Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage that occurs as a complication of diabetes. Prolonged exposure to blood sugar damages nerve fibers throughout the body. With diabetic peripheral neuropathy, increased blood sugar levels typically damage nerves in the legs and feet. This condition can be prevented or maintained with a strict diet and control of blood sugar.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Causes

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is usually caused by high blood sugar, which may interrupt the nerves' ability to transmit signals. The walls of small blood vessels also become weakened as a result of high blood sugar, subsequently interfering with the nerves' ability to receive essential nutrients and oxygen. Other causes that may lead to the development of diabetic peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Inflammation to the nerves caused by an autoimmune response
  • Genetic factors unrelated to diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Drinking Alcohol
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

Because diabetic peripheral neuropathy affects the feet and legs first, followed by the hands and arms, symptoms of the condition may include:

  • Numbness in the limbs affected
  • Tingling or weakness
  • Persistent burning sensations or sharp pains
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Loss of reflexes, coordination, and balance
  • Diabetic foot ulcers, infections, or deformities
  • Bone and joint pain within the limbs affected
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Treatments

Treatments for diabetic peripheral neuropathy are meant to manage complications associated with the condition, restore function, and minimize pain. Interventional pain treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy typically includes:

The first step in treating your pain is to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms. Based on your diagnosis, you and your doctor can determine your best treatment options. At The Pain Center, we offer traditional and state-of-the-art therapies to treat your pain and help get you back to your normal activities.

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