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Neuropathy (cont.)

Follow-up for Neuropathy Treatment

Follow-up is dependent upon the cause of the neuropathy and they type of treatment. Always follow recommendations of your health care professional regarding follow-up examinations and visits.

How Do I Prevent Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is preventable only to the extent that the underlying condition or cause is preventable. For those with diabetes, studies have conclusively shown that long-term control of blood glucose levels is critically important in preventing the development of neuropathy and other complications of diabetes. Neuropathy that arises due to poor nutrition or alcohol abuse may be preventable if these causes can be eliminated. Genetic or inherited causes of neuropathy are not preventable.

What Is the Prognosis for Neuropathy?

The outlook for nerve damage depends upon its cause. If the underlying medical condition or cause can be effectively treated with medicine and/or surgery and severe damage has not occurred, the prognosis can be excellent or very good. Nerves that have been affected by neuropathy can take time to recover, even when the underlying cause is appropriately treated. In other conditions, such as genetic conditions, there may be no effective treatment. Severe nerve damage from any cause is typically not reversible.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Carcione, DO; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology

REFERENCES:

Dubinsky RM; Miyasaki J. Assessment: efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in the treatment of pain in neurologic disorders (an evidence-based review): report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2010 Jan 12;74(2):173-6. Epub 2009 Dec 30.

eMedicine.com. Diabetic neuropathy.
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MedlinePlus. Peripheral Neuropathy.
<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000593.htm>

National Institutes of Health. Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.
<http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies/>


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2016

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