Tingling Toes of Diabetic Nerve Damage
You may not have thought it but sometimes pins and needless in your toes is the first sign of diabetes. This is the tingling toes of diabetic nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy to give it its medical name.
There are several types of diabetic neuropathy of which Peripheral Neuropathy is the commonest.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy:
This nerve damage tends to develop slowly over months or years. In general, symptoms may include:
- Reduced feeling or numbness in the feet.
- Over time, tightness, burning, shooting, or stabbing pain in the feet, hands, or other parts of the body. Bone and joint deformities can develop, especially in the feet.
- Greatly reduced or greatly increased sensitivity to light touch or temperature. This is why diabetics are asked to take care of their feet.
- Weakness and loss of balance and coordination.
Other types of diabetic neuropathy would include:
This is the nerve damage that diabetes can inflict on your autonomic nervous system. It mainly affects your stomach and your blood vessels.
In your digestive system:
- Feeling full after small meals
What you should do: You may need to eat smaller meals and take medication to treat it.
In your blood vessels:
The Autonomic Neuropathy of diabetes can prevent the smooth muscles around blood vessels from relaxing and allowing your blood to flow freely. This is why men with diabetes very often have erectile dysfunction. In fact erectile dysfunction can be the very first symptom of diabetes. During sexual stimulation the small arteries to the penis fail to dilate thus causing erectile dysfunction. This kind of ED does not usually respond to medications like Viagra or Cialis and may need penis injection of alprostadil to bring about a proper erection.