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    What is diabetic lumbosacral radicuradiculoplexus neuropathy?

    Hi, I have diabetic lumbosacral radicuradiculoplexus neuropathy. Such a long name to remember. My GP told me he had never seen it before and basically didn't know exactly what was involve. I have been given muscle relaxants and pain killers.

    Could somone please explain the basics to me? I've looked online to find out more but basically all the Medical terms baffle me and I spend hours looking them up in dictionaries etc…it's going to take forever for me to understand it let alone explain it to the kids (apparently it's hereditary! That's gonna go down well..:(
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    Catherine Voutier

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    Clinical Librarian at Melbourne Health. Part of my portfolio is to teach consumers how to find and assess medical evidence. View Profile

    This is a complication of diabetes - nerve damage likely caused by vasculitis or other causes.

    This definition is from the National Diabetes Clearinghouse USA:

    “Proximal neuropathy, sometimes called lumbosacral plexus neuropathy, femoral neuropathy, or diabetic amyotrophy, starts with pain in the thighs, hips, buttocks, or legs, usually on one side of the body. This type of neuropathy is more common in those with type 2 diabetes and in older adults with diabetes. Proximal neuropathy causes weakness in the legs and the inability to go from a sitting to a standing position without help. Treatment for weakness or pain is usually needed. The length of the recovery period varies, depending on the type of nerve damage.”

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