Diabetes is an incredibly common condition affecting millions of people worldwide, but even so, not everyone is familiar with all its symptoms. In our experience here at Complete Rehab, one symptom that often comes as a surprise is neuropathy, which is pain, tingling, or numbness caused by nerve damage.
Diabetic neuropathy typically starts in the hands and feet, and it can spread to other areas without proper intervention. If you are dealing with this kind of neuropathy, we encourage you to reach out to us to get the help you need to manage your symptoms. In this article, we’ll go over a few things you can do to alleviate your discomfort, but we still encourage you to come to us for a full consultation.
- Slowing the Progression – When it comes to managing diabetic neuropathy, your top priority should be to slow down the progression of the disease. Conveniently, the way to prevent your neuropathy from getting worse is the same as the way to manage your diabetes: keeping your blood sugar within the recommended levels.
- Alleviating Pain – If you experience pain as part of your diabetic neuropathy, there are several things you can do. For mild pain, topical capsaicin creams or over-the-counter painkillers may be enough to provide relief. If your pain is more severe, you can speak to one of our specialists about prescription medication. Two types of medication used to treat nerve pain are anti-seizure drugs and antidepressants, both of which have a long history of success in relieving this type of pain.