At Your Appointment

Diabetic Neuropathy Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How would you rate your symptoms since our last visit?
  • How has your blood sugar control been since our last visit?
  • How often do you check your blood sugar?
  • How often do you miss a dose of your diabetes medicine?
  • What is the biggest challenge you face in controlling your blood sugar?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you have pain, tingling, burning or numbness? What body parts are involved and is it both sides?
  • How long have you been having symptoms?
  • How severe are your symptoms? For pain, rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain you have ever had.
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • When was your last A1c test? What was the result?
  • What side effects, if any, are you noticing with your medicine?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my neuropathy symptoms?
  • Do I need diagnostic tests? If so, what are they and what do they involve?
  • Is it possible to reverse the nerve damage?
  • Will my symptoms go away or get better if I control my blood sugar better?
  • What treatments are available and what are the side effects?
  • Will my diabetic neuropathy get worse?
  • What are the possible complications of diabetic neuropathy? How do I prevent them?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or losing weight?
  • What precautions do I need to take to protect the areas affected by diabetic neuropathy?
  • Are there other medicines that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Could my new or different symptoms mean my diabetic neuropathy is getting worse?
  • How do you think my case of diabetic neuropathy will progress? What else can I do to slow or stop the progression?
  • Do I need to see other healthcare providers to help me manage my diabetic neuropathy or blood sugar levels?
  • What are my target blood sugar levels to help slow the progression of diabetic neuropathy?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 20
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Diabetic Neuropathy. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Diabetic Neuropathy. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.