Neuropathy Assessment

Diabetic Neuropathy Testing

Neuropathy is nerve damage that often occurs in people that suffer diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout the body resulting in symptoms that range from pain and numbness in the legs and feet, to problems with the digestive system and heart. Diabetes Texas offers diagnostic testing to patients that are experiencing signs of diabetic neuropathy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the signs of diabetic neuropathy?

  • numbness in the extremities

  • tingling or burning sensations

  • sharp pains or cramps

  • increased sensitivity to touch

  • reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes

  • muscle weakness

  • loss of reflexes, especially in the ankle

  • loss of balance and coordination

  • serious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, and bone and joint pain

To help with your diagnosis and treatment, be sure to mention these signs and symptoms at each doctor’s appointment.

Is diabetic neuropathy common?

About 50% of people with diabetes have a form of nerve pain. The highest rates of neuropathy are seen in people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years.

Is diabetic neuropathy avoidable?

Although most people with diabetes will eventually develop some kind of nerve damage, not all of them suffer from pain. In fact, studies have shown that the risk of developing nerve damage can be reduced or prevented in people with diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels close to normal. Stable control of blood sugar is the most important factor in preventing diabetic neuropathy.

What is a serious consequence of untreated neuropathy?

Amputation is a serious consequence of untreated neuropathy. In diabetic patients, the legs and feet are particularly susceptible to neuropathy. Early diagnostics, regular monitoring, and proper life-style changes can help prevent complications that may arise from diabetic neuropathy.

Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

There is no cure for neuropathy, but proper treatment and life-style change can help manage the symptoms of neuropathy and prevent further nerve damage.