Diabetic Neuropathy

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Arkansas Progressive Medicine

Dane Flippin, M.D.

Cannabis Clinic & Cryoskin Body Slimming and Body Toning located in Jonesboro, AR

More than 10% of adults in Arkansas have diabetes, which is a chronic disease that increases risk of health complications like diabetic neuropathy. Though symptoms vary, diabetic neuropathy can significantly affect your quality of life. At Arkansas Progressive Medicine in Jonesboro, Arkansas, board-certified family physician Dane Flippin, MD, and the team offer many innovative treatments for those with diabetic neuropathy. To get relief from your symptoms, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Diabetic Neuropathy Q & A

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that occurs in people with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by higher than normal blood sugar levels.

Over time, too much sugar in your blood damages your blood vessels and the organs and tissues they supply, which includes the nerves that make up your peripheral system, including:

  • Sensory nerves — provide sensory information such as hot, cold, and pain
  • Motor nerves — control muscle contraction and relaxation
  • Autonomic nerves — control unconscious body functions like digestion and breathing

Damage to any of these nerves affects function and communication to your central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord.

Diabetic neuropathy is one of the most common causes of nerve damage. 

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy symptoms vary in type and severity. In many cases, nerve damage occurs in the hands and feet and may cause symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness.

However, diabetic neuropathy may affect other types of peripheral nerves and cause poor muscle coordination, muscle wasting, gastroparesis, or low blood pressure. 

What can I expect during a diabetic neuropathy evaluation?

When you visit Arkansas Progressive Medicine for a diabetic neuropathy evaluation, you can expect a patient-focused, comprehensive clinical evaluation. The team of health experts aims to find the source of your symptoms so they can provide the most effective treatment.

During your exam, your provider asks about your symptoms, medical history, and any medications you take. They also ask about your diet and at-home blood glucose readings to get a better sense of your blood sugar control.

Your provider also runs diagnostic tests to better understand your health and find the damaged nerve. Testing may include bloodwork and nerve conduction studies. 

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

Arkansas Progressive Medicine offers many innovative treatments for diabetic neuropathy. They develop individualized plans based on the location of your neuropathy, severity of your symptoms, and your overall health.

Your treatment plan may include lifestyle modification and diabetes medication to help you gain better control over your blood sugar. The experienced team also offers hyperbaric oxygen treatment to help heal wounds associated with your diabetic neuropathy. 

Arkansas Progressive Medicine also offers marijuana physician certifications. Peripheral neuropathy is a qualifying condition for the medical marijuana identification card in the state of Arkansas. 

If your diabetic neuropathy causes chronic pain, your provider may recommend peripheral nerve stimulation, which is a medical device that alters nerve signals to decrease pain sensations.

For a comprehensive approach to your diabetic neuropathy, call Arkansas Progressive Medicine or book online today.