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Diabetic Neuropathy Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • 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
  1. Diabetic Neuropathy. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Diabetic Neuropathy. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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