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Diabetic Neuropathy

Referring to nerve-related pain associated with diabetes, diabetic neuropathy can occur for several reasons, although it’s often linked to sustained high blood sugar levels. The resulting pain is a sign that nerves, usually in your legs or feet, have been damaged. Symptoms can range from mild to disabling. There are several treatments available to help minimize discomfort if you do experience diabetic neuropathy. Successful management of nerve pain includes a combination of treatment options mixed with lifestyle changes and better control of your blood sugar levels.

Causes

Affecting approximately 60-70 percent of people with diabetes, diabetic neuropathy has several possible causes and contributing factors, with long-term, elevated glucose levels being the primary cause. There are different types of neuropathy, with peripheral neuropathy being the type that’s most common among diabetics. It’s caused when diabetes damages the part of a nerve that sends signals to the brain to identify changes in sensations like pain and temperature. Autonomic and motor nerves may also be affected by diabetic nerve damage, resulting in issues with movement and the regulation of body temperature.

Symptoms

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can vary greatly depending on the extent of the nerve damage have at any given time. Since diabetic nerve damage may result in reduced sensitivity or a loss of feeling in your feet, it’s important to be mindful of potential issues with your feet. Signs of some type of diabetic nerve damage are often mild at first. If blood sugar levels remain consistently high for several months or years, nerve damage is likely to spread and increase the severity of the pain or lead to a complete lack of feeling or sensation. Symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy include:

  • Burning sensations in affected areas
  • A “pins and needles” sensation that comes and goes
  • Sharp pains or cramps
  • Loss of coordination and balance
  • Numbness and tingling

Treatments

Diabetic neuropathy is initially treated by developing a better understanding of what nerves are affected. Testing may include electrodiagnostic studies to identify nerve abnormalities. Even non-traditional treatments like acupuncture may benefit some patients, with 77 percent of the participants in one long-term study of patients with diabetic nerve damage reporting “significant improvement” after a series of sessions. Although there is no cure for nerve pain, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy may be eased with a combination of treatments, including:

  • Pain relieving medications
  • Nutrition and wellness counseling
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Keeping blood sugar levels within target range
  • Acupuncture and biofeedback

Effectively managing diabetic neuropathy involves a combination of medication and pain management techniques; along with developing a better understanding of your nutritional and dietary needs. It’s a process that will also include careful monitoring of your blood sugar and positive lifestyle choices. While diabetic nerve damage can’t be reversed, symptoms can often be managed to the point where quality of life can be restored or maintained if you’re among the nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population living with diabetes.

Contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.

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Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accomodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

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Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

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