What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are dependant upon the type of neuropathy you have.
The most common type which is diabetic sensorimotor neuropathy (or polyneuropathy) causes:
-  numbness, aching, cold or burning, throbbing pain, and hypersensitivity to touch in the toes and feet
-  difficulty with balance
-  weakness of toes and feet (foot drop)
The second most common type, diabetic autonomic neuropathy causes:
-  dizziness upon standing
-  bloating, diarrhea, and more commonly constipation
-  erectile dysfunction
Other types of diabetic neuropathy and the symptoms
-  carpal tunnel syndrome:  electric shock like pain, numbness and "falling sleep feeling" which is worse at night, in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers
-  thoracic neuropathy - pain or shock like sensations in a "band like region" over the chest or abdomen
-  cranial neuropathy - double vision or numbness over the face
-  plexopathy - severe pain followed weakness in the arm or leg

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