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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Integrative Medicine located in Simi Valley and Van Nuys, CA

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy services offered in Simi Valley and Van Nuys, CA

Diabetes sometimes causes peripheral neuropathy, a painful and potentially dangerous complication. If you develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy, visit the experienced doctors at SoCal Medical Center in Simi Valley and Van Nuys, California. The team at SoCal Medical Center are highly skilled integrative medicine providers specializing in pain management. Call your nearest office today or schedule a consultation online for compassionate, effective diabetic peripheral neuropathy care.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Q&A

What is diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is diabetes-caused nerve damage. Diabetes is a common long-term disease that restricts your body’s ability to control sugar levels in your blood. The excess sugar damages your organs, nerves, and blood vessels.

Peripheral neuropathy affects nerves in your arms, legs, or anywhere outside your central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). It causes widespread pain; unpleasant sensations like tingling, burning, or prickling; and numbness.

Why do I need diabetic peripheral neuropathy treatment?

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy raises your risk of diabetic ulcers — open wounds that heal slowly or not at all and are vulnerable to infection.

The numbness that diabetic peripheral neuropathy causes reduces your ability to feel cuts, scratches, and other skin or nail problems in your feet. Because you don’t realize you’re injured, you don’t treat these wounds, making infection more likely.

Diabetes also affects blood circulation. This makes things worse because poor blood flow reduces your ability to get oxygen, nutrients, and healing cells to the injury. Instead of repairing itself, the wound enlarges, creating an open sore.

An ulcer infected with gangrene can cause tissue death that spreads up the body. If treatment doesn’t cure the infection, the leg might need to be amputated.

How does my doctor diagnose diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Your doctor usually diagnoses diabetic peripheral neuropathy based on your medical history, symptoms, and a physical exam. They assess your muscle tone and strength, check your tendon reflexes, and measure pain, temperature, vibration, and touch sensitivity.

Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and electromyography (EMG) tests measure how well your nerves conduct electrical signals and discharges from your muscles. EMG and NCV testing is usually done at the same time.

Which treatments might I need for diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is incurable but manageable. The SoCal Medical Center team designs a personalized treatment program to reduce diabetic neuropathy symptoms. The treatment can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Vitamin IV therapy
  • Antidepressant drugs for nerve pain
  • Anti-seizure medication
  • Anti-inflammatory steroid injections
  • Nerve block (local anesthetic) injections

You can also stop diabetic peripheral neuropathy from getting worse with SoCal Medical Center’s chronic disease management service. This includes regular checkups, blood sugar monitoring, and diabetic foot care.

Call SoCal Medical Center today or book an appointment online to start diabetic peripheral neuropathy management.