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As if living with diabetes wasn’t difficult enough, many sufferers also have a variety of other health problems resulting from their diabetes. Even with the best healthcare and healthy practices, problems like nerve damage can result from a long-term battle with diabetes. While it may not seem to appear right away after the diabetes diagnosis, it is a real problem affecting many people throughout the world and it is not only painful but damaging to their bodies.
In order to cope with neuropathy, medications have been developed to ease the pain and attempt to mitigate the nerves being destroyed completely. About half of the people diagnosed with diabetes have some form of neuropathy, the nerve damage caused by this disease. It can range from serious and debilitating pain to just intermittent pain throughout the day.
Causes of Neuropathy
The human body is full of blood vessels and the tiny ones can be damaged by excess blood glucose building up and causing injury to the walls of the vessels. This usually happens in the legs as there are many vessels in this area of the body. From the large ones carrying blood to your feet, to the smaller ones that are sensitive to the changes caused by changes in temperature and touch, the neuropathy caused by diabetes can be very painful.
Only nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord are affected by neuropathy, so no damage is found in the central nervous system. There are a variety of causes for neuropathy, but the most common are:
Symptoms of Neuropathy
Those with diabetes can not only suffer from the hassles of daily insulin checks and injections but also the pain caused by neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition that exudes painful days and nights for the person suffering from it. It generally includes:
- Numbness and tingling – A gradual numbness and tingling in the hands and feet can also spread to the legs and arms. The pain can range from a tingling to a sharp sensation or jabbing sharpness. It can take your breath away, or it can leave you unable to walk or move for hours at a time.
- Changes in the skin, hair, and nails
- Coordination difficulties – You may experience a lack of coordination or muscle weakness and in the more severe cases, paralysis is a possibility.
- Heat intolerance
- Digestive problems
- Changes in blood pressure.
Treatment Options for Neuropathy
With neuropathy, there is always an option for a decrease in the overall pain a patient is experiencing. The actual ability to cure the neuropathy will depend on how severe it has become. If left untreated, neuropathy can be difficult to reverse, and the symptoms can be treated but not cured. If caught and treated early, the prognosis is much more positive.
When the cause is unregulated blood sugars, simply fixing that imbalance can ease the pain of diabetic neuropathy. In other situations where the pain is caused by a harmful toxin, by removing that toxin from the patient and avoiding it, the pain can be eradicated. As with any health problem, prevention is the best medicine.
Proper diabetic nutrition is crucial to decreasing the pain from this nerve damage and to also take excellent care of your extremities. Also, neuropathy usually starts in the fingers or toes so a diabetic patient should frequently check circulation to ensure this isn’t happening to them without their knowledge.
Some Practical Tips when Dealing with Nerve Pain
Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle go a long way to prevent long term damage caused by any number of health problems. From maintaining a healthy weight to the cessation of smoking, every positive step you make towards health will bring about benefits for the rest of your life. Be sure to get regular doctor check-ups and always consult with a doctor if you are having any unusual symptoms, as they could be a sign of something more serious.
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Those who suffer from diabetes are often at a higher risk for developing diabetic neuropathy. This is when nerves are damaged that transmit vital information throughout the body, like feeling pain or controlling muscles and organs. Although there are many ways that diabetes can cause damage to the body’s nerves, a high blood sugar level for an extended period of time seems to be related to them all. Most types of nerve damage from diabetes can be painful, but in many cases the pain isn’t considered to be severe.
The Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy
With the different types of neuropathy and nerves that can be affected, there can be a wide range of symptoms that people experience with diabetic neuropathy. Some of those that do have nerve damage will not experience any symptoms, while others will.
Generally, the beginning signs of diabetic neuropathy will include tingling, numbness, or pain in both feet. Symptoms can often be minor at first, and in mild cases they can even go unnoticed over several years. The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy will vary and depends on the nerves that are affected with the type of neuropathy.
Types of Neuropathy
The four forms of diabetic neuropathy that affect different functions are peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, proximal neuropathy, and focal neuropathy. The different symptoms of each form of neuropathy can include:
- Peripheral neuropathy – This type occurs most often, and generally affects the legs and feet first. Possible symptoms can be numbness or inability to feel pain, burning or tingling feeling, sharp pains, difficulty walking due to muscle weakness, pain when standing or walking, or severe issues with the foot like infections, ulcers, joint pain, or deformities.
- Autonomic neuropathy – This form will usually affect the digestive system, but problems can also occur with the heart, lungs, intestines, eyes, and sex organs. The damaged nerves in this system can cause bladder problems with constant infections, diarrhea or constipation, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate, blood pressure problems, inability to regulate body temperature, difficulty swallowing, and many other types of symptoms throughout the body.
- Proximal neuropathy – This is more common with older adults and those who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Proximal neuropathy will generally cause pain on one side of the body, and it can be felt in the hips, thighs, legs, or buttocks. It can also cause weakness in the legs and the need of assistance to stand up from a sitting position.
- Focal neuropathy – This form can suddenly appear and progress quickly with specific nerves. This will usually occur in the torso, head, or legs, which can cause pain and weakness in muscles. Other symptoms may include severe pains in specific areas, abdominal or chest pain, eye pain or double vision, or possibly one side of the face becomes paralyzed.
Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy
There are currently no known cures for diabetic neuropathy, but treatment will focus on slowing down the progression of the disease, relieving the pain, restoring any lost functions, and managing the complications. To slow progression, the blood sugar level is constantly monitored and kept within the targeted range. This may also cause the symptoms you are currently experiencing to improve. Other methods used to slow down damage of the nerves is to avoid alcohol, stop smoking, maintain a healthy eating plan, physical activity, or by maintaining a healthy weight.
At the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute, Dr. Jacoby has been successfully treating individuals with diabetic neuropathy for over two decades. Each patient’s treatment is individualized for the best results.
To relieve nerve pain there are several medications that can be used, but they will not always work for everyone, and in some cases the side effects can be worse than the symptoms. Usually over the counter medications can relieve some minor pain and inflammation, but in many cases prescription medications like opioids, anti-depressants, anti-seizure medication, or a lidocaine patch will be prescribed.
Along with medications, doctors will generally recommend physical therapies, as well as alternative therapies like acupuncture and yoga, maybe even laser treatment.
Dr. Jacoby has also performed over 2500 Dellon Decompression surgeries. This procedure is designed to increase blood flow and has prevented the need for an amputation in ALL of those undergoing the procedure!
To receive the best treatment available for your diabetic neuropathy with a a world class expert in all types of neuropathy treatment, call the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute today at (480) 994-5977!