Does neuropathy occur only in the extremities?

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Does neuropathy occur only in the extremities?

Q: Does neuropathy occur only in the extremities?

Neuropathy is damage to nerves that may result from several causes, including elevated blood sugar levels. In addition to the extremities, neuropathy may occur in other parts of the body fed by nerves, including the bladder, reproductive organs, and digestive tract. A fairly common consequence of digestive neuropathy is gastroparesis, in which stomach nerves no longer work properly. This leads to delayed stomach emptying, which can cause nausea, bloating, and feeling overly full even after eating small amounts of food.

It's important to report any symptoms of potential neuropathy to your physician so you can be properly evaluated.

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.


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