Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in the legs and feet.
At Lomack Primary Care, we diagnose diabetic neuropathy by performing a physical exam and carefully reviewing your symptoms and medical history.
We check for:
Overall muscle strength and tone.
Sensitivity to touch, pain, temperature and vibration.
Along with the physical exam, we may perform or order specific tests to help diagnose diabetic neuropathy, such as:
Filament testing: A soft nylon fiber (monofilament) is brushed over areas of your skin to test your sensitivity to touch.
Sensory testing: This noninvasive test is used to tell how your nerves respond to vibration and changes in temperature.
Nerve conduction testing: This test measures how quickly the nerves in your arms and legs conduct electrical signals.
Electromyography:Called needle testing, this test is often done along with nerve conduction studies. It measures electrical discharges produced in your muscles.
Autonomic testing:Special tests may be done to determine how your blood pressure changes while you are in different positions, and whether your sweating is within the standard range.
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