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Diabetic Neuropathy

Advanced Pain Management

Pain Management Specialists located in Evans, GA & Thomson, GA

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects more than 30 million people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of the effects of diabetes, like diabetic neuropathy, are difficult to treat. Fortunately, Advanced Pain Management in Evans, Georgia, has the most advanced diabetic neuropathy treatments to relieve pain and help you regain the function of your legs and feet. To schedule an appointment with the Advanced Pain Management team, call or book online.

Diabetic Neuropathy Q & A

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage condition that can affect those with diabetes. It occurs when you have high blood sugar levels, which can damage your nerves over time. There are four main types of diabetic neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy

The most common type of diabetic neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, typically affects the legs and feet, though it can also develop in the arms and hands.

Autonomic neuropathy

This type of neuropathy damages the nerves that control your internal organs, which can affect your sweat glands, digestive system, bladder, reproductive organs, and more.

Focal neuropathy

A focal neuropathy condition is typically linked to single nerves, often in your hand, leg, or torso. Some of these conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome and entrapment syndrome.

Proximal neuropathy

The rarest of the four diabetic neuropathy conditions, proximal neuropathy is characterized by severe damage to the nerves in your hip, thigh, or buttock.

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

The diabetic neuropathy symptoms you experience depend entirely on your type of condition. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Foot ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence 
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Weight loss

Diabetic neuropathy symptoms tend to flare up when your blood sugar is too high and gradually subside when it’s under control.

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

The best way to manage your diabetic neuropathy at home is by consistently keeping your blood sugar levels within your target range. To relieve pain and alleviate many other diabetic neuropathy symptoms, Advanced Pain Management offers the following treatments:

Medication management

Some of the most common diabetic neuropathy medications are antidepressants and antiseizure medications. The Advanced Pain Management team can help integrate a medication management plan into your diabetic neuropathy treatment to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Injections

The team can inject anesthetics into your nerves to stop them from sending pain signals to your brain. This helps ease the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy so that you can regain function of your affected limb without pain.

Spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a type of neuromodulation that can help treat neuropathic pain by targeting the damaged nerve tissue itself. It is often used to reduce neuropathic pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.

Advanced Pain Management can design an individualized plan that relieves pain and reduces the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.