The elevated blood sugar levels caused by diabetes can damage your nerves, causing a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. Pacific Pain Physicians, in Santa Barbara, California, diagnose and treat diabetic neuropathy, improving your health and reducing your risk of complications such as diabetic foot ulcers. Call or schedule a consultation online today for expert care for diabetic neuropathy.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of the condition, and it typically causes symptoms including:
Autonomic neuropathy causes symptoms including:
If you have diabetes and notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment for assessment immediately. The foot ulcers and infections caused by diabetic neuropathy are a leading cause of amputation.
Pacific Pain Physicians diagnose diabetic neuropathy with a detailed physical exam. Your doctor asks about your medical history and your symptoms. The physical exam includes tests of your sensitivity to touch and temperature, as well as your heart rate, blood pressure, reflexes, and muscle tone.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure of diabetic neuropathy, although with attentive medical care you can reduce your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. One of the best things you can do to control diabetic neuropathy is to manage your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Pacific Pain Physicians offer treatments including medication and physical therapy to reduce your discomfort and improve your balance and reflexes. Staying physically active provides double benefits of helping your body use blood sugar efficiently and keeping your muscles healthy and flexible.
If you’re concerned about diabetic neuropathy, call Pacific Pain Physicians or make an appointment online today.