Paramus, NJ neuropathy patients being treated at centers such as MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center have more than their nerve damage to deal with. Sad to say, their condition serves as a jump-off point for several other complications that greatly hamper their abilities to live normal lives. These complications include:
Restless Legs Syndrome – The aptly named “Restless Legs” syndrome, a well-known offshoot of neuropathy, is easily characterized by its dominant symptom—an uncontrolled urge to move the legs. Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), the syndrome not only affects the legs, but also the arms; and is also known for eliciting a crawling or creeping sensation that typically worsens at night.
Diabetic Foot Ulcer – A common peripheral neuropathy complication caused by diabetes, foot ulcers are open wounds/sores that develop on the skin. These ulcers frequently develop because of the reduced sensation in the foot, making it easy for the patient to neglect wounds or injuries, which later become infected, as they don’t feel their presence in the first place.
Digestive Issues – Diabetic neuropathy not only causes numbness, but its total opposite in some cases. These pains materialize in the form of severe constipation or diarrhea, usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, bloating, and loss of appetite.
Neuropathic Pain – The characteristics or quality of pain associated with neuropathy can range from burning to a sharp, jabbing type of pain. Since neuropathic pain can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life and emotional well-being, it’s best for patients to seek treatments like neuropathy pain relief in Northern NJ as soon as possible.
Erectile dysfunction – A new study recently unveiled at a gathering of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes indicate that patients, specifically type-1 diabetic men, are more prone to erectile dysfunction or E.D. Speaking to research lead Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui, MedScape.com writer Miriam E. Tucker reports:
In all, Dr. Pop-Busui and colleagues found about a 4-fold increased prevalence of erectile dysfunction, weak urinary stream, intermittency, straining, and/or the sensation of incomplete emptying among the men with type 1 diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy compared with those without neuropathy.
“We believe that physicians should ask patients about all these complications….Both diabetic peripheral neuropathy and urologic complications have a major impact on the patients’ quality of life,” Dr. Pop-Busui told Medscape Medical News.
This is due to high blood sugar levels that essentially damage blood vessels and nerves, which contribute largely to sexual response.
Indeed, the complications brought about by peripheral neuropathy are not to be taken lightly. Therefore, at the early signs of neuropathy (e.g. tingling or weakness in the extremities), one should consult with a specialist without delay.
(Source: Diabetic Neuropathy Ups Erectile Dysfunction, Urinary Problems, MedScape, September 17, 2014)