Dealing With Nerve Pain When You Have Diabetes

Dealing With Nerve Pain When You Have Diabetes

Nerve damage, known as peripheral neuropathy (PN), can be a biproduct of high blood sugar levels from diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy causes chemical changes in your nerves, hindering their ability to transmit signals. High blood sugar can also damage your blood vessels, making it harder to transport vital nutrients and oxygen to your nerves, which can cause pain, numbness, and a loss of sensation in your hands, legs, and feet.

Our specialists at Arlington Pain & Therapy treat diabetic nerve pain in a variety of ways, including:

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy flare-ups affect a specific nerve or group of nerves, potentially causing muscle atrophy and weakness. The disease may progress slowly over time, inflicting harm to your sexual organs and digestive system. Symptoms include:

Get a leg up with physical therapy

Your physical therapist at Arlington Pain & Therapy can suggest specific exercises to improve muscle strength, reduce neuropathic pain, and control blood sugar levels. Your regimen may include:

Getting the right information

Everyone is different. For example, diabetic nerve pain is more prevalent in overweight patients above age 40 who suffer from high blood pressure and have a difficulty managing their blood sugar levels. To get to the bottom of your situation, we may ask you certain questions to help us create the best treatment plan for you, such as:

Symptoms of prediabetes

Around 10% of adults in the United State possess higher than normal blood sugar levels, though not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. If left untreated, this condition, known as prediabetes, can put you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and nerve damage, which can ultimately lead to peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms of pre-diabetes include:

If you suffer from any or all of these issues for a period of time, get checked by your doctor. We also advise you to eat a balanced die, exercise, and lose weight if you’re overweight. And if you smoke, you should quit. It’s much easier to get a handle on the situation prior to it progressing to diabetes.

Our specialists at Arlington Pain & Therapy can help you live a more pain-free life. Call one of our offices in Arlington or Mansfield, Texas, for a consultation and get started on the road to better health today.

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