Diabetic neuropathy causes chronic pain in those living with diabetes. Central Florida Pain Management offers intervention for diabetic neuropathy for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and the surrounding areas of central Florida.
What is Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that we see in patients with diabetes. It is typically a sign that an individual has a history of high blood sugar that is not well-managed. The condition occurs most often in the legs and feet and may cause diabetes numbness and chronic pain. We also see cases of diabetic neuropathy in which the patient has issues with digestion, urinary function, heart issues, and blood vessel abnormalities. Diabetic nerve pain in the feet and elsewhere ranges from mild to debilitating and may interfere with the active lifestyle that is needed to keep diabetes under control.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic foot pain relief allows you to stay healthy and active as part of your diabetes management plan. Diabetic neuropathy in the feet does have serious complications if it is not treated and managed.
What Are the Common Diabetic Neuropathy Symptoms?
Diabetic neuropathy is categorized as:
- Peripheral neuropathy that typically causes diabetic nerve pain in the feet, as well as diabetic numbness, cramps, poor reflexes, tingling, and other symptoms
- Autonomic neuropathy may involve poor bladder control, problems swallowing, gastrointestinal issues, problems with bowel movements, and other symptoms
- Radiculoplexus neuropathy affects the hips, leg muscles, buttocks, and abdomen
- Mononeuropathy typically affects the abdomen, chest, feet, pelvis, lower back and front of the legs, as well as the eyes and face
What Are the Options for Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment?
Peripheral nerve blocks are the most effective interventions for diabetic neuropathy.
What is Recovery Like After Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy?
No recovery is needed after treatment for diabetic neuropathy, but you may need physical therapy to address any muscle atrophy and weight gain that has developed due to the debilitating effects of the nerve damage.
What is the Prognosis After Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy?
By managing your diabetes, eating healthy and staying active, the long-term prognosis for diabetic neuropathy is promising. The nerves may have some permanent damage, but you can learn to function normally with time and healing.
Diabetic neuropathy is a common medical concern in central Florida, including Ocala, The Villages, and other communities. If you or someone you know has symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, Central Florida Pain Management can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.