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Is peripheral neuropathy reversible?

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Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2015
Question: Is peripheral neuropathy pain reversible? I am first-time diabetic leg ulcer patient. If I immediately behave myself, eat right, etc, will this huge pain go away or have I doine permanent damage to myself and now will pay with pain for the rest of my life.
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Diabetic nerve pain

Detailed Answer:
Sorry to learn about your medical problem.

Whether or not your nerve pain is reversible depends on many factors. For example, when a person, especially newly diagnosed with diabetes, is running high sugars in the 200-300 plus range, (s)he may experience neuropathy-type pain temporarily till the diabetes is controlled better. Once the glucoses improve it is possible that there may be considerable improvement in the symptoms.

Moreover, one needs to be certain if the neuropathy is due to diabetes and not from other potential causes such as vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.

These are just two examples of the complex evaluation of peripheral neuropathy. You would be best served by seeing a neurologist and an endocrinologist in person who will perform a thorough physical examination and likely order appropriate blood/other tests to give you an accurate answer to your question
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Is peripheral neuropathy reversible?

Brief Answer: Diabetic nerve pain Detailed Answer: Sorry to learn about your medical problem. Whether or not your nerve pain is reversible depends on many factors. For example, when a person, especially newly diagnosed with diabetes, is running high sugars in the 200-300 plus range, (s)he may experience neuropathy-type pain temporarily till the diabetes is controlled better. Once the glucoses improve it is possible that there may be considerable improvement in the symptoms. Moreover, one needs to be certain if the neuropathy is due to diabetes and not from other potential causes such as vitamin B12 or folate deficiency. These are just two examples of the complex evaluation of peripheral neuropathy. You would be best served by seeing a neurologist and an endocrinologist in person who will perform a thorough physical examination and likely order appropriate blood/other tests to give you an accurate answer to your question