DIABETES

Diabetic-Neuropathy is a chronic pain condition which often accompanies Type 2 diabetes. Long-term diabetes; damages nerve endings over time, thus creating mild, severe or debilitating sensations depending upon the extent of the nerve damage. Diabetes is an ever-increasing disease which can be inherited and affects those over 40 years old who are also overweight. The disease also often leads to heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness, gangrene and the deterioration of blood vessels and nerves.

Certain Burning, Shooting Pain is Caused By Diabetic-Neuropathy

Diabetic-Neuropathy pain or numbness generally occurs in the hands and feet, but again depending upon the location of the nerve damage it can also occur in other parts of the body.  The condition is caused by the production of high blood sugar (glucose) which the body cannot process due to the lack of sufficient insulin in the pancreas. The body then either eliminates it without use through the urinary tract or it builds up in the body, creating disorder for body functions. High blood sugar also interferes with the nerve's ability to transmit signals and weakens blood vessels which supply nutrients and oxygen to the nerves. The Mayo Clinic recommends for those 60 years old and above a blood sugar level of 100-140mg.

Those experiencing diabetic-neuropathy initially encounter a mild tingling sensation in the hands, feet, and fingers. As the nerve damage increases the tingling moves to a burning, stabbing or electrical shock sensation; which can be ongoing or irregular in occurrence. It is vitally important to check with your doctor as soon as you feel or experience any of these symptoms. Early detection by your doctor can prompt treatment which will slow down or prevent further damage. Left on its own it continues moving and destroying those nerves which it comes across.  

In addition to the above symptoms, patients have been known to display:
·        Muscle weakness
·        Poor coordination
·        Dizziness
·        Paralysis
·        Weakness or loss of bowel and bladder  control
·        Ulcers/infection
·        Blurred vision
·        Sensitivity to heat
·        Loss of limbs

Steps to slow down the progression of diabetic-neuropathy:
·        Keep blood sugar within a target range
·        Keep blood pressure under control
·        Exercise Regularly
·        Eat a healthy diet and watch the weight
·        Follow doctor’s foot care treatment
·        Avoid alcohol and smoking
·        Keep notes on type and frequency of pain

There is no cure for this condition, but its progression can be slowed down and somebody dysfunctions can be corrected with medication and therapy such as:
·        Acupuncture
·        Physical Therapy
·        Massage Therapy
·        Chiropractic Care

Be mindful that most medications have side effects and you as well as your doctor have to determine whether those side effects are worth it for you. Upon your examination, your doctor will ask questions concerning what you are experiencing and the doctor will also conduct certain tests to further determine the extent of your condition. Be sure to be specific in your information, ex: (where are you hurting, what time of day does this occur; are you aware of any relative that may have your same experiences).

Other forms of Neuropathy:
·        Proximal – Causes pain in the thigh, hips, and buttock
·        Focal – Causes pain in head, torso or leg
·        Autonomic – Affects the digestive system, urinary system, sex organs
·        Peripheral – Causes pain in legs and feet