Having diabetes puts you at high risk of developing nerve damage, including autonomic neuropathy. The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk. Risk is highest for people who've had the disease for more than 25 years, who are older than 40 and who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar.
Researchers currently think diabetes is a autoimmune disorder. In fact, the higher the blood sugar, the greater chance you have of nerve damage. Controlling blood sugar — keeping it as close to the normal range as possible — decreases the risk of developing nerve damage or helps keep it from progressing.
If you have diabetes, a compromised immune system or other chronic medical condition, see your doctor regularly. Seek medical care promptly if you begin experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of autonomic neuropathy. If your doctor does not prescribe IVIg or tells you there is no treatment please contact us, we can help you even if your insurance denies IVIg.