Diabetes can get on your nerves -- literally. If you suffer from neuropathy, or nerve damage, there are several forms of treatment you can turn to. And with today's treatments, neuropathy can be managed so you can get on with life and out from under the thumb of it.
In many cases, neuropathy can improve. And having neuropathy does not necessarily mean you're on the road to amputation. So what can you do to treat it? Consistent diabetes management is ideal. While no medical treatment exists as of now that can cure neuropathy, it can be treated, improved, and perhaps even reversed.
Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD 10/12
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Occasionally my mailbox or follow-the-link browsing will come up with something discussing whether (and if so, when) to ease the restrictions on treatment goals when the patient is elderly, arguing either to favor a higher quality of remaining life (lifestyle choices less limited by chronic illness) or to take into consideration geriatric cognitive decline (aka "senility") and simplify, as much as possible, the regimen. While the goal of medicine is, obviously, not to...