Diabetes Specialist

Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma

Neuropathy & Pain Management located in Tulsa, OK

One of the most common complications of diabetes is nerve damage (neuropathy) that, among other issues, can lead to debilitating pain, abnormal sensations, and eventual loss of feeling in your legs and feet. Dr. Liphard D’Souza is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in diabetic neuropathy. He sees patients at Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma in Tulsa and is well-known for effectively decreasing neuropathy symptoms and reducing your risk of developing worsening nerve damage. Schedule a visit with Dr. D’Souza today. Call the office or book your appointment online.

Diabetes

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. It’s related to high blood sugar (glucose) levels associated with diabetes, which can injure nerves throughout your body.

It most often causes damage to nerves in your legs and feet but may also affect nerves associated with your digestive system, heart, blood vessels, and urinary tract.

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

Your symptoms depend on which of the four types of diabetic neuropathy you’re experiencing, which include:

Peripheral neuropathy

This is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy and typically affects the nerves in your feet and legs. Symptoms may include:

  • Reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
  • Tingling or burning sensation
  • Sharp pains or cramps
  • Loss of balance and coordination

Autonomic neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that control your heart, bladder, stomach, intestines, sex organs, and eyes and may cause:  

  • Frequent urinary tract infections or urinary retention or incontinence
  • Constipation or uncontrolled diarrhea
  • Slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis), causing nausea, vomiting, bloating, and loss of appetite
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Changes in the way your eyes adjust from light to darkness
  • Increased heart rate at rest

Radiculoplexus neuropathy (diabetic amyotrophy)

Radiculoplexus neuropathy affects the nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks, or legs. Symptoms may include:

  • Severe pain in your hips, thighs, or buttocks
  • Weak and shrinking thigh muscles
  • Difficulty rising from a sitting position
  • Abdominal swelling

Mononeuropathy

Mononeuropathy, or focal neuropathy, is damage to a specific nerve in the face, middle of the body (torso), or leg. You may notice pain in your:

  • Shin or foot
  • Lower back or pelvis
  • Front of the thigh
  • Chest or abdomen

What is the treatment for diabetic neuropathy?

Dr. D’Souza takes a patient-centered, multifaceted approach to treating diabetic neuropathy. He may recommend increasing your physical activity, physical therapy focused on restoring balance, and techniques for improving your diabetes control.

To address the pain and nerve dysfunction associated with neuropathy, Dr. D’Souza often recommends combined electrochemical therapy (CET). This highly effective treatment uses anesthetic nerve blocks and gentle electrical signals applied to the affected region to significantly reduce symptoms in 87% of patients who undergo the therapy.

Schedule your visit with Dr. D’Souza today. Call the office or book your appointment online.