Around 60% of diabetes sufferers have diabetic neuropathy, also known as diabetic nerve damage. This nerve damage often causes severe pain, and may make it hard to walk and function normally. If you’re dealing with this type of diabetic pain, get the customized help you need at Center for Pain Management in Edinburg, Texas. Tajul "Tim” Chowdhury, MD can relieve your nerve pain through effective treatments like nerve blocks. Book your appointment online or by phone now.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage when you have diabetes. If you have diabetes, your chances of nerve damage are much higher than they'd otherwise be, as high blood sugar causes nerve damage. Usually, diabetic neuropathy is most pronounced in the legs and feet.
If you suffer from diabetic neuropathy, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy aren't always obvious early on, which is why it's important for diabetes sufferers to examine their feet regularly at home in addition to seeing their doctor regularly to monitor their disease.
Every patient is different, so treatments are unique for everyone. Dr. Chowdhury will review your history and discuss your symptoms with you as well as performing a thorough exam before formulating a pain management plan for you.
For many diabetes pain sufferers, an epidural steroid injection is an excellent solution for leg and foot pain. During an epidural for diabetic neuropathy pain, Dr. Chowdhury injects a mixture of steroids and anesthetic medications into your lower back while you're under local anesthesia.
Dr. Chowdhury performs epidural injections using X-ray or ultrasound guidance to achieve optimal placement and maximum pain relief. You'll usually notice pain relief within as little as a couple of days to a week. Most patients get the best results with a series of epidural steroid injections for diabetic neuropathy pain.
Usually, you'll have the injections two weeks apart, and most patients have three injections in total. Longevity of the injections varies widely, but many patients get months of pain relief.
If you get great results from the injections but want a longer-lasting solution, radiofrequency ablation may be a good fit for you. Dr. Chowdhury will work with you to find the best treatment option to help you overcome diabetic nerve pain and live life to the fullest.
If you’re suffering from diabetic neuropathy, use the online appointment tool or call Center for Pain Management to book today to find relief.