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:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Prescription painkiller medications
- Antidepressant medications
- Antiseizure medications
- Regenerative medicine
- Topical numbing creams
- Lidocaine patches
- Physical therapy
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:
- Numbness, tingling, or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, and fingers
- Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Dizziness or faintness upon rising due to a drop in blood pressure
- Erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness
- Urination problems
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:
- Strength training
- Flexibility and balance exercises
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:
- When did you start having symptoms?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- What improves your symptoms or makes them worse?
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:
- Frequent urination
- Pain, tingling, or numbness in the hands or feet
- Blurred vision
- Constant thirst
- Cuts and bruises that heal slowly
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.