Diabetic Neuropathy

Basically, diabetic neuropathy is a condition developed over time due to nerve damage caused by either type 1 or type 2 diabetes (high blood sugar). This usually develops over time and can take several years to showcase recognizable symptoms. Those with diabetes should monitor their overall health for experienced symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. This way, nerve damage can be identified so that further damage may be prevented. For those already experiencing symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, there are a number of treatments which may be effective in helping to reduce symptoms.

Who is Affected by Diabetic Neuropathy?

Overall, anyone diagnosed with diabetes can develop diabetic neuropathy. This is why it’s so important for those diagnosed with diabetes to test and manage their blood glucose levels. Even for individuals who are already experiencing nerve damage, managing blood glucose levels can help to prevent further damage. So, all individuals diagnosed with either type of diabetes should look out for symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. This way, the condition can be treated to prevent further nerve damage. Some symptoms of diabetic neuropathy may include:

  • Loss of feeling
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Loss of coordination
  • Leg or arm numbness
  • Pain in the legs or arms
  • Deteriorating or weakening muscles
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Erectile dysfunction

The type of neuropathy a patient experiences depends on the nerves that sustain damage. So, diagnoses of these disorders happen through a variety of physical tests to determine this nerve damage. And, treatment may differ from patient to patient depending on which nerves have damage. So, before deciding on a treatment for you or a loved one, it’s best to get a proper diagnosis to determine where nerve damage resides.

Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetic neuropathy. But, early detection and treatment can help to prevent further nerve damage. And, establish treatment that may help individuals to go about daily tasks. Some treatments for this condition may include lifestyle changes, medications, and acupuncture. Another treatment that has shown promise in helping individuals diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy manage symptoms of chronic pain is ketamine infusion therapy.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Diabetic Neuropathy

Those experiencing symptoms of chronic pain as a result of nerve damage brought on by diabetic neuropathy may not find relief through traditional treatments. For these individuals, alternative therapies may provide the chronic pain relief they need. One such alternative therapy may include ketamine infusion therapy. Basically, this therapy utilizes a slow IV drip of ketamine to administer the substance into the bloodstream. Once administered, ketamine acts as a pain receptor block that results in the reduction of pain signals sent to the brain. For diabetic neuropathy patients, this means experiencing fewer symptoms of debilitating chronic pain.

Are you or a loved one struggling with chronic pain as a result of diabetic neuropathy and aren’t receiving the relief needed from traditional treatments? It may be time to try ketamine infusion therapy at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services. To learn more about this therapy, give us a call at (925) 289-1430 today.

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