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What are the features of diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

What are the features of diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Several: Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may include: tingling numbness (severe or long-term numbness can become permanent) burning (especially in the evening) pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What is diabetic neuropathy?

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Foot ulceration: Diabetics have loss of protective sensation to their feet. This occurs because excess glucose in the blood causes pathological changes to the nerves. Poor sensation can lead to the development of sores or ulcers. Diabetic also have poor blood supply to their feet so it is difficult to heal the ulcers. The ulcers can get infected and cause gangrene of the foot. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

Diabetic neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure. Fortunately, there are treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatment mainly focuses on slowing progression of the disease, relieving pain, and restoring function. ...Read more

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How common is diabetic neuropathy?

How common is diabetic neuropathy?

Common: Amongst the diabetic population. Keeping strict glycemic control can help ward off. ...Read more

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What exactly is diabetic neuropathy?

What exactly is diabetic neuropathy?

Sensory, motor, Auto: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. Motor neuropathy causes gait instability and deformities of the feet. Lastly autonomic neuropathy effects include stomach emptying and erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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What is done for diabetic neuropathy?

What is done for diabetic neuropathy?

Get evaluated: If the symptoms are due to neuropathy, topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medications. Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. Consult with your physician for an appropriate plan of care. ...Read more

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Could diabetic neuropathy be reversed?

Could diabetic neuropathy be reversed?

Great question!!: You have entered into the frontiers of medicine, and briefly, we do have a prescription medical food, metanx, which has been biopsy proven to restore density of small fiber loss in diabetes. There is also some data to suggest better outcomes with very strict blood sugar control.. In europe, there are a few drugs which seem to offer further promise, but not yet on usa market. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have diabetic neuropathy?

How to tell if I have diabetic neuropathy?

Take this home test:: Test each foot with the Ipswich test: Compared to the standard monofilament test, it was able to detect neuropathy("positive test") in 3 out of 4 patients. If the test is normal("negative") it's unlikely you have neuropathy. Lightly touch the tips of 1st, 3rd & 5th toe for 1 second. Loss of sensation in two or more toes = neuropathy. SEE: bit.ly/1vsGZXn ...Read more

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How to get relief for diabetic neuropathy?

Neuropathy Relief: That's a good question. Do you mean relief from the condition, or relief from the symptoms? It is said that getting the blood sugar back to normal can eventually help the nerves heal. That is a worthy goal, and unfortunately difficult. Comments are appreciated. Symptomatic relief often occurs with medicine, either topical or oral. Gabapentin is a popular option, amitriptyline, etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diabetic neuropathy?

Nerve Biopsy: There are new test that help diagnosis the degree and severity of diabetic neuropathy. Epidermal nerve fiber testing is a new way to test for neuropathy. Also having a emg/ncv (nerve flow test) perfomred will also assist in diagnosing neuropathy. A thorough clinical exam by your docotor will also help in diagnosisng your problem with tunning forks, and monofilament testing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

Sensory, motor, Auto: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. Motor neuropathy causes gait instability and deformities of the feet. Lastly autonomic neuropathy effects include stomach emptying and erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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How could i tell if I have diabetic neuropathy?

How could i tell if I have diabetic neuropathy?

Pain, numbness. : When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time. They can have tingling, burning, pain, a "tight" feeling, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but nothing can reverse numbness. ...Read more

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What's a good thing to take for diabetic neuropathy?

What's a good thing to take for diabetic neuropathy?

Several MEDS: Several medications may help diabetic neuropathy: lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, tri-cyclics etc. Also vitamin supplement : metanx (pill 2x/day) may also help for 'painful diabetic neuropathy' check with a diabetic specialist. ...Read more

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Can anything be done to reverse diabetic neuropathy?

Can anything be done  to reverse diabetic neuropathy?

Some times: If you are treating a particular nutritional deficiency, metanx may be of benefit. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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What symptoms typically go along with diabetic neuropathy?

What symptoms typically go along with diabetic neuropathy?

Numbnessvand tinglin: Diabetic neuropathy usually affects the feet first and then the hands. It starts with sensory changes such as numbness or tingling in the toes. At first these symptoms come and go, but then they become constant. Over a long period of time, the person may experience such a loss of sensation that he might not feel how tight his shoes are, know whether the bath water is hot or cold, or whether or not. ...Read more

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Any cure that you can recommend for my diabetic neuropathy?

Any cure that you can recommend for my diabetic neuropathy?

No cures: There are medications to reduce the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and the best treatment is keeping excellant control of you blood sugars. Howevre, there is no cure. ...Read more

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Suffer from diabetic neuropathy-anything I can do for the pain?

Suffer from diabetic neuropathy-anything I can do for the pain?

Diabetic neuropathy: There are several treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatments can be myofascial release, medications, injections like lumbar sympathetic block, and advanced treatment like neuromodulation. Please see a pain management doctor for comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of diabetic neuropathy? Is it a gradual change?

Gradual onset: Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may include: tingling numbness (severe or long-term numbness can become permanent) burning (especially in the evening) pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Diabetic Nerve Problems (Definition)

Also known as diabetes neuropathy, this is a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes thta can cause symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, ...Read more


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Diabetic Neuropathy (Definition)

Diabetic neuropathy is a problem of the nerves seen in patients with diabetes. Diabetes damages the small blood vessels of the nerves, which may result in ...Read more