Don’t believe that every condition is life threatening or something you are stuck dealing with for the rest of your life. In fact, many can be treated effectively and quickly with a change in your lifestyle or even some new methods or medications.
The world is improving the treatments available for neuropathy, and you should be willing to do whatever is necessary to improve your health through these therapies and the advice of your neuropathy doctor. Before you make any health changes, consult with your physician to learn if you should consider new treatment for your current condition.
The Pain Starts Here
The cause of peripheral neuropathy varies in each patient, but the most common cause is diabetes. Not only will it cause the patient to struggle with blood sugar levels and overall health, but it can cause pain and tingling in the body extremities. From the fingers to toes, the pain can be strong or intermittent, severe to just annoying at any given time of the day.
The cause can be the high levels of blood sugar affecting the nerves, and in many cases, since the legs carry the majority of nerves in the body, they are greatly affected. The legs can become tingly and unfeeling and in some severe cases, they are amputated. This can be avoided.
Pain from Morning to Night
Neuropathy in diabetics is frequently described as pain throughout the body. A diabetic will feel a sharp or tingling pain that keeps its own schedule and doesn’t’ care if you are trying to sleep or enjoy a meal. That is probably the most difficult part of neuropathy, in that it doesn’t come at night only, or just after a long walk. A person can never plan for neuropathy.
If you experience this type of pain and have diabetes Type I or Type II, consult with a top neuropathy specialist right away. In spite of feeling skeptical about what it could be, test yourself for neuropathy by pricking each toe, parts of your foot, and your individual fingers on a daily basis. If they are unfeeling, talk to your doctor about treatments and what can be done to stop further nerve damage.
Treating the Pain
Many innovative treatments are coming on the market for diabetic neuropathy, and because the pathophysiology of the condition is different for each person, you should be willing to try a variety of options. What will work for one patient may not work for another and not being open to possibilities will leave you with pain, so why not try? Here are some sure-fire ways to ease the pain:
- Exercise. Getting the blood flowing and improved circulation will give you the added benefit of the cessation of nerve damage. By stopping further nerve damage, you will be able to work toward recovery rather than just living with the pain.
- Better diet. Anytime you can regulate your blood sugar and keep it steady, you will see an improvement in your pain levels. The blood can flow freely and the nerves will be able to feed on the proper diet.
- Pain Medications. Even if you don’t like to take these types of medicines, they can cause the nerves to relax and stop hurting, as well as stop the further damage. When the nerves are calm, they are less likely to cause pain.
- Electrotherapy. While this may seem like a drastic step, if you can stop the pain messages from being sent to the brain, the pain can actually stop for the time being. It can be interrupted and struggle to regain the pain signals and this can provide relief.
If you have diabetes but don’t have the symptoms of neuropathy, don’t assume you will never have it. Up to 30% of those with diabetes will develop symptomatic neuropathy.
Keep a close watch on your extremities and how they function. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it could be the onset of neuropathy. Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute offers top treatments for neuropathy. Dr. Jacoby has decades of experience and can help you obtain relief.
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