Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Treat My Neuropathy Pain?

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 09:48 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I am a diabetic and have developed neuropathy. The pain is usually in my toes, and I am now finding that the fingertips on my left hand appear to be losing sensation. Do you have any suggestions?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Neuropathy should be addressed aggressively. Diabetes can cause a condition called "microangiopathy" where the small capillaries become inflamed and blocked.
 
I suggest you see your physician for a review of your diabetic treatment to see if it can be improves. Also be sure no other localized issue is causing the symptoms in your left hand.
Appropriate imaging may be recommended. Your physician may also order a nerve evaluation, usually done supervised by a neurologist.

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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