8 Questions about Neuropathy Answered by an Andocrinologist

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is the term doctors use to describe nerve damage.  It occurs when the nerve endings in the body begin to malfunction. Sometimes just a single nerve can be affected, but most commonly in diabetes there is involvement of multiple nerves, usually starting in the feet. This nerve damage can causing cause pain, numbness, and and occasionally weakness.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy can be caused by a number of things including trauma, other medical conditions, and sometimes it is caused by diabetes due to high A1Cs over a long period of time.

How do you know if your neuropathy is caused by diabetes?

There are a number of tests that can be done to determine the cause of neuropathy. When neuropathy is caused by diabetes, it is usually first felt in the feet because that is where the body’s longest nerves are. You can ask a doctor to run specific tests to find out if your neuropathy is related to diabetes.

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