Getting a Grip on Diabetic Neuropathy
If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Deep pain, especially in your legs and feet
- Loss of sensation and ability to feel warmth or cold
- Muscle cramps
- Numbness, tingling or burning in your arms, hands, legs or feet
- Dizziness, especially when you try to stand up
- Drooping facial muscles
- Loss of bladder control
You could have diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy specific to patients who have diabetes. Typically, it’s caused by lack of blood flow to the nerves and elevated and uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
If left untreated, diabetic neuropathy can lead to debilitating nerve damage. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek treatment with a medical professional with experience in diagnosing and treating diabetic neuropathy like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician.
If your NeuropathyDR® specialist determines that you have diabetic neuropathy, it’s vital that you start treatment right away.
How Will My NeuropathyDR® Specialist Treat My Diabetic Neuropathy?
The first goal for treatment in diabetic neuropathy is to get your diabetes under control and keep it under control to slow the progression of any nerve damage. That means ensuring that you’re taking any prescribed medications and that you’re eating a diet specific to diabetes control.
A diet specific to diabetes control will include:
- Fresh vegetables
- fresh fruit
- Lean meats
- High fiber
- Whole grains
- No sweets
Your NeuropathyDR® specialist has an exclusive treatment protocol with proven results for diabetic neuropathy patients. An integral part of that treatment protocol is nutrition counseling and diet planning. Your specialist will sit down with you and plan your meals to include the proper portions of each of these categories on a daily basis to make sure that your blood sugar remains as constant as possible.
Pain Reduction and Nerve Repair
Once you have your blood sugar control, the next part of the treatment protocol for your diabetic neuropathy is taking steps to reduce your symptoms and help the nerves repair themselves. This can be done through a combination of topical preparations of nutrients, manual therapy to properly align the nervous system and special applications of nerve stimulation in the clinic and art home.
Diet, proper alignment of the bones and muscles and nerve stimulation are all important aspects of successful treatment of diabetic neuropathy.
A Word To The Wise Diabetic Neuropathy Patient
If you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy, pay particular attention to your feet, hands, arms and legs and contact your NeuropathyDR® specialist immediately if you notice any blisters, sores, torn skin, or inflammation. The combination of your diabetes and your diabetic neuropathy can lead to very serious infections that are slow or impossible to heal. This can lead to dire complications that can be avoided if you receive the proper medical treatment early.
Make sure you’re doing a visual inspection and not relying on soreness or pain. Your diabetic neuropathy will impair your ability to feel pain in your extremities and you may not notice the problem until it’s too late for successful treatment.
Assess your current medical situation and take note of any of the symptoms we described. If you are experiencing any of these issues associated with diabetic neuropathy, contact your local NeuropathyDR® and take full advantage of their expertise in the treatment of peripheral neuropathies, including diabetic neuropathy.