Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview
Doctors can't test for all types
of nerve damage. So it’s important to tell your doctor about any pain or
weakness you feel. Also mention heavy sweating or dizziness and any changes in
digestion, urination, and sexual function.
How is it treated?
Treatment involves keeping
blood sugar levels in a target range. This will not cure the nerve damage, but it can
help keep the damage from getting worse.
The type of treatment
depends on your symptoms:
- Pain may be treated with medicines.
- Digestive system problems or blood vessel problems may be treated
- Blood pressure problems may be treated with
medicines and by wearing support stockings (also called compression stockings).
- Sexual problems may be helped with medicines or devices to
improve erections or with lubricating creams that help vaginal dryness.
- A splint or brace may be used for a pinched nerve.
It is common in diabetes to lose some feeling in your
feet. You could have a sore or other foot problem without noticing it. Check
your feet every day. An untreated problem on your foot can lead to a serious
infection or even amputation.
Be clear with your doctor about
what is helping you feel better and what is not. You and your doctor can work
together to find the treatment that helps you the most.
Can diabetic neuropathy be prevented?
blood sugar levels in a target range may help prevent neuropathy from ever
developing. The best way to do this is by getting to and staying at a healthy
weight by exercising and eating healthy foods.
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