But we have only scratched the surface. The six
conditions we’ve mentioned only make up an overall view.
In fact, there are many more specific symptoms for aspects
of these conditions out there and treatment is therefore
different and ranges from minor to major.
Generally, treatment for diabetic neuropathy at advanced
multi-specialty healthcare centers would involve nerve pain
relief medication to reduce nerve damage. These
medications would enable the nerves to repair themselves
and include tricyclic antidepressants, narcotic pain
medication and opioids and similar drugs. Chiropractic
treatment can help improve brain-to-body communication
and vice versa while also activating the nervous system.
Physical therapy may also have to be performed for
improving the body’s blood circulation, strengthening the
affected muscles of the foot and leg, and restoring