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Autonomic neuropathy is a nerve disorder that affects involuntary body functions such as digestion, perspiration, blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and changes in the way your eyes adjust to light.
As you can see from the above list, autonomic neuropathy involves multiple systems in your body's functions, from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Multiple treatments are generally required.
Make sure you have a good yearly physical exam for your diabetes and that your health care provider assesses you for neuropathies.
What are some of your experiences with autonomic neuropathy?
Regards and have a great week.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I am not diabetic but have been diagnosed with Neuropathy. It started in my feet within weeks after shoulder surgery. It has progressively gotten worse as well as high bp and eyesight. At first I thought it was from being immobile but didn't clear up as I started moving again.
I believe it is from chemicals used during surgery or the meds right after it. Now have problems with my wrist as well and that is how I was diagnosed. Could it be from something used during the surgery?
I am not diabetic but I have burning from my head to my rest does anyone else have this was wonder what it is
I have been diabetic over half of my life. In this time I have had 11 PRP surgeries in one eye, 13 in the other eye and 2 vitrectomies in each eye followed by the removal of the right eye and insertion of a glass eye. I also suffer from autonomic neuropathy. My remaining eye does not adjust to light from dark. I wear polarized sunglasses or would be blinded by the white light. I also have gastroparesis(slow emptying of the stomach). This has resulted in issues with insulin reactions. I find it works better to take insulin after eating than before eating. I have no feeling from the knees down in both legs. I originally did have the electrical shock sensations in the shins but this went away. Wearing ompression hose did help with the discomfort. I also have proximal diabetic neuropathy in the right buttock and thigh( a weakening and shrinking of the muscle tissue) and am now being diagnosed with Charcot joint in the right ankle. I am female in my mid forties and am compliant with medications, diet and exercise.
My mother is 89 yr old and recently diagnosed with neuropathy. Evidently she has had this for some time for now she is unable to walk and cannot feel her feet and legs. She is on a dose of 1000 mg solumedral each week but doesn't seem to have much impact. She has always been active and it is taking its toll. She is diabetic but has always had it under control. The solumedral is making blood sugar go crazy and her coumadin levels too. Any suggestions?
I am 53, and until 5 months ago, seemed to be in decent health. I am 16 pounds overweight, and could exercise more, but have a decent and well rounded diet. I started to have neuropathy symptoms 4 months ago like intense burning on the bottoms of my feet, numbness in various parts of my face and hands and occasional sharp pains in finger tips. I constantly think about what shoes and socks I'm wearing and miss out on a lot of activities with my family due to foot pain. I was missdiagnosed with broken bones (not) was almost on the table for spinal surgery (not the problem) and all of my blood work (full panel, fasting glucose, 24 hour urine) were normal. I found the A1c test on this site, and asked my promary doc to do the test. the results were 5.9, prediabetes. I have discovered in my research about the Diabetes Prevention Program developed my the cdc/nih and piloted in, I believe 2002, at various YMCA's with great results. I live in the Washington DC area, and no one (hospitals, YMCA, etc) offers this class. I know that with a lifestye change, that I can possibly make a big difference in my situation. Why is there limited support, but lots of classes are available once you have the disease? Our heath care system at its worse. Also, Do you have any other resource suggestions? My neurologist isn't convinced that prediabetes is causing my symptoms. I am on the waiting list to come to the Mayo Clinic
My husband has nuropathy but not diabetes. He is in misery with burning over his entire body also heavy feeling in his feet.
dr has tried nuroton and didnt give any relief. Now is on Lyrica and getting no relief. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated
Your podiatrist can prescribe Dr. Comfort shoes which are designed for diabetic feet. If not Dr. Comfort, there are other brands also. We have the Dr. Comfort in our area. Medicare covers payment of the shoes if prescribed by a podiatrist.
For help check your local hospital for groups to go to. Many of them post their times and meeting places there.
As far as the sweating I have the same thing and have found that Degree works well on it and there is shirts that are moisture wisking that work really well. This is on way for me though to know when my sugar is falling below 60 so I don't want to stop all of that. Is there any shoes that will help with someone that has had a very bad ulcer on the ball of the foot. Have tried all including men's 4E with 2 pads and 2 ball pads along with socks and still get bruising if on feet more than 3 hours at a time.
i do not have the risk factors for autonomic neuropathy. i do have the symptoms. after hospitalization, i was diagnosed by process of elimination. is there a support group or website that i can join? i have the sweating, blood pressure vertigo, quick elimation after eating, (35 min.), yellow diahrrea, problems with sight at night and rapid heartbeats. does anyone else have this problem?
I am 21 and a "new" diabetic. I landed myself in the hospital for a week last year on a potassium and insulin drip, given daily blood thinner injection, and oral potassium. I hurt everywhere, I was weak, stiff, patches of skin where numb and my vision changed. I was the youngest one on my floor.
Please dont do what I did. I have learned how to manage pretty well now and just happy to be alive. I pushed it too far and i dont want to again.
Diabetes causes dry skin, which causes itching. Use a washing liquid like Aveeno Skin Relief body wash. If heat is causing the itching, I have found witch hazel to be an instant cure. Re-apply as necessary. If she isn't getting dirty, don't bathe her daily - it, too, dries out the skin & hair. Older people aren't as moisturized.
Another thing: Heat, skin folds & diabetes often cause a yeast infection on the surface of the skin (under breasts, crotch, etc.). I use a clear spray for athletes foot as a deodorant to prevent it, and monostat-type cream to treat any that slips by me. I don't want that awful fat-old-person smell that's caused by fungal infections.
Is intense itching a symptom of diabetes? My 95-year-old mother is in agony. No doctors have been able to help her but a dermatologist said since she is diabetic, it is her diabetes. No meds have helped her. She is desperate and unable to stop the itching. Any suggestions besides
Zhao- Sorry. We wish that there was a cure for diabetes. At this time, diabetes is controlled through lifestyle changes and medication or insulin.
Shelley-Check with your local diabetes clinic for available diabetes support groups in your area. You might also check with your local public health nurse for any information about support groups.
I want to know the instant way of curing diabetes. My father suffered from this disease because of excessive driking and smoking. He is very suffering now and has to take medicine every day. I saw the website online and I want to seek solutions to cure him and make him happy. Hope you can give me a reply.
This is the first summer that I've had problems tolerating any kind of heat and/or humidity. My body responds with a full on flush and soaking sweat. I've been trying to figure out if it's from the medications I've been taking but maybe it's from the diabetes.
My husband is not a diabetic. He has had chemo and is experiencing lots of these problems as well and numbness in the feet and hands. Is there anything that can help these conditions.
Just sending out a yell for help...I don't have diabetes but my husband of 28 years does (type 1 for 53 years). I find his illness to be one that affects the whole family and am becoming overwhelmed as he is now facing a kidney transplant as well. IS THERE A SUPPORT GROUP OF ANY KIND available to family? I try very hard to not be the "police" but also want to do what is best for him in the midst of his depression and anger. I would be so appreciative of any help....thank you.
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