Outpatient IV Insulin Therapy: has anyone tried it?

Posted by pattyback @pattyback, Apr 2 9:38pm

My husband has PN. He was sent to a pain management specialist, who wants to do Outpatient IV Insulin Therapy. The Dr. stated it’s covered by Medicare. We are leery. For starters, a Google search revealed a CMS memo from 2009 denying coverage for the procedure. Further, my husband is “only” prediabetic. He has never had high numbers and has maintained dietary control for over a decade. We’re not sure he’s a good candidate for this time intensive treatment, even if it were in fact covered by Medicare. Do any of you have experience with this procedure? Thank you!

Hello @pattyback, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You mentioned your husband has PN and was sent to a pain management specialist who wants to do Outpatient IV Insulin Therapy. Also, you mentioned your husband is not diabetic but is classified as prediabetic which is the same as I am. I am wondering if the pain management specialist was referring to IVIG for neuropathy pain versus IV insulin therapy for diabetes. Is this procedure for the pain caused by his neuropathy?

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IVIG was proposed to me many years ago when I was first diagnosed- has anyone here tried it?

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IVIG was proposed to me many years ago when I was first diagnosed- has anyone here tried it?

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@solobeee – There is a discussion on IVIG infusions – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ivig-infusions/

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