Peripheral Neuropathy

Jun 03, 2011 No Comments by

Peripheral NeuropathyPeripheral neuropathy is a common symptom of diabetes mellitus. It is referred to as “peripheral” because it is most noticeable in one’s arms and legs, which are peripheral to the central trunk in the human body. This can occur as bilateral neuropathy with symptoms manifesting on both the right and left side of the body, or it can manifest on one side only. Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by weakness and numbness in one’s extremities, most commonly the hands and feet. It can also be associated with pain. The weakness, numbness and pain are caused by nerve damage and worsening blood flow to these extremities due to the progression of diabetes. People usually feel tingling in the hands and feet first before the full onset of numbness and weakness.

Retinal neuropathy, also known as “retinopathy,” can also affect individuals with diabetes mellitus. Retinopathy is common with individuals suffering from diabetes because the human eye contains numerous small blood vessels. Because diabetes can seriously degrade the quality of blood flow throughout an individual’s body, the smallest vessels are often worst affected, particularly the farther they are from the heart. A common symptom of retinopathy is blurred vision. Unfortunately this is caused by small blood vessels hemorrhaging blood and blurring the image projected onto the retina in the eye. Retinopathy is generally manageable, but in serious cases can progress to blindness. Compliance with medical treatment is crucial to preventing the progression of both retinal neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy.

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Charlotte attended the University of Florida majoring in Political Science and Religion. After graduating from the University of Florida as Valedictorian, she was invited to be a Chancellor's Scholar at the University of North Carolina School of Law on full academic scholarship. She was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2010, and she joined the Charles T. Hall Law Firm shortly after. Her main focus is working primarily on federal court appeals.