Proximal neuropathy, also known as diabetic amyotrophy, is a relatively rare type of diabetic neuropathy that affects about 1% of type 2 diabetes patients. It primarily affects older adults, but it can also strike those with newly diagnosed or well-controlled diabetes.
It commonly affects nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks, or legs. But, it can also have an impact on the abdomen and chest.
Symptoms typically manifest only on part of the body, but they can extend to the opposite. Some of which include:
- Severe pain in hip and thigh, or buttocks area
- Severe stomach pain
- Difficulty in getting up from a sitting position
- Eventual weak and shrinking thigh muscles
As the name goes, mononeuropathy, or focal neuropathy, refers to damage to a specific nerve, which can be classified into two types: either cranial or peripheral. Thus, symptoms may vary according to the affected nerve. It usually takes place in the hand, head, torso, or leg, which may cause pain and discomfort in respective parts.
- Inability to focus eyes
- Double vision
- Aches behind one eye
- Bell’s palsy (on one side of the face)
- Tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers or hands
- Hand weakness that causes you to drop things
Prevention and Management for Diabetic Neuropathy
Like any other diabetes complication, it is essential that you control your blood glucose, blood pressure, and even cholesterol levels.
Furthermore, it would also help to follow these steps to prevent nerve damage due to diabetes:
- Be physically active and exercise regularly
- Follow your diabetes meal plan
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol drinking
- Take your prescribed medicines