What is Diabetic Amyotrophy?
Diabetic amyotrophy is a condition which occurs in
patients with diabetes (more likely in those with type
II than type I). It usually starts with a severe pain at
night then involves weakness a muscles of the thigh,
hip, and buttocks. The symptoms usually occur on one
side of the body but may involve both sides. Untreated
the condition can last five months. Recent
studies suggest a role for immunomodulating agents in
certain types of diabetic neuropathy, including diabetic
amyotrophy. This condition is very similar to CIDP or
GBS but affects mainly the proximal muscles. See the
diagnosis page link is on left top of this page.
Who gets Diabetic Amyotrophy?
Older men and middle aged women are more likely to
acquire diabetic amyotrophy. Approximately 1% of those
adults with diabetes will obtain this condition. Once it
happens on one leg then it will affect the other.
How is Diabetic Amyotrophy Diagnosed?
This condition is diagnosed by history alone. There is
elevated CRP and ESR.
How is Diabetic Amyotrophy Treated?
This condition frequently will improve with time and the
body will heal itself. Physical therapy and strict
observation of blood glucose levels are recommended to
help diabetic amyotrophy. Medications may help with the
pain. However the cidpusa e-book lists the simple
protocol which will make the patient fully mobile by day
five. The medicine ciprofloxcillin is used and in four
days full recovery is achieved. IVIg helps diabetic
amytrophy. Full protocol described in the e-book.Electronic
stimulation is also effective treatment. Please see