The Risk of Depression for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Patients

The Risk of Depression for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Patients
People with diabetes have learned to live with complicated health conditions, and when peripheral neuropathy become another condition added to the list of detrimental conditions, a person’s mental health may take a toll as a result. In fact, studies have provided clarity on the subject indicating that diabetic patients have “a greater risk of depression” than most people (diabetes.org, 2014). Once nerve damage from diabetes becomes an issue, the chances of depression becoming a dominant condition rise exponentially. According to the research results of Dr. Vincenza Spallone, who works in the Endocrinology Unit in the Department of Systems Medicine at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, “painful diabetic polyneuropathy is a greater determinant of depression than other diabetes-related complications and painful symptoms enhance depression severity more than objective insensitivity” (sagepub.com, 2015).

Unfortunately, having to search for a doctor that can provide treatment for another painful condition can only add to the stress. In an interview with Medscape.com about the conclusion of her research and the connection between the two conditions, Dr. Spallone also indicated two possible explanations for a link between diabetic peripheral neuropathy and depression: the impact of chronic pain and the possibility of abnormalities in the central nervous system (Medscape.com, 2016). This conclusion directs attention to the undoubtedly major influence that chronic pain from peripheral neuropathy can have on an individual with diabetes. Fortunately, at South Jersey Neuropathic Pain Solution in Marlton, we can certainly help with nerve damage, and, hopefully, that will help ease the feeling of depression.

At South Jersey Neuropathic Pain Solution in Marlton, we specialize in treating people who are suffering from peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes. In fact, our doctors have a proven track record of helping qualified patients fight off nerve damage and returning to their normal activities. Currently, we are offering free consultations for first-time patients. Call (856) 334-9009 now to schedule an appointment.

When dealing with depression, many patients may be prescribed antidepressants. It is important to inform your normal physician, the doctor who is helping you with diabetes, and the peripheral neuropathy doctor about any prescription drugs that are being consumed, as this may have an impact on treatment and/or diabetic levels. This information will most likely be covered during the initial consultation. Our biggest concern with antidepressants is whether or not they will conflict with peripheral neuropathy treatments. At South Jersey Neuropathic Pain Solution, we utilize a non-invasive treatment that does not include any medications. Our issue with medications for peripheral neuropathy is that they merely mask the symptoms and do nothing to fix the damaged nerves. In some cases, medications can make symptoms worsen after the effect of the medications have worn off. These side-effects from medications can actually increase the patient’s chances of becoming depressed or furthering a depressive episode.

If you have developed peripheral neuropathy from diabetes and are becoming depressed as a result, we may have a solution for you. Contact South Jersey Neuropathic Pain Solution today at (856) 334-9009 to schedule a free consultation. Don’t wait! The sooner you can treat peripheral neuropathy; the sooner you will feel better. Call (856) 334-9009 now!

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