What are the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy from diabetes?

Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves in your body that control your body systems. It affects your digestive system, urinary tract, sex organs, heart and blood vessels, sweat glands and eyes. Look at the list below and make a note about any symptoms you have.

About my digestive system:

  • I get indigestion or heartburn.
  • I get nauseous and I vomit undigested food.
  • It seems like food sits in my stomach instead of being digested.
  • I feel bloated after I eat.
  • My stomach feels full, even after I eat only a small amount.
  • I have diarrhea.
  • I have lost control of my bowels.
  • I get constipated.
  • My blood glucose levels are hard to predict. I never know if I'll have high or low blood glucose after eating.

About my urinary tract:

  • I have had bladder control problems, such as urinating very often or not often enough, feeling like I need to urinate when I don't, or leaking urine.
  • I don't feel the need to urinate, even when my bladder is full.
  • I have lost control of my bladder.
  • I have frequent bladder infections.

About my sex organs:

  • (For men) When I have sex, I have trouble getting or keeping an erection.
  • (For women) When I have sex, I have problems with orgasms, feeling aroused, or I have vaginal dryness.

About my heart and blood vessels:

  • I get dizzy if I stand up too quickly.
  • I have fainted after getting up or changing my position.
  • I have fainted suddenly for no reason.
  • At rest, my heart beats too fast.
  • I had a heart attack but I didn't have the typical warning signs such as chest pain.

About my body's warning system for low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia):

  • I used to get nervous and shaky when my blood glucose was getting too low, but I no longer have those warning signals.

About my sweat glands:

  • I sweat a lot, especially at night or while I'm eating.
  • I no longer sweat, even when I'm too hot.
  • The skin on my feet is very dry.

About my eyes:

  • It's hard for my eyes to adjust when I go from a dark place into a bright place or when driving at night.

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