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Neuropathy: When Good Nerves Go Bad
Do your arms or legs often feel numb or weak? You could be one of the more than 20 million Americans who have neuropathy, a disorder of the peripheral nervous system.
These nerves transmit signals from the spinal cord and brain to the hands, feet, joints, skin, and internal organs. Neuropathy has a variety of causes, but about 30 percent are related to diabetes.
What to Watch For
Neuropathy develops gradually in some people and suddenly in others. Symptoms can include:
People with diabetes who have uncontrolled blood sugar have a higher risk for neuropathy. The condition affects around 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes.
Diagnosis and Treatment
While some forms of neuropathy can be cured, many cannot. Even so, depending on the underlying cause, symptoms can often be relieved. As a result, patients’ quality of life may improve. Seeking medical attention early is one key to effective treatment.
Self-Care Can Make a Difference
These recommendations can help you take care of yourself if you have neuropathy:
Good diabetes management plays a critical role in your future health. Talk to your Rite Aid pharmacist about your diabetes management plan.
“About Peripheral Neuropathy: Facts.” The Neuropathy Association, www.neuropathy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_Facts .
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