November 9, 2007, Newsletter Issue #127: Diabetic Amyotrophy

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Diabetic amyotrophy is a type of nerve damage that is distinct from other types of diabetic neuropathy. It is characterized by the wasting of the muscles in the pelvis and thigh, with pain usually starting in the thigh.

Diabetic amyotrophy is generally one-sided, though it can occur bilaterally. The ability to feel external sensations is not usually affected or is minimally impacted, initially.

Most commonly, diabetic amyotrophy occurs in middle-aged women, though some cases have occurred in young persons with uncontrolled disease.

The only treatment for diabetic amyotrophy is controlling blood sugars. Consistent regulation of blood glucose can provide some relief and stabilization of symptoms, however there is no cure, and the residual damage appears to be permanent.

Contact your doctor immediately if you have pain in one or both thighs, or develop weakness in your lower extremities. Catching diabetic amyotrophy early can reduce progression and further nerve damage.

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