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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, and James Borders, MD

Anytime you are having pain with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, talk with your health-care provider about the options available.

Using the body’s magic
While pain is by definition unpleasant, it is also useful, in the sense that it draws attention to a medical problem, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy is no exception. No matter how minimal it seems, report any pain or unusual feelings or sensations to your health-care provider. Keep in mind that just because you don’t have pain doesn’t necessarily mean that the nerves are healthy. To avoid nerve injury, take an active role by being attentive to the healthy lifestyle behaviors recommended by your health-care provider and diabetes educators. Talk with your health-care provider about any risks you may have and about developing an action plan for prevention and/or treatment. Above all, be your own advocate to make sure your feet are screened on a regular basis to determine any possible presence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. By taking these necessary steps, you are “walking your way” to good health!

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