Diabetic Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage or disfunction associated with Diabetes. Figures show that Diabetic Neuropathy may affect up to half of people with Diabetes. It is believed to be caused by high blood sugar (glucose) which can injure nerves throughout the body.
The symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy can include pain and numbness in the affected area (usually the legs and feet), problems with the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. There are four types of Diabetic Neuropathy:
- Peripheral Neuropathy – the most common type; affects legs and feet, followed my arms and hands;
- Autonomic Neuropathy – Affects the autonomic nervous system which controls the heart, bladder, stomach, intestines, sex organs, and eyes;
- Proximal Neuropathy (also called diabetic amyotrophy) – often affects nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks, or legs;
- Mononeuropathy – damage to a specific nerve.
Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy
There is no cure for Diabetic Neuropathy, but the condition can often be managed or prevented by keeping blood sugar within your target range. Treatments focus on symptom relief and can include medication for nausea and vomiting, and painkillers.
Medical Cannabis Treatment
Research suggests that medical cannabis may be helpful in reducing both spontaneous and evoked pain. One study (Wallace, et al.) found a dose dependent reduction in pain intensity in response to inhaled cannabis in patients with painful Diabetic Neuropathy. The Wellford Medical Clinics specialises in medical cannabis treatment for pain management. Our specialist clinicians assess every case carefully to provide relevant and meaningful advice and treatment.