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Diabetic Neuropathies

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Monday, Aug. 27, 2007; 7:44 PM

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When To Call A Professional

If you have diabetes, call your doctor whenever you have a cut or sore that becomes infected or doesn't heal, especially on your feet. It is extremely important to react promptly to injuries and infections, however minor. Also, see your doctor for help if you develop new or worsening symptoms of neuropathy.


In most cases of focal neuropathy, muscle weakness or pain subsides within a few weeks or months with no long-term damage. Peripheral and autonomic neuropathies are persistent problems. Some people who have peripheral neuropathy find that symptoms are easier to tolerate after the pain turns to numbness, as occurs for many people after months or years.

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National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disorders Office of Communications and Public Liaison Building 31, Room 9A04 31 Center Drive, MSC 2560 Bethesda, MD 20892-2560 Phone: (301) 496-4000 E-Mail: Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/

American Diabetes Association ATTN: National Call Center 1701 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311 Toll-Free: (800) 342-2383 E-Mail: Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. http://www.diabetes.org/

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse 1 Information Way Bethesda, MD 20892-3560 Phone: (301) 654-3327 Toll-Free: (800) 860-8747 Fax: (301) 907-8906 E-Mail: Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/

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