Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy services offered in Stockbridge and Griffin, GA

Up to 50% of people with diabetes have diabetic peripheral neuropathy or permanent nerve damage. Although there’s no cure, various treatments can relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life. At Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC in Stockbridge and Griffin, Georgia, board-certified pain management specialists Randall Berinhout, MD, and Dominic Seymore, MD, have more than 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Call the nearest Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC office today to schedule a diabetic peripheral neuropathy consultation, or book your appointment online.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

Why do some people with diabetes develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Diabetes is a group of chronic illnesses that cause persistent high blood sugar. If your blood sugar levels remain high for extended periods, it can damage the peripheral nerves in your arms, legs, hands, and feet.

There’s no way to prevent it altogether, but checking your blood glucose levels regularly and living a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk. 

What are the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy symptoms include:

  • Tingling or burning sensations
  • Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain and temperature changes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Sharp pains or cramps
  • Mobility problems

As diabetic peripheral neuropathy worsens, you might develop open wounds, infections, or bone and joint damage.

Should I see a pain management specialist about diabetic neuropathy?

Yes. Make an appointment at Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC if you have diabetes and develop symptoms like burning, tingling, or weakness in your hands or feet. That’s particularly true if these signs occur alongside changes in urination or sexual function or slow-healing open wounds (diabetic ulcers).

How does a pain management specialist diagnose peripheral diabetic neuropathy?

Your Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and completes a physical exam. They assess your muscle strength and muscle tone, test your tendon reflexes, and check your sensitivity to touch, temperature changes, and vibration.

If these measures don’t provide enough insight into your condition, your provider orders diagnostic tests, like electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction testing. EMG measures the electrical discharges produced by your muscles, while nerve conduction testing assesses how well the nerves in your limbs conduct electrical signals.

How do pain management specialists treat diabetic neuropathy?

The Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC team treats diabetic neuropathy using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. They might suggest:

  • Anti-seizure drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Managing your blood sugar
  • Making healthy food choices
  • Exercising regularly
  • Pain medication
  • Quitting smoking

You might benefit from several different treatments, depending on the severity of the nerve damage.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can’t be cured, but these treatments can relieve pain, slow the progression of the disease, and help to restore your physical function.

Call the nearest Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC office today to receive treatment for peripheral diabetic neuropathy, or book your appointment online.