Diabetic nerve pain is an English translation for a medical condition called Diabetic Neuropathy. Diabetic nerve pain in feet and hands is happened when the nerves that send signals to hands and feet are damaged. Untreated high blood sugar for long-times period is the major cause why the nerves are damaged. People with diabetic neuropathy often feel pain, burning or sharp sensation in their limbs.
All of these can lead to other conditions such as sleep deprivation, depression, or decreasing the quality of life. That is why, it is important to know the treatment of diabetic nerve pain in feet and hands.
Control the blood sugar
Damaged nerves are irreplaceable, but they can be prevented by controlling the blood sugar before it surges high. Ask your doctor what ideal blood sugar level for you and how to lower it. Balanced diets, regular exercises, changing lifestyles, and certain medications are usual ways to lower blood sugar.
There are over-the-counter drugs that can help you relieve the pain such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. Antidepressant, opioid medicines, and anti-seizure drugs are also known as pain reliever with stronger and longer effects for diabetic nerve pain in feet and hands. However, these are classified as prescribed drugs. So, always consult your doctor before taking any medicines.
There are alternative treatments that may be able relieving the pain such as supplements, hypnotic, meditation, acupuncture, and holistic cares. A note for you, until now there are still no scientific evidence that can support the notion that these alternative treatment could relieve the pain.
Low-impact exercises like swimming can soothe the pain, prevent more nerve damage, and prevent any further issue on the current damaged nerves. Look for reputable physical therapist who have comprehensive knowledge about diabetes, diabetic neuropathy and any related condition.
Essential oil and capsaicin cream
Many people believed that these items could relieve the pain. The compositions of hot pepper in capsaicin cream are able to block the pain signals, while essential oils help the muscles to relax and improve the pain.
Maintain the feet health
Damaged nerves caused not only diabetic nerve pain in feet, but also your ability to feel pain in feet. Since you lose the pain sensitivity, you need to check your feet regularly for any cuts, sores, wounds, swelling, etc. Always moisturize the feet and use shoes and thick socks anywhere you go to protect your feet from injuries.