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Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment in Houston

Type 2 diabetes is the most common risk factor for developing peripheral neuropathy, a condition that affects the function of the communication of the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system. This impaired communication can impact how the muscles move, motor coordination, and your sense of touch. According to research from the National Institutes of Health, half of all diabetics eventually develop peripheral neuropathy.

Diabetes is a pandemic that affects hundreds of millions worldwide, and it can seriously impact quality of life from its resulting complications. Diabetic neuropathy is caused by chronically high blood sugar levels that cause nerve damage and sensory problems. This puts diabetics at increased risk of not being able to feel full sensation in their feet, which means a simple cut can lead to a rampant infection with potentially life-threatening complications. Sadly, many people with diabetes end up needing foot or leg amputations for infections that spread. For this reason, people with diabetes must diligently monitor their blood sugar levels every day and inspect their feet regularly for any cuts or open sores.

Do I Have Diabetic Neuropathy?

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary, but may include:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Reduced ability to detect temperature fluctuations
  • Sharp pains or cramps
  • Serious foot problems
  • Incontinence
  • And others
You should see a doctor if you have foot cuts or sores that do not heal, or if you experience any burning/tingling or weakness in your hands or feet. The American Diabetes Association recommends immediate screening for diabetic neuropathy once type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, and at least every year after that.

Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment

The first line of treatment is to control the patient’s diabetes, but other treatments may include prescriptions for anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain associated with nerve irritation. Unfortunately, diabetic neuropathy cannot be cured, but that doesn’t mean your quality of life cannot be improved with treatment to address your pain, slow progression of the disease, and manage complications to restore impaired functions.

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