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Diabetic Amyotrophy

What is Diabetic Amyotrophy?

Diabetic amyotrophy occurs in patients with diabetes (more likely in those with type II than type I). It usually involves weakness and excruciating pain in the muscles of the thigh, hip, and buttocks. The symptoms usually occur on one side of the body but may involve both sides.

Who gets Diabetic Amyotrophy?

Older men are more likely to acquire diabetic amyotrophy. Approximately 1% of those adults with diabetes will obtain this condition.

How is Diabetic Amyotrophy diagnosed?

Electrodiagnostic testing can be useful to definitively diagnose this condition. Nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography are often necessary to diagnose this condition and rule out other problems.

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.

More information on Diabetic Amyotrophy

American Chronic Pain Association
The Neuropathy Association
Lahey Clinic