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Sat Jul 14 20:07:20 EDT 2012

If I am diagnosed with autonomic neuropathy of my bladder, are any medications available to treat this? I would Appreciate your help.
Asked By: kam6972  
Category: Neuropathy

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I have type 2 diabetes, and have been diagnosed with gastroparesis. Recently, I have had changes in bladder control,(Does not seem to empty completey). I am going for tests to get answers. If I am diagnosed with neuropathy of my bladder, are there treatments. I know there are no treatments for gastroparesis, so I am hoping for a little information. Thank you for any help.
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2012-07-17 19:38:33.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, impacts up to 70% of people with diabetes. Autonomic neuropathy impacts organ system function. The best way to prevent neuropathy is to maintain safe blood glucose levels, which will protect the nerves throughout the body.

Gastroparesis (also known as delayed stomach emptying) is caused by nerve damage to the digestive tract. In addition to causing gastrointestinal distress, gastroparesis can also have a major impact on blood glucose levels. Treatment for gastroparesis include insulin, oral medications, changes in what and when you eat. Small frequent low fat low fiber meals appears to work well with our patients with gastroparesis. A registered dietitian can help you with establishing a personal meal plan.

Nerves that work poorly can lead to bladder control problems. Treatment for a bladder control problem depends on the cause of the nerve damage and the type of voiding dysfunction that results. There are a number of strategies, including bladder training, electrical stimulation, medications, and in more severe cases, surgery. Your doctor can determine the best treatment option for you.

Learn more about gastroparesis and neurogenic bladder!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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