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Symptoms of peripheral nerve damage in diabetes

Peripheral nerve damage is asymptomatic or the symptoms are vague in up to half of the cases.

Symptoms of damage to the sensory nerves include numbness, tingling, loss of feeling, false nerve signals, loss of position sense and, in some cases, pain. The symptoms normally occur in both feet. Typically, the symptoms are stronger at rest, such as at night. Other symptoms of damage to the muscular nerves include muscle weakness or trouble walking.

Damage to an individual nerve can also occur locally, for example, in the muscles controlling eye movements, intercostal nerves or as various pinched nerve situations.

Updated 30.9.2023