I don't usually do this but I need help with this assignment! Does this patient have peripheral neuropathy?
She has had history of high blood sugar and high levels of cholesterol. She is significantly overweight and does not manage her glucose levels. she has had a number of "female infections".
She complains that her left foot feels weak and numb and having a hard time pointing her toes up. She has been very thirsty lately and gets up often at night to urinate. Her feet are cold to touch and dry with cracking. Peripheral pulses are diminished +1 in feet bilaterally. Patient has increased urinary frequency and lightheadedness upon standing. Glucose is positive in urinalysis.
She obviously has symptoms of hyperglycemia but is she also suffering from peripheral neuropathy in her feet? The high cholesterol thing is throwing me off because she has low HDL and high LDL. Why is it important that she has high cholesterol? Please help me understand. Thanks
Yes, this is peripheral neuropathy and it's related to damage to the blood vessels after exposure to high levels of sugar in the blood.
Last edit by bella14k on Mar 1, '14
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