Diabetic amyotrophy is a rare condition resulting from poor control of type 2 diabetes. It typically affects the muscles of pelvis, thigh and lower limb. This disabling disease is invariably accompanied with severe pain in the muscles, peripheral nerve damage in addition to weight loss and wasting of thigh muscles. The symptoms are usually unilateral and sometimes exhibit symmetrical bilateral involvement.
Diabetic amyotrophy may result from abnormal DNA changes, inflammatory process and uncontrolled diabetes, abnormal high level of cholesterol in diabetic patients, and most importantly damage to the blood vessels and nerves as a result of diabetes.Generally diabetic amyotrophy is a reversible disease. Patient recovers after good control of diabetes.
What Are The Symptoms Of Diabetic Amyotrophy?
Diabetic amyotrophy is a disease affecting patients suffering from diabetes. It predominantly affects patients of middle and elderly age group suffering from type 2 diabetes. At least 1% of women and men suffering from diabetes may be at a risk of suffering from diabetic amyotrophy.
Patient complains of sharp pain in one side of thigh and pelvic muscles. Initially the pain is severe at night but gradually it continues throughout the day. The pain begins in the thighs and spreads across the buttocks, and hip.It is unilateral pain but within weeks and months it affects the other side.
Aside from pain patient may present with foot drop due to weakness of leg muscles. Due to weakness in the leg, person is unable to balance himself and walk properly. It becomes difficult for him to climb or come down from the staircase. Rest does not relieve pain.
As the pain subsides weakness is markedly increased. Even though diabetic amyotrophy affects the lower part of body, the muscles of chest and abdomen are also affected in later stage. This occurs as the patient has to rely more on the upper part of the body and the arm. Loss of weight is due to muscle wasting.
Natural Treatment For Diabetic Amyotrophy
With adequate control of diabetes, diabetic amyotrophy has good chance of recovery. Three basic necessities are required for good control of diabetes; regular and proper amount of insulin and medication, exercise and dietary changes, aside from living a healthy lifestyle.
- With regular monitoring of blood glucose, it is possible to adjust the amount of insulin that has to be taken and thus control diabetes. This will prevent further deterioration in the condition and enhance healing process. Pain is controlled with various medicines available. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, are generally used to reduce pain.
- Patient should live healthy lifestyle. He should stop smoking and drinking alcohol as both can lead to nerve and vessel damage and accelerate the pathology.
- Exercise not only helps to control blood glucose level but it also increases blood circulation in the body. Adequate blood supply provides food to the nerves and muscles in the form of oxygen and various other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
- Strict control of diabetes leads to improvement in the symptoms but it may take up to one or two years to recover.