Diabetic Neuropathy – Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment

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As a neurology specialty group, we regularly see patients who have been battling the affects of diabetes on the nervous system.  Unfortunately, poorly controlled or severe diabetes can lead to damage of the nerves – most commonly, the feet in particular.  This is often diagnosed with a test called an electromyography, or EMG, by a neurologist who is also a certified myographer.  Once the extent of the nerve damage is determined, the neurologist and primary doctor managing the diabetes can work together to manage any symptoms that result from this diabetic complication.  However, there are a number of things you can do to manage your diabetes and prevent it from causing diabetic neuropathy to begin with.  The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) offers a great, easy to read pamphlet to help those with diabetes keep their nervous system healthy and ward off permanent damage to their nerves.  Check it out in this PDF: Preventing Diabetic Neuropathy

Sometimes, uncontrolled or severe diabetes will result in symptoms that could indicate a neuropathy developing.  Although the feet are the most common body part affected by this, neuropathy can impact the arms, eyes, stomach, and many other areas of the body.  If you are experiencing any symptoms that could be a result of nerve problems, like numbness, tingling, blurred vision, etc, you should speak to your primary physician or whichever physician is managing your diabetes.  For more information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments, the NDIC also offers this great printable information:  Diabetic Neuropathy Info

For more resources on diabetes, you can visit the NDIC website directly at http://noranclinicblog.com/2012/11/12/what-is-a-emgncs-and-why-am-i-having-one/

If your doctor has ordered an EMG or a consult with a neurologist to further evaluate symptoms of possible neuropathy, call Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a neurologist and certified myographer experienced in the performance of EMG testing and the evaluation of neuropathies.

 

 

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