Diabetic neuropathy can be called an impairment of the nerves that occurs because of the diabetic subjects. If this impairment is related to the injuries of the hands, arms and legs and feet, it is identified as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be difficult to diagnose. A thorough neurological and physical exam, as well as a thorough history are pertinent. Certain lab tests may be ordered by your physician in order to rule out other potential causes of peripheral neuropathy. Nerve conduction studies as well as an electromyography (EMG) may also help your physician make your diagnosis. Often times, diabetic peripheral neuropathy is based on exclusion of other possibilities and a strong history that is suggestive of it.
What Causes Diabetic Peripheral Neuralgia?
Diabetes is the leading cause of peripheral neuralgia, but doctors must rule out other possible culprits:
Hereditary disorders, such as disease Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (peroneal muscular atrophy)
Nerve damage by trauma
Exposure to toxic substances
What Are The Symptoms Of Diabetic Peripheral Neuralgia?
Tingling or stabbing pain
Inability to feel intense heat or cold
Extreme sensitivity to touch
Loss of coordination
Weakness and loss of reflexes
How Is Diabetic Peripheral Neuralgia Treated?
While diagnosing diabetic peripheral neuropathy has proven to be difficult, treating it has proven to be even more challenging. The goal of treatment is to control the blood sugar level that is causing the neuropathy, and provide symptom relief. There are no quick fixes for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, so several recommendations may be rpescribed including certain medications to control the pain asn well as maintaining normal blood sugar levels.
At Pain Care Specialists of Oregon we have successfully treated patients with painful peripheral neuropathies with a modality called Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS). Spinal cord stimulation is often thought of as “a pacemaker for pain management” and can be a very effective long-term treatment modality for neuropathies and other difficult to treat pain syndromes. Our multidisciplinary approach incorporates state-of-the-art medical technology and the finest healthcare expertise to return you to a pain-free and active lifestyle. Our doctors and staff specialize in treating pain and the disorders that cause pain. We are experts in rehabilitation and will help you learn how you can help yourself recover from diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Whatever the cause of your pain, the specialists at Pain Care Specialists of Oregon will diagnose and treat it using cutting-edge technology and the finest medical attention.
If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, please contact us to help relieve your pain and cure its cause.